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VMware adds project management, secure IM to Socialcast platform

Thor Olavsrud | April 19, 2013
The virtualization giant adds project management and secure messaging capabilities to its enterprise social networking and collaboration platform in an effort to break down information silos and centralize workflow.

"Two years ago, we launched a beta product called Strides that was our initial exploration into social project management. We took all the feedback users gave us, and put that into creating Socialcast Projects," Bodensteiner says.

"We believe we have created an easy-to-use and highly efficient tool that emphasizes communication over process to help teams work more efficiently, Bodensteiner says. Now team members can track deliverables, action items, and timelines within the Socialcast community, without the need to resort to spreadsheets, emails or status meetings."

On the secure real-time messaging front, VMware added Socialcast Messenger, a free mobile application companion to Socialcast Private Message. It allows you to have ad-hoc conversations with individuals or teams, as well as share files, photos and location information. At the same time, it keeps work-related communications within IT's domain, allowing the IT organization to secure the channel against security breaches and compliance violations, according to VMware.

Finally, VMware has added an improved command and control interface for community administrators that allows the configuration and customization of communities to fit the unique requirements of an organization's culture. It centralizes management of security and employee access as well as integration with other business systems like auditing and reporting.

Socialcast is immediately available as an on-premise or software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution.


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