Resilient Steelers bounce back _ again

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) runs past Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are good again. For a week anyway.Yet if one of the NFL’s most enigmatic teams has learned anything over the last three months, it’s that stringing success from one Sunday to the next remains tricky. This week’s season-salvaging triumph is next week’s gut-punch loss. Thirteen weeks into an equally parts promising and puzzling season, Pittsburgh finally insists it’s ready to stop running in place.“I feel like this time of the year, you’re not allowed to have those slip-ups anymore,” linebacker Arthur Moats said. “If we want to be a team like we’re trying to be, we have to be successful this week.”Good luck with that. A trip to Atlanta is the only thing between the Steelers (8-5) and a two-game homestand against Kansas City and the Bengals that will determine whether they make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Three wins and Pittsburgh captures the AFC North. Two and a return to January football is likely. Anything less — and the Steelers will almost certainly be favored in all three games — and another long offseason awaits.The math is simple. Breaking a pattern in which the Steelers have mixed euphoric wins against contenders to confounding losses to also-rans is not.Maybe that’s why dozens of players showed up at the team facility on Monday even though coach Mike Tomlin gave them the day off.“The actions on your off days speak a lot about you,” Moats said.Moats spent the first four seasons of his career in Buffalo, admitting “during my first two or three years there, going into the bye week, you pretty much knew it was over.”Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) scores on a 10-yard touchdown reception against Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Emmanuel Lamur (59) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Not this time. As uneven as Pittsburgh has been this fall, when the Steelers are on they are every bit as explosive as New England or Denver. The problem is what happens when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and stars Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are off.Pittsburgh is on pace to set a club record for points in a season, needing to average just 19 points over the final three weeks to eclipse the 416 scored by the 1979 team that won the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl in season years. That club went 12-4 and won eight games by at least 11 points. The current group only has three blowouts under its belt, and while the romp over the Bengals qualifies, the Steelers still entered the fourth quarter trailing before scoring four times in less than 10 minutes.“I don’t care about the style points,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “We’re just trying to do what is necessary to get out of these stadiums with wins.”Of course, Tomlin would like to do it with some consistency. And while the Chiefs and Bengals will almost certainly have Pittsburgh’s attention on the final two weekends of the season, who knows what awaits in Atlanta. The Falcons are under .500 but in first place in the NFC South. The last time the Steelers faced a team like that, New Orleans blew them off the field.It’s why Moats, at best, is cautiously optimistic. He’s not the only player trying to make the postseason for the first time in his career. It can be a painful learning process. Truth is, the losses to Tampa Bay, the New York Jets and New Orleans didn’t seem as crushing in the moment. Any similar missteps here on out and the repercussions will extend into a murky future.“If you lose a game now, you’re talking about losing the division, missing the playoffs,” Moats said.He welcomes the pressure while allowing the defense needs to improve. Moats’ fourth-quarter fumble recovery kickstarted Pittsburgh’s late surge, one that was required after the Bengals spent three quarters popping one big play after the next.  When it mattered, however, the Steelers shut the door.The win allowed Moats to check his phone in the giddy aftermath to see how the rest of the AFC contenders fared. It beats the alternative, though the veterans in the locker room know it’s best to focus on their own games. Win games and what everyone else does hardly matters.“Every week is kind of a playoff week for us,” Roethlisberger said. “We’re going to give it everything we have every week. And it doesn’t get any easier moving forward.”Something the Steelers know only too well.Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a 94-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)___AP NFL website: and read more

