Enterprise social tools allow users to collaborate through a social interface, similar to how they now do so in their private lives.

Key players in the enterprise social space include:

  • Yammer, a Microsoft acquisition.
  • Facebook at Work. “Facebook continues its mission to provide specific applications for certain use cases, pointing to Messenger for personal messages, WhatsApp for mobile messaging, Oculus VR for virtual interactivity, and Instagram for pictures, as examples.”
  • IBM Connections

Common to these systems is a need for authentication security and user identity and profile information (often sourced from HR systems).