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Rise Of The Social Business: Internal Social Networks And Intranets As Change Drivers

Modern socioeconomic drivers are changing business. As employees embrace remote working and companies look to cut costs, more organisations are trying to find ways to enable employees to work remotely without compromising their ability to access resources, collaborate or communicate with colleagues. These changes have led to the rise of “the social business,” meaning firms which have deployed digital platforms such as intranets and internal social networks to enable their staff to communicate and collaborate more effectively, wherever they are. This is a relatively new phenomenon, but already the benefits of this approach are becoming clear to some early adopters. Recent research from Vanson Bourne showed that 45 per cent of companies already use social media within their organisations, pr......

In the cloud we trust – kind of!

A new in-depth study of the impact of cloud computing on everyday life reveals that, although most consumers regularly use cloud services, there is a lack of trust of service providers amongst 69 per cent of UK adults. It also shows that security, privacy and transparency regarding where information is and what’s done with it are the top three concerns people have with cloud services. According to the ‘Generation Cloud’ report, a key challenge for industry, as consumer awareness of the nature of ‘the cloud’ grows, is building trust through awareness raising, education and community engagement. For the report, experts at the centre for Creative and Social Technology (CAST) at Goldsmiths, University of London, analysed the ‘connected’ lives of 15 people over two weeks. This was support......

Does social for business really work?

Everyone talks about collaboration and its benefits, but what does it really take to join forces with others, gather ideas and come up with the best way to move forward? Collaboration is usually talked about as a very positive thing, but is it always a benefit to get more people involved? How do we decide what’s appropriate? How does it really work? If you aren’t asking these questions, maybe you should. Everyone’s an expert The danger of collaboration taken beyond logical boundaries is the “everyone is an expert” syndrome, where all voices are considered as equal. While great ideas can and do come from unexpected places, it may not be practical to solicit or welcome input from just anybody. Keep in mind that when you encourage participation, ignoring input can create a politically unpleas......