We are proud to announce that today we are launching Beezy for SharePoint 2013 which enables true Enterprise Social Networking for SharePoint 2013.
Beezy has been successfully serving customers for almost three years now. During this period Beezy signed partnerships all over the world (Europe, LATAM, Middle East, APAC), covering more than 30 countries. Last year all the hard work culminated in an enterprise social project with one of the largest telecom operators in the world for a global deployment of Beezy in over 20 countries for over 100,000 employees. Read this blog if you want to know how they make the social enterprise a reality. Winning this project while competing head-to-head with Jive and VMware´s Socialcast validated that Beezy is able to stand out in this competitive enterprise social market.
This all took place in the “SharePoint 2010 era”. In the meantime Microsoft acquired Yammer and launched SharePoint 2013. People started asking: “What are you going to do now that Microsoft delivers all enterprise social features out of the box and on top acquired the market leader in enterprise social networking?” Our answer: “We will keep improving internal collaboration and drive employee engagement by filtering SharePoint complexity and adding a better social user experience”.
Over the past months we have been collecting customer feedback and fine-tuning our product. In the meantime the SharePoint 2013 marketing dust has also settled down. Now 10 months after SharePoint 2013 launch and over a year after the Yammer acquisition we can have a look at the facts:
SharePoint doesn´t deliver all social needs out of the box 
SharePoint´s UX is again too complex for end-users resulting in poor adoption 
Yammer doesn´t really integrate with SharePoint 
SharePoint 2013 is showing poor levels of adoption and employee engagement. Beezy solves this problem by focusing on two key objectives: 1) offer a consumer-like user experience and 2) filter SharePoint’s complexity. Consumer social services have evolved fast enough to again be ahead of the out-of-the-box functionality and at the same time, the User Experience of such a big platform has not realistically improved despite its renewed “Metro” design.
Beezy for SharePoint 2013 adds value in three areas:
Extending SharePoint 2013: more social. Social is not only about walls, comments and likes anymore. As companies get more mature in Enterprise 2.0, new needs emerge to boost sharing, transparency and collaboration.
Improving SharePoint 2013 with: better social. Improving user experience by taking the out-of-the-box social features to the level that employees expect and provide an intuitive interface that boosts SharePoint2013 adoption.
Moving from 2010 to 2013: smooth transition. Both end-users and IT staff are happy when they come from a Beezy in SharePoint 2010 installation. Employees don’t need to know about platform transitions. It doesn’t happen in the consumer world and they expect the same in their corporate tools. IT managers don’t need to go through a traumatic period in every platform transition. This is why Beezy offers a “Migration Edition” Package that makes migration quick and seamless.
Earlier this year Jeremy Thake did a great job in identifying “some really simple things that just need fixing” in SharePoint 2013. In the next weeks we will analyse these deficiencies case by case and we will explain how Beezy addresses these deficiencies.