Blogs related to digital transformation or the digital workplace
Big data makes it possible to serve more people than ever before. New privacy laws and regulations are regularly being passed to protect us from potential abuses. How can organizations balance the benefits of big data with the need for privacy?
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Getting people to adopt new processes is almost always a challenge in business. Why is that? Maybe it's because we so often forget the role people play in defining and re-defining processes. In this article we look at why processes should be people-first.
The days of searching through filing cabinets, looking through handbooks, printing memos, sending documents via email and departments resisting the need to share information with other departments are GONE. Employees need up-to-date information accessible on a laptop, mobile phone, or PC.
In today’s workplace, a company’s staff is not limited to employees who come into the office every day. Remote employees (often in their PJs) need to be able to work both independently and on a team. When people are across the hallway or across multiple time zones, they still need to be able to work together.
“I’m not sure our CRM project has anything to do with customers at all. But, if it does, it is something we are doing to our customers, not for our customers.”
That’s what a new client told us in a workshop we delivered to their leadership team. It’s ironic that the most often overlooked stakeholder in CRM projects is the customer!
Read on for one simple starting point for putting the "Customer" back into CRM.
Corporate culture. We know that great ones produce great products, great places to work, and great customer experiences. But what causes cultural problems, and what are some practical steps to take to turn the corner? In this article, we look at what business culture can learn from... acupuncture!
The way we are communicating is changing. And organizational leaders are struggling to keep up. Let’s take a look together at 7 simple tips, culled from business leaders that we have coached, for becoming a more digitally engaged executive in your organization.
Digital Transformation. It's a long journey. And, for many companies, the journey doesn't end well. Here's a simple exercise to help you make your digital journey more engaging ,and better adopted, for the entire team.
It’s a fact: using images with your SharePoint blogs and articles improves readership. But finding just the right image can be tough – particularly if you don’t have a budget. Here are some websites where you can download free images that are professional quality.
Although it has been around for many years now, there are still a lot of misconceptions about what Enterprise Social is all about. Leaders don't know if it is a valuable business tool, or something that might waste a lot of time. So today, let's take a closer look at Enterprise Social Networking.
Without SharePoint adoption metrics, you may as well be driving blind-folded, with no steering wheel, and on a winding foggy dirt road! Under those conditions, it would be a miracle if you didn't drive off of a cliff! In this article we take a look at how to quantify SharePoint adoption, satisfaction, and success.
Investing in digital workplace solutions, such as SharePoint, is the easy part of a digital transformation. In this article, we will look at the 5 components – 4 pillars and a foundation – that make up any digital workplace plan, regardless of the technology.
When most organizations talk about "customer experience," they limit their thinking to the buying experience. In this article, we take a look at the broader customer journey, and the steps for transitioning your thinking from "sales process" to "customer experience" before, during, and after the buying decision is made.
Digital transformation is like the timeless question: what came first, the chicken or the egg?
As a Call Center Manager turned consultant, I'm frustrated to see Customer Care teams using outdated processes and technology. New solutions that have become available in the last 4-8 years can truly revolutionize how we care for customers.
So here I offer up an open letter to many of the Customer Care Managers that I have met over the years in hopes that it may inspire a few to consider the new options available to them.
Wondering how much impact your digital workplace project will have? Will it truly be a transformation of what you do, or just an adaptation of what you’re already doing? Those two words sound similar, but they lead to entirely different destinations. Bear with me while I draw a couple of analogies to make my point.
Every time I read the news, it seems there is another organization rocked by scandal. And, like Mark Cuban, it is often a leader who may otherwise be ethical, but who is out of touch with what is really going on inside of their organization. Read on to learn how building a better intranet could have helped the Shark Tank entrepreneur avoid a scandal.
Customer Service teams are scrambling to work with IT to implement omni-channel communication strategies. But the challenge is bigger than just technology - it requires a rethinking of the entire customer care role in delivering a state-of-the-art customer experience.
Employee engagement – it’s just one of the latest buzz words floating around. But what does it really mean? I can tell you that it’s not just performance plans, timely feedback and evaluations. We need to stop being so focused on the employee’s productivity and start focusing on their experience in the workplace. If an employee is having a good experience, it stands to reason that this will allow them to be more productive and engaged. So how do we do that? Let’s take a look at five principles to get us there…
You're using Office 365, and you're wondering if you should use Outlook Groups, Yammer, Microsoft Teams - or all 3. Join the crowd! This article helps you to understand the differences between the options, and which option might be right for your team.
Enterprise social communities have enormous potential for sharing knowledge, discovering new innovations, and boosting productivity. But without proper governance, they can start strong and end in a confusing and overly-complex mess! In this article I explore some practical tips for social community governance.
As of today I’ve been consulting on SharePoint for almost 8 years, and I get asked a lot of questions. A lot of our clients already have SharePoint and we’re either engaging on rescue projects, migrations or break/fix type support. But then there are some clients we speak with who don’t use SharePoint at all, and are potentially looking to evaluate SharePoint or other collaboration platforms. It’s in those times I get reminded that not all folks already know what SharePoint is!
My aim with this 3-part series is to help answer this question and give some context of how SharePoint can benefit organizations. In this initial post I will set the stage and give you some context for our discussions.
Most goals are doomed to fail. Here’s why - and how you can transform struggles into successes.
Large businesses pump billions of dollars into technology to become more customer and employee centric. But smaller businesses are using these same technologies to run circles around their larger competitors.
Here's how they're doing it, and some lessons that businesses of all sizes can learn:
One of the things that I think most companies struggle with is governance, specifically in context of an intranet. If you read my blog you know I talk about mostly SharePoint, but good governance can and should apply to really to any platform.
We actually devote a whole section of our Building a Better Intranet workshop to governance because it’s that important, and yet so many companies don’t even think about it. In today’s post I wanted to pull out 3 tips that are important aspects of balanced governance.
The complementary paper includes over 12 years of research, recent survey results, and CRM turnaround success stories.
This 60-second assessment is designed to evaluate your organization's collaboration readiness.
Learn how you rank compared to organizations typically in years 1 to 5 of implementation - and which areas to focus on to improve.
This is a sandbox solution which can be activated per site collection to allow you to easily collect feedback from users into a custom Feedback list.
Whether you are upgrading to SharePoint Online, 2010, 2013 or the latest 2016, this checklist contains everything you need to know for a successful transition.