Shane Keegan adds Ciaran Nugent and Conor Winn to his squad for 2017

first_imgGalway United are delighted to announce that goalkeepers Ciaran Nugent and Conor Winn have signed for 2017.The duo will vie for the number one spot at Eamonn Deacy Park in 2017.Twenty five-year-old Ciaran Nugent joins Galway United from Sligo Rovers.The American played his college football with Lehigh Mountain Hawks and later Harrisburg City Islanders in the United Soccer League.In 2016, Nugent had had to bide his time at the Showgrounds. An injury to Micheál Schlingermann saw the Massachusetts native start the final seven League games of the season and Nugent kept six clean sheets in seven impressive outings for the Bit o’ Red.Nugent arrived in Ireland on Monday morning and he trained with his new teammates for the first time.Upon putting pen to paper, Nugent said: “Coming in at Sligo Rovers and playing like I did helped showcase myself. Now I’m coming to Galway United to help the team to do well in the League.“If I can do well, hopefully my teammates can do well also and we can take the club right up the League table.“I’ve heard a lot of good things from other players around the League about the squad and Galway.“I’m excited to move to a club with aspirations of doing well this year.”Conor Winn has extended his stay at Eamonn Deacy Park. The 6’6 goalkeeper made 26 appearances for United in 2016.Winn, 24, who previously lined out for Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk and Finn Harps, is coming into his sixth season with Galway United, having made 63 appearances in total for the Tribesmen.Winn welcomes the competition that Ciaran Nugent will provide in the coming season.“I’m happy to be back with my hometown club,” Winn explained.“We’re really looking to push on this year, we don’t want to be scrapping near the bottom.“We want to push on and finish in the top six and aim for Europe. I think we’re good enough to achieve that and I’m really looking forward to it.“We’ve got a new goalkeeper in Ciaran Nugent, so I’m looking forward to the competition. It’s going to be a big pre-season, whoever comes out on top will play.“I’m sure we’ll support each other. I’m looking forward to it, competition is healthy and we have that all over the pitch this year.”Shane Keegan is pleased to have serious competition between the posts now after making his two latest additions to his squad.“I’m delighted to get Conor Winn back in.“By his own admission, Conor probably didn’t have as strong a season as he would’ve liked last year. Look back to the season before that, he had a fantastic year. He’s determined to get back to his best.“By bringing in Ciaran Nugent, who impressed so much with Sligo Rovers at the tail end of last year, it then means that Conor knows he has a fight on his hands. The two players know they’re going to be fighting tooth and nail over pre-season to see which one of them can stick their hand up.“Between the two of them, I think we’ve got two really strong goalkeepers, who will push one another all the way and hopefully we will be very good in that department this year.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Dooley says Azkals will be ready for Thais in must-win match

first_img30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young “They don’t want to lose for the first time against us,” he said of Thailand.The Azkals have yet to win a match against the War Elephants in the history of the biennial meet. The closest they came was a scoreless draw in the first leg of the semifinals of the 2014 Suzuki Cup.Thailand will be coming to the match already secured of a seat in the semifinals after victories over Singapore and Indonesia. Though the duel is going to a no-bearing affair for the Thais, Dooley still expects the favorites to go all out.“We don’t expect them at all to pull back and get some players some chance to play cause they’re already on to the next round,” he said.For his part, Dooley knows the Azkals will be preparing as hard as they could to pull off the upset.ADVERTISEMENT AFF Suzuki Cup game between Philippines and Indonesia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE – Philippine coach Thomas Dooley is satisfied with coming away with a point Tuesday after the Azkals salvaged another draw, 2-2, against Indonesia at Philippine Sports Stadium here.“I think 2-2 is ok. They had a couple of chances with the ball maybe, and better chances than what we had, but 2-2 is the most we can get,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Azkals keep semis bid alive with draw vs Indonesia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportscenter_img Though the Azkals had the ball for 60-percent of the match, it was evident that the Garuda were the aggressors after firing 14 attempts, 10 of which were shots on target. The Philippines had 11 attempts, but only seven were on target.“It was an exciting game for the fans. Not so for the coaches, I guess,” said Dooley.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe Azkals are in second spot in Group A with two points coming from two draws ahead of their toughest assignment yet: a date with the defending champion Thailand on Friday.It’s a must win for the Philippines if it wants to advance to the next round. But rather than be overwhelmed with the pressure, Dooley looks at it the other way. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH “I think the team will be ready against Thailand. I think that’s what we have to do.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

