LAS VEGAS, Oct. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq:JIVE), the leader in social business, revealed the winners of the 2012 Jive Awards, recognizing customers using social business to drive business results. Jive customers are today's trailblazers and tomorrow's business leaders, embracing social technologies that allow them to work more effectively and change the way business gets done.
The 2012 Jive Awards were chosen by a prestigious group of judges that included external influencers and thought leaders, previous Jive Award winners, and Jive senior leadership. This year's winners were the most diverse since the award program's inception, spanning the globe and exploding through boundaries with the help of Jive's award-winning platform.
The 2012 Jive Award winners are announced in the following categories:
The Teaming Award recognizes a team or group that uses Jive for Teams to accomplish a specific goal or project that requires collaboration across the organization.
HealthFitness serves Fortune 100 companies by providing program managers who work on location with clients to implement and run their health and wellness programs for employees. HealthFitness's search for a social solution was lead by executive management, who chose Jive after an extensive review of Jive, Chatter, and Yammer.
"When we decided to implement a social business solution in our organization, I looked at all the options on the market and ultimately chose Jive for its ability to bring more efficiency and productivity to the team," said Paul Lotharius, president and chief executive officer at HealthFitness. "We're looking forward to Jive helping our program managers feel more connected with HealthFitness and their global colleagues, leading to a happier workforce."
The Engage Employees Award recognizes a social intranet solution that helps foster cross-departmental collaboration, improvements in efficiency, problem solving, and innovative approaches to drive adoption.
Winner: Millward Brown
Millward Brown is a leading global research agency specializing in advertising, marketing communications, media, and brand equity research. Judges cited the enthusiasm exhibited by Millward Brown's user community and its wide, global user adoption, with 86% of employees having used Jive within five months of its rollout.
"Our community has become a key part of our employees' daily working lives because the Jive platform has really allowed us to get closer to employees in the community," said Deepa Ramesh, global community manager at Millward Brown. "In our organization, the Jive technology has become synonymous with collaboration and an essential part of how we get work done."
The Engage Customers award recognizes an organization for building a customer service solution to improve customer satisfaction, increase loyalty, and engagement.
Winner (tie): Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers. The Jive Award judges cited the scale of the Jive deployment and the positive sentiment of its customers as the most impressive attributes of the implementation.
"Because of our implementation of Jive, our community has become the center of excellence in peer to peer content" said Lauren Hickey, community manager at Verizon Wireless. "With a simple migration to Jive, we developed a robust environment in which real solutions and support is being offered to and by customers every minute of the day."
Winner (tie): Premier Farnell
Premier Farnell is a leading multi-channel, high service electronics distributor supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals globally. Judges mentioned Premier Farnell's unique, external facing element14 community, powered by Jive, with more than 125,000 registered members and the fact that Premier Farnell is one of Jive's earliest social technology adopters, having implemented the platform back in 2009.
"element14 is fundamental to our strategy and our value proposition," said Dianne Kibbey, global head of community at element14. "It has successfully driven the acquisition and engagement of new customers around the globe, and is a vital part of our future e-commerce strategy as engineers increasingly look for information and expertise online."
New Way to Business
The New Way to Business award is the best-in-show award, recognizing the mastery of Jive across an organization's employees, customers, and partners and has demonstrated a strategic organizational change in the way work gets done.
PwC's network of firms in 154 countries is committed to delivering quality assurance, tax and advisory services. Jive Awards judges were blown away with the amount of organizational transformation PwC is realizing in just a short time. Spark, a PwC business network using Jive was launched in spring, 2012. Adoption grew virally as Jive became the hub for PwC employees to collaborate and create value for themselves and their clients. Using Jive, Spark represents a new and better way of working -- one similar to how PwC employees already connect with others in their personal lives. Within six months 90,000 people use Spark and growth continues as PwC people find innovative ways to derive value from the solution. PwC leadership uses Spark to engage employees, locate experts and hold powerful conversations on key strategic issues.
"By embracing a social business mindset and implementing a robust solution like Jive, we're making a large network feel small; enabling more than 180,000 people across 154 countries to connect with each other and collaborate on key issues with great speed and reach. This helps us deliver the best of PwC to our clients each and every day," said Paula Young global knowledge leader at PwC.
About Jive Software
Jive Software (Nasdaq:JIVE) is the world's leading social business provider. We bring social technology innovations from the consumer world into enterprises securely and at scale, changing the way work gets done. Our platform combines the power of big data, enterprise integrations and social collaboration technologies. Millions of people at the world's largest companies are using Jive-powered networks internally and externally to transform their businesses. For a free trial of Jive's next-generation social business platform, please visit www.jivesoftware.com.
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