Traditional enterprise software fails both in the confluence of costs and user demands for unstructured collaboration. Enterprise 2.0 enables users to contribute knowledge in the process of getting things done more efficiently, and revealing emergent structure. Whereas traditional enterprise software only gains 40% adoption according to the Gartner Group (especially compared to the high levels of adoption of email, where 90% of collaboration currently occurs, according to IDC), Enterprise 2.0 builds upon the bottom-up demand for tools that don't get in users' way.
SocialText announced the immediate availability of version 2.0 of its solutions -- a simple wiki to adopt, use and extend.
Featuring a fundamental redesign of the user interface, Socialtext 2.0 (S2) resolves the complexity that confronts new wiki users while preserving the power of a flexible enterprise tool.
S2 also provides Wiki Web Services to support both the Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) of modern enterprises and demand for innovation within Socialtext's open source community. The result is a powerful collaboration and intranet tool, as simple to use as email, but with transparent productivity benefits to the enterprise.
"Our usability research revealed that expert users love wikis for their power and flexibility, but new users needed simplicity and orientation," says CEO Ross Mayfield. "At the same time, our developer community demanded more flexible ways to integrate and build upon Socialtext. The solution isn't turning the wiki into yet-another-enterprise-tool, but to raise the bar on what a wiki can be, while making it open and extensible."
New wiki users can get overwhelmed with the complexity of understanding interfaces and orienting themselves. S2 simplifies orientation with a personal homepage that serves as a dashboard of activity and interest. The core "Page View" enables full-screen Wikiwyg editing, easy tagging, linking, and file attachments. "What's New" provides sortable lists and search options to find information and people in the wiki. RSS feeds are provided for every page, tag, watchlist, search and wiki. Weblogs enable one-click publishing and communication across projects.
Part of Enterprise 2.0 is facilitating SOAs, where web services enable enterprise systems to adapt to an ever-changing environment. S2 includes Wiki Web Services, a collection of SOAP and REST standard APIs. Wiki Web Services enables open source developers to innovate in the language of their choice and mashup wiki functionality with other applications.
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