Social Media Can Play an Important Role in Companies’ Collaborative Working Practices

Gary Barton
Gary Barton

Summary Bullets:

  • In an increasingly global world and amidst a growing demand/need for flexible working patterns, collaboration tools become more important.
  • Companies deploying unified communications and collaboration (UCC) solutions should consider including social media as part of the ‘collaboration’ element.

Yahoo! chief Marissa Mayer has recently announced that the company is to end the practice of ‘remote’ working (i.e., home working) amongst its employees.  However, the Yahoo! chief was quoted as saying, “To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side.  That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices.”  This brings in a slightly separate element to the efficiency debate.  This is not suggesting that home workers cannot produce as much ‘work’ as office workers, but that the collaborative creative process is harmed by not having employees grouped together in one location.  However, as flexible working becomes not only more in demand from employees, but also a reality for organisations with multiple offices or those seeking to reduce their office space due to economic pressures, collaboration tools become more important.  The nature of certain jobs (e.g., sales or field operatives) also means that some employees will always be remote workers. Continue reading “Social Media Can Play an Important Role in Companies’ Collaborative Working Practices”

Looking Back at MWC and the Importance of Partners

Kathryn Weldon
Kathryn Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • The enterprise mobility ecosystem, from operators to IT service providers to platform vendors for mobility management and security, is dependent on partnering to help each vendor position itself as a full enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider.
  • In M2M, the fragmented ecosystem is often held up as an obstacle to growth.  Partnering helps some with this fragmentation and adds to interoperability and end-to-end solutions development.

At Mobile World Congress, enterprise mobility providers announced diverse kinds of partnerships.  Some key examples:

  • Siemens Enterprise is now offering AirWatch MDM;
  • BoxTone is taking on 3LM assets/partners to flesh out its portfolio;
  • IBM launched MobileFirst, its own complete end-to-end EMM solution, and partnered with AT&T for its network APIs to enhance developer options for B2C apps;
  • Red Bend and Samsung are collaborating in dual persona trials using Red Bend’s Type 1 hypervisor;
  • Good and BoxTone are partnering to be able to offer customers a more extensive portfolio for MDM, containerization and operations management. Continue reading “Looking Back at MWC and the Importance of Partners”