edu1world.org Announces New User Interface & HiveSocial Now for Education

Edu1world.org is pleased to announce the upgrade of the site on the HiveSocial(TM) version 3.0 platform. The upgraded platform has a number of feature and functional enhancements specifically designed to improve productivity, communication ability, and user involvement in content creation, content search, and collaboration. These enhancements were made possible by a technology infrastructure upgrade to Microsoft’s .NET 4.0 Framework.

Concurrent with the upgrade to HiveSocial(TM) version 3.0, the Graphical User Interface has been redesigned with a new edu1world homepage. Navigation has been enhanced, as well as features and functions designed to increase clarity and sharpen the intuitiveness of the site. edu1world offers a plethora of communities offered as free, premium, public or private, and the upgrade includes enhanced member communities. Premium communities will now include: News and Insights, HEdLines, People on the Move, edu1 Career Center, edu1Research Center, Action Analytics, and the CIO Roundtable.

The upgraded edu1world.org consolidates communities and adds additional sub-communities to focus on the content and services that our members have told us are important to them. edu1world conducted customer satisfaction surveys and focus groups to fully understand their members’ needs, and from those surveys and focus groups worked to develop the new interface. Sean Kainec, Organic Web Strategist, worked intensely on this upgrade, and he commented, “This new user interface will revolutionize the collaboration communities on the site. I was impressed in working with the edu1world team on this redesign, as they always kept their customers’ suggestions at the forefront of each change.”

“Community and collaboration are important elements of our Open Digital Campus vision,” said Dave Becker, senior vice president, Strategy & Portfolio Management, SunGard Higher Education. “Since we launched our Commons community on the edu1world platform, customers have found great value in connecting with us and their peers to share expertise, ideas, challenges and best practices that help improve higher education. The new platform enhancements will help improve the interaction and overall Commons experience. We appreciate the work edu1world has done to listen and evolve the platform.”

The HiveSocial(TM) version 3.0 release also enables edu1world.org to host HiveSocialTM Now for Education. HiveSocial(TM) Now for Education facilitates colleges, universities, foundations, associations, education user groups, as well as other education organizations and companies to have their own branded, public/private communities with full administrative control. HiveSocial(TM) Now for Education utilizes a template based approach, with templates designed exclusively for education. edu1world.org is excited to host this zero software license, quick to implement, powerful social networking tool for higher education to connect and collaborate.

“Since 2008, edu1world has provided free premium content and value-added services to higher education employees. The addition of communities for education without any software license fees extends our commitment to lead the social business software for education space,” says edu1world President Vicki Tambellini.

edu1world.org is powered by HiveSocial(TM) version 3.0, which is a software-as-a-service. As such, members of edu1world will not be required to download any software applications to utilize the upgraded user interface or HiveSocial(TM) Now for Education.

According to Tambellini, “This newest upgrade to edu1world.org demonstrates that edu1world is focused on meeting the needs of our members. We are the innovators and leaders in affordable, robust, business social software community platforms for higher education. ”

edu1world.org is already used by more than 3,000 institutions and over 30,000 individual members from the global education community. Edu1world.org expects this technology upgrade, redesigned user interface, and HiveSocial(TM) Now for Education product offering to cement edu1world.org as the social collaboration site of choice for education.

About edu1world

edu1world.org serves higher education technology practitioners and providers, administrative professionals, vendors, associations, and faculty who are interested in and who work with technology. The edu1world.org site is made up of virtual communities of practice where members from around the world connect, collaborate, communicate, and access the information they need to succeed.

About Enterprise Hive, LLC

Enterprise Hive, LLC provides an enterprise-class social software platform and solutions to meet the needs of education and government organizations and corporations or corporate divisions that serve them. Enterprise Hive is headquartered in Irvington, Virginia.

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