Novell Vibe: Social Collaboration Meets Enterprise Control
If you trace human nature back far enough—to even before agriculture—you get to a point in time when people hunted and foraged for their food—for their very survival. They did this in small teams that were bound together by mutual dependence and a common objective. They counted on each other’s hunting prowess. And their goal was simple: to eat. These people survived in groups.
When you get right down to it, human nature really hasn’t changed that much. People in the workplace still depend on each other’s skills to accomplish a common goal: to help the company function and succeed. And again, they survive in groups.
Today, however, we have technology to help us solve problems and better meet our objectives. And more and more, that technology involves social networking, crowdsourcing and collaboration—technological incarnations of how people innately solve problems.
Social Media and Corporate Collaboration
Whether your customers want to admit it or not, their workers are using consumer social tools for business. It’s in their very nature to seek out and leverage these tools. And they won’t wait around for IT to enable them. Team members find that by using social tools, they reach better and faster business outcomes that are important to the overall competitive stance of the organization.
IDC reports that some 57 percent of corporate employees are using consumer social tools for business purposes at least once per week. In many of these organizations, however, these tools aren’t approved by IT and are simply “flying under the radar.” This situation seriously impacts the risk profile of these companies and inhibits their ability to meet compliance regulations.
IT security departments are understandably averse to consumer social tools. Why? Because to date, there have been simply too many unknowns: unknown boundaries, unknown people, unknown applications and unknown access. To embrace these tools, there needs to be a way to balance social interactions and collaboration engagements with the security and compliance requirements of the enterprise. And that’s where the sales opportunity resides.
Join the New Conversation
Novell has been working on a solution to this very problem. We call it Novell Vibe. It’s the first social collaboration platform for the enterprise that’s available in the cloud and on-premise. Vibe brings together team collaboration and social business products formerly known as Novell Teaming and Novell Pulse to make it easier for people to work together and drive better and faster business results.
Novell Vibe offers real-time social messaging and online document co-editing along with file management, groups, workflow and security controls. As a result, employees gain the tools they need to work more efficiently, while enterprises gain the control they need to keep the organization safe and in compliance.
Novell Vibe leverages our expertise and experience in developing enterprise collaboration and communication tools as well as our industry leadership in creating strong identity and security management solutions.
Your customers may not be able to fight human nature, but they can certainly learn how to use it to their benefit. Check out Novell Vibe here.