MMA star Conor McGregor sorry for ‘unacceptable’ pub attack

first_imgFootage has emerged of an incident on April 6th that allegedly shows @TheNotoriousMMA throwing a punch at an elderly man over a whiskey dispute… 👊🥃Probably the only fight we will see him in this year… 👀📹 @TMZ— MMA Latest (@MMALatestNws) August 15, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor apologized on Thursday for his attack on an older man in a Dublin bar which was captured on video before going viral last week. MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown PLAY LIST 01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake The 31-year-old, an icon of the UFC, meanwhile said he is keen to return to fighting despite announcing his retirement in March.“I must get my head screwed on and just get back in the game and fight for redemption, retribution, respect — the things that made me the man I am,” McGregor said. “And that’s what I will do.”McGregor has not fought since being battered into submission by arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in October last year.However, he insists he is ready to make a comeback despite his lengthy layoff.“Mine is gonna be the greatest (comeback) of all,” McGregor said. BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft In an interview with ESPN on Thursday, the controversial Irish fighter said he was mortified by his conduct shown on the video, in which he punches the man in an apparently unprovoked attack.“I was in the wrong,” McGregor said. “That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it end the way it did.“I must come here before you and take accountability and take responsibility. I owe it to the people that have been supporting me. I owe it to my mother, my father, my family. I owe it to the people who trained me in martial arts. That’s not who I am.”The incident is now being investigated by police and McGregor said he is ready to accept any punishment meted out.“Whatever comes my way, I will face it,” McGregor said. “Whatever comes my way, I deserve it. I will face this head on. I will not hide from it. I was in the wrong. It was completely unacceptable behavior for a man in my position.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Roger Federer falls into Novak Djokovic’s half of US Open draw Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Home Depot takes nearly $2 billion less

