Cristal Union Sweetens Employee Engagement With A Jive-Powered Collaboration Hub

PARIS, Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Jive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: JIVE), the world’s leading provider of modern communications and collaboration solutions for business, today announced that Cristal Union, a leading European producer of sugar and alcohol, selected the Jive-n interactive intranet software in support of its digital transformation initiative. With a new collaboration hub, the cooperative group expects to boost engagement, strategic alignment and productivity across 2,000 employees in 13 factories throughout the continent.

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The company behind popular European sugar brands like Daddy, Truvia and Erstein, Cristal Union previously channeled all of its internal communications via emails sent to plant managers. As the business expanded to other markets outside of France last year, it recognized the growing importance of peer-to-peer collaboration across the organization.

“As we grow, it’s increasingly critical that we modernize our business processes and undergo a full digital transformation. Jive will kick-start this journey by taking the barriers out of employee collaboration through an innovative solution that’s all about the people, not just the technology,” said Jean-Christophe Chevalier, software team manager at Cristal Union. “We chose Jive-n because it is user-focused. Furthermore, its best-in-class communication and collaboration software is the only offering that lets us quickly deploy social mobile apps without requiring any development work. We’re confident that Jive will foster interactive, transparent conversations at every level of the organization.”

The Jive-n interactive intranet will focus on facilitating best practice sharing across the co-op’s network of subject matter experts located in various plants, factories and functional teams. Using Jive-n, Cristal Union workers can quickly search for information and post discussions, questions and answers – which are captured for future reference. As a result, employees can more quickly solve common challenges related to manufacturing and equipment maintenance to increase sugar production.

Cristal Union will integrate the cloud-based collaboration hub with Microsoft Office 365, OpenText, SAP and Skype for Business to provide a single place for employees to stay informed and engaged. In addition, the organization will take advantage of Jive’s mobile apps for iOS and Android so that plant floor workers who don’t use desktop computers can easily collaborate via mobile phones and tablet devices. Later this year, Cristal Union will officially launch Jive-n for its entire workforce and key external contributors in order to enhance internal communications and better disseminate company strategy messages, in part through a new CEO blog.

“Cristal Union’s employees have very diverse workstyles and diverse levels of technical skill and proficiency. Jive-n will support this entire spectrum – from the board room, to the farmer, to the factory worker – and help Cristal Union’s employees share valuable knowledge and increase efficiency and productivity,” said David Macmillan, vice president and general manager of EMEA and international at Jive Software. “In addition, the new intranet will drive alignment by allowing the company’s leadership to measure how well their communications are received and to make sure that strategic messages resonate across all internal audiences.”

Cristal Union is one of many manufacturers that use Jive to accelerate time-to-market through improved innovation, increased corporate agility and enhanced customer support. Manufacturing companies like Boston Scientific Corporation, Buhler AG, Hormel Foods, Kimberly Clark and Toshiba rely on Jive-powered communities to nurture knowledge sharing and collaboration across functional teams, geographies and time zones, to generate and refine product ideas and designs, and to drive efficiency across global supply chains.

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Jive (Nasdaq: JIVE) is the leading provider of modern communication and collaboration solutions for business. Recognized as a leader by the industry’s top analyst firms in multiple categories, Jive enables employees, partners and customers to work better together. More information can be found at or the Jive News Blog.

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