Founded in 1998 by our President and CEO, Alfred Jay, Ramius is a privately held company. In 2008, leading industry research firm IDC Canada named Ramius one of ten Web2.0 companies to watch in Canada.
Ramius Corporation has been a developer of leading-edge enterprise and consumer social software and services since inception. Our first online community software, CommunityZero, was initially released in 1999 as a free consumer service. Supported only by viral marketing, the service attracted over 1.5 million individually registered users within its first three years, vaulting the service to a ranking within the world's top 2,000 websites as measured by traffic.
In 2002, with the dotcom crash savaging Internet companies, we responded to user requests to introduce a brandable version of our CommunityZero service that would allow organizations to build private online communities to support their businesses. A fee was implemented on the consumer service and all our efforts were aggressively focused to meet the interests of enterprise customers around the world. With rising demand from leading global organizations for increasingly complex and widespread applications of the CommunityZero software, Ramius formalized its proprietary Online Collaboration Methodology to serve as the basis for its professional services offerings.
Always delivered as a Software as a Service (SaaS), CommunityZero has been implemented at hundreds of organizations including SAP, Sun Microsystems, NASA, Nortel Networks, the World Bank, United Way, YMCA, American Marketing Association, Kaiser Permanente, Symantec, Nikon and IEEE.
In 2007, Ramius' leadership felt strongly that strong consumer use of social networking sites would lead to widespread interest in social networking technologies in enterprises, specifically, the benefits that come from having a system that can sustainably engage stakeholders and connect them directly as individuals as well as members of groups. Ramius believed that although there were significant similarities in terms of the tools offered to end users in both traditional online community systems and social networking systems, the two systems were actually based in very different philosophies.
Traditional online community systems, like CommunityZero, were built with groups as the central element. Social networking systems, like Facebook and Twitter however, were designed with individuals as the central element. Although users could connect in groups, the significant differentiators were that people could connect to other people without congregating in a group and they could easily follow ongoing developments across the network through personalized streams of updates. The key benefit was that the value created for each user was significantly greater. Consequently, for many applications, the sustainability of the population and engagement in long term initiatives would be much better.
Many vendors of traditional online community systems have viewed social networking simply as the ascendancy of several new features and have pursued a 'bolt-on' approach to augment old products with those features, supporting them with new marketing collateral to position them as new products.
Rather than advance our CommunityZero online community offering to a fourth generation version, Ramius felt it could deliver a dramatically better service for our customers by designing a software that was conceptualized from the start with social networking ideals at its core. That vision led to the development of Sixent™.
Sixent is a true social networking system for enterprises - a relationship based platform for the organization, engaging stakeholders as individuals, connecting them to other individuals and groups, and providing them with a robust suite of powerful publishing and collaboration tools for sharing. Further, the network is based on a proven and proprietary underlying architecture distinguished by unparalleled user control and privacy, performance, scalability, security and flexibility.
In 2011, in response to strong interest by clients utilizing Sixent to create online research communities for discerning customer insights, Ramius expanded its product portfolio to include a complementary offering specifically for qualitative marketing research. Designed in collaboration with leading research organizations, Recollective™ draws on Ramius’ experience developing engaging and robust social software to deliver a community system with an integrated toolset for activity-based qualitative research studies. Recollective provides innovative online research capabilities that assist organizations to identify valuable insights faster and more cost effectively than ever before.
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