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The benefits of social collaboration in the enterprise – what are they, really, and where are the proof points?

The greatest thing about taking a presentation on the road is having honest conversations with real people, hearing about their day-to-day experiences and frustrations first-hand. ... read full post

Posted by:  Robert Stewart , Solution Specialist |  09 September 2013

Social Media, Yammer, Enterprise Social, social collaboration

(1714 votes)



The Microsoft and Yammer union – one year on

One year and two days ago Microsoft and Yammer tied the knot. Arguably still in an extended honeymoon period, the couple is reporting big things (amongst them: double the user activity, a growth of 55% in registered users – now 8 million – and an increase of more than 200% in paid networks), with plenty more plans afoot as the pair creates the social foundations for what is being called the future of work, and – perhaps even more boldly the next major communications revolution. ... read full post

Posted by:  Katy Sweetman , Marketing Director, Empired Group |  27 June 2013

Social Media, Microsoft, Yammer, ESN, Enterprise Social

(2068 votes)



Enterprise social adoption underway in Australian and New Zealand organisations

Late last month Microsoft published the results of research it had undertaken into how people and organisations use enterprise social tools. ... read full post

Posted by:  Tim Howell , Marketing Manager |  10 June 2013

SharePoint, Social Media, Microsoft, Mobile, Yammer, Social Enterprise, Smart phones

(2042 votes)



The roadmap for the social enterprise: deeper connections, connected experiences

At the root of social technologies lies a drive for two things: open conversations and personal connections. And while social platforms have been ubiquitous in our personal lives for some time now, the penny is fast dropping within the enterprise. Business is social, and organisations need to embrace these “connected experiences” – connections between people, and connections between various technologies – in order to get the most from their people and to gain competitive advantage in an ever-changing world. ... read full post

Posted by:  Robert Stewart , Solution Specialist |  16 May 2013

CRM, SharePoint, Cloud, ERP, Social Media, Mobile, Facebook, SMARTS, Office 365, Yammer, SharePoint 2013, Microsoft Dynamics, Office, enterprise resource planning, ESN, gartner, Smarts 31, Smarts Magazine, Social Enterprise

(7300 votes)



Your customers aren't (just) using computers: thinking about their real-world journeys and your digital ecosystem.

In the old days of the web, it was fantastic if you had a business website – a place where any customer – or prospective customer – could go online to find out your opening hours, your contact numbers, and maybe even get some basic pricing or product information. ... read full post

Posted by:  Brad Gallen , Digital Strategist, Web and Digital Strategy Team. |  08 May 2013

Social Media, Mobile, Marketing, User Experience, Web Strategy, Website, buyer behaviour, customer experience, digital ecosystem

(2405 votes)



Does Dynamics really drive “unity”? Reflections on key themes from Microsoft’s Convergence 2013.

In New Orleans last week the theme of “unite” was played out in front of 11,500 people at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2013 , the conference’s biggest audience yet. Having had some time to take stock of the key messages after four days of intensive Dynamics-related conversations, here are some of the most important things I took away from the event. ... read full post

Posted by:  James Page , Practice Director Partners, Alliances & Channels |  26 March 2013

AX, CRM, ERP, Social Media, Microsoft, Convergence, Windows 8, Yammer, SharePoint 2013, Microsoft Dynamics, Convergence 2013, enterprise social network, Lync 2013, NetBreeze

(1828 votes)



Twilight Recap: Microsoft Roadmap Overview

Chris Auld, Intergen’s Chief Technology Officer, spoke at our latest Twilight Seminar, looking at Microsoft’s Roadmap and what he believes are the important areas to watch out for, highlighting mobile and social as the movers and shakers in the tech world. ... read full post

Posted by:  Rose Harris , Marketing Assistant |  14 November 2012

Social Media, Microsoft, Mobile, Twilight recap, Twilight, Microsoft Roadmap, Twilight Seminar

(1846 votes)



Changing the way we engage: why getting social is the key to understanding our clients

