Facebook at Work is the latest application to enter the enterprise market with its promises of improved collaboration at the workplace. It boasts of the Facebook interface, that people are already familiar with, and features like groups, announcements, etc., that are typically available in any collaboration tool.
Its biggest advantage is that it is “Facebook.” It is a platform that everyone has used at least once and they know how it works. Also, since many employees already check Facebook multiple times a day, getting them to use Facebook at Work will not be difficult. Training needs are also negligible as everyone already knows how to use it. Experts too are waiting to see how it will compare with its competitors that are dedicated enterprise tools.
From what we know of the features available so far, there seems to be limited scope for customization of Facebook at Work. The interface might remain as provided—very Facebook-like. Also, adding further functionality to the application is currently not possible. Facebook at Work can be used as an intranet in an organization. But companies will still need other applications like HRMS, CRM, Lead Management System, etc. that Facebook at Work does not provide. Companies will still need to use other applications for these purposes.
This is where uKnowva trumps Facebook at Work. uKnowva has its own Extension Store where users can browse and download many apps that can improve the functionality of uKnowva. Basic uKnowva is a social Intranet for organizations where they can connect with each other, take part in discussions, share documents securely and much more. Add to this the Extension Store and uKnowva’s capabilities seem endless. In the Extension Store you can download apps for HRM, CRM, Lead Management, security, accounting, etc. In addition to downloading apps from the Store, users can link their existing applications with uKnowva and configure a single sign on so that all applications are accessible through uKnowva. Its UI is also customizable. You can choose from the existing layouts or get a custom layout made from the uKnowva team.
With so many options available to make uKnowva truly your own, any other enterprise tool, however popular, will seem inadequate.