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Just Connect – What makes the software unique?

From on 23. April 2013

Microsoft SharePoint, IBM Connections, Jive etc. – There are a huge range of social software solutions on the international market. But what about Just Connect? In the following article I would like to give you a first overview of Just Connect.

Just Connect is a state of the art social software suite developed by Just Software AG. The company is located in Hamburg and has meanwhile grown to a team of more than 20 employees. With Just Connect, the Just Software AG provides organizations all relevant Web 2.0 features like for example wikis, blogs and social networking sites in one modular software suite. This suite also integrates additional features to enable knowledge management and enterprise communication for highly-functional intranet and collaboration solutions. Just Connect allows users to communicate and collaborate with each other, find experts, share ideas and experiences, schedule and prepare events as well as create and share documents. Moreover you can organize projects and work groups. To provide a space for communication and discussion you can invite participants to your group. All content relevant to your group can easily be uploaded and thus made accessible. It doesn’t matter if you create freely-accessible groups for general topics or closed groups for a limited circle of participants – the administration is quick, easy and flexible. Another important functionality is the microblog, the modern bulletin board. In the microblog you can exchange information, documents and other media. It enables you to directly comment on all postings which are completely searchable.

But what makes Just Connect special? The software provides a simple and familiar usability of successful Web 2.0 services that have proven themselves million times on the Internet. In this way, even inexperienced users quickly become familiar with the platform. Apart from that Just Connect stands out in particular due to its simple mapping of organizational hierarchies. It allows you to represent different areas of your organization – for example divisions, sections, departments, regions, locations and themes – in form of “Places” and “sub Places”. So the platform remains clearly arranged and well-structured even with large, international and diversified businesses. Besides the flexible adaption of organizational structures, the social software suite has a sophisticated role and authorization concept so that no information ends up in the wrong hands. Last but not least: In compare to other technologies Just Connect has low licensing costs.

Are you curious? Contact us or try Just Connect out for yourself. You can find a demo version at https://demo.justsoftwareag.com/.

Please let me know if you have any experience with Just Connect.

Sincerely
Isabelle Bach and Niklas Breuch




The Social Software Matrix 2013

From on 20. March 2013

New tools arrived!

It has taken some time but it was worth waiting: The Social Software Matrix has grown up and now comes with brand new content! We added some new tools
This is just the starting point of a series of improvements we have put on our agenda for 2013.

We will optimize the concept of the Social Software Matrix to the information needs of corporate decision makers who are ready to go Enterprise 2.0 and willing to empower their workforce with social software. The core is and will be the comparison of social software in key business use cases. Around that we will reorganize some of the contents, redefining categories and extending the publication of the insights we’ve gained from years of experience with social software in the workplace.




Facelift: The Social Software Matrix Reloaded

From Christoph Rauhut on 13. February 2012

It has taken some time but it was worth waiting: The Social Software Matrix has grown up and now comes with a brand new design! Two years after the inital launch we thought is was time to move on and ahead. Our goal was to make the website easier to read, browse and navigate. We hope you agree it has gotten a little sexier too ;)

The Facelift however is just the starting point of a series of improvements we have put on our agenda for 2012. We will optimize the concept of the Social Software Matrix to the information needs of corporate decision makers who are ready to go Enterprise 2.0 and willing to empower their workforce with social software. The core is and will be the comparison of social software in key business use cases. Around that we will reorganize some of the contents, redefining categories and extending the publication of the insights we’ve gained from years of experience with social software in the workplace.

So stay tuned and remember:

Neo: What is the future of the Social Software Matrix?
Trinity: The answer is out there, Neo, and it’s looking for you, and it will find you if you want it to.

The Social Software Matrix Team

 




Drupal Commons 2.3 added to the Social Software Matrix

From Christoph Rauhut on 18. January 2012

Acquia’s Drupal Commons is a free social business suite, which is based on the powerful content management framework Drupal. As it is pushed by a big open source community and used by certain big players, we now present our evaluation of Acquia Commons rev2.3




New: Drupal Commons 2.3 added to the Social Software Matrix

From on 22. December 2011

We have a new member in the matrix! Drupal Commons was a long term member in our rising vendors section. Due to Drupals progress in market penetration as a web content management system and the possibilities of the framework we decided to add it to the matrix. Highlights are the absence of licence fees and the high flexibility of the product.




Socialtext 4.7.5

From on 20. October 2011

We reviewed the actual version of Socialtext and updated our evaluation. Not too many differences occured, but the tool is still a strong solution for wiki-based use-cases.




Confluence 4.0

From on 12. October 2011

Since a few days the new Confluence 4.0 is out! For wiki based use cases it seems to be a very good solution. Atlassian improved the editor in usability, design and functionality. Moreover, the macros now feel much more like an app-store. See our evaluation of Confluence for more details.




Jive 5.0

From on 27. September 2011

Please find our updated evaluation of Jive in the matrix. With Jive 5.0 the new user interface is even more usable and we are amazed about the activity stream functionalities, where Jive sets a new standard. Find out more in our analysis of Jive at the tools section.




BlueKiwi 10.5 (2011) updated

From on 18. July 2011

It has been a while since our last review. But the new blueKiwi version comes with a lot of improvements and emphases communication. The tool focusses on the activity stream – therefore its strengh lies in enterprise communication, expert search and social networking.




Evaluation of Lotus Connections updated

From Christoph Rauhut on 23. March 2011

It took us some time to test und review the version 3.0 of Lotus Connections but finally we made it and published our results.

The release of the 3.0 version of Lotus Connections in November 2010 was a further step in the strengthening of IBM’s position in the social software market. By including social analytics, simplifying the mobile access for users, optimizing the usability, extending the communities and forum functions and adding new compliance and auditing features IBM further improves and completes its social business suite.

Please let us know what you think about the 3.0 version of Lotus Connections and what experiences you have made with it.