5 Reasons Why A Company Social Network Trumps The Intranet

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Many companies realise that a social workplace is also a productive workplace, with better employee collaboration and more job satisfaction. To create a social workplace, some companies choose enterprise social software, while others rely on their existing Intranets to share and access information.

A good example of how companies are becoming more social is the French IT services company, SQLI. Their transition to a social workplace demonstrates the 5 reasons why an enterprise social network works better than an Intranet for social collaboration.

1. Cultivate a community for your company

An enterprise social network (ESN) creates an environment where employees connect and work together. Employee engagement establishes a corporate culture based on teamwork. In SQLI’s case, their 2100 employees scattered across France, Switzerland and Benelux stay connected on one social platform. As a team they discuss ideas, share stories, debate topics, etc. Together they make up a unique social community.

2. Work with your colleagues in real time

With a company social network, all internal activity takes place live and in the moment. Employees respond faster to questions and accomplish more with real-time discussion forums and simple collaboration applications. SQLI employees enjoy instant access to important resources, and stay on top of multiple projects with collaborate workspaces created for various departments and services.

3. Improve how your company operates from within

To get your business running smoothly, you can establish processes and policies using collaborative software. For example, SQLI employees get informed with access to a collaborative knowledge base; sales reps stays competitive with access to information on key accounts, and employees work together faster in collaborative workspaces. With one platform for all, tasks stay in sync and social networking activity is kept in house.

4. Make your workforce the center of your organisation

An enterprise social network takes an organisation of talented individuals and gives them tools to innovate and collaborate under one roof. And it’s the employee conversations, tasks, and priorities that dictate a company’s overall success. Thanks to enterprise collaboration software, SQLI is it’s own community built on transparency, meritocracy, and collaboration.

5. Create one space for all

Bringing your internal activity into one social workplace is a great way to keep your company organized, in check, and running smoothly. It is the one place where Sales and Marketing can live in harmony. (Stay tuned for more on that!). SQLI’s private social network provides one space where teams share business and technical information, identify company experts, create project teams, and build proposals. They have an all-in-one collaborative workspace.

So, why are Intranets getting trumped?

The answer is simple: Intranets were never designed to be social. It’s not in their DNA. They are passive tools mostly used for hosting documentation. And it’s typical for only a few members of an organisation to control what information is stored on the company Intranet and how it is accessed. Intranets simply lack the collaboration and communication tools that people—not businesses—need to work together quickly and efficiently.

By adopting a social network, SQLI has successfully managed to connect dispersed workers and teams, putting talent at the core of the company. With social networking transforming how we work and engage, maybe it’s time to consider a more effective collaboration tool.

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In January 2011, JL Valente was appointed Chairman and CEO to bring additional enterprise software leadership to the blueKiwi team. His software experience spans over 25 years at an international level in the software industry. Prior to blueKiwi, JL was President and CEO of RiverMuse, an IT Operations software start-up and before that executive Chairman of CITTIO, a network & system management software start-up. He also led the Americas Operations of InfoVista, and marketing and business development at Viasoft as Senior Vice President. JL also spent 10 years with CA, where he ran marketing for the information management division. JL’s objectives at blueKiwi are simple but ambitious. Equip every business professional with an enterprise social software account. Beyond the usual growth objectives of any start-up, JL is committed to ensuring the success of blueKiwi’s customers and accelerating the adoption of its enterprise social software in the marketplace through careful listening and with intellectual honesty.