Jive has updated its enterprise collaboration platform and revealed out-of-the-box integration with Salesforce and Box. Jive 7 will be available to customers immediately and the Box integration will allow them to easily share and collaborate with colleagues on files.
Meanwhile, Jive customers will also have access to Salesforce CRM data in their employee network and will be able to view Chatter updates, allowing them to expand their business social environment.
"It's time we re-imagine productivity and break out of old systems like email that bog us down," said Tony Zingale, chief executive of Jive Software.
"With these new capabilities, including bi-directional integration with Box, salesforce.com and Chatter, Jive is now the collaboration and communication hub in the enterprise cloud."
A central new feature of Jive 7 is that of Purposeful Places, which are collaboration areas Jive users can create when wanting to invite a number of colleagues to work on content together. Jive has created a number of pre-configured Purposeful Places for sales and marketing activities.
"The Deal Room" is optimised for sales activities and connects to Salesforce so users can view Chatter social streams and customer CRM data. According to Jive, the feature will allow people in marketing, legal, management and finance who do not necessarily have access to Salesforce to collaborate on specific deals and have access to all the information, documents and streams.
Meanwhile the "Campaign Room" will allow marketers to build campaigns where people in any location can collaborate around calendars, events, and content. Jive has integrated with Box so that large, high-resolution files and campaign assets like advertisements, videos and collateral can be stored in Box but used and shared inside Jive.
Jive 7 has also been updated with enhanced APIs and tools to enable a broad set of integrations with other cloud-based systems. These APIs also allow IT departments to create their own specific integrations to connect to Jive.
Jive competes with the likes of Yammer and Moxie Software in the enterprise collaboration market, both of which now offer free versions of social software, while Jive continues to charge customers.
However Jive has shown strong revenue growth since its IPO in December 2011. Last year the firm acquired cloud task management firm Producteev and video conferencing firm Meetings.io. Recent customer wins for Jive include PricewaterhouseCoopers and Thomson Reuters.
Rosalie Marshall is the special projects editor and chief reporter at V3. Previously she was a reporter for IT Week and channel editor for online television site LocalGov.tv. Rosalie covers government IT, business applications, IT skills, open source technology and social networks.