Topics: Social Learning
IBM's VP of Social Software, Jeff Schick, Offers His Views in MIT/Sloan Management Review on How IBM Builds Vibrant Social Communities
In an interview with MIT Sloan Management Review's executive editor David Kiron, Jeff Schick talks about how, as part of the big picture of creating collaboration capabilities, IBM thinks about what kinds of things companies can do to create go-to forums, the incentives that make people participate and the value — both financial and creative — that social tools bring to a workplace. IBM has almost 70,000 communities that represent every science, every industry, every product, and every standard. Some are made up of a narrow access-controlled list of people, maybe focused on an acquisition, and some are communities with tens of thousands or even a hundred thousand people, sharing information about a particular focus area. Connections are an integrated social software platform for business, with profiles, blogs, Wikis, discussion forums, communities, ideation, rich media, micro-blogging, a wall-type feature. It’s positioned so that it’s meant for the enterprise. You leverage it in your intranet or your extranet or Internet, so it can run in your intranet or on your dot.com or dot.org or dot.edu or whatnot. The big picture is to create collaboration capabilities. Read MIT Sloan article "How IBM Builds Vibrant Social Communities"
Telus Communications' Dan Pontrefact's academic article on restructuring budgets in order to implement social learning
The word social learning has taken on an entirely new meaning as a result of the technological revolution that has brought us Web 2.0. Where once it would have referred in the workplace purely to the lessons that employees can learn from the process of co-operating and working together, it now encompasses a whole swath of social media tools that are increasingly ubiquitous. Many people recognize that training managers need to make social learning part of their training tools, but, in this article, the author cautions that this adoption not be another "me-too" approach to budgeting but rather a reconceptualization to present to leaders and the rationale behind budgets. As the author notes in "Development and Learning in Organizations," social learning can be implemented effectively without costing too much or crowding out other training methods which remain valuable and relevant to the organization. Read the article "Learning with and from others: restructuring budgets for social learning"
Mergers and acquisitions are apace in the enterprise social media collaboration and communication space: on June 25, Microsoft confirmed it was acquiring Yammer for US$ 1.2BB. With a user install base of 5 million, Yammer is used by more than 85% of the Fortune 500. This follows on the tail of Salesforce.com acquiring Buddy Media for US$ 698MM on June 4, Oracle acquiring social intelligence application Collective Intellect on June 5 for undisclosed terms and social media marketing campaign creator Vitrue on May 23, and SAP acquiring buyer-seller collaboration network Ariba for US$ 4.3BB on May 22. Microsoft plans to allow Yammer for the short-term to operate independently, like its acquisition of Skype, though there is interest in integrating Yammer into the Office 365 suite of applications within a year's time. The remaining large stand-alone social media collaboration networks — Jive, Moxie Networks, BroadVision — may see more activity in the coming months as the space heats up. Read the press release.
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Gamify Your Training: Use Gamification to Increase Employee Engagement and Improve Feedback
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2012 ICOI The International Conference of Organizational Innovation
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