At home improvement store Lowe's, executives don't just focus on their current employees. They're casting an eye toward the people they'll be hiring months or even years from now.
Andrew Carusone, Lowe's director of Integrated Workforce Experience, is trying to make sure they're ready.
To do that, he's pulling in enterprise-level social collaboration tools and fostering an atmosphere where employees at the nationwide retailer can work together, have open dialogs and share information.
"The people we're going to hire today and in the future are home right now doing their homework on Facebook," said Carusone, speaking Tuesday at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston. "You call that cheating. They call that collaborating. We need to be ready so they can bring their life to work -- not their work, their life." Read more...
Cisco is taking enterprise social collaboration to the cloud.
The company Tuesday announced at the Enterprise 2.0 conference here today that a cloud-based version of its social collaboration software will be available in North America in July.
The new cloud-based offering is one of a number of updates to the collaboration offering that Cisco unveiled today.
The company also said it's changing the name of the product from Cisco Quad to WebEx Social as part of a move to unify the Cisco collaborative business apps.
"We want to be a broader integrated collaboration provider," said Raj Gossain, a Cisco vice president of product management. "We wanted to let people know that we're expanding [WebEx business app]. We're unifying our efforts." Read more...
Citrix said Wednesday it has acquired Podio, maker of a cloud-based software platform for project management and collaboration. Terms were not disclosed.
Podio's technology is aimed at small and medium-size businesses and allows users to create workspaces, wherein specific groups of employees and clients can collaborate on a given project. Its cloud delivery model is ideal for distributed teams as well as mobile workers, Citrix said.
An App Builder toolset provides the ability to tweak the system's functions and workflows. The company also has an App Market where customers can download and share apps they build, currently at no charge. Read more...
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