Social Tools in the Workplace

Microsoft research released on 27th May reports that almost half of employees believe that social tools used in the workplace aid their productivity but interestingly, more than 30 percent of companies underestimate the value of these tools and therefore place restrictions upon their use by employees. For the CIO it’s also worth taking note that…


Re-imagining Work: Shifts in the Digital Revolution

Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft, imagines what might be possible if organisations really began to think differently about the power of technological and social change to transform the way we do business.  


ABB harnesses cloud power with Yammer and Office 365

Microsoft has recently announced that the power and automation technology company ABB will deploy Microsoft Office 365 and Yammer to its employees worldwide. With about 145,000 employees in 100 countries, ABB is transitioning from multiple IT collaboration and messaging solutions to Office 365 to provide a single platform for productivity, communication, collaboration and enterprise social…


Making Microsoft a Connected Enterprise with Yammer and SharePoint

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…


Mistrust of employees halts a greater uptake of Anywhere Working

Microsoft-commissioned study reveals vast majority of office workers say they are more productive working away from the office but fear how it is perceived by their colleagues. According to a new study on flexible working commissioned by Microsoft, a massive 70 per cent of British office workers, who are able to work away from the…


The big advantages of flexible working – radio interview with Microsoft’s Dave Coplin

The very successful Anywhere Working Week (see #AWweek on Twitter) has come to an end. But it seems that large enterprise organisations are still divided about what flexible working brings to their company and, most importantly their productivity. Today’s Anywhere Working event at the London Transport Museum has been an excellent demonstration of how well flexible working…


Social enterprise changing the face of internal communications

Organisations have come a long way in the last few years from a social enterprise perspective though many are still scattered across the spectrum when it comes to internal communications. It’s quite common for companies to have excellent external social engagement, while internally, they may still rely on ‘old fashioned’ newsletters or creating huge email…


The new world of social collaboration in Enterprise – free download!

As you have probably noticed we are witnessing fundamental shifts in enterprises and societies. Four computing megatrends – cloud computing, the proliferation of mobile devices, Big Data, and pervasive social features in applications – are increasing employee engagement, improving team collaboration, and enhancing business agility. These trends serve new work scenarios in which it’s easier than ever for…


ResearchNext – First impressions

I’m just on the train back to London after the ResearchNext event at Microsoft Research in Cambridge and I wanted to share some initial thoughts. The event brought together around 75 technology leaders from some of our largest clients. We wanted to reveal Microsoft’s world-leading research and open a discussion about how it can help…