SOURCE: Yammer, Inc.

Yammer, Inc.

August 16, 2011 12:03 ET

Yammer Adds Rakuten to Customer Roster

Global E-Commerce Giant the Latest to Deploy the Enterprise Social Network to All Employees

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 16, 2011) - Yammer, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise social networking, today announced that Rakuten, Japan's largest online shopping operator, is rolling out Yammer to employees companywide.

Rakuten is using Yammer to connect employees in different geographies, as well as different businesses and services, to enable them to share company news, exchange information and ideas, and promote company events in real-time.

"A small group of employees had been using Yammer prior to the Great Tohoku Earthquake on March 11," said Rakuten Vice-CTO and Executive Officer Jonathan Levine. "In the days following the earthquake, Yammer proved to be a very effective tool in communicating updates and information real-time to our employees. It has since evolved into an invaluable tool for idea generation and promoting cooperation and camaraderie among our workers across the globe."

"We are committed to making Yammer a product that people want to use at work and are excited about the creative ways in which Rakuten is using Yammer to enhance collaboration," said Dee Anna McPherson, vice president of customer engagement at Yammer. "Companies of all sizes with distributed workforces can benefit from using Yammer to encourage community-building across geographies in the same ways."

About Rakuten
Rakuten, Inc. (JASDAQ: 4755), is one of the world's leading Internet service companies, providing a variety of consumer and business-focused services including e-commerce, travel, banking, securities, credit card, e-money, portal & media, online marketing and professional sports. Rakuten is expanding globally and currently has operations throughout Asia, North and South America, and Western Europe. Founded in 1997, Rakuten is headquartered in Tokyo, with over 10,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit

About Yammer, Inc.
Yammer ( is the leader in enterprise social networking, providing a secure way for employees to communicate, collaborate, and share information. The basic version of Yammer is free, and customers can pay to upgrade their network to receive additional administrative and security controls, priority customer service and a dedicated customer success manager. More than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 are using our award-winning Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution to improve employee productivity and engagement. Visit our blog to see how our customers are benefiting from Yammer.

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    Yammer, Inc.
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