It’s been a big couple of weeks for Jive, starting with the announcement of their acquisition by Aurea, and followed immediately by three jam-packed days at JiveWorld17. In the days since, there’s been a letter from Aurea CEO Scott Brighton published, as well as a number of articles, including this one from diginomica in which Jive CEO Elisa Steele shares a glimpse into her vision for Aurea & Jive.

As we highlighted in our post during the conference JiveWorld17 – The Story So Far, there are some exciting developments on the roadmap for Jive in 2017, starting with the move to AWS mid-year and culminating in the (anticipated) 2017.2 release in Q4 that aims to deliver Jive ID, Jive Content ID, and Universal Search. You can watch the Product Team session online for more details.


On the Wednesday at JiveWorld17, Anne and a panel of fellow L&D experts held a great discussion on using Jive to enhance your organisation’s capacity to learn, innovate and activate knowledge. You can watch the video of the session online, and also find videos of the other sessions as well.


The opening keynote by Dacher Keltner focused on human hypersociality and our drive to collaborate, highlighting emotion as a powerful connecting and driving force. As mentioned in last week’s Friday Faves, I was particularly interested in the points Dacher made about ‘awe’ as a mechanism of connection and, in turn, a stimulus for letting go of ego which promotes collaboration and helping others.


The final keynote was by Commander Mark Kelly, and based on the audience response in the room and on twitter, was one of the absolute highlights of the event. Commander Kelly’s story was raw and engaging, interweaving his career with his personal life as he told the story of human connection and collaboration through both his military history and through the traumatic experiences of his wife Gabby Giffords being shot.

In between we heard a number of great case studies across the streams, including focuses on data and metrics, engaging employees in customer communities, and how analytics and AI-enhanced apps might help us all to be more productive in the future.


Jive also announced their top 25 digital transformation award winners, in which Australia were represented by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners – an incredible achievement for a young Jive community. The ‘Elite 5‘ were announced on the final day, and included Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Citi, Providence St Joseph Health, Trane, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Overall the conference was a fantastic event – including the opportunity to meet the senior management of Aurea and discuss the news of Jive’s acquisition. The vibe across the 3 days was overwhelmingly positive, with a shared vision and lots of excitement for the future possibilities for Jive, and Jive as a member of the Aurea family of companies. The next Jive User Group in Australia will be held in Melbourne on Tuesday May 23, where some of the Australian-based Jive customers who were able to attend JiveWorld17 will share their experiences from the event. If you’d like more information or to attend, please get in touch.

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