Have you ever considered the lifecycle of an idea?
The igniting fuel of any idea is inspiration, which can come from anywhere. Something someone sees, hears, touches, smells, or simply considers. A serendipitous series of experiences that cause something synergistic to happen inside the mind of a person. An idea.
Next the idea is discussed, probably very informally. “Have you ever thought of…” conversations are so often spur-of-the-moment events. With instant messaging technology at our fingertips we might not even be near the person we discuss our idea with. We very often just tap out a short message about our idea. Share it with someone else. Let them start thinking about it.
As the idea begins to take root in more minds it begins to sprout and grow. More people get drawn into the conversation as the idea is shared with them. Because instant messaging is so wonderfully asynchronous we no longer need to wait until people are together in the same place at the same time talking about the same thing. Thoughts about the new idea are shot back and forth between people. The thread weaves more people into it, and the idea starts growing exponentially.
With all of these thoughts shared about the idea it morphs repeatedly, expanding, growing, changing, improving, until ultimately it can no longer fit within the chrysalis of being simply an idea, it must now burst out and become a full-fledged plan that eventually becomes executed and makes the amazing transition from idea to reality.
Social Intelligence vs. Facts
We have seen powerful platform tools like email facilitate the sharing of facts. We have seen communication platforms that enable collaboration on a whole new scale.
When it comes to ideas, however, the source from which everything else begins, the sharing required to develop them must be spontaneous and highly responsive. People must have the freedom to express their thoughts if they are to contribute most positively to any idea.
- Imagine having the agility to share thoughts instantly as they occur to you, ruminate over them, continue discussing them whenever you are moved to do so.
- Imagine being able to go back and review all of the spontaneous inspirations you and your colleagues have shared going right back to the original idea.
- Imagine being able to mold the growing idea with other multi-modal tools that add sound, visuals, and other media to your thoughts.
- Imagine groups breaking off to separately develop specific parts of the idea.
- Imagine being able to return to the discussion whenever and from wherever you choose, responding to inspiration and stimuli you may encounter at any time, and picking up right where you left off.
Now imagine that all of this is documented so well that you can take all of it and work with it to create a cogent, valuable plan from all that thinking and sharing. A plan that contributes tremendously to the growth and success of your enterprise.
You’ve just imagined Yammer, a persistent chat tool that allows your organization to privately conduct the kind of informal but important interaction that takes ideas from inspiration through to implementation.
Yammer captures your institutional knowledge in a framework that is completely governed by your business rules yet open enough to support inspiration and imagination. Yammer protects and preserves this institutional intelligence even though some of the participants may leave the organization. It changes the way people work together, for the better.
Here’s an Idea!
An initiative like Yammer requires not only buy-in from the executive level, but also from the grassroots level as well. It requires the commitment to participate and to learn and grow. Your CloudStrategies Advisor can take you through the process and help you understand what to expect, and what your company will gain by making Yammer a part of your communications life. Contact us today about Yammer.
Microsoft Acquires Yammer
REDMOND, Wash., and SAN FRANCISCO – June 25, 2012 – Microsoft Corp. and Yammer Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Yammer, a leading provider of enterprise social networks, for $1.2 billion in cash. Yammer will join the Microsoft Office Division, led by division President Kurt DelBene, and the team will continue to report to current CEO David Sacks.
“The acquisition of Yammer underscores our commitment to deliver technology that businesses need and people love,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft. “Yammer adds a best-in-class enterprise social networking service to Microsoft’s growing portfolio of complementary cloud services.”
Launched in 2008, Yammer now has more than 5 million corporate users, including employees at 85 percent of the Fortune 500. The service allows employees to join a secure, private social network for free and then makes it easy for companies to convert a grassroots movement into companywide strategic initiative.
Yammer will continue to develop its standalone service and maintain its commitment to simplicity, innovation and cross-platform experiences. Moving forward, Microsoft plans to accelerate Yammer’s adoption alongside complementary offerings from Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics and Skype.
