Build an Enterprise Collaboration Strategy
Hierarchies are obsolete – don’t let employees fend for themselves!
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- Employees are adopting social media to effectively interact personally with others at an astounding rate.
- Tools that enable the same type of peer-to-peer network building among employees are enterprise-ready, but most enterprise collaboration strategies aren’t up to speed.
- Vendors of collaboration platforms and enterprise applications (CRM, ERP, etc.) are rapidly adding social collaboration tools and SharePoint integration to their products.
- Effectively driving end-user adoption of collaboration tools has proven frustrating to many organizations.
- Collaboration is critical for knowledge workers. Organizational hierarchies are valuable for resource management, but are not sufficient as a framework for employee-to-employee (E2E) interaction.
- Enabling employees and teams to form direct (peer) connections to other employees and teams based upon knowledge and expertise shortens cycle times, improves knowledge reuse, and builds long-lasting relationships between employees across organizational boundaries.
- Social tools use the friend-of-a-friend model to drive superior knowledge sharing and team productivity. Social workflow management is a new trend that uses social collaboration tools to manage projects, pull in relevant application data, and “get work done.”
Impact and Result
- Understand what value social collaboration tools add to traditional collaboration in order to build or update the organization’s collaboration strategy.
- Create an effective strategy for enterprise collaboration by pattern matching repeatable employee-use patterns, not tools, to produce collaboration solutions that effectively blend social and traditional collaboration.
- Review the current collaboration product market to make sound upgrade and/or procurement decisions from among the options of collaboration platform vendors, with particular attention to social workflow management and cloud file storage solutions.
- Encourage a culture of collaboration across the organization to effectively implement collaboration solutions that include social collaboration.
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Understand the value of collaboration tools and how to map such tools to collaboration patterns
Build an effective E2E collaboration strategy.
Assess organizational readiness for collaboration tools and develop a business plan for effective implementation
Produce collaboration solutions that blend social and traditional collaboration.
Match collaboration patterns with the right collaboration tools
Create a solution that optimizes collaboration solutions for your teams.
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