Check out Gartner's magic quadrant for social software in the workplace


The current trend shows that the social software market is coming up with an increasing influence of the adjacent markets that has long-term implications which favours vendors with solutions spanning over social solutions itself. Gartner has assessed 14 Vendors to show the IT Professionals to find the right choice for their needs.

The Good news is that Microsoft is the Leader in Leaders quadrant. Microsoft has focused its social efforts on its online offerings Yammer and Office 365 (through closer incorporation of Yammer with the rest of Office 365), while focusing SharePoint on related capabilities — including document management, portals and websites.


Image Source: Gartner (October 2015)

Business use of these products varies in formality and openness and includes the following scenarios:

  • Employee productivity
  • Project coordination
  • Process improvement
  • Knowledge management
  • Innovation

In general, products that compete in this market help users to:

  • Find out about each other personally or professionally
  • Mine their networks of contacts and acquaintances for advice, references and referrals
  • Form teams, communities or informal groups, and potentially invite external participants from other organizations
  • Collaborate on the same work objects
  • Discuss and comment on their work
  • Organize work from an individual or group perspective
  • Identify relevant information
  • Discover other people with common interests
  • Alert users to information or events that might be relevant to them
  • Learn from others’ expertise

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