Collaboration vs. communication – and the importance of purpose

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel webinar focused on The Future of Business Communication, which involved an interesting discussion on the way we use technology to collaborate, as well as the inevitable critique of email. One comment which particularly stuck with me, made by my co-panellist Belinda Gannaway, was […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by

Re:Invent reviewed

I was at Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent 2014 conference in Las Vegas last week. There, the company made a slew of new service announcements – some focusing on application development and deployment (such as AWS CodeDeploy, AWS CodePipeline, and AWS CodeCommit), some on security, compliance and governance (such as AWS Service Catalog, AWS Config, and […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by

Rethinking the email client; IBM raises the bar with IBM Verse

This week, IBM is launching IBM Verse, the software giant’s new email offering. The successor to the long-standing Lotus Notes, IBM Verse is due for general release in H1 2015, and represents much more than just a rebranding exercise. First trailed at IBM Connect in January this year and thus far referred to as IBM […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by

Making connections at J.Boye 2014

There’s definitely a season for conferences – two, in fact, with Spring and Autumn prompting a wealth of vendor, analyst and community events. This Autumn continues to be particularly busy for me, and last week I was over in Aarhus in Denmark, speaking at the 10th annual J.Boye conference. This was my third visit to […]

Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014 by

Jive shows it’s growing up at JiveWorld 2014

This week saw social collaboration vendor Jive Software hold its annual customer and partner conference,  JiveWorld,  in Las Vegas.  The event welcomed more than 1,600 attendees, including 50 partner organisations, in an event that truly celebrates the successes of its customers, to the extent that 90% of sessions included customer speakers. It perhaps shouldn’t be […]

Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 by

Why? Why? Why? The social collaboration mantra

There are many reasons why a social collaboration initiative might fail, but by far the most common is that not enough thought has gone into why. Why should we invest in collaboration? Why should I allow – never mind encourage – my team to turn their attention away from doing what I need them to […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by

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

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

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