Social Computing is Everywhere

Now matter where you look these days you are bound to see some reference of Facebook, Twitter or Linked In.  These tools have become mainstream methods for not only personal networking and collaboration, but also have become powerful methods for business to market and serve their customers.

Social computing, however, is not just a phenomenon outside the firewall, many organizations are leveraging the same desires to connect and collaborate but inside the firewall through blogs, wiki's and personal sites.  

Key Social Computing Solution Types

Enterprise 2.0

Enterprise 2.0 is a term used to describe solutions that utilize similar methods that we use as individuals but applying them within an organization.  Examples of these types of solutions include blogs, wiki's, personal sites and the use of tags and comments.

Integrated External Social Networking

A lot happens online within the social computing sphere.  Integrating the dialogue that is happening online into key systems such as CRM or SharePoint can be a great way to improve visibility of what is being said about your brand online.   

Solution Story: getSTEM of Minnesota

getSTEM of Minnesota is an effort that was developed through a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) to improve the interaction between the business community and educators to further the advancement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

To learn more about getSTEM, click here.

Using a SharePoint solution, users can post requests online which automatically get posted out to Twitter through direct integration between SharePoint and Twitter.  By integrating with Twitter, requests that have been posted on getSTEM are instantly posted to all followers of getSTEM on Twitter.

Key Technologies for Enterprise Social Computing


Why Avtex for Social Computing solutions?

Avtex has a long history of portal solutions that leverage social computing features.  We have worked with many large enterprises to help them implement their strategy of how to better communicate and collaborate with their employees using social computing methods delivered via the organizational portal.

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