Technology Review Tackles Collaboration Tools

Michael Sampson - Currents

MIT's Technology Review publication kicked off its new topic for the month: Collaboration Tools. Throughout March we will look at the latest tools for collaboration within and between organizations. We'll analyze why some technology-enabled collaborations work and why others don't. We'll explain why some collaboration tools have failed to prove useful to the employees meant to benefit from them. Collaboration isn't a new idea.

GE Goes Box (What about Its Other Collaboration Tools?)

Michael Sampson - Currents

“ GE’s IT organization, tasked with bringing innovative, cutting-edge technology to roughly 300,000 employees located in more than 170 countries, selected Box to: - Make it easy for employees to collaborate across business units and with external parties; - Unify business information across applications, thanks to Box’s open platform and integration with other cloud and on-premise solutions; and. Collaboration Software Box announced a new strategic customer : GE.

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Rabbitsoft Released Clinked - a Wiki-Oriented Online Collaboration Tool

Michael Sampson - Currents

Rabbitsoft announced the commercial release of Clinked , its wiki-oriented online collaboration and document sharing tool. The core premise of the tool is the same for all the other services in this space. Clinked is an online collaboration and project management platform.

Three Requirements for Broad Adoption of Collaboration Tools

Michael Sampson - Currents

In a blog post last July, Joe Schueller from Cisco wrote about the role of culture in Enterprise 2.0 , but more importantly about three keys to gaining broad adoption of collaboration tools in the organization: " However, to drive real value out of a collaboration platform, you need broad adoption, and frankly, leaving > 80% of the population "on the table" isn't going to cut it. To get the most out of any networked collaboration platform, you need broad, pervasive adoption.

Thinking About How Real Workers Use New Collaboration Tools – the Ford Approach

Michael Sampson - Currents

Among other changes, he comments on the new approach Ford IT took with helping users understand how to make use of the various tools available to them in their work: Many IT departments have had to cut back on their help desk and user support in recent years and have ended up leaving users to their own devices — figuratively, and even literally in some cases. Ford recognized that part of its IT transformation had to involve getting smarter about empowering employees.

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Profiling Employee Expertise – the Behavioural Aspects

Michael Sampson - Currents

Having good technology on offer to support the profiling of employee expertise is a helpful capability in collaboration tools. Three such behavioural aspects of making employee profiles work are: Define the Profile Baseline. Collaboration Scenarios

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A "Sop to the Millennials" - Don't Do New Collaboration Tools Just Because Younger Staff Want It

Michael Sampson - Currents

There are good and bad reasons for implementing new collaboration tools. One bad reason is that new employees "expect it" in the office, because this is what they have used at school / university / with friends. " Are you justifying new collaboration tools just because you think your young, emerging workforce expects it? Understand, Moore's not giving CIOs a flyer to put off implementing new collaboration tools. Enterprise Collaboration

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Good on Employees for Not Mingling

Michael Sampson - Currents

Just before heading off on vacation Juan Carlos Perez published Many employees won’t mingle with enterprise social software on PC World (with hat tip to Stuart McIntyre for the quick find). The promise of a successful ESN deployment is appealing to businesses: implement a Facebook- and Twitter-like system for your workplace, with employee profiles, activity streams, document sharing, groups, discussion forums and microblogging, and watch employee collaboration bloom.

2014 122

My KM World Notes: Resetting the Enterprise With 2.0 Collaborative Tools

Portals and KM

Collaborative Tools by Andrew McAfee. He shares strategies, stories, and real-world examples of successful enterprise collaboration using 2.0 tools.”. is not sharing documents for collaborating.   He gave some major benefits from a recent McKinsey study that found increased customer satisfaction, increased innovation, access to knowledge, access to internal experts, and employee satisfaction.

