Vancouver's ThoughtFarmer makes the workplace social

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Should companies block social networking sites and email sites in their office to prevent distractions? Or should they embrace social media and the web 2.0 landscape, leveraging it to enhance collaboration, innovation, and productivity among employees?

OpenRoad Communications is a Vancouver-based web development company that has created ThoughtFarmer, which is a product that marries the functionality of your typical office intranet with the interactively communicative elements of social media.

The Georgia Straight recently brought to light the potential of ThoughtFarmer to transform the dry and drab cubicle office into something more resemblant of today's highly social and interactive world:

Intranets have their roots in the mid ’90s, but the concept of a social intranet is only about a year old, and ThoughtFarmer was the first piece of social intranet software on the market. ThoughtFarmer allows employees to work on documents together without the hassle of uploading, e-mailing, and downloading attachments. Version 4.0 features employee profiles that track the contributions of an individual to shared documents, wikis, blogs, and online discussions.

ThoughtFarmer can be used to create a valuable workplace resource, archiving contributions of former employees and allowing new ones to get familiar with the company’s policies and social culture. Its wikis, blogs, and social-media components merge the professional and the personal, engaging employees in new ways.

ThoughtFarmer, which is impressively scalable, may end up being a pioneer in what could easily become a trend: social intranets that morph old world offices into a professional landscape more reflective of the web 2.0 era.

What do you think of social intranets? Would you want to see your company adopt ThoughtFarmer?

Company:
OpenRoad Communications
Website:
http://www.openroad.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

OpenRoad Communications is a Vancouver-based technology consulting firm specializing in the development of custom software that make business and government operations more efficient and cost effective. more

Company:
ThoughtFarmer
Website:
http://www.thoughtfarmer.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

ThoughtFarmer is social intranet software. Build the ultimate digital workplace for communication & collaboration. 100-10,000 employees. Cloud & on-premise. ThoughtFarmer combines traditional intranet software with social features, including: Personalized News Feed Custom Branding Rich Employee Profiles and Directory Intuitive Navigation Wikis, Blogs, and Forums Document Management Social Activity Stream and... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more




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