Implement a reliable enterprise social computing effort now to avoid having to do so later

Back in January, 2013, Gartner published a press release titled Gartner® Says 80 Percent of Social Business Efforts Will Not Achieve Intended Benefits Through 2015on the low likelihood of “social business efforts” succeeding by 2015. But the same press release makes clear the inevitability of success for these same efforts at some point in the future. So business should start to build out enterprise social computing networks like Yammer, now, to prepare. The inevitability of the success of these efforts is depicted in the very first sentence of the release: “Enterprise social networks will become the primary communications channels for…
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If improved collaboration is an objective for SharePoint implementation, consider supporting it with external data

Many organizations implement SharePoint to promote better collaboration between Lines of Business (LoBs). The notion is SharePoint newsfeeds, rating systems, and tags for items/people/events/whatever, will all contribute to better efficiency across an enterprise. Efficiency means not only a lower cost of operation (as the result of substantially less duplication of effort), but higher levels of user adoption of SharePoint. It may make sense for these organizations to develop solutions to expose external data for users to consume within the SharePoint work space. External data often amounts to information compiled by LoBs. This information is produced by LoB specific procedures, almost…
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Social Groups and SharePoint promise big returns, but require a substantial effort

SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online, Office 365 have been designed with collaboration as one of the primary out-of-the box feature sets. So organizations can benefit by implementing Yammer groups, but should plan on a lot of effort to ensure success. We’ve recently published several posts to this blog about a new set of video training content exclusively offered on SharePoint-Videos: SP13-317 Making Enterprise Social Real in your Organization with Yammer and SharePoint. Naomi Moneypenny, who leads this curriculum, emphasizes the importance of Yammer groups for the ROI opportunity they represent. In her opinion, a finely tuned Yammer group can perform…
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Ask questions before leaping into an enterprise social effort for the best possible chance of success

Many of the same type of questions most subject matter experts recommend be asked about any plan to implement SharePoint 2013, or SharePoint Online, Office 365, should be included in any plan for an enterprise social effort, at least according to Naomi Moneypenny. Moneypenny presents these questions and her rationale for adding them into any plan to implement an enterprise social feature like a Yammer group, in a video tutorial titled Planning a community and populating Group Tabs. The answers to these questions, Moneypenny contends, will provide any stakeholders in an enterprise social effort with a method of validating the…
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On the importance of Yammer groups and the need for formal planning to ensure their success

Two videos in a new set of video training content exclusively available to anyone with a subscription to SharePoint-Videos will likely be worth a review for any stakeholder in a plan to implement enterprise social computing via Yammer and SharePoint Online, Office 365. The title of this video tutorial set is SP 13-317 – Making Enterprise Social Real in your Organization with Yammer and SharePoint Video Course. The two videos are units 4 and 5 of the 25 units included in this course. They are respectively titled “Groups and Group Admin Best Practices” and “Planning a Community and populating Group…
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Yammer discussion groups may constitute an attractive option for organizations looking to migrate support communication into a more efficient medium

In a course on enterprise social computing, which is exclusively available to any/all subscribers to SharePoint-Videos, Naomi Moneypenny makes a case for Yammer groups as an alternative method organizations should explore as they consider ways of migrating support communication out of email and voice, and into a more efficient medium. Moneypenny makes numerous references to Yammer groups as a promising alternative to email throughout this set of video training content, which is titled SP 13-317 – Making Enterprise Social Real in your Organization with Yammer and SharePoint Video Course. The key to success, for this type of effort, as she…
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An understanding of the broad benefits of social computing helps stakeholders pick best opportunities for successful implementation

Naomi Moneypenny, CTO of Synxi presents four broad benefits of social computing in a video tutorial titled Improving collective effectiveness with Social Enterprise Networks. This video tutorial is exclusively available to any/all subscribers to SharePoint-Videos. The four benefits are: Decentralize Alignment Transparency and Engagement Each of the above terms is, of course, an abstraction in need of definition and color. Moneypenny frames each of these terms within the context of this video tutorial, which is just under 12 minutes in length. SharePoint, and/or SharePoint Online, Office 365 Stakeholders engaged in any effort to consider the benefits of social computing for…
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Can social computing help people improve their efficiency?

In a set of video tutorials just added to SharePoint-Videos, Naomi Moneypenny argues so-called enterprise social computing can contribute to a reduction in the amount of time personnel at most organizations spend searching for information, sending email messages, and other comparatively low value activities. Naomi Moneypenny is the CTO of Synxi. The title of the video tutorial set is SP 13-317 – Making Enterprise Social Real in your Organization with Yammer and SharePoint. It may be helpful to place Moneypenny’s position on the topic of workplace efficiency in context. The foundation for her position is familiar ground for any advocate…
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SharePoint-Videos Adds a Set of Video Tutorials on the Necessity of Enterprise Social

Subscribers to SharePoint-Videos can now learn about Yammer and how the availability of this online service is changing what can be done with social computing within a SharePoint computing environment. All of this information is included in a set of video tutorials led by Naomi Moneypenney, CTO of Synxi, titled Making Enterprise Social Real in your Organization with Yammer and SharePoint. For those readers unaware of Naomi Moneypenney, and Synxi, it should suffice to say Moneypenney has played an active role facilitating engagement across several of Microsoft’s public Yammer feeds, including the Office 365 Technical Network Group. With regards to…
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‘Discover SharePoint’ is All About How SharePoint 2013 Features Support Collaboration

Perhaps someone in the SharePoint product management team decided the real market for SharePoint are organizations with a burning need for collaboration. Discover SharePoint, Microsoft’s promotional web site for SharePoint (which includes a set of videos which each appear to comply with Section 508 U.S. Federal regulations), does a great job of presenting these features, but offers scant information on SharePoint’s capabilities for enterprise document and content management. For example, Store, Sync and Share Your Content, presents One Drive for Business. The features presented are hard to differentiate from the features of any other shared document library in SharePoint itself….
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