Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) January 22, 2013
Similar to the explosive growth of social media, employees are embracing social enterprise tools and creating user-generated content at a rapid-fire pace. ThoughtFarmer, a leading supplier of intranet software, has developed a new archiving tool to help companies maximize and control this wealth of social information.
Social features, such as blogs, wikis, and activity feeds, are becoming common in enterprise software. Sixty one percent of companies have adopted at least one social feature (Prescient Digital, Social Intranet Study 2012). Enabling employees to create content is transforming stagnant, hardly-used intranets into flourishing internal social networks. This shift towards all-digital workplaces, combined with ever-increasing data storage limits, has removed pressures to clean-out and delete old content.
ThoughtFarmer discovered that most of their social intranets produce thousands of pieces of content every year, even in small businesses. Intensifying the issue, users feels resistant to deleting published work. Studying usage patterns, ThoughtFarmer found that over 80% of user-generated content never gets deleted from company intranets. As social intranets mature, this content simply builds up over time. To the employee, this means more time looking for the right document, more frustration sifting through hundreds of search results, and more work duplicating content they can't find.
With this in mind, ThoughtFarmer designed a new archiving feature for their upcoming release. Archiving allows users to “hide” content that they consider ROTten (redundant, outdated, and trivial) with one click. Intranet managers have special access to quickly identify and instantly archive large volumes of content, based on how infrequently it has been accessed. Once archived, content can still be easily accessed and searched, without disrupting the regular flow of intranet information. During a pre-release preview, Duane Nicol, Marketing and Communications Manager at Assiniboine Credit Union, shared how the new feature will be useful at his organization: “The new archive features alone make ThoughtFarmer 6 an extremely valuable upgrade. It's going to help us keep content fresh and relevant."
ThoughtFarmer 6.0 launches officially on February 6th, 2013. ThoughtFarmer released a quick two minute video of the new features, which include archiving, plus:
As social features become better integrated into the workplace, the threat of a social content explosion becomes very real. Organizations need intranet software governance, along with efficient archiving tools, like those included in ThoughtFarmer 6.0, to continue to derive benefits from employee-generated content.
Learn more about instant archiving in ThoughtFarmer 6.0. or watch the new release video.
While there are many intranet solutions, Vancouver-based ThoughtFarmer has uniquely positioned its efforts around the social intranet (in fact, they coined the phrase). Launched in 2005, ThoughtFarmer is an enterprise solution that feels like a light web application. Users love it because it works the way they want it to – making internal communication and collaboration easy. Clients include Continuum, Fokker, FutureBrand, Guardian News & Media, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Penn State University, USDA and USGS.
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