What if you could essentially recreate the entire internet inside your enterprise with inside-the-firewall social networking, blogging, instant messaging, video conferencing, meetings, micro-blogging, wiki-ing, photo-sharing, personal profile building, and beyond? And what if these capabilities enabled your enterprise to build degrees of intelligence and collaboration into your management processes that moved you from static, linear communications to dynamic, real time and relevant social communications?
It's happening now with IBM Social Business solutions.
With IBM Social Business solutions, you can create a new culture of collaboration that begins - unsurprisingly in the social media age - with oneself. Here are four simple ways to think about building a social culture of collaboration inside your enterprise.
1. It's About Me: Your Personal Profile
In the first step you tell your enterprise who and where you are, what you know, what you think, what your skills are, where you're located, and what your skills are. With everyone in the enterprise building out personal profiles, the enterprise quickly gains insights into who is relevant for a particular task or project.
2. It's About You: An Engine that Helps You Find the Right People for the Task at Hand
When you've got a task, you can quickly search through profiles for contextually relevant skill sets that match the task at hand. You can find collaborators based on where they are, what they know, and how they can add value. Once identified, they can be contacted directly via IM for engagement. Fast, efficient, and effective.
3. It's About Us
Direct outreach around relevance - as describe above - is key, but potentially even more transformational is crowdsourced collaboration. Through these solutions, you have an interactive gathering place to share knowledge, ideas and interests - a playing field and a common context for working together and innovating. You can use these gathering places to get to know co-workers you haven't met yet and leverage their availability status to engage them in real time - and you can reach out to community members directly from their business cards.
4. It's About Getting the Job Done
What this all facilitates is the means to move from traditional - and cold - data-collection and process management to direct engagement with people. Person-to-person contact based on relevance to projects and tasks becomes the new liberating framework for collaboration. And it can be progressive: start with a search, move to a chat, then a voice call, and finally a video conference. All within a single solution set.
And you don't need to wait. You can begin right now to test out these solutions at the IBM Greenhouse site.