How To Drive Enterprise Collaboration


Earlier this week someone posted an article about why CIOs can’t sell enterprise collaboration tools and today I saw an article where IT leaders gave tips on how to drive enterprise collaboration and ensure its success. The IT leaders said the most common reason for CIOs having difficulty with enterprise collaboration is that they pursue solutions to problems that don’t exist.

Some of the tips given in the article included getting insight from employees and making sure they are invested in the selection process. They also said to CIOs should look for collaboration tools that require little training it will generally be adopted faster by more employees. Some IT leaders said gamification was the key to adoption because it provides incentives for employees to use the new collaboration tools. Other IT leaders said they use “the art of seduction” by creating collaborative tools that the user clearly sees as superior to previous tools or practices. Therefore, there is no need to drive adoption because users are already willing to adopt to a better solution.

Which tip do you think is most important in driving enterprise collaboration? In your internship or work experience, how have IT leaders tried to drive enterprise collaboration? Did it work?


4 Responses to How To Drive Enterprise Collaboration

  • Interesting, collaboration is key for growing business!

  • Interesting, collaboration is key for growing business!

  • I work for Dorma Door Controls and our main location in Germany has recently implemented a collaboration tool that is new to our business, and it is called Yammer. Yammer is essentially Facebook for organizations, but it is owned by Microsoft. Since it is relatively new to the company, the entire business hasn’t really adopted it and has been using it to its full potential yet, but it allows for employees all over the globe to communicate and share documents privately or publicly and it has sort of been successful so far, but it is still too early to measure its effectiveness.

  • I think that the easier the training for a collaboration tool the better. Most employees tend to freak out when there is a new technology tool presented to them. As we learned in 3535, some employees don’t adapt to change so easily. So the easier the process or the more they understand the collaboration tool, the more comfortable they are with adopting a new tool. Making this new collaboration tool successful in the end. The company that I’m interning now is big on collaboration and have devoted several SharePoint sites to collaboration tools. Prior to launching these sites, they sent out emails with training material and had presentations on how to use these tools. They wanted to make sure they provided enough information, before launching these sites.

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