This is a guest blog post by Chris Slemp, Principal Solutions Manager and Certified Yammer Administrator, in the strategic enterprise services IT organisation of Microsoft IT. This was originally posted on our Office of the CIO blog. Chris works on the discovery and collaboration team that is focused on improving content and people discovery and collaboration within Microsoft.
If you read my April 2012 blogs about “Making Microsoft Social” (read part 1 and part 2), then you know that my IT colleagues and I are focused on connecting Microsoft employees, their insights, and information. We’ve seen that enterprise social tools can have a positive impact. So you can imagine how this focus became more complex on June 25, 2012. I think this Tweet of mine summarizes it best.
Thanks to our earlier experiences with MY sites, we learned a lot about how Microsoft employees want to connect. We observed that social is becoming an enterprise communication tool similar to how other tools, such as email or IM, entered the enterprise. The pace of innovation has increased over the last decade, making agility a requirement to survive and thrive as a business. We’ve seen that open conversations and personal connections drive personal and team productivity, agility and engagement.
Microsoft IT is working with our product teams so that Microsoft users are provided the connected experiences they want and the connected platform that IT needs. Right now there’s overlap between Yammer and SharePoint, such as file sharing, team notes, and conversations, and Yammer and SharePoint have basic integration via Web Parts and Open Graph capabilities. We’re working with the product teams to demonstrate the importance of deeper connections that will involve integrated document management and feed aggregation, plus unified identity.