Put the fun and games aside. This week we looked at social media in the enterprise as more of a necessity than a trend. 

Enterprise Social Media Becomes a Necessity

"If your organization is not using social media to engage employees, it is risking obsolescence," warned Toby Ward , CEO of intranet consulting firm, Prescient Digital Media. Most are on board with this idea, as a survey revealed that a whopping 87% of organization intranets, regardless of size, have enterprise 2.0 tools in place.

Some other interesting numbers with regard to commonly used tools:

  • 53% have intranet blogs (an 18% increase from last year’s survey); 18% have deployed blogs enterprise wide; only 8% have no plans or interest in deploying blogs
  • 52% have intranet discussion forums (a 13% increase from last year’s survey); 23% enterprise use; 9% have no plans or interest
  • 51% have intranet instant messaging (an 11% increase from last year’s survey); 34% enterprise use; 19% have no plans or interest
  • 49% have intranet wikis (a 4% increase from last year’s survey); 17% enterprise deployment; 11% have no plans or interest

Surprised that you don't see mashups or social networking platforms in there? Ward claims they haven't hit the critical masses yet, but are in the process of doing so. Mashups prevalence has increased 75% since last year, while social networking is up 42%.

Another factoid that may come as a surprise: Microsoft is leading the enterprise 2.0 competition. "For those organizations that have deployed 2.0 tools inside the firewall, about half of all organizations have SharePoint (in some shape or form)," continued Ward. "No other vendor is used in more than 20% of organizations (some organizations use multiple solutions).

Out of the 525 participants (representing companies of all sizes from across the globe) the survey found that::

Meanwhile, Lotus Connections (Quickr) and SocialText were only present in 5% and 2% of organizations respectively.

Skype Bounces Back with Critical Business Moves

After a less than pleasant 2009, Skype (news, site) is back to prove that it's still the number one VoIP platform. Here's a quick look at some of its latest moves:

Enter New CEO

Skype's CEO Josh Silverman has been replaced by Cisco's own Tony Bates. The once Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ciscos Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business Group, had US$ 20 billion in revenue and 12,500 employees at his old company. Skype’s annual revenue is about one-twentieth of that.

Partnership with Avaya

Though there were recent rumors of Cisco purchasing Skype, the VoIP platform's recent partnership with a sizable unified communications company called Avaya all but obliterates that possibility. 

Skype Channel Partner Program

Last month, Skype launched a channel program to train and certify systems integrators. This sort of plan falls in line with their IPO filing by providing a bigger presence among small and mid-sized businesses.

Check out more of the deets here

Neudesic Evolves Business Communication with Pulse

Bent on the belief that information should be as easy to find within your company as it is online,a brand new-ish company called Neudesic released Pulse, a solution that aims to bring the cream of the enterprise crop to the forefront.

Pulse is built to support outfits of any size, and Neudesic claims that it is an equal-opportunity platform when it comes to CRM or collaboration tool choice.

Fully aware that the enterprise collaboration space is bursting at the seams, Neudesic also offers a start up Pilot Program, designed to identify an organization's enterprise collaboration goals, as well as assistance with the Pulse installation process.

OpenOffice Breaks from Oracle, Goes Libre

Developers of OpenOffice.org broke free of Oracle (news, site) to create a modified version of the software called LibreOffice

The developers, a.k.a. the Document Foundation, will manage and oversee all the work for LibreOffice. The platform is best described a stripped-down version of OpenOffice.org, including Novell managed updates that provide Microsoft compatibility.

The move has increased tension between the open-source community and Oracle over the open-source projects that were managed by Sun Microsystems before being acquired by Oracle. Check out all the drama here