Yammer Extends Real-Time Communications Platform With Launch Of Yammer Communities

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New Product Enables Secure Microblogging Across Companies and Organizations

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Yammer, Inc., the leader in Enterprise Microblogging and Real-time Communications, today announced the availability of Yammer Communities. Yammer Communities provides secure, business-to-business microblogging capabilities, facilitating a multitude of inter-company communication needs. With over 60,000 companies and organizations already using Yammer to improve internal communication and collaboration, Yammer Communities is a logical extension of the platform to foster improved inter-business interaction.

“Our customers benefit from using Yammer for internal communication and many have asked if they could leverage the platform for enhanced collaboration with their customers, partners, vendors, and suppliers,” said David Sacks, CEO at Yammer. “In response to market demand, we’re pleased to deliver Yammer Communities. We took the same, rich feature set and robust security that we offer for intra-company use and extended it for business-to-business microblogging. Organizations are now able to create real-time communication networks for interaction between them and key contacts in their business networks.”

The Yammer Communities product is immediately available and can be found at http://www.yammer.com. Yammer Communities contains comprehensive privacy and security functionality, ensuring that each company’s internal network is completely secure and that users but not data can move between networks. Key features:

  • Use Yammer for both internal and external communication
  • Create and administer an unlimited number of Communities
  • Invite internal and external colleagues regardless of email domain
  • Participate in and quickly toggle between multiple Yammer networks
  • Control access to and linking of Communities to company networks
  • Control privacy and security settings with suite of administrative tools
  • Keeps company data secure (users can move between networks but data does not)

Many Yammer customers have already been using an early version of Communities as members of a Best Practices Network that leverages the Yammer platform for inter-company discussion about Yammer use cases, tips and tricks, and product questions and suggestions. Customer reaction to the introduction of Communities is positive, with many companies commenting on a wide range of business areas that the product will aid.

“We’re excited about the launch of Yammer Communities,” said Caren Cummings, director of interactive communications at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “We want to provide our patients with a secure, real-time communication platform to connect with each other and with medical professionals. Patients are grateful to be able to speak with people who have survived their cancer and who know firsthand what they are experiencing.”

“At Deloitte Australia, we’ve successfully used Yammer to connect our consulting professionals and to crowd source ideas about strategic initiatives,” said Peter Williams, CEO at Deloitte Digital Pty Ltd. “Additionally, I have been actively involved in the Yammer Best Practices Network, sharing product advice and tips with Yammer users from dozens of companies. Having seen the benefits of leveraging Yammer to communicate securely among companies, I am pleased that Yammer is productizing this functionality for general availability. With 168,000 employees globally, we will use Yammer Communities to hook up with our colleagues throughout the world.”

“Yammer Communities enables educators from schools across New Mexico to connect and share best practices,” said Dr. Julia Parra, assistant professor at New Mexico State University. “Teachers can interact with colleagues they previously wouldn’t have met, receiving just-in-time support and sharing expertise. This network is vital for educators as they try new techniques to improve practice and impact learning for thousands of students across the state.”

“Yammer is an important tool for encouraging connections and collaboration among SMG employees worldwide, and Yammer Communities will help us improve rapport and idea-sharing with the clients that are the lifeblood of our business,” said Deb Medsker, vice president and global director of knowledge management at Starcom MediaVest Group. “The ability to welcome our clients into the conversation in a secure, controlled yet collaborative environment will be a great asset for everyone involved.”

“Yammer has been very successful at Alcatel-Lucent,” said Greg Lowe, global infrastructure architect at Alcatel-Lucent. “We are excited that there will now be ways to extend that success outside the company with our customers and partners, and to support core business objectives such as ‘Improved Customer Intimacy’ and ‘Open Innovation’.”

About Yammer, Inc.
Yammer (http://www.yammer.com) is the market and technology leader in Enterprise Microblogging and Real-time Communications. By enabling crisp and frequent updates to be posted by employees, Yammer is revolutionizing the way companies communicate, collaborate, and share content. As information is posted, a feed is created in one central location enabling co-workers to discuss ideas, post news, ask questions, and share links and other information. Over 60,000 companies and organizations are using our award-winning Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution to improve employee productivity and financial results.

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Yammer, Inc.


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