NewsGator’s Idea Stream for Social Sites 2010 unleashes social innovation

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NewsGator’s Idea Stream for Social Sites 2010 unleashes social innovation

Improved capability helps organizations cultivate employee suggestions for
products, initiatives, and strategies

DENVER, Nov. 9, 2010 – NewsGator today unveiled a new solution package for
its social computing suite that enables organizations to cultivate new
products, initiatives, and strategies from inspiration through execution.

Idea Stream for Social Sites 2010 is an optional new solution package for
NewsGator Social Sites 2010, the only social computing suite fully
integrated with the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 collaboration platform. It is
the second new Social Sites 2010 solution package launched in as many weeks.

Idea Stream empowers employees to propose new ideas to the organization,
either informally or as full-blown campaigns. Any idea is open to
colleagues’ comments, “likes” or votes. Structured campaign tools offer
granular control, reporting, workflow, and forms for data collection.

Idea Stream supports suggestions as simple as new conference room names or
as sophisticated as new lines of business. Ensuing conversations can range
from a few minutes of impromptu feedback to months of structured idea
development, including brainstorming, selection, due diligence, funding, and
execution. Employee ideas appear in personal activity streams, on MySite Web
pages, on desktops, on mobile devices, in Social Sites communities, and in
dedicated project areas.

Last year NewsGator was first to introduce innovation management technology
to social computing through its Social Sites for SharePoint 2007 product.
Idea Stream for Social Sites 2010 is smarter, better, and more deeply
integrated into Social Sites.

“Using Idea Stream, a quiet employee might suggest an entirely new use for
the company’s flagship product that could double sales volume,” said Brian
Kellner, vice president of products with NewsGator. “Without a way to
invite, capture, and nurture innovation, such opportunities would be lost.”
For another take on Idea Stream, read today’s blog post from Brian on the
NewsGator Social inSites blog.

Idea Stream for Social Sites 2010 will be available this month as will News
Stream, another Social Sites 2010 solution package announced last week. For
more information, visit www.newsgator.com.

About NewsGator Technologies
NewsGator, founded in 2004, offers award-winning enterprise social computing
solutions. Our flagship product – Social SitesR – is social computing
software built directly inside Microsoft SharePoint. Direct integration with
SharePoint’s business collaboration platform means Social Sites integrates
hassle-free with thousands of companies’ existing computing infrastructures.
Capabilities such as microblogging, activity streams, social profiles,
mobile clients and expertise location – much like familiar consumer-oriented
social software – ensure Social Sites users extract real business value from
collaboration and knowledge management activities. With over 2.5 million
paid enterprise users, NewsGator helps the Fortune 2000 and the government
to better collaborate, share content, expand employee knowledge and improve
productivity. In 2010, NewsGator was ranked one of the fastest-growing
companies in North America on Deloitte’s 2010 Technology Fast 500, named one
of KMWorld’s 2010 Companies That Matter and was chosen as a Microsoft ISV
Partner of the Year Finalist. Customers achieving results include Accenture,
Biogen Idec, CME Federal Credit Union, Deloitte, Fujitsu, Novartis, the
United States Air Force, and the United States Army. Get social at
www.newsgator.com.

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