NewsGator's Idea Stream for Social Sites 2010 Unleashes Social Innovation

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

Nov 09, 2010, 11:00 ET from NewsGator

DENVER, Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- 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

About NewsGator Technologies

NewsGator, founded in 2004, offers award-winning enterprise social computing solutions. Our flagship product – Social Sites® – 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

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