State of Utah Provides Positive Social Media Guidelines for Employees

Portals and KM

While the majority of private US companies are banning social media at work, Utah state government is confronting that issue with a newly developed set of rules for appropriate social media use by public employees and state officials. They also warn employees to be honest and respectful in their postings, urge them to think before replying to comments, and remind them to follow state privacy laws.”

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Anecdote: Why people don't use collaboration tools

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Kennedy and the French Revolution » 16/06/07 | Why people dont use collaboration tools By Shawn. Filed in Collaboration. David Pollard offered for anyone on the net to join him is a joint collaboration project using Writely. Content volume kills collaboration tools.

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Engineers without Fears: collaboration tools: stags

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Engineers without Fears Tuesday, April 15, 2008 collaboration tools: stags Ive been thinking about different collaboration tools for various groups recently and I was pondering on some of the different factors you need to consider and I came up with this (click to enlarge) : Lets take each of these in turn: Size - One thing to consider are the numbers of people who will be collaborating. Activities - When people collaboration, they need to do stuff.

Notes on CCS110 Great Expectations - Students Today, Awesome Employees Tomorrow - Cardiff University

Michael Sampson - Currents

Here's my notes on Simon's session: - Emerging countries are adopting and using social networking tools more than developed countries. 27,000 students, 6000 employees. email is the standard collaboration tool. 3) students expect tools that enable connection with others, across and beyond the university, from multiple devices, and to collaborate better than using email.

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Telligent Releases an Integrated Suite of Collaboration Tools with High Powered Metrics | The AppGap

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Telligent is an enterprise collaboration and community software company that offers a social software suite for both public and internal-facing online communities. This enables you to see how all employees on the system rank in terms of these six contribution factors.

Stop Blaming the Tools when Collaboration Fails


. We, human beings, seem to always be very keen on blaming the tools (and technology, in general, for that matter) whenever things just don’t work out all right , specially, in the collaboration space. We will just go ahead and keep blaming the tools.

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The Beginning of a New Work Adventure – Joining panagenda!


It all started with a short conversation in an online collaborative space that is not even widely available to everyone out there just yet. Collaboration Communities elsua Employee Engagement Enterprise2.0

2017 213

Adaptation: The Key to Become a Socially Integrated Enterprise


You know, acquiring new habits is not an easy thing to do, specially, when your natural inclination is that one of defaulting to what you are used to, what you have been doing over the course of the years, through traditional collaborative tools, whatever those may well be.

2013 239

#XED is Essential for #DEX

Michael Sampson - Currents

DEX, or Digital Employee Experience, is the new thing to orient around. The spending of all this money to create a better digital employee experience, on top of better intranets, awesome search, and new collaboration tools needs to find a receptivity and resonance among the ranks of employees.

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Green Chameleon » A Simple Knowledge Sharing Ritual

Green Chameleon

This person is an employee at the a local hotel here in Singapore. No painful documentation, no sophisticated collaboration tool, just a couple of words every day about topics that people wanted to talk about and others could learn from.

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Avanade Research on Social Collaboration in the Enterprise

Michael Sampson - Currents

Earlier this year Avanade released its research on the state of social collaboration in the enterprise. Today we announced the findings of our latest global research study that shows how the consumerization of IT plays a huge role in driving perceptions about enterprise social collaboration. More and more organizations are adopting social collaboration tools to connect employees and enable them to more easily work together in a creative fashion.

2013 142

Social Enterprise Collaboration: Some Research Findings

Michael Sampson - Currents

Not only has social media changed the way people communicate with family and friends, it has also impacted the workplace by affecting how employees interact with each other. Email threads and more traditional ways of holding group discussions are increasingly viewed as ineffective, with industry leaders saying social collaboration tools offer an innovative way to share insight and information easily across a business. Enterprise Collaboration

2012 156

Avanade Research on Social Collaboration in the Enterprise

Michael Sampson - Currents

Earlier this year Avanade released its research on the state of social collaboration in the enterprise. “ Today we announced the findings of our latest global research study that shows how the consumerization of IT plays a huge role in driving perceptions about enterprise social collaboration. More and more organizations are adopting social collaboration tools to connect employees and enable them to more easily work together in a creative fashion.