first_imgBy the time Home Depot’s board reached its agreement, some of Wall Street’s most powerful executives had stepped in to personally negotiate. James Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, pulled almost three all-nighters, ordering in pizza with his most junior staff members; Richard S. Fuld Jr., Lehman Brothers’ chief executive, was sending e-mail messages from his BlackBerry at 5a.m.; and E. Stanley O’Neal, chief executive of Merrill Lynch, was taking calls on the golf course, against his club’s rules. Kenneth D. Langone, Home Depot’s chairman and a fixture on Wall Street, found himself uncharacteristically locking horns with some of his best friends. And even Jack Welch, the former General Electric chief executive, was brought in by his client, Clayton Dubilier. As part of the transaction, each private equity firm increased the amount of equity that it will commit to the deal by $150 million, to $800 million. In a major concession to the banks, Home Depot has committed to finance $1billion of debt and take up to 12.5percent of the equity in the supply company. Housing market blamed What has emerged is a tale of bare-knuckled brinksmanship, as the three private equity buyers – Bain, Carlyle and Clayton Dubilier – initially demanded concessions from Home Depot. In announcing the possible repricing of the sale earlier this month, Home Depot said it would trim the price it was offering in a stock buyback, initially worth about $250 million. Even so, the buyout firms threatened to walk away from the deal, declaring that the housing market’s decline had created what is known as a material adverse change. Such clauses are commonplace in deals, allowing for buyers to walk away. In Home Depot’s agreement, however, it was not clear whether the declines in the housing and credit markets qualified as deal breakers. Still, Home Depot buckled and agreed to lower the price to about $9billion. Then the three investment banks demanded a better deal as well, setting off a marathon of conference calls as the banks threatened to walk away from their financing commitments. By balking at financing the transaction, Lehman Brothers put itself in an especially difficult position. One of Lehman’s most senior bankers, Andrew Taussig, had advised Home Depot on the sale at the same time that it was also providing financing to the buying group. Suddenly, Lehman was turning around and threatening to scuttle a deal it had advised one of its bluest chip clients to accept. Fuld, Lehman’s chief executive, spent hours in person and on the phone with Home Depot’s management and some of its directors trying to explain the firm’s position. Taussig was mortified, people briefed on the negotiations said. Because of Lehman’s conflicted position, Goldman Sachs was brought in as Home Depot’s new adviser to try to mediate among the private equity firms and other banks. Banks fear buyout debt During the past two years, banks have climbed over one another to lend billions of dollars to private equity firms as they have swept up an unprecedented number of companies. To recoup their capital, banks resold the debt as high-yield bonds and loans in the credit markets. But when the credit markets froze because of the implosion of the subprime mortgage market, investors started refusing to buy nearly all forms of debt not backed by the federal government. Banks such as JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch and Lehman have become afraid that they would be left holding the bag on more than $300 billion in buyout-related debt this year. Another potential victim of the Home Depot deal is stapled financing, the practice of advising the seller while lending to the buyers. Though the practice has become almost routine in recent years, it is riddled with conflicts and may soon fall out of favor, some bankers have predicted. Still, by reaching an agreement, Home Depot, the private equity firms and the banks may have saved themselves from a potentially worse fate: years of contentious lawsuits.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wall Street has been abuzz in recent weeks about what the market turmoil might mean for several other large deals, including the $45 billion buyout of the Texas energy company TXU, that are supposed to be completed in the next two months. Big players involved The Home Depot deal involves some of Wall Street’s biggest players. The buying consortium included the Carlyle Group, Bain Capital and Clayton Dubilier & Rice, and the banks financing the deal include Lehman Brothers, JPMorgan Chase and Merrill Lynch. The reworked transaction raised the curtain on the complicated relationships between investment banks and some of their biggest clients, the private equity firms who annually shower them with billions of dollars in fees. In the Home Depot negotiations, however, those normally chummy relationships quickly turned icy cold, as all the players eventually demanded heavy concessions from one another. Home Depot was forced to drop the sale price of its commercial supply business by nearly $2 billion on Sunday, according to people involved in the negotiations, one of the first big buyouts to be renegotiated as a result of the recent credit squeeze. The renegotiated deal, which cut the sale price roughly 18 percent, to $8.5 billion, could lead to reconsideration of some other large buyouts that are pending and are worth nearly $400 billion collectively. Such turmoil is likely to leave the Wall Street banks that backed those deals stuck with billions in loans that cannot be resold. In cutting the price of the deal, Home Depot might have created a template for other buyout firms to drag sellers back to the negotiating table. It also could bring an end to the two-year buyout boom, which was fueled by cheap credit. Home Depot’s board approved the deal in principle during a meeting on Sunday afternoon, people involved in the negotiations said. Home Depot’s board is planning to reconvene early today to complete the details of the agreement, which is tentative and could still collapse. last_img read more


first_imgThis Saturday, a number of locally based businesses are taking part in an innovative fun/fitness event hosted by Northfit.The Northfit Corporate Challenge aims to get businesses taking part in the fun fitness event, its main purpose is to promote well-being in the workplace. Absenteeism costs businesses millions every year, and one of the main reasons for this is employee/management disengagement.Northfit wants to get businesses and employees participating in fun fitness events to promote fitness, well-being and to improve team relationships.To see what businesses are taking part and what they’re saying about the forthcoming event simply click on the video above.DDTV: DONEGAL BUSINESSES EXPLAIN WHY THEY SIGNED UP FOR THE NORTHFIT CORPORATE CHALLENGE was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessDDTVnewsSportlast_img read more

