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SMiLE, it’s collaboration!

Last week I attended the SMiLE London event, hosted by Simply Communicate. SMiLE stands for Social Media in the Large Enterprise, and it’s an event targeted at internal comms professionals who want to take advantage of social technologies. Though the event ran last year too, this was my first visit, and I was particularly impressed […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by

Building a business case for social collaboration

Back in August we published a new report, Building a business case for social collaboration, written by Angela Ashenden. As a bit of an experiment we decided to offer this report for free download until the middle of September, just to see how much interest there was in the topic. As it turns out, there […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by

Watson Analytics: getting creative with the data preparation and analysis process

Last week at IBM’s Business Analytics Live event the company gave an introduction to Watson Analytics, its cloud-based natural language analytics service that enables business users to ask relevant business questions of data in a Google-like fashion before using visualisations to explore and discover interesting relationships and patterns in their data. It represents one part […]

Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 by

Clarizen webinar poll: a snapshot into changing project management expectations

I recently took part in a Clarizen-hosted webinar focused on measuring success and demonstrating the ROI of social and collaborative work management, alongside Robert Forde from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in the UK. As part of the webinar, Clarizen carried out a series of polls with the audience, designed to gauge their interest in the […]

Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 by

Digital, customers, data: the strategy connection that you must understand

When I wrote my A Digital Strategy is a data strategy post earlier this year, it generated a fair amount of discussion, and one outcome was a post from Pegasystems’ CMO, Robert Tas: A Digital Strategy = A Customer Strategy. Robert makes some great points in a measured post. But I do worry that the […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by

Bullet-proof SQL – Hadoop’s real battleground

Ever since Hadoop’s second generation release in late 2013 brought it closer to enterprise capability acceptance, the blogosphere has been ringing with the sound of commentators proclaiming what was still lacking, and what hurdles that yellow elephant needed to jump in order to truly burst into the mainstream. Yes, Hadoop 2 brought the YARN resource […]

Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 by

Who should lead a social collaboration initiative?

I blogged recently about how I thought HR should play a more central role in social collaboration initiatives (and it prompted some interesting discussions/debates!), so I thought this time I’d focus on who is currently driving this trend within organisations. It’s a question I’m asked a lot - who should lead a social collaboration initiative? - and it’s one of those […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by

How is your business tackling the Big Data challenge?

Today’s business landscape is being deluged by data. Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) have an unprecedented opportunity to harness it to address a wide variety of marketing challenges. For example, it can be used for anything from crafting and targeting effective promotions and understanding your customer base at a micro level, to proactively stopping churn, to providing right […]

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 by

Microsoft releases Office Delve: time to learn about sharing permissions

This week, Microsoft released Office Delve, the first product to take advantage of the Office Graph technology that it discussed widely at this year’s SharePoint conference, and the official launch of what was “Project Oslo”. This is what I wrote about Office Graph and Oslo in my report on Microsoft’s social collaboration strategy earlier this […]

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 by

Webinar: Measure Success and Demonstrate ROI of Social and Collaborative Work Management

Organisations are uncovering new efficiencies and changing the way they do business through social and collaborative work initiatives—accelerating innovation and creating new business opportunities, reducing costs, and improving customer relations. Yet it’s not always easy to know how to best plan, implement and measure the success of a social collaboration initiative. On Tuesday 16th September, […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by