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The need for adoption
Tue, Dec 23rd 2014 7
IBM Verse – Connecting Me to We
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Social Business Adoption 101
Mon, Nov 10th 2014 7
Culture is not part of the game – it is the game
Mon, Oct 27th 2014 4
The Collaborative Commuters
Mon, Oct 13th 2014 6
Social Connections VII in Stockholm
Fri, Oct 10th 2014 4
Embracing Corporate Communications with IBM Connections
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IBM Verse – Connecting Me to We
Fri, Nov 21st 2014 9
Socializing Microsoft with IBM Connections
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 8
Start small to build success with Social Business
Fri, Sep 12th 2014 8
Social Business Adoption 101
Mon, Nov 10th 2014 7
The need for adoption
Tue, Dec 23rd 2014 7
Don’t expect to be social with your (closest) colleagues
Mon, Jul 7th 2014 6
The Collaborative Commuters
Mon, Oct 13th 2014 6
BP403 – Driving Business Opportunity with Social Business Patterns
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 4
Social Connections VII in Stockholm
Fri, Oct 10th 2014 4
Culture is not part of the game – it is the game
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The need for adoption
Tue, Dec 23rd 2014 5:10a   Alan Hamilton
Quite rightly customers of IT solutions over the years have seen the use of collaboration tools as ways to improve how their business operates.  It can provide competitive advantage, it can make their business more agile, able to scale more easily, to share the experiences of others to the common good.  All of these things are possible and I believe essential if an organisation is to remain competitive in today’s market. Employees entering the employment world today consider using email
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IBM Verse – Connecting Me to We
Fri, Nov 21st 2014 10:17a   Alan Hamilton
IBM Verse fixes email to give you back your day. If you have been around the IBM software ecosystem this week, you probably couldn’t have missed our announcement about IBM Verse. IBM has been working to bring the world of social collaboration into a context where many of us still work – email. Most of us still use IBM Notes, Microsoft Outlook or some other email client as the primary place we work. We use it for filing, for storage, for search, for communicating and well, for being a
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Social Business Adoption 101
Mon, Nov 10th 2014 8:17a   Alan Hamilton
People often ask me how to get started with Social Business. As I have said before in this blog “social” is not a thing in itself. Its more of a state of mind. It’s part of the culture of your organisation. If your culture is that information is power then you need to recognise that the culture will get in the way of any attempts to improve sharing, re-use and and better communication of information. Assuming, however, you’re ready for “social”, IBM Connection
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Culture is not part of the game – it is the game
Mon, Oct 27th 2014 10:14a   Alan Hamilton
Lou Gerstner, pictured opposite, used to be the Chairman and CEO of IBM.  In his excellent book “Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance” there are many great lessons for anyone in business.  I came across recently, however, one particularly poignant quote related to the use of social collaboration in business.  We all recognise the need for the right culture to prevail in the organisation, but Mr Gerstner says: I came to see, in my time at IBM, that culture isn’t just one aspe
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The Collaborative Commuters
Mon, Oct 13th 2014 3:12p   Alan Hamilton
“Being Social” is not a thing. It’s not something a business would want to do. In the same way as a business doesn’t have feelings, it doesn’t need to be social. It’s there to deliver something to someone – dividends to its shareholders, services to its citizens or aid to the people it is there to help. So why would “social” be something you would want in business? Let’s drop the word “social” for a minute and think about a new word – “collaborative”. Why would a bu
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Social Connections VII in Stockholm
Fri, Oct 10th 2014 1:11p   Alan Hamilton
The worlds finest social collaboration conference comes to Stockholm on 13-14 November It’s time for Stockholm, Sweden to be the centre of the social collaboration universe with the seventh Social Connections conference being held in the “Venice of the North”.  This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who works with, or is considering deploying social collaboration solutions from IBM to get the facts and strategies they need to be successful. This is a community-run event wh
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Embracing Corporate Communications with IBM Connections
Thu, Sep 18th 2014 5:15p   Alan Hamilton
Or how to avoid one of your employees writing a song about your company… One of the first uses many people consider for a social platform is corporate communications.  I mean the kind of top-down good-news story stuff that the senior management would want you to read and feel good about so that you’ll be […]
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Start small to build success with Social Business
Fri, Sep 12th 2014 6:13a   Alan Hamilton
If you are a regular reader of my blog, or even my book, you will know that I recommend an iterative approach to rolling out a social business project. By picking one area of your business and fully implementing IBM Connections to solve a specific business problem you: Don’t bite off more than you can […]
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Socializing Microsoft with IBM Connections
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 6:11a   Alan Hamilton
The title of this post is one which I borrowed from my colleague and friend, Omar Davison, who has (with some assistance from his colleagues) put together a very compelling and direct little video on how IBM Connections can bring a whole new dimension of collaboration to Microsoft SharePoint and Outlook: The point he makes […]
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Don’t expect to be social with your (closest) colleagues
Mon, Jul 7th 2014 6:11a   Alan Hamilton
You might think you’ve read that headline wrongly.  Surely the whole point of social business collaboration is to be social with your colleagues?  Yes, it is, but it depends on how close they are and which tools you are using.  Confused?  Read on. If you have a Facebook account and several members of your immediate […]




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