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

Engaging HR at IBM’s Smarter Workforce event

Last week I attended the IBM Smarter Workforce event which took place at the Central Hall conference centre in London’s Westminster. Targeted primarily at HR leaders, the event was the last of a series that has been held across Western Europe over the last month, and attracted 800 registrants. I’m not sure what the final [...]

Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by

Social collaboration best practice highlights: Ricoh’s story

In my posts for this blog, I regularly reference my practice of speaking with organisations to identify best practices that I can share with organisations that are just setting out on their social collaboration journey, and so in this post I thought I’d share some highlights of one of the case studies that I’ve published. [...]

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by

The true cost of enabling social collaboration

While we have thankfully largely moved beyond the days when business execs believed that they could change their businesses on a shoestring budget through the introduction and viral adoption of free or very low-cost social collaboration tools, many still underestimate the level of investment required to get the benefits they are expecting. The cost of [...]

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2014 by

Jive & Cisco buddy up to take on Microsoft & IBM

Today Jive Software and Cisco announced a strategic partnership that will see Cisco becoming a reseller of Jive’s social collaboration solutions, as well as a joint go-to-market strategy and a commitment to extending the level of integration between the two vendors’ products. In a move designed to give both companies a leg-up in their battle [...]

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by