Yammer gets more social with new Ticker, Pages, Files features

Yammer gets more social with new Ticker, Pages, Files features

Summary: Yammer spruces up and gets more social with a news ticker and collaborative editing tools.

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Yammer is furthering how social its platform can be for the enterprise with three new features designed to boost collaboration on work projects.

The first and foremost is the Ticker, which is a news feed in real-time that displays what co-workers are doing on their enterprise applications. This ticker can be picked up and viewed on Yammer as well as third-party applications, making it much faster for team members to find information relevant to them.

For example, Box.net CEO Aaron Levie explained that Yammer Ticker can be integrated onto Box's open platform, allowing customers to get data and information from any application they use for further collaboration.

"We want to provide the easiest way to share, manage and accesses business information from any location, device or service," said Levie, "Just as with our personal lives, social activity streams in the enterprise -- like Yammer -- are causing today's organizations to become more connected and collaborative than ever before."

Some of the other integration partners include Zendesk and TripIt, the latter of which is also being integrated on Salesforce Chatter to keep colleagues posted on upcoming travel plans.

The second new function is Pages. Although it sounds like a new product from Google+, this type of Pages is a bit different -- although it does seem reminiscent of Google Wave, but hopefully better.

Basically, users can use Yammer Pages combines real-time collaboration on document editing with Yammer's social communication tools. Enterprise users can compile meeting notes, brainstorm ideas, draft content, etc. All of this can be social discoverable (or not, if you choose) company-wide.

Finally, there's Files, which is a bit similar to Pages, except this is really just more of a file-sharing and viewing tool. Yammer Files enables users to quickly share new or previously uploaded files in the context of projects, keep track of file versions, and integrate files with existing content management systems.

Activity from Yammer Files can also be transferred over to update on Yammer Ticker.

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Topic: Enterprise Software

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  • Is Yammer's Ticker a Security Problem for Consultants?

    Rachel -

    I have posted these questions to several people, (including Maria on Yammer's Blog) and have received ZERO replies. The lack of response really concerns me.

    Questions:

    Nearly all of the descriptions I have found of Yammer's functionality across the web is from the inside (of the enterprise) out. I have two questions from the outside in.

    I am a consultant with more than one client who would like me to join their Yammer External Network. Some of these clients are using Yammer partner applications (Box.net, Salesforce, etc.)

    I am concerned about your Ticker feature, which allows "everyone to see everything everyone is doing while they are doing it, including editing documents".

    Question1: Can each of my clients (i.e., a Yammer using enterprise) see the documents I am working on for my other clients via Ticker? If so, is there any way for me to block that as a mere External Network "invitee" with no Administrator powers?

    Question 2: Will it help to secure a different email address (i.e., a gmail address) specifically to use for each one of my client's External Networks? I am concerned about using my actual business email address for multiple Yammer External Networks as I have invested a lot in branding my business email address and cannot afford to end up with a messy situation between multiple clients who use Yammer.

    NOTE: Like all independent consultants, I have signed NDAs with all of my clients and I am legally on the hook for the security of every document I produce for my clients. The non-sharing (non-disclosure) of every document is an absolute requirement for me. If Yammer cannot guarantee to me (and other independent consultants) that any given client of mine will never be able to see any documents for any other client, regardless of the tool or application I am working within, regardless of whether I am logged into more than one Yammer Network account simultaneously, with or without identical email addresses for each account, I will need to inform my clients that I cannot join their Yammer External Networks and will recommend something much simpler (Basecamp + Skype or even Google Apps + Google+) as an alternative.

    Thanks in advance for your time and attention.

    Concerned Consultant
    ramontibon