by Kristin Burnham

11 Promising Enterprise Social Networks

Mar 20, 20123 mins
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As the demand for enterprise collaboration continues to grow, more businesses are looking to internal social networks to manage workflow, foster collaboration and improve innovation.

1. Clarizen

Summary: Collaborative project management software designed to manage everything in a single environment. Features: Document sharing, automatic notifications, project templates and roadmaps, discussions, and more. Customers: NBC Universal, Southern States, Frito Lay Pricing: Starting at $25/user per month.

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2. Clearvale

Summary: A cloud-based social enterprise platform built to enable businesses to create a network of networks to disseminate knowledge and innovate. Features: Profiles, member directory, contacts, activity streams, communities, tasks, document management, mobile capabilities and more. Customers: Aeroxchange, QuickLogic, Synaptics Pricing: Freemium; for enterprise pricing contact Clearvale.

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3. Igloo

Summary: Social business software designed to support intranet and extranet collaboration. Features: Works inside and outside the firewall, document management, team collaboration, messaging, microblogging, personal profiles, search and more. Customers: ATP World Tour, BlackBerry, Manufacturing Innovation Network Pricing: Starts at $4/user per month.

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4. Jive

Summary: Designed to combine social networking, collaboration software, community software and social media monitoring for the enterprise. Features: Corporate directory, document collaboration, activity streams, blogs, microblogging, search and more. Customers: Alcatel-Lucent, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems Pricing: Starts at $59/user per month.

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5. Liferay

Summary: Open source enterprise solutions for portals, publishing, content and collaboration. Features: Document management with Microsoft Office integration, Web publishing and shared workspaces, enterprise portals, search, wikis, message boards, blogs, activity tracking, messaging and more. Customers: Sesame Street, Societe Generale, AutoZone Pricing: For inquiries, contact Liferay.

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6. Mzinga

Summary: Enterprise-class, social business software suite built to help organizations create, design and manage social and knowledge-sharing experiences. Features: Social profiles, analytics, badging, chat, notifications, file sharing, wikis, Web conferencing and more. Customers: The Child Health Corporation of America, Gilbane, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America Pricing: For inquiries, contact contact Mzinga.

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7. SharePoint

Summary: A Microsoft platform to build websites, share information, manage documents and publish reports. Features: Document sharing, project management, analytics, communities, search and more. Customers: USDA, Conservation International, Accenture Pricing: For inquiries, contact Microsoft.

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8. Socialcast

Summary: An enterprise collaboration platform designed to bring together people, data and applications in real-time. Features: Activity streams, microblogging, analytics, private messaging, polls, desktop app, mobile accessibility and more. Customers: Philips, Guitar Center, NASA Pricing: SaaS pricing: $60/user per year; cloud and on-premise pricing based on deployment size.

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9. Socialtext

Summary: Enterprise social software bulit to help organizations transform internal collaborative communication processes. Features: Dashboard, profile pages, groups, wikis, online spreadsheets, blogs, matching engine, mobile, integration with CRMs and ERPs, and more. Customers: Walgreens, Blue Man Group, Getty Images Pricing: $5,000/year for 50 employees in hosted model; on-premise starts at $15,000/year.

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10. Telligent

Summary: Social community software designed for building collaborative employee-facing communities in the workplace. Features: Blogs, wikis, discussion forums, microblogging, activity feeds, tagging, integration with Microsoft SharePoint, Office and Lync and more. Customers: Cadbury, Addidas, Reader’s Digest Pricing: For inquiries, contact Telligent.

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11. Yammer

Summary: Built to allow users to share and connect with coworkers or external business contacts in a secure environment. Features: Microblogging, personal profiles, workspaces, content sharing, external networks, mobile access, business app integration and more. Customers: Deloitte, Ford, Pepperdine University Pricing: Freemium; paid starts at $5/user per month.

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