REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BroadVision, Inc. (Nasdaq:BVSN), the leader in cloud-based social business solutions, today announced that Gemeente Tilburg will expand the scope of its social Intranet project on BroadVision Clearvale and roll out immediately to more than 2,000 employees.
Gemeente Tilburg is a municipality in the Netherlands that manages the City of Tilburg and provides support for several surrounding towns and villages within the wider region of Brabant. Already known for its openness to adopting new technologies and methodologies, the Municipality of Tilburg was looking for a way to improve communication among its employees, increase interaction with its citizens and encourage collaboration among the public, businesses and government institutions.
Utilizing BroadVision 's Clearvale enterprise social network solution, Gemeente Tilburg started a pilot program called "T-Community" in May 2010. During the pilot project phase, a series of communities was created to progress a host of initiatives involving the City of Tilburg and the surrounding towns in the region. "T- Community" quickly connects the local government employees in the surrounding towns and villages with their key counterparts in the City of Tilburg in one integrated enterprise platform. The initial set up for this purpose has now been extended to cover all 2,300 employees as Tilburg embraces Clearvale for its internal communication requirements.
Compared with previous IT initiatives, the adoption of Clearvale by Gemeente Tilburg has been fairly effortless. The Tilburg web team created the framework and provided some general communities to get people started, including an Instruction Community for new users to learn tips, tricks and best practices for getting the most of their experience. Three hundred members were invited to participate in the initial trial. Members set up their own profiles and began creating communities for specific initiatives such as a Regional consultation team for the middle Brabant region [ROM Community] encompassing members from several of the surrounding towns and villages.
The success of "T-Community" allows Gemeente Tilburg to achieve many of their goals in a short period of time, including: dramatically increasing knowledge sharing between Tilburg employees, creating greater internal connectivity among employees of individual towns and cities, as well as throughout the municipality of Tilburg, curtailing everyone's email traffic and its associated processing overhead, decreasing response time to citizen requests, and increasing the speed of problem solving and ideas generation. Currently, the network has over 870 registered members and climbing.
"100% of responding users want to continue using T-community after the first 6 month evaluation. The response for Clearvale was overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic," commented Michiel Duijsings, Web Manager of Municipality of Tilburg. " Clearvale gave us the opportunity to share information with the city as well as within the organization. The possibility to create separate communities is by far the most valuable feature as it gives us a measure of flexibility that we really appreciate."
"The municipality of Gemeente Tilburg has truly embraced the essence of social business and excelled with it from the grass-roots level. This initiative has become a lighthouse benchmark for all e-government initiatives, state or local, across the world," said Ian Heggs, EMEA Director – Business Operations, BroadVision. "We are very proud to have been associated with it from the outset and continue to help government agencies worldwide leverage this and other success stories to become more productive in serving their citizens."
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