Rodgers: Friday fixture ‘not ideal’ after international break

first_img“It’s been a mixture of some rest [for the players who weren’t away] and some have been working,” he said.“Obviously we’ve had a really busy schedule so for the players that have had the opportunity to recover a little it was very beneficial for them. “At the same time they’ve worked hard on aspects of their game that we think individually they can improve on and they’re now getting ready for the next batch of games from now through until December.“We still have a couple more that will come back tomorrow. Tom Rogic and Emilio Izaguirre will be back tomorrow.“Christian Gamboa came back a bit early. He wasn’t able to play in the second game because of a yellow card so we got him back as quick as we could.” PAThe Celtic manager was also asked about a potential move for Steven Gerrard, who has drawn a line under his time at LA Galaxy. The former England and Liverpool star worked with Rodgers at Anfield and bookmakers have made Celtic the favourites to be his next club.“I never speculate or speak about players coming into the club,” the Celtic manager said. “I never have done and don’t intend to start now – that will always remain private. “The only thing I would say with regards to Steven, he has been an incredible player. I had him for a number of years at Liverpool and he was absolutely brilliant with me. “As a young manager going into such a great club, having the captain and real senior player there, to be able to work closely together with him and learn about the club and work together on the field was fantastic. “He decided to go to America and I’m sure he has had a good spell there. Steven will sit down now and come back and decide what he wants to do. “In terms of the speculation, I’m not sure where it’s come from. But players coming into the club will always remain private.” Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says the scheduling of their match against Kilmarnock after an international break is “not ideal”.The match at Rugby Park was moved to a 7.45pm kick-off on Friday night for television but two of Celtic’s players will not even return from playing for their countries until earlier that day.Rodgers felt that with Celtic having more players on international duty than any other Premiership team the scheduling affected his side adversely.“It’s obviously something that isn’t ideal,” he said. “I think if you look we had 14 players away over this break so you’ve got over 50% of your squad who are away. “I would only assume that we have probably the most international players that have been away on duty from up here in Scotland. But we’re the team that’s playing on the Friday. “It obviously means I’ll have to have a look at the team and the setup and the fitness of the players. So it’s not ideal preparation.“They never usually are on the back of an international break anyway but certainly [with a Saturday match] we would have had an extra day that would have benefited us greatly.”The Celtic boss spent part of the break taking in games but for players who were not required to travel a mixture of rest and individually tailored training was prescribed.last_img read more

State Volleyball Pairings – All Classes

first_imgThe pairings for Classes 1A-5A State Volleyball are out.In Class 3A Unity Christian is the 7 seed and will face Kuemper Catholic on Wednesday, November 13th at 10:00 amWestern is the top seed in Class 2A and will take on #8 Hudson On Wednesday, November 13th at 2:00 pmGehlen Catholic is the 4 seed in Class 1A and faces #5 seed North Tama on Wednesday, November 13th at 8:00 pm.For complete pairings CLICK HERElast_img

Facebook App, Lending Club, Passes Half a Million Dollars in Loans

first_imgRelated Posts Lending Club is an online lending community where people can borrow and lend money, bypass the banks, and supposedly get better rates. What’s really interesting about this is that Lending Club operates entirely via Facebook. It is a Facebook community and does not operate as a standalone website (although they have plans to). Read/WriteWeb listed Lending Club as one of our Top 10 Facebook Apps: Work, noting that it’s a peer lending application that lets users take out loans funded by other users. Lending club opened on Facebook on May 24th, as a featured app in the F8 Facebook event.On Thursday July 26, Lending Club passed the mark of half a milliondollars lent and borrowed among its members, just a month after it passed $100k. This milestone was passed 7 weeksafter they announced the first loan on June 6, which the company says “is certainly faster than weanticipated.” The company says that to date, there have not been any default or late payments. The close ratio on the site is at 84%, meaning that more than4 out of every 5 loans get funded – and a borrower always has the ability torelist a loan if it didn‚Äôt get funded the first time.The interest rates seem on the high side, with the average interest rate now at 10.71% – which the company says is “partially due to largerloans, which usually carry higher interest rates.” The average loan size has also gone up lately, fom $4,700 to $5,250 in the last 4 weeks.Lending Club Statistics A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… First loan closed June 6, 2007Passed $250,000 in loan origination July 5, 2007Passed $500,000 in loan origination July 26, 2007Loans issued 104 ($528,200)Verified lenders 524Total members 3,061Facebook Installs 11,931Top Facebook group Apple Students (102 users)Fastest growing network New York, NY (82 users)Average Interest Rate 10.71%For other ‘money’ apps on Facebook, check out this great list from Netbanker. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#web richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Report: Community Platforms Market Led by Jive Software and Telligent

