ClearSpace – The unified collaboration platform

JiveSoftware, provider of open-architecture based collaboration production, will be launching a new unified collaboration platform, ClearSpace. The product, which officially launches in early February, provides gives the power of Wikis, Blogs, Discussion Boards, and IM, all in one place.

Jive’s existing J2EE based product line includes Jive Forums, RTC server based on XMPP protocol – Wildfire, XMPP instant messaging client- Spark, Customer Chat client – Spark Fastpath, and Integrated Server. After having discussions with number of its existing customers, Jive management realized that companies wanted to implement newer collaboration tools but were more interested in J2EE base. Also implementing point solutions likes Wiki, or Blogs would only drive the maintenance cost up with additional inability to move data across each of these independent applications.

Realizing the opportunity, Jive team went ahead and built ClearSpace as an integrated platform that encompasses the old and new collaboration domains – Wiki, Discussion Boards, Blogs, Document Store, Email notifications, nested chat/IM, User Management, LDAP/AD integration, and tagging. Companies using ClearSpace will easily be able to setup collaboration community for each of their hierarchical departments or cross-team projects. In ClearSpace, each community can have its own discussion board, document store, access control,……. with everything tied together with tags and tag groups.

Jive team has gone a step further to enable reuse of user generated content/data, and faster response+interaction to content changes. ClearSpace users will be able to convert community discussion to a wiki document(instead of regular copy-paste), export group chat to wiki documents, create respond to content via email or IM, get notified about content updates by RSS/email/IM, email or instant messages for document collaborate invites, and participate in real-time multi-people wiki editing and viewing session. Companies will also be able to turn on collaboration with external clients on content located on internal ClearSpace server. Integration with WebDAV is another nice feature that will enable easy browsing, and emailing of docs located in ClearSpace.

Best part I like about ClearSpace is its pricing. ClearSpace is planned to be free for companies with 5 people, priced at high $20 or low $30s/user/monthyear, making it an extremely affordable collaboration platform for small or large teams.

Looking at the existing collaboration solutions, ClearSpace makes it very easy to gauge performance of team members with the ability to pull up all the information and content related to a particular team member. Also the reuse of content makes sure teams don’t end up creating redundant data silos and migration of projects from development to production stage does not result in loss of important lessons learnt on the way. On the whole, ClearSpace does seem to shaping up as the integrated tool that lot of the teams will be looking to get their hands on.



11 Responses to “ClearSpace – The unified collaboration platform”

  1. Dave Hersh Says:

    Nice overview! One clarification — the pricing on Clearspace is per user per *year*, not per month.

    Dave Hersh
    CEO, Jive Software

  2. Vivek Says:

    Sam L. was on vacation, hence could not confirm the price. Anyway pricing has been corrected now 🙂

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