How video jives with social business networking for the federal government

16th September, 2011 - Posted by Meredith Lawrence - No Comments

In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the federal government began to analyze the intelligence and defense communities to determine just how an attack so terrible could be planned and executed against our country. What many experts ultimately concluded was that collaboration and information sharing between disparate agencies and organizations was lacking.

The need for increased collaboration and information sharing among the intelligence and defense sectors has led to the adoption of social networks designed to help connect individuals in the community and share data and resources. One example is the United States Intelligence Community’s A-Space, which was created by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s (ODNI) Office of Analytic Transformation and Technology.

A-Space was created to provide analysts with access to interagency databases and search classified and unclassified sources. It also enables web-based messaging and collaboration tools. A-Space, which was built on Jive’s platform, was heralded for its ability to utilize new technologies to increase collaboration in the government, and was even named 35th out of 50 inventions listed in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2008.

A-Space is an incredible example of the ways that social business networks can drive increased communication and information sharing in the federal government. Whether it be between federal agencies and constituents, multiple agencies or government employees within the same agency, social business networking is enabling the government to distribute information and collaborate instantaneously. And now, social business networking is going to bring something else to the federal government; video.

This week, Polycom and Jive announced a strategic relationship that will integrate Polycom HD video into Jive’s Social Business Platform. This integration will bring rich video communication to Jive users and further increase their ability to communicate and collaborate with their peers.

The integration of video into Jive’s platform will enable users to engage in point-to-point and multi-point group video chats in real-time, as well as record meetings or video messages and archive them in the context of their group for others to retrieve and view at any time. These capabilities can have significant benefits in the areas of collaboration, information sharing and training.

Social business networks, such as the Intelligence Community’s A-Space, are revolutionizing the way federal agencies are communicating internally and with constituents. By integrating Polycom’s enterprise-grade, HD video conferencing solutions into Jive, government agencies will be able to collaborate, educate and share in previously unheard of ways.

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