firm Forrester, social software tools will become so much a part of the fabric of an enterprise's collaborative environment that it will be like air -- enterprises won't be able to imagine life without it. Further, according to Forrester, the demand for social software tools is growing with usage rates of social software services almost doubling between 2005 and 2006. #engageug
common business uses for social software include helping organizations: • Work more effectively across countries and time zones • Bring together expertise from multiple sites/countries • Reduce travel costs • Bring innovations to market more quickly • Deliver projects in less time • Resolve problems more quickly • Retain more of the experience of people leaving the company/retirees • Enable those working in new roles to get up to speed faster • Build communities of practice to foster and share key areas of knowledge • Improve staff retention • Work more closely with customers and suppliers #engageug
messaging among bored teenagers.” ”..unlock the latent expertise in an organisation.” ”… meet like-minded colleagues within the company and exchange ideas with them.” “social software tools that will bring the kind of blogging, idea sharing and war-story swapping typically associated with MySpace and Facebook..”
Project “Ventura” Social networking to the workfloor First vendor to combine a toolset ORLANDO, FL - 22 Jan 2007: At Lotusphere today, IBM announced Lotus Connections, the industry's first platform for business-grade social computing. Lotus Connections facilitates the gathering and exchange of information through professional networks, provides a dashboard-like view of current projects and connects users to like-minded communities. In addition, Lotus Connections removes the need for multiple social software applications, providing businesses with a single destination for building professional communities.
more than “employee whitepages”. View colleague’s skills, background, current status, published files and contacts. • Post updates and comments on their wall. • Tap into the knowledge capital within your organisation. • Expand your personal network – develop and maintain personal relationship outside departments, geography etc. • Find people by clicking on the cross-organisation tag cloud.
– New! Forums is our newest application being introduced in Lotus Connections 3.0, providing a place to brainstorm and collect feedback on topics that are relevant to you and your colleagues. The Forums application can also be used to start discussions about a specific topic or debate solutions to shared problems. By participating in a Forum, you can exchange ideas, ask questions, and leverage the expertise of other people in your organization.
slide-out dashboard, which gives your users access to Connections from anywhere in your IT environment. A lifeline to your network. Employees spend 2.5 hours every day searching for the information and expertise needed to do their jobs. Put a different way, if you hired 5 employees, only 4 would be doing actual work. Connections Sidebar will help change this. Activities Plus: Connections now includes Activities Plus by Kudos to give lightweight activity and task management software to every employee. Any user can now easily and automatically organize tasks, teamwork, projects, and timelines directly from within their Connections environment ... and it’s included for free when you install the Connections 6.5 Component Pack.