Evidence tells us that socially networked organisations – those that use social technologies to engage with their clients and ingrain the social mindset into their business ethos and work processes – are more likely to succeed. There’s a direct correlation between the ability to connect socially and the market share a company enjoys. We’re told that 70% of all businesses already have their toe in the water when it comes to “getting social” – but why go to all the effort? ... read full post

Posted by:  Katy Sweetman , Marketing Director, Empired Group |  05 October 2012

CRM, Social Media, Social, Sales

(2253 votes)



Social media dons a shirt and tie – and the intranet follows suit by getting Social

Are the rumours true? Is it time for the humble old intranet to bow out gracefully in the face of a slew of “Facebooks for the enterprise” (aka enterprise social networks, or ESNs)? Shall we accept that Social is Everything, even when it comes to our most structured organisational information, and go all-in, leaving the rubble of a million abandoned intranets in our wake? ... read full post

Posted by:  Katy Sweetman , Marketing Director, Empired Group |  02 October 2012

Social Media, Yammer, SharePoint 2013, Intranet

(3003 votes)



The New SharePoint – Essential Information

The next version of SharePoint is here! The beta has just been released and we can expect the final version towards the end of 2012. The new version of SharePoint contains a significant number of improvements in key areas such as mobility, productivity and social, and if you’re considering a new SharePoint deployment or upgrade then you need to be seriously looking at the new version now . ... read full post

Posted by:  Toby Spendiff , General Manager Digital, Data & AI |  18 July 2012

SharePoint, Social Media, Software Development, Search Technologies, Mobile

(3634 votes)



Much ado about Yammer - a news announcement (and three postscripts)

It’s official:  Microsoft has acquired Yammer . And with this much-awaited news, Microsoft lifts itself several rungs higher on the  social  ladder. Not that Microsoft was ever the wallflower at the party – to extend the social metaphor – but with Yammer as part of its offering, it’s now significantly closer to the drinks table, the drinks are looking punchier than ever, and the conversation looks set to flow more freely. ... read full post

Posted by:  Katy Sweetman , Marketing Director, Empired Group |  27 June 2012

Social Media, Microsoft, Yammer

(3730 votes)



The state (and future) of New Zealand websites

An interview with Intergen’s Lead Web and Digital Strategist, Giles Brown. ... read full post

Posted by:  Katy Sweetman , Marketing Director, Empired Group |  21 May 2012

Social Media, Engaged Web

(3151 votes)



Looking back to look forward

Bill Gates once said (to paraphrase) that we always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. ... read full post

Posted by:  Tim Howell , Marketing Manager |  19 September 2011

communication, Community, Social Media, Twitter, Mobile, 2011 predictions, Facebook

(2718 votes)



How to sell smarter – staying ahead of consumer expectations on the web and in-store (part two of two)

Eventually, you will need a website, if you don’t already have one – and it requires ongoing care, attention and maintenance. A Neilsen survey last year showed 45% of New Zealanders now shop online and more than 1.4 million bought online between April 2009 and April 2010. You can’t afford to not have a presence. ... read full post

Posted by:  Daniel Munns , Retail Specialist |  25 May 2011

CRM, Social Media, Engaged Web, Twitter, Retail trends, 2011 predictions, Intergen website, Facebook

(3270 votes)



How to sell smarter – staying ahead of consumer expectations on the web and in-store (part one of two)

Online and mobile shopping has changed retailing dramatically over the past decade. Consumers have enthusiastically taken to the internet, social media and mobile technology to help in their buying decisions, and now have high expectations of what’s available, at what price, and how quickly. They’re researching, and buying, online, comparing prices and insisting on information and experience before they make their decision. Buying is no longer a simple in-store transaction, it’s a journey, and it can take many different routes. ... read full post

Posted by:  Daniel Munns , Retail Specialist |  24 May 2011

Social Networking, Social Media, Engaged Web, Retail trends, Facebook

(4023 votes)

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