Silverpeas is an Open-Source Collaborative and Social Web Portal mainly used by our users to build an Intranet or an Extranet. The key words of Silverpeas are collaboration and social network. Atop of a collaborative bus and a social network engine, about 30 ready to use applications are freely available to share documents (EDM Electronic Document Management), to streamline project management, to manage content (CMS), and to optimize the management of knowledge and skills.
Among the ready to use applications, you can find: EDM, Pictures Gallery, directories, calendars, workflow, forms, blog, wiki, forums, project management, and so on. It offers also a non-technical mechanism of delegation of rights and a powerful transverse taxonomy mechanism, that is coupled with the search engine, enable users to find rapidly the information they are looking for.
Silverpeas is built on the Java JEE environment leveraging both its architecture and its cutting-edge technology. It is made up of a collaborative bus through which a large variety of both technical and business services are provided, atop of which are built about 30 freely available applications. It provides also a framework to develop new applications and a set of components to build a coherent and integrated look&feel.
Below an example of services provided by the collaborative bus:
Below an example of some available applications:
A foreman analyses the efficiency of a production line. When a problem is found, the foreman and designer work together to propose a solution which can be implemented immediately. If the designer and foreman are located thousands of miles from each other, as is common these days, then alternative tools to the telephone can be used. In this situation, the collaborative platform really comes into its own.
A user is involved in a project with a validation process. The workflow can be managed so the 'todo' list and schedule is fed with information and updated in realtime. This is particularly useful for meetings and staying in contact with up to the minute news.