IBM Launches Center for Social Software to Move Enterprise Social Networks a Step Forward
The Center's director says IBM hopes to work with IBM customers and members of the academic community to develop and build upon the company's social software, such as Lotus Connections and Beehive (a social network for the enterprise).n
By C.G. Lynch
IBM announced the opening of its Center for Social Software today, in a move Big Blue hopes will bring more of its Web 2.0 offerings to the enterprise and allow the vendor to solicit and exchange ideas with members of the business, technology and academic communities.
“IBM has centered our own infrastructure around a bigger investment in social software,” Irene Greif, IBM’s director of the Center for Social Software, told CIO. “We want to work more systematically and take this research and deliver it to customers.”
According to Greif, the center, which will be located in Cambridge, Mass., will work with governments, colleges and maybe even other vendors to figure out the best way for organizations to utilize social software and set the proper policies around its adoption. She also says she hopes people who interact with the center will give candid feedback about Big Blue’s social software, as IBM employees do internally.
“Internally, our community of users who have adopted much of our social software,” she says. “They have accepted some features and frankly rejected others. We’d like to have people from outside working with us too and have them invent with us.”