When we think about a team of co-workers collaborating on a project we tend to imagine a bunch of people living, working and breathing the same air - locked in a building somewhere coming up with brilliant ideas. But things are not like that anymore. Your team members in the Internet-friendly 21st Century could well be spread between the group at the office, the ones working from home and the ones that are situated all over the world. Incentive is a social network for groups of people who might or might not work in the same building. It makes for an easier way of collaboration and communication than the present email system and allows instant contact within teams, projects and departments in the same way that your social network does.
Every day you handle information that is particularly relevant to you and the organization you’re working within. Every day you find stuff in your social networks - you like stuff and you share stuff with social friends. So why not transfer that into your working arrangements? Incentive lets you work just as you would when you’re at home and spending time on Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus. But the difference here is that its all work-related. Incentive is a social business software for enterprises of all sizes that gives you and your co-workers instant internal communication within the various teams and departments who are working on a project. And it works just how your social networks work. Most organizations suffer from internal e-mail flooding and information overload in general. Incentive is a downloadable server software that includes activity streams, wikis, blogs, and apps for internal collaboration. And to be extra sure of your security, you set it up securely behind your own firewall. Incentive is available in two different versions. It can be downloaded and installed on your server from Microsoft Web App Gallery or in the cloud at Windows Azure. Installation of Incentive hosts an unlimited number of wikis across your organization - all from a single point of administration. Wikis are good for sharing knowledge that anybody can access or contribute to. A blog can be set up within minutes to report directly to a project or a department and comes complete with RSS-feeds, threaded comments and other common features of standard blogging tools, such as Wordpress. An activity stream is the fastest way of getting help or discussing a subject. Incentive's streams works a bit like status updates in social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter and let you monitor a project at close hand, get a quick brief of something important or just offer quick answers to simple questions.
With Incentive you get the best of both worlds - a kind of a project information management tool and an internal social network - as well as a cost effective way of ensuring your team collaborates and communicates successfully no matter where they are. It seems more than sensible to base the concept of the app on social networks because most of us are familiar with the way it works leading to a much smoother form of communication. You can share relevant information easily between your team in the same way that you would on Facebook. Incentive delivers a very nice package of tools to engage and inform everyone who works on your team.