How To Get Started With Enterprise Social Networks

Be The 20%

 

According to Gartner, “80% percent of social business efforts will not achieve the intended benefits due to inadequate leadership and an overemphasis on technology.” We agree. Reaping the benefits of enterprise social requires a focus on people and process. It also requires a well thought out, structured approach. Our CHANGES enterprise social transformation methodology, developed in conjunction with StopThinkSocial, provides a proven approach to implementing enterprise social in your organization.

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This free download will give you the following information:

 

      • An overview of the same methodology used at The Oracle Corporation and other companies to transform their organizations to a new, more social way of working.
      • A framework for enterprise social transformation
      • Helpful advice in starting your enterprise social initiative
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Enterprise Social Networks Can Take Your Business To A New Level

  • Before Effective Enterprise Social

    •  Communication between colleagues, management and departments is not efficient or effective. Meaningful contributions get lost in the shuffle between meetings. Employees withhold valuable ideas. Completing projects and solving business problems is viewed as an individual task. 
    •  Identifying and locating the point person or correct resource for a project is an inefficient task. Information is hoarded and rarely shared. Employees seek their best interests with their own personal advancement in mind, not the company as a whole. 
    •  When an individual leaves the company, their knowledge, insights and experience does as well. The business unit has no way of capturing and preserving business insights from knowledgeable employees and management. Business problems are solved on an individual basis requiring significantly more time since only a single perspective is provided. 
    •  Business goals and objectives are not clear, so employees fail to understand the roadmap for enterprise social deployments. Middle management does not acknowledge or provide feedback to employees for using best practices, and employee engagement suffers. 

  • After Effective Enterprise Social

    •  Organizational silos are dissolved, providing a platform for increased collaboration and employee engagement. Employees feel that they have a voice, their work is recognized, and they comfortably contribute to the company’s success. Collaboration and information sharing is embedded in the company culture. 
    •  With better access to resources, including people and information, individuals are empowered to work in teams, increasing productivity. Flow of information and knowledge are fluid across departments, divisions, locations and time zones, providing the opportunity to get the best, most accurate resources for a problem or project. Employees work as a unit with the company’s best interests in mind. 
    •  Interconnectivity is enabled. Knowledge assets and content remain on the network for future benefit. Middle management empowers employees to engage in collaboratively solving business problems. Ideas can be posed to a broader, more diverse audience on an internal social network enabling company wide responses and contributions. 
    •  Employees clearly understand the established vision and governance which guide the organization’s social initiatives. Employee attention is attracted not forced. Middle management acknowledges and rewards innovation, creativity, and forward thinking with thoughtful feedback. 

Steps to getting started with Enterprise Social Networks

Social Enterprise WorkshopEDUCATE

The first step is educating yourself and your team on the opportunities social intranets, enterprise social networks and associated social business processes provide. Our executive and employee Keynote and Workshop services are designed to take your team from using buzzwords to a practical understanding of what enterprise social can do, what other companies are doing, and most importantly how it fits with your current business objectives, priorities and realities.

 

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ASSESS

With a better understanding of enterprise social, you are now in a position to assess where your organization is in its collaboration, communication, knowledge management, and productivity evolution. Our Assessment services provide an independent, technology and vendor-neutral assessment of your company’s current processes, technologies and how they are (or are not) enabling you to meet your desired business objectives.

 

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Strategy

STRATEGIZE

With gaps clearly identified, it is time to create a careful plan for achieving your company’s short, medium and long-term goals. Our Strategy services provide well-researched and fully justified strategies and plans for leveraging new tools and processes to meet your company’s business objectives.

 

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IMPLEMENT

A plan is only as good as your company’s ability to implement it. Our Implementation services allow you to work side by side with senior practitioners who’ve previously implemented the changes you desire to make. Learning from mistakes is good, but only if they are someone else’s.

 

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AdvisoryENJOY THE JOURNEY

After a successful implementation, the journey to increased business value has begun. Continual refinement, improvement and expansion of your enterprise social efforts will lead to increased results for years to come. Our Advisory services allow you to proceed on this journey confidently with a team of dedicated experts who can advise you on best practices, potential pitfalls and how other companies have handled similar situations.

 

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Partnering To Ensure Your Success–Every Step Of The Way

“We started with the goal of creating a better internal social and digital environment for our colleagues that would ultimately help drive sales and increase client satisfaction. Enterprise Strategies delivered the comprehensive strategy we needed and then worked alongside of us to make it happen.”

Doug Dundas, Chief Marketing Officer, Marsh, Inc.

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