Enterprise messaging – an integrated part of work

enterprise-messaging-t-systems-mms-deWas enterprise messaging a big topic in your organisation in 2016?

WhatsApp and other alternatives are increasingly being used in many organisations and our members at T-Systems Multimedia Solutions in Germany recently published a whitepaper on the topic which includes a case study from Airbus, an expert interview with me, tool comparisons and much more.

Based on many J. Boye group meetings in Europe and North America, our take is that enterprise messaging is now moving onto the center stage. Many have used tools like WhatsApp unofficially to get work done, but now organisations are finding ways to make it an integrated part of work.

For more information, download the whitepaper free of charge on the below page on the T-Systems site (registration required):

Whitepaper: Enterprise messaging – WhatsApp for companies

If you are a J. Boye member, you will get a printed version at the upcoming group meetings.

For more about the future of work, do consider attending our upcoming Masterclass on the Workplace of the Future in Amsterdam on 30 March, where T-Systems will share their employee app success story.

PS: The whitepaper is also available in German – see our German blog: Enterprise Messaging wird die Unternehmen erobern

 

 

Sharing intranet experiences with peers

kester-seibertThe intranet is something employees expect just to work, but doesn’t give much thought to. They have work to do. On the contrary Kester Seibert‘s role at German shipping giant Hapag-Lloyd is giving it a lot of thought.

Kester belongs to the IT team which is responsible for the intranet at Hapag-Lloyds headquarter in Hamburg, Germany. In his view, the structure and regular meetings with peers in the J. Boye Hamburg intranet expert group works very well in facilitating generous knowledge sharing with other intranet specialists and internal communication professionals alike.

In this brief posting, Kester shares how he has found inspiration and solutions by being active in the intranet community.

Intranet can be a lonely task, but here comes the community  

According to Kester, the value of a professional community is a place where he can meet face-to-face and shout out ideas in a confidential setting and be sure to receive a cascade of different perspectives and opinions.

The group also acts as a social gathering point where he can talk to other people working with intranet, as well as a place where he can gather fresh insights from communication professionals with widely different backgrounds.

“As successful intranets are about much more than technology, it is very interesting to get a good mix of contacts, including from communications departments in other firms”, says Kester.

There is a sense of belonging in the network, which makes the sharing take place in an open, but also confidential way. He feels that the structure of the J. Boye groups plays an important role in establishing these intimate relationships that are vital to any knowledge sharing network.

“In between the meetings, I follow-up with specific members for more in-depth discussions and solution finding”

Making it work is a two way street – how I do it

Some final advice from Kester on how to become a good networker:

“Take the network serious. The other participants are really interested in your questions, ideas and progress. Take the chance to get feedback and give feedback yourself”