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

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

Box bares its platform soul

I was at Box’s annual BoxWorks conference in San Francisco last week.  In amongst the Hollywood glitz (a fireside chat with Jeffrey Katzenberg – the “K” in “Dreamworks SKG”, Jarred Leto handing out his Oscar for audience selfies), announcements focused on highlighting up the company’s platform credentials. Box for Industries signals a tailoring to industry verticals, and IFTTT-style workflow (due [...]

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by

Too much vs. not enough – creating social collaboration usage guidelines

There has been much talk around the web about the importance of creating social media guidelines to clarify how organisations expect their employees to behave when posting on public social networks or communities (either in their personal or professional capacity). However, this issue is becoming increasingly important inside the organisation as well, as internal social [...]

Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by

Alfresco triples its funding to go faster to market

Alfresco (the on-premise/cloud/hybrid enterprise content management and collaboration vendor) has recently announced it’s raised $45m in Series D funding “to increase velocity of its Go-to-Market strategy globally”. Why is this interesting? Well, back in July, in our On the Radar report on the company, we said that it was “getting much more involved in its partners’ go-to-market strategies [...] rather than being content [...]

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 by

Building a business case for social collaboration

In a new report published this week, Angela Ashenden draws on her extensive case study research and analysis and sets out a best practice approach to How to build a business case for social collaboration. The report is available for free download until September 19, 2014 (free registration required) – click here to get started. About this [...]

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by

Why isn’t HR more involved in social collaboration initiatives?

People often talk about why social collaboration initiatives fail, and any organisation on their own collaboration journey will be conscious of the massive pressure to achieve strong levels of adoption of their new technology in order to demonstrate their success. The trouble with this, in my view, is that while technology adoption metrics provide insight [...]

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 by

Zimbra adds to its to-do list with Mezeo acquisition

Earlier this week, Zimbra (formerly known as Telligent) announced that it had acquired Houston, Texas-based  Mezeo for an undisclosed sum, adding Mezeo’s file sharing and storage capabilities to Zimbra’s growing portfolio of collaboration-based solutions. Since the company’s strategic acquisition of the Zimbra business from VMware in 2013, the newly renamed Zimbra has been fleshing out its [...]

Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014 by

IBM Connections 5.0 – Bringing on-prem in line with SmartCloud

Today sees the general availability of the latest version of IBM Connections, IBM’s on-premise social collaboration offering. Announced last week, Connections 5.0 hits the road fifteen months after its predecessor (4.5), and while it isn’t exactly an earth-shaking release, it does introduce some much-needed enhancements to this relatively mature and sophisticated product. It’s important to [...]

Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 by