Computerworld: Cisco's "Quad" platform aims to bring social networking features like status updates, instant messaging, document sharing, video communication, microblogging and communities to serious enterprise users. Currently in beta, the tool also includes calendaring and voice mail integration.
"The Cisco approach to bringing social networking into the enterprise is interesting and different in that it's more than just having an internal Facebook-like mechanism," said Dan Olds, an analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group. "Cisco is talking about integrating enterprise applications into the mix to give social networking more business functionality. This could be an attractive selling point to customers."