Instant Communities: List of companies that provide Web Collaboration Suites or Platforms

Need to build an online community that collaborates?

I get asked by a lot of folks to provide recommendations for products, often there’s too many companies to keep analyze, so I make these lists and refer folks to them. One of my most popular index lists is the list of companies that provide White Label Social Networking solutions, in fact there’s over 60 in that space.

Requirements
Here’s a list of companies that provide collaboration platforms with turn-key social features for ‘instant’ community.

  • Collaboration tools and social features
  • Common features, but are not limited to, include: forums, wikis, blogs, media, rss, aggregation homepages, presence, instant messaging, and ability to connect to identity systems such as LDAP/Active Directory.
  • These tools may have social networking features, that’s optional, but should certainly scale to it.
  • These platforms can be used in intranets, extranets, or public communities.
  • Limitations: I am NOT seeking platforms which you could build these features on top of it, I’m really seeking a ready-to-go community suite. I’m seeking solutions to build community, not ERP systems (but if they have both, that could be included). See my list of web-based CRMs.

    List of companies that provide collaboration platforms

    Alfresco
    “Alfresco is the leading open source alternative for enterprise content management. The open source model allows Alfresco to use best-of-breed open source technologies and contributions from the open source community to get higher quality software produced more quickly at much lower cost. Our goal is to not only provide an open source offering but to surpass commercial offerings in terms of features, functionality and benefits to the user community. Alfresco is built by a team of leading members from Documentum® and Interwoven® with 15 years experience in Enterprise Content Management (ECM), including the co-founder of Documentum. ”

    Blogtronix
    “Blogtronix is a social media platform for Enterprise 2.0 communication. We provide a single, unified system that includes blogs, wikis, and social networking. Unlike other companies, we are able to offer a product that’s easy to use, scalable and can be delivered either on-demand or as a software. We’re equipped with a rich feature set that includes vlogging, podcasting, flash as well as a fully customizable interface. Our applications range from corporate in-house collaboration to global user created networks. ”

    Central Desktop
    “Central Desktop provides simple project collaboration tools for business teams.
    Our tools help your business organize and share information efficiently, communicate with others and collaborate on projects.”

    CommunityZero by Ramius
    “CommunityZero’s many features simplify community management and support group communication by making it easy for users to share information and knowledge online. Read on to learn more about these features.”

    Drupal
    “Drupal.org is the official website of Drupal, an open source content management platform. Equipped with a powerful blend of features, Drupal supports a variety of websites ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites.”

    iUpload
    “iUpload enables Internet-based business communities for the purpose of improving communications, enhancing customer relationships, driving sales opportunities and gathering marketing data.”

    JiveSoftware
    “We develop award-winning collaboration software that improves a company’s productivity through open collaboration among employees, partners and customers. We’re located in downtown Portland, Oregon.”

    Lotus Connections, IBM
    “IBM Lotus® Connections is social software for business that empowers you to be more innovative and helps you execute more quickly by using dynamic networks of coworkers, partners and customers.”

    Pluck
    “A leader in social media software solutions , Pluck helps transform how publishers, media sites and major brands engage their audiences and customers to discover, create and distribute information online. Providing the technologies for content generation, syndication, social networking and news personalization, Pluck helps its customers more easily consume and leverage the new open content model that has emerged as the cornerstone of Web 2.0.”

    Sharepoint, Microsoft
    “SharePoint Products and Technologies provide enterprise-scale capabilities to meet business-critical needs like managing content and business processes, simplifying how people find and share information across boundaries, and enabling better informed decisions. Using the combined collaboration features of Windows SharePoint Services and Office SharePoint Server 2007, plus the design and customization capabilities of Office SharePoint Designer 2007, organizations can enable their users to create, manage, and easily build their own SharePoint sites, and enable these sites to be discovered throughout the organization.”

    SocialText
    Social Networking with Enterprise 2.0 Collaboration As the Enterprise 2.0 leader, Socialtext applies Web 2.0 technologies to the critical challenges facing businesses.

    ThoughtFarmer (For Intranets)
    “Capture intellectual capital and strengthen workplace community with ThoughtFarmer social software for enterprise intranets. ThoughtFarmer combines the best of wikis, blogs, and social networking into an attractive, easy-to-use intranet solution for Windows server environments.”

    Traction Software
    “Founded in 1996, Traction® Software, Inc. (formerly Twisted Systems, Inc.) set out to eliminate the frustrating and costly inefficiencies in team communications and information management by creating a revolutionary web-based end-user hypertext journaling system. Traction TeamPage was first released in 1999 and, after commerical launch in July 2002, is the industry’s first and leading Enterprise Blog software. The software is deployed in leading enterprises, universities and many branches of the U.S. Government.”

