Game on: Enterprise apps gain gaming features to boost usage

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Adding a competitive component to enterprise software improves adoption and real-time decision-making, gamification advocates say

Adding a competitive component to enterprise software improves adoption and real-time decision-making, gamification advocates say.

Businesses that have had to bench costly enterprise software because users found it too onerous could learn a thing or two from FarmVille and other popular online social games.

"Most people will spend five hours playing Angry Birds, but won't spend three minutes to learn new business applications," says Rajat Paharia, founder and chief product officer at gamification company Bunchball. One CIO, he says, almost wrote off a 200,000-seat collaboration software license investment because he couldn't figure out how to boost end-user utilization.

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