As Facebook prepares for a potential IPO (initial public offering) this week, niche social media offerings continue to pop up in the IT market. One recent example: ManageEngine, best-known for its IT management software, is beta testing a private social network designed specifically for IT teams. Called ITPulse, the private social media platform brings a Facebook-style, multi-threaded cascading wall to IT, ManageEngine says.
No doubt, IT-focused social media platforms are starting to pop up for specialized audiences. Somewhat like ITPulse, a social media platform called ChannelEyes supports IT service providers, VARs and MSPs that want to network and find channel partner program information. And Novell has been striving to promote Vibe, a corporate team collaboration platform.
ManageEngine sees ITPulse fulfilling four needs for corporate IT managers. The company says ITPulse offers:
- A single wall for all IT team members, which means that everybody “follows” everybody
- Exclusivity to IT, confining IT-related matters to IT team members
- A secure, critical line of communication during emergencies
- A venue for IT to have fun and blow off steam
ITPulse, in beta now, will be free for up to two users, and $5 per user per month for each additional user. ITPulse is expected to officially launch in Q3 2012, ManageEngine indicated.