    Zoho
    “Zoho is one of the brands from AdventNet, a software company started in 1996 focusing on building affordable software for businesses. AdventNet has served a diverse range of enterprise IT, networking and telecom customers. We know our customers have a choice of many vendors, and we want to earn their business and their trust by working hard for it. And having earned their business, we want to keep them happy so they will choose to do business with us again. These simple ideas have served us well, during good times and bad. AdventNet has achieved impressive growth, and has emerged as a rock-solid supplier and partner, with sound financials.”

    Sosius
    Sosius is an online workspace, accessible from any PC, that lets you create and collaborate. No software to buy and set up. Powerful and flexible yet easy to use.

    Project Spaces
    “Simple, secure and powerful web-based workspace to help your project teams, workgroups, committees, partners, and others quickly and easily connect, share and collaborate.”

    Six Groups
    “six groups enables you to start your own community for free, about every topic, available to everyone: Start immediately with a fully-enabled community, Define the data fields for your members’ profiles, Choose your design from a large variety of templates, Benefit from the six groups community.”

    Web Crossing
    “Web Crossing helps companies strengthen brands and build relationships. We are the innovative leader in Internet collaboration solutions used by online communities and project teams.”

    YouFig

    “Create your own secure collaboration communities branded & customized for your company, school or organization.”

    There’s a bunch of companies that provide document management or email type systems, this isn’t that. If you know of other companies that should be on this list, please leave a comment.

    Check out my other industry indexes for the modern and evolving web.

    • http://www.crealityweb.com svetlana

      hmmm, YouFig is not accepting any new communities – no explanation, no future date, no signup… no fair :)

      I love what WordFrame has to offer but it’s a bit out of my budget – suggestions?

      I’ve been looking at Zoho and like it though it’s more of a platform, looking for something ‘out of the box’ that I can roll out as an intranet more quickly but with solid Web 2.0 features.

      Great list, thanks for sharing

    • http://www.cindyalvarez.com Cindy Alvarez

      Lithium for enterprise-level communities.

    • http://www.lumoflow.com Sami Linnanvuo

      Hi Jeremiah,

      Please include into your list Lumo Flow, an out-of-the-box project management and social networking solution for teams of all kind. It seamlessly combines discussions, tasks and Wiki with social networking features like profiles, activity feeds and microblogging with emphasis on transparency and ease-of-use. And best of all, the basic version is free for unlimited users for unlimited time!

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    • Maria del Rosario

      Thank you for the very informational article. Our CIO has asked us to look at companies that provide Web Collaboration Suites or Platforms, so the list is extemely helpful – helps to validate a lot of the vendors we are checking out. As a follow-up to this post, how about sharing your thoughts on the thought process/decision framework companies should go through/use to make the ultimate decision. Also, as things are rapidly changing in this space, how do you prevent from making a decision you can potentially get stuck with for 10+ years, when everyone else has moved to something else? (Thank you in advance!)

    • http://www.nuxeo.com/en/ Stefane Fermigier

      Don't forget out own company, Nuxeo, which provides an ECM platform that is standards-based, extensible and open source.

      More technical info here: http://www.nuxeo.org/

      Regards,

      S. Fermigier, CEO, Nuxeo – http://www.nuxeo.com/

    • http://www.protonmedia.com/ Domenick Naccarato

      If you don't mind, I'd also like to add our product to this list: ProtoSphere – It's a secure, private virtual world environment for collaboration and learning. ProtoSphere features a suite of tools including VoIP, text chat, application sharing, blogs, wikis, and SharePoint document integration, all designed specifically with the enterprise customer in mind.

      http://www.protonmedia.com

    • http://www.protonmedia.com/ Domenick Naccarato

      If you don't mind, I'd also like to add our product to this list: ProtoSphere – It's a secure, private virtual world environment for collaboration and learning. ProtoSphere features a suite of tools including VoIP, text chat, application sharing, blogs, wikis, and SharePoint document integration, all designed specifically with the enterprise customer in mind.

      http://www.protonmedia.com

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      HyperOffice's Intranet software could go on the list as well. Even enterprises have started to become inclined towards “out of the box” tools. This shifts onus from IT towards business goals.

    • Casey

      You should check out Mavenlink as well. I love it for managing projects, docs, payments, etc. I hope it takes off and continues to evolve.

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