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Socialtext Adds Business Social Software Solutions to Its Wiki Platform

Socialtext (www.socialtext.com) announced that it has built upon its wiki foundation to launch a set of business social software solutions. Two new products—Socialtext Dashboard and Socialtext People—extend the wiki platform for people to gain additional insight by managing their information, conversations, and connections. Socialtext also launched four core solution areas: business social networks, collaborative intelligence, flexible client collaboration, and participatory knowledgebase. The company says the business social software launch heralds a new company direction, in the works since CEO Eugene Lee took the helm 5 months ago.

Socialtext version 3.0 includes the following enhancements:

  • Socialtext Dashboard—This product includes personalized and customizable dashboards of internal and external social software activity. The social news feed of your colleague’s activity in wikis and beyond aids attention management. Users can generate, customize, and assemble enterprise-class and standards-based widgets with a simple drag-and-drop user experience for what the individual determines productive. Or, starting with Dashboard templates for the four solution areas, users, or central administrators, can create and deploy dashboards for groups. Socialtext Dashboard supports third-party widgets and the OpenSocial gadget standard. Socialtext 3.0 also provides significant enhancements to its open APIs for enterprise integration.
  • Socialtext People—Social networking has been adapted for the enterprise. Throughout the Socialtext wiki, profiles are made visible so at any time you can pivot to the people behind the content. Profiles and a user directory make it easy for colleagues to introduce themselves and discover implicit and explicit expertise. People can subscribe to the activity of colleagues. Groupings enable users to declare interest and expertise on their profiles and other users’ profiles, making group forming as simple as adding a tag.

The two new enhancements to Socialtext are currently in beta and will be commercially available within a quarter. Further information is available on the press wiki http://socialtext.net/st-press.

Source: Socialtext



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