2013 114

New Deloitte Collaboration Study laments meetings & distractions costs

The Bumble Bee

According to a new Deloitte Australia report, The Collaborative Economy, overlong meetings, distractions and failed projects are costing their economy $5.4 Reading through the report there a few interesting statistics, such as: • 30% of participants want to collaborate more.

2014 169

Banning Email at Cisco

Michael Sampson - Currents

In an attempt to encourage staff to shift to new ways of communicating, Peter Hughes at Cisco has banned his staff from using email for broadcasting messages : “ Employees’ reliance on email as the primary mode of communication is hurting business productivity, according to an executive at one of the world’s biggest technology companies, Cisco. “ Technology companies that sell collaboration tools need to walk this line. Collaboration Software

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Blog>> User Adoption and Valuating Performance

Green Chameleon

In my position to push knowledge sharing and collaboration tools in a global organisation, I am dealing a lot with how can we motivate the people to adopt a new way of working together and the tools we are developing. © Synergy Corporate Technologies.

2012 173

Knowing what good looks like…

Chris Collison

When it comes to organisations, with such a wide range of available knowledge-related ingredients, tools and techniques which can have a potential impact, it can difficult to discern “what good looks like” and which ingredients should be given prominence at different times.

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Bayer Material Science Adopts Lotus Connections - An Update on Value and Adoption

Michael Sampson - Currents

This was of particular interest to me since I frequently hear about how the "privacy laws" in Germany make the adoption of collaboration and social tools inside organizations difficult. BMS has 15,000 employees in 30 locations. BMS needed some way of capturing their knowledge and sharing it with the younger employees. Kurt discovered Lotus Connections - which was about "collaboration," not "knowledge management."

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Let’s Work Together in 2015

Michael Sampson - Currents

In recent years I have worked with organizations around the world on collaboration strategy, user adoption, and re-imagining effective work. If you are looking at any of the following issues, I offer my services: Where new collaboration tools and approaches can deliver value to your organization. How to create an adoption program for your employees. How to cultivate collaboration as a human discipline in your people.

2015 114

On Working Transparently

Michael Sampson - Currents

Jessica contemplates the idea that greater transparency in the organization will result in rudderlessness: " Managers may worry that employees won’t know where to focus with information about so many initiatives washing over them. Social tools provide a tremendous amount of freedom of movement of ideas and information,” Salesforce executive John Wookey explained earlier this year. Collaboration Culture

2012 142

Enterprise 2.0 Summit: Learning from Alcatel-Lucent, IBM, Yves Caseau, BASF & More "How People Matter"

21st Century Organization

supremacy, but their business impact when effectively implemented to enable collaboration in support of business strategy. The mission is clear: enable CEO Ben Vermayen's mandate that employees "Share", a practice Vermayen models by active participation. tools from Web 1.0

2012 169

Evolving to Social Business (and beyond)

Online Community Strategy

Stakeholder Engagement: Connecting to customers, prospects partners and employees has never been easier or more impactful than today, via social technology. Further, managed properly, social tools allow organizations to communicate and manage relationships at scale.

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Standing Old School Management on its Head

Portals and KM

In the age of social business and collaboration it is generally accepted by those who think seriously about management in the 21 st century that top down micro-managing is a useless relic of the industrial age. To me this shows a lack of respect for the capabilities and judgment of employees. Social collaboration tools can help here as they allow managers to see what is going on without stepping on the toes of their employees.

My Reactions to an Article on "Effective Enterprise Collaboration Strategy"

Michael Sampson - Currents

A few months ago Pamela wrote that Effective enterprise collaboration strategy needs everyone on the bus. Analysts who focus on collaboration and social networking say that project managers in charge of deploying an enterprise collaboration system should take a number of steps before launching any technology. The key is to make sure employees fully embrace the new collaboration strategy and the technology platform behind it.

