IDC just released their annual analysis of the Enterprise Social Software market. The report, entitled “Worldwide Enterprise Social Software: 2012 Vendor Analysis” includes a number of noteworthy market insights including the following:

  • Organizations are now beginning to extend current deployments, looking to rich clients across all mobile form factors (particularly smartphones and tablets) as well as other collaboration functions like email, instant messaging (IM), presence, and audio and Web conferencing.
  • Extending a streamlined enterprise social software user experience across mobile form factors will enable end users to continue to collaborate in the context of work processes and across a number of device interfaces.

These are timely findings considering that just released Connect last week. This new offering provides the consistent and uniform social user experience for SharePoint across mobile and desktop platforms that IDC recommends.

The report also spotlighted as a significant player in the Enterprise Social Software space.  Here are some of the key findings:

  • products offer the extended functionality of Microsoft SharePoint, including document version control and content editing in native applications.
  • client-side analytics are based on presence awareness, with reporting based on profile and status changes.

The report concludes that

“ is a Contender in this analysis and will continue to target the solution in industries with a strong requirement for document management… focuses on persona-based solutions to demonstrate how the role a user performs in an organization can be augmented with a more social experience.”
The report includes a profile of and it lists as a significant company in the social software space. To see the full report, click here(subscription required).