Apps as you know them have forever changed! With Jive, you've always been able to build exciting, powerful, social business applications. Today, Jive !App Experiences takes this capability a big step further, enabling users to invoke powerful applications and merge them fluidly into documents, discussions, and other activities. Your app is, literally, one key stroke away!
“This is really a new paradigm--not just for social business, but for business applications in general,” said Tony Zingale, Jive CEO. “We're turning the old model of portlets, Web Parts, and dashboards on its head--moving from a world where users have to jump from one application to another, to a single integrated experience where everything you need is at your fingertips. Jive !App Experiences give users the power to enhance and customize their work environment in ways that were never possible before. This is one of the ways our new platform makes social business a more holistic, pervasive experience, and we expect it to change the way applications are used across the industry.”
With Jive !App Experiences, users can transparently merge !App functionality into whatever they're working on. Simply type a "!" character and choose the desired !App function from a pop-up menu. Jive calls this unprecedented capability "!App mentioning" (like @mentioning). For example, a user collaborating on a business plan can insert the latest pipeline report using a CRM !App, or embed a chart using a diagramming !App, or assign a task to another user with a project management !App -- all without ever leaving the document.
See !App Mentioning in action
Apps in the Activity Stream
Because !App Experiences leverages the Embedded Experiences technology from OpenSocial, when your application is embedded as part of Jive content, it will flow into the Jive What Matters Activity Stream. In the example below, I've created document and embedded a link to a wikipedia page. By simply clicking on the link, the wikipedia app is opened and the content displayed. You don't have to leave the stream to interact with the app. It's right there. In the stream. One click away.
In Place Install
At Jive, we've always wanted to make it easy for your app to spread virally within the enterprise. We've completely reimagined how apps should be installed. No more navigating to the market. No more leaving where you are getting your work done. Now the market comes to the you! The same one click install process that is now an embedded experience making it possible to get the app where you are when you need it!
One Click Launch
Want to jump right into an app? No problem. We've made it radically easier for the you to launch an app. With the new quick launcher, you are one click away from the fully immersive experience of the application.
Open the Quick Launcher, click the app's icon...
...and you're there!
Another new capability, called App Actions, lets users share content, discussions, and other activities with any third-party app with a single click. For example, it's easy to convert discussions to actions by simply clicking on the link to open a project management app (e.g. Goshido) and then creating a new action for your team.
Easy to Build!
The best part about !App Experiences is that they are easy to build. They use the same OpenSocial technology that drives the rest of the Jive Apps Framework. In fact, this is a great example of how community driven innovation from OpenSocial has been woven into the platform. To !App enable your application, you simply add, in OpenSocial parlance, an "action contribution", and a new view, "embedded". That's it! Everything else is apps as usual. Same great OpenSocial technology you are used to. Keep an eye out on this blog post and the the documentation section of the community to learn the details and get started enabling your apps!
Get Started Today!
I hope that you are as excited as I am about the new !App Experiences. These new capabilities in Jive, built using open standards and open technology, make it easy to build new and innovative social apps, and give your existing ones a social life. The Jive Apps Market provides a pleasant, in place installation experience that makes it easy for you to deliver your application. A public sandbox for development will be available shortly. For now, you can get started with the Jive !App Experiences immediately via Jive Cloud, Jive's public cloud service, and in Try Jive, Jive's new 30-day free trial.
!Apps & Happy Coding
Developer Evangelist, Jive Apps