“When we started Yammer four years ago, we set out to do something big,” Sacks said. “We had a vision for how social networking could change the way we work. Joining Microsoft will accelerate that vision and give us access to the technologies, expertise and resources we’ll need to scale and innovate.”
· Enabled by Microsoft SharePoint Online!
· Multi-User Co-Authoring
· Document Version Control
· Create Sites to share, find, and organize critical information and documents!
Motivational speakers often remind us that “TEAM” stands for “Together Everyone Achieves More” and indeed this is the heart of true collaboration. Enabling and empowering people to work more closely together more easily is a powerful way to increase productivity.
Microsoft SharePoint Online, part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite, includes powerful tools and processes that help your team collaborate in new, more efficient ways. Gone are the days of emailing a document to colleagues for comments and then struggling to incorporate all the different changes received.
People Working Together From Wherever They Are
Lync, the communications component of Microsoft Office 365, allows your team members to easily communicate with each other from wherever they are via voice, video, screensharing and more. SharePoint Online takes this collaboration many steps further by adding a wealth of tools to enable:
- Co-Authoring which enables many users to work on the same document at the same time…
- Team Sites for the easy sharing of files
- Check-in/check-out of documents to assure that only one author is working on any given document at a time
- Version Control to preserve previous versions without manual intervention
Co-Authoring by Multiple Users
Whether working on an Excel spreadsheet, a PowerPoint presentation or a written document in Microsoft Word, several users can each work on different sections of the same document at the same time. In the example above you can see the names of 2 authors who are both working on different paragraphs of the same document. Both of these users simply opened the same document from their SharePoint site and can now see each other’s updates while working together. Many more authors can join in as well.
With SharePoint Online, teams can create their own sites to help them create, share, and manage documents in real-time, manage projects, share group calendars and enable group communications from right within SharePoint. This eliminates hunting for documents on file shares or circulating them in email. Users simply create libraries to organize information and documents.
Some teams prefer to work on documents by themselves, then submit them for review and comment or edit. Sometimes, though, more than one editor makes changes to the same document, resulting in some of those changes being lost. SharePoint Online allows each editor to check out a document. No other editor can make changes to that document until it is checked back in.
Without versioning control, users need to remember to rename their documents to preserve earlier versions. This can be important when you want to “roll back” to an earlier version. SharePoint Online can automatically save the earlier version of your document every time you save it. No need to remember to rename, or to remember what version was saved under each name.
“Where Office Meets the Cloud”
On June 28, 2011 Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage in New York City, connected via videoconference to media events around the world, to announce the general availability of Microsoft Office 365, “where Office meets the Cloud!”
Office 365 is now available in 40 markets, many of which are directly served by CloudStrategies, and brings together four of Microsoft’s most powerful and popular offerings into one predictable, budgetable, affordable monthly subscription:
Email & Calendar
Microsoft Exchange Online
Office 365 gives you access to email, calendar, and contacts from virtually anywhere, at any time, on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices-while it helps to protect against viruses and spam.
Office Web Apps
Microsoft SharePoint Online
Office Web Apps are convenient online companions to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft OneNote that offer you an easy way to access, view, and edit documents directly in your web browser.
Websites & Collaboration
Microsoft SharePoint Online
Office 365 enables you to access and share documents and insights, contacts, calendars, and tasks in a single location and from a shared computer or smartphone.
IM & Online Meetings
Microsoft Lync Online
Microsoft Lync Online helps you find and quickly connect with the right person through instant messaging (IM), Lync video calls, or online meetings from within the Office applications you already use every day.
Office 365 is available in a wide range of service plans designed to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, ranging from the largest to the smallest.
With Office 365, people can stay on the “same page” using instant messaging and virtual meetings with people who are just down the hall or across the world. They can work on files and documents at the same time and share ideas as easily as they can share calendars. Office 365 gives people new ways to work together with ease, on virtually any device.
Microsoft Office applications are at the heart of Office 365. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and other Office applications connect to Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync to deliver a world-class solution for communication and collaboration.