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Is there a Fluther-like Q&A platform for use in the enterprise?

Asked by albert_e (529points) August 22nd, 2010

I would like to know if there is a ready-to-use framework similar to fluther that we can deploy within a company—

It would be a great way to improve collaboration and sharing of expertise across the organization.

If you have any other suggestions to implement this better, you are welcome. Thanks!

We have an existing MS Exchange, and SharePoint infrastructure that we could leverage if required.

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ipso's avatar

That’s a great question!

But I think you mean code completely internal to a company – not Federated – such that internal employees can ask/share questions, and that cannot be viewed outside the company.

I see a demand for that.

Sterling question.

I assume Fluther owners have not contemplated or accounted for this.

But we shall see, here.

(This question should be in Meta?)

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EmpressPixie's avatar

There are several companies currently targeting the enterprise social media scene—including the ability to Q&A. For the most part they are not pure Q&A like Fluther (you get companies like SocialText, Jive, Socialcast, or Yammer). In one of my courses, we had a few of these companies come and talk to us—while I was impressed by the application, I continue to like Fluther’s layout and design best. The focus on pure Q&A is a huge benefit in my mind (one person that spoke to my class did not seem to understand the value of Q&A and thought that microblogging could easily and sufficiently replace it). Perhaps Fluther will eventually roll out EF (Enterprise Fluther): just like FF except it doesn’t plug back into the main site.

Microblogging is super for letting folks know what you are working on and occasionally answering a question or two, but if you want to come back to the answers you got, get a bunch of answers, or get answers from folks outside your “network”, then microblogging tends to fail as a Q&A method.

rebbel's avatar

This isn’t answering your specific question i am afraid, and i have not used it myself, but is Google Wave not something for your company/co-workers?

“A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.”
“A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.”
“A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.”

EmpressPixie's avatar

@rebbel Wave is certainly not a long-term solution, what with how they are closing it down and all.

rebbel's avatar

Goes to prove that i don’t know much about these things…, i was not aware of that.

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BarnacleBill's avatar

Socialcast and Yammer are appropriate for business use.

ben's avatar

Opzi is also focused on enterprise Q&A, though it’s not yet public.

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