first_imgRelated Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise richard macmanus Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Forrester singled out 2 vendors that are particularly strong: Jive Software and Telligent. The report noted that both have platforms that are easy to deploy and use. Jive SoftwareJive Software has a large customer base of more than 2,500 customers, including brands like Intel, Kraft Foods, and Nike. The report noted that Jive’s user interface was “intuitive”.ReadWriteWeb has profiled Portland-based Jive Software a couple of times recently. Last April we reported on Jive’s enterprise collaboration suite Clearspace. We noted that the service takes on Microsoft’s Sharepoint with a feature set that looks like something many consumer software users would be envious of. At the time we thought that a USAToday quote was particularly apt: “Jive Software wants to be the Apple Computer of corporate social networks.” In July 2008, we reported on ClearStep – an online community for businesses that we thought could deliver very real value to potential Jive customers.We’ve also commented favorably in the recent past about Jive’s promotion of XMPP (called Jabber in IM) – for powering communication services hosted in the cloud. The company included the first XMPP-powered document sharing and collaboration tool in the 2.0 release of its Clearspace.Telligent Dallas-based Telligent was commended by Forrester for its analytics features, because they “empower marketers to understand what’s going on in their branded communities.” Back in June, ReadWriteWeb noted that Telligent was one of a number of companies to offer integration with Microsoft SharePoint – perhaps the most-used collaboration platform in the enterprise. We noted that Telligent’s Community Server Evolution platform uses its REST API, mail gateway, shared authentication and single sign-on, to integrate with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Microsoft Active Directory. Over on Jobwire, ReadWriteWeb’s channel dedicated to news about job hires in the tech and media industry, we’ve also picked up on a couple of recent hires at Telligent. In November it hired former Microsoft Senior Research Sociologist Marc Smith, then in December it appointed former Palm CEO Carl Yankowski to its board of directors. So things appear to be going well for Telligent, even in the current economy.ConclusionOne of the report’s findings is that community platform providers must do more than offer a technology platform. Indeed Jeremiah Owyang says that “the technology is a commodity.” The top providers, according to Forrester, “not only offer a strong technology platform but also provide services, support, and analytics offerings.” Owyang elaborated that companies want “a solutions vendor that delivers strategy, education, services, community management, analytics and support – beyond just rss and discussion boards.”What the report didn’t address was how relatively small vendors such as Jive and Telligent are competing against the likes of Microsoft SharePoint, IBM’s Lotus SameTime and Lotus Connections, and even the open source software Drupal – which is very popular with developers in the enterprise. Check out Dion Hinchcliffe’s top 10 list of community platforms for other options.Update: Jeremiah Owyang notes in the comments to this post: “Some of the vendors you mention actually don’t fit the use case that I was writing for: which is external communities for the interactive marketer — NOT the internal intranet. Also, it’s important to note that there is a clear difference between community software and collaboration software — they are two different use cases.” See also Jeremiah’s blog post.It’s very hard to see how the enterprise community platform market can support 90 vendors, but we’re pleased to see that innovative smaller companies like Jive and Telligent are footing it with the bigcos in this competitive landscape. Now please tell us which community platforms you use in your company and/or which ones have impressed you recently. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Forrester released a report today about the ‘community platforms’ market. They evaluated nine vendors, concluding that Jive Software and Telligent Systems “lead the pack because of their strong administrative and platform features.” KickApps and Pluck were also commended, for enabling large Web sites to scale quickly with social features. Awareness, Lithium Technologies, and Mzinga were other products that Forrester liked, for enabling companies to build branded communities. We summarize the report below and highlight our own past coverage of Jive Software and Telligent.Communities have been a staple of the web 2.0 era and over the past few years a lot of enterprise community products have come onto the market. The Forrester report, authored by Jeremiah Owyang, notes that even in this down economy there is still demand for online community platforms – because they are a cost-effective way for companies to market their products and reduce support costs. Overall, Forrester identified more than 90 vendors who offer community platforms and services – although Owyang notes that it’s “still a very young market”. 9 of the 90-odd were profiled in the report. They were: Awareness, Jive, KickApps, Leverage, Lithium, LiveWorld, Mzinga, Pluck, and Telligent.last_img read more