New Incentive Apps Make It Easier to Get Stuff Done

While we've moved to a quarterly product release schedule at Incentive, that doesn't mean that product updates get put on hold between our major updates. 

Incentive Winter Edition 2015 introduced product enhancements and new apps like private chat and one-click cloud installation. And Incentive Spring Edition 2015 - which is right around the corner - promises to deliver additional functionality to let you to get more stuff done, together.

As we continue to work away on new, innovative aspects for Incentive Spring Edition 2015, we're rolling out a number of Incentive apps and functionalities to help whet your appetite for the great things to come.

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How to Effectively Work with Spaces in Incentive

Everything in Incentive belongs to a Space. These are areas where people gather around a common subject, whether it's a business department, a task, a project, or something else with a common denominator.

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Incentive + SharePoint Equals a Match Made in (Cloud) Heaven

Have you heard the news? We recently announced an important integration to our platform – SharePoint. Considering one in five knowledge workers use SharePoint each day, making it natively and easily accessible through Incentive was a no-brainer.

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SharePoint Integration with Incentive: Seamless and Complete

We’re happy to announce the public beta program for Incentive’s seamless integration with Microsoft SharePoint - which means that from now on you can find everything you need inside your organization, on a single socially powered collaboration platform, Incentive.

With the beta program, users will have access to the full functionality of SharePoint within Incentive. Our integration brings original SharePoint content into Incentive rather than mirroring folders or importing and copying content.

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Introducing Incentive Winter Edition 2015

What better way to celebrate 2015 than with the release of a new update of Incentive? Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to introduce Incentive Winter Edition 2015.

Today’s launch of Incentive’s Winter Edition 2015 introduces a new release schedule here at Incentive. We plan to offer four major release a year, calling them Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn release.

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New update brings feeds and tasks to Incentive

It's time for another monthly Incentive update. Today we give you Incentive 3.3, an update that brings some brand new features that will make your life even easier.

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The bright future of Video Collaboration

Video Collaboration is not just a fancy thing; one might even claim that it's not fancy at all - video's been around the Internet for many years and so has collaboration. 

The thing, however, is that video conferencing and all other professional video services have so far been to difficult to both setup and use. Still - correctly used - video is a very powerful tool for internal communication that can uncover hidden talents and business opportunities we would not have been able to spot otherwise.

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Los Angeles is the most interesting tech startup region

Since we moved Incentive to the US we have constantly been asked - why Los Angeles? We gave a brief answer in this blog in May 2013 and another more lengthy one in December.

Today, we can look back upon our choice as a very wise one. Several industry experts have since praised the so called SoCal-area as being one of the most interesting tech startup region in the US, and even among the top in the world.

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Why video conversations are so important in social business software

With the latest release of Incentive 3.3 we introduce the amazing technology called WebRTC and a new feature called Video Conversations.

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Social Intranet Readiness Checklist #6 - Would you benefit from a Google of your own?

Earlier this spring, we published a Social Intranet Readiness Checklist that you can apply on your own organization to check whether you are likely to benefit greatly from a social intranet or not.

If you've answered 'yes' to at least one of the six questions, your organization is probably ready for a social intranet solution. If you collected more than just one 'yes', you should definitely look for a social intranet solution as soon as possible.

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A social intranet does wonders to your company culture

Many organizations understand the ineffectiveness of email overload. Some organizations also realize the power of storing all knowledge in a single repository and being able to retrieve it from one single search bar. And further, a few organizations have grasped that a social intranet is a remedy to all of the above.

But how many organizations have understood how powerful a social intranet is when it comes to strengthening your company culture? Have you?

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Searchable and direct conversations in Incentive 3.2? Check!

Incentive 3.2 is out!

And we bring you a brand new feature, called Conversations. What you get is a new way to sendprivate messages between 2 or more people in Incentive.

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Social Intranet Readiness Checklist #5 - Is it important that you own your data and keep it safe?

Earlier this spring, we published a Social Intranet Readiness Checklist that you can apply on your own organization to check whether you are likely to benefit greatly from a social intranet or not.

If you've answered 'yes' to at least one of the six questions, your organization is probably ready for a social intranet solution. If you collected more than one 'yes' from the questions below, you should definitely look for a social intranet solution as soon as possible.

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The Enterprise Social Network market is anything but quiet

Last week, an article on CMSwire explained that the Enterprise Social Network (ESN) market is dead - much thanks to giants like Microsoft and Facebook.

At Incentive, we don't agree with the premise that this market space, ESN, has been quiet - quite the contrary - and that what's being done by Microsoft and Facebook will kill any opportunity for other companies to play in this space.

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Get awards for your social intranet efforts

Implementing, building and deploying a successful social intranet is a hot topic. If you succeeded particularly well, others will want to know how you did and see the results.

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Weekend highlights about Social Collaboration

Again, the weekend is coming soon - as usual we recommend 3 articles around social collaboration - this week we would like to share articles about disruption, change and meaning of design. 

1. 3 Unexpected Hacks on Common Collaboration Tools

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7 Things Great Employers Do (That You Can Too)

Why are some employees more excited about their jobs than others?

Determining why some employees are more excited to go to work every day is one of the great mysteries facing HR departments. This is often explored in HR articles, and sometimes even finds its way to the regular news section. Many give a coach-related speech about how you can change your view of your workplace.

But now a study concludes that it's more often the workplace itself that matters.

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Can 28 nations collaborate (privately) online?

This July, we made public that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has selected our private social intranet to improve collaboration, communication and productivity for its global employees. To start, Incentive will be used by close to 1 500 NATO employees around the globe, with plans to expand it reaching up to 10 000 staff.

The reaction to this news has been outstanding and affirms that organizations from all industries recognized the importance of centralized social intranet that's private and secure.

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Five simple tips for good internal communication

Content is king

Start with a social intranet implementation, then add useful content. If the content is useful - you will automatically improve your internal communication skills; just by facilitating relevant content at the terms of your colleagues. 

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Struggling with a Social Intranet User Guide?

Before rolling out your social intranet you need to prepare a social intranet user guide or policy for approval by management. Where do you start? It's easier to just go with what you know and write all the don'ts... But is that really a good way to engage employees to contribute content on your social intranet? No. Write what they can do!

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Social Intranet Readiness Checklist #4 - Do you have a bad experience from intranets?

Earlier this spring, we published a Social Intranet Readiness Checklist that you can apply to your own organization to check whether you are likely to benefit greatly from a solid intranet or not.

If you've answered 'yes' to at least one of the six questions, you should begin looking for a social intranet solution. If you have more than one 'yes', you should get a social intranet running as soon as possible.

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The intranet is dead. Long live the intranet!

Just two years ago, advocates of the social intranet had a hard time explaining to information workers what it was  - or more exactly, what it was good for?

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Are you able to work when the intranet is down?

What if the intranet where you work goes down? Will you still be able to work? Will you be able to manage your daily chores? Can you find what you need when you need it?

Perhaps you can. And perhaps you might even believe that is a strength, but in reality it's not. It just means that your intranet sucks.

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Let's send your last internal email

Most organizations feel overwhelmed by the amount of internal email messages that flood the inbox every day; messages that to some extent should be important but risk being nothing but time-consuming and annoying.

We do tend to get a good dose of spam every day too - and invitations and newsletters and the such; but most time-consuming of all e-mail messages are those you receive from your fellow coworkers. Not because they're not important - but because its contents might not be relevant to you, but you stll receive it. And the reply. And the reply after that. And the thread gets longer and longer - and still does not concern you.

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Are you the new Social Intranet Manager? Here are 5 tips for you

Who owns and takes care of the social intranet? And what do you call her?

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