2012 137

NZ Post's Experience with Google Apps for Business - "Collaboration is About Culture, Not Technology"

Michael Sampson - Currents

Miles Fordyce spoke at the recent CIO Summit in New Zealand, about NZ Post's experience with Google Apps for Business: " Collaboration tools in large enterprise is not all that it is cracked up to be, especially if collaborating is not inherent in the culture of your company, says Miles Fordyce, group technology manager at NZ Post. His 500-strong team takes care of 11,000 employees. We deployed it and expected people to collaborate.

2012 118

The Chaos Theory of Leadership at Gore-Tex

21st Century Organization

Over at TheAppGap I recently wrote about Transforming Organizations: Participative Media & the Power to Convene and made the case that in many organizations leadership resists adoption of low cost collaboration tools because it challenges traditional notions of control. Tags: Collaboration Complexity Organizational Performance

2008 138

Adoption Strategy for Office 365 at Merck

Michael Sampson - Currents

Merck has almost finished an 11 month transition to Office 365 from various older Microsoft products and messaging and collaboration tools from other vendors (e.g., Our employees are realizing that this change is much larger than just getting a new version of Office or a new email system. Instead of working on documents, we’ll be collaborating on them. OneDrive makes it possible to share and collaborate on documents from any location, using any device.

2015 141

A Collaboration Strategy for the Change-Averse?

Michael Sampson - Currents

My next post on The BrainYard was posted today - A Collaboration Strategy for the Change-Averse : " I've been in a couple of meetings recently with IT leaders who are trying to get their companies' employees to work in new ways using collaboration tools.

2011 148

Barriers to Knowledge Sharing: The Biggest One Isn't Systems

Michael Sampson - Currents

The paper suggested that companies can overcome knowledge hiding by having more direct contact and less email communication with employees, highlighting examples of trustworthiness, and avoiding "betrayal" incentives, such as rewards for salespeople who poach another's clients.

"The Technology is the Least Relevant Aspect in the Mix" - Nancy and Michael talk User Adoption

Michael Sampson - Currents

See Successful Virtual Collaboration Takes a Lot More Than Just the Right Tools on the Guided Insights website: " Your organization has finally gotten wise to the fact that employees need more than just email, a smart phone and a group website to work with their colleagues across the world, or even just down the hall. IT has just unveiled an array of exciting new collaboration tools with great fanfare, complete with training and slick reference guides.

Collaboration Thinking - Recent News (Tuesday, May 4)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Six Fundamentals of Effective Collaboration. Chris takes a shot at defining the 6 fundamentals of effective collaboration. Chris writes, " I’ve been grappling with collaboration for a couple decades now, usually in the context of IT projects in corporate silos that seems designed to shut down cross-functional collaboration. world, social technology amplifies the collaborative trend, accelerates its impact and expands its reach. The Downside of Collaboration.

2010 124

Defining Collaboration: Collaboration as a "Technology" (Sense 2)

Michael Sampson - Currents

What is "collaboration"? The question is frequently asked, and in common definitions collaboration is painted as a particular type of human behavior, and includes no reference to technology. In this post, let's tackle the collaboration and technology issue.

2010 178

Google+ Hints at a Social Media Marketing Revolution

Alchemy of Change

A “team members” circle, for example, would make it easy for me to aggregate all the things my employees, and even external partners, are sharing on Google+ in one easy stream. The tools we use to do that will need to inter-operate.

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Enterprise 2.0 Summit: Learning from Alcatel-Lucent, IBM, Yves Caseau, BASF & More "How People Matter"

21st Century Organization

supremacy, but their business impact when effectively implemented to enable collaboration in support of business strategy. The mission is clear: enable CEO Ben Vermayen's mandate that employees "Share", a practice Vermayen models by active participation. tools from Web 1.0

2012 116