According to Microsoft’s new Office 365 Customer Success Center, communities are all about Yammer

In this, the final post on our current topic, Microsoft’s new Office 365 Customer Success Center on the web, the writer spends sometime discussing the “Communities” section of the site. The previous three posts provided readers with: an introduction to the Center and a look at the Scenarios section a deeper dive into the “Resources” and training aides supporting the Scenarios section and a description of the “Adoption” section Yammer Yammer, and the personnel representing it, play a very big role throughout the Center. Many of these people staffed the Office 365 Summit in New York City, which the writer…
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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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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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Are SharePoint Social Features a Useful Method of Motivating Users to Increase Adoption?

As a report titled SharePoint 2013 Clouding the Issues, which was published by AIIM, points out, despite the popularity of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Document Management (DM) applications for large organizations using SharePoint, 26% of respondents reported very low usage of the platform by so-called “active users” — only 1 in 5 users in this category demonstrated any frequency of engagement with SharePoint for this segment of the respondents. It may be useful for readers to provide a reference point, AIIM’s definition of an “active user”: in this report an “active user” is defined as someone “accessing [SharePoint] content…
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On Newsfeeds Features in SharePoint 2013

Newsfeeds in SharePoint 2013 have been enhanced. The site newsfeed feature is easier to use, which improves its suitability as a useful feature to drive SharePoint adoption. For example, the site newsfeed is searchable; therefore, it makes sense for members of a team site to post questions to one another via the site newsfeed, rather than opting to send an email message, or discussing the topic over a chat. With SharePoint 2013, it is now possible to follow documents, or items in a list, as well as other SharePoint users. So document stakeholders can monitor information usage to ensure other…
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Collaboration Across Enterprise SharePoint gets Sticky with KZO Innovation’s Business Video Offering

Unearthing legitimate, useful applications for collaboration, through social media features, for global business and other large organizations over SharePoint has been a difficult task. Nevertheless, as applications have evolved, social media capabilities, like group ratings and group comments, seem to be delivering meaningful value for global businesses over enterprise implementations of SharePoint. We’ve written earlier in this blog about Pulse V2 from Neudesic. We specifically applauded features of the Pulse product that leveraged group ratings and group comments to aid sales team that need to locate, review and digest all of the information about customers and prospects very quickly. Now…
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Implications of Failing to Become a Social Enterprise for Global Companies

The Digital Landfill column of AIIM published 8 Tips for Transforming SharePoint into a Social Business Hub on December 1, 2011. We were struck by the following observation from this column: “Two thirds of global companies with annual sales of $1 billion or more are failing to become social enterprises, according to CapGemini Consulting global study released earlier this month.” While we agree with the viewpoint of the author (not clearly identified, but possibly attributable to the AIIM President John Mancini) that it would be valuable for two thirds of global companies to hasten their “evolution” into social enterprises, we…
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Get Social with NewsGator for SharePoint

Social Sites® for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 from NewsGator has been very well received by leading SharePoint analysts. As recently as Thursday of this week, November 17, 2011, David F. Carr wrote for Information Week, The Brainyard, that a product like Social Sites® from NewsGator transforms SharePoint “into a satisfying corporate social network”. Social Sites® includes features that will be very familiar for users of Facebook and/or Google+; including Profiles, MicroBlogging, Communities & Activity Streams. These social features substantially enhance the collaborative capabilities of SharePoint within the enterprise which, in turn, empowers the organizations that opt for these capabilities to derive…
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