social business, Digital Workplace: Effective Social Business Tool Rollout

It’s a 24/7 year-round business world today. Really, was it ever not that way?

Now, though, in the digitized world, organizations that use social business tools effectively thrive, according to Luis Suarez, lead social business enabler in the Global CIO Office at IBM. talked to Suarez for the second of our three-part series on the Remote Work World. Yesterday, we discussed trust, setting goals and creating boundaries for effective environments.

Social Tools – Way of Life Now

Suarez has 15 years of experience on knowledge management, collaboration, learning, online communities and social networking for business. He told us he has been living for the past four years in a corporate world “without email challenging the status quo of how knowledge workers collaborate and share their knowledge by promoting openness, transparency, trust, sustainable growth, engagement, connectedness and overall smart work.”

(We do realize the argument for email in a business environment is still very much on the table.)

As for working in the office, Suarez said the benefits are clear: being under the same roof for brainstorming, real time collaboration, knowledge sharing and ideation among others.

However, he added, businesses must realize how critical remote collaboration through digital, social tools has become in terms of getting work done — 24/7 year-round.

“It's not only about flexibility, co-sharing of responsibility or owning more of your work as a knowledge worker for smarter decision making,” Suarez said. “It's more about the opportunity for virtual teams to excel based on the results and outcomes they produce rather than measuring those same results by their sheer physical presence.”

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Managers and knowledge workers must, Suarez said, recognize in the virtual environment the “critical role of social business tools to get the job done, regardless of where your talent is in the world.”

The International Data Corporation (IDC) published a survey earlier this year, “IDC’s Social Business Survey, 2013: Driving Influence and Relevance with Social Solutions.” It stressed companies are starting to capture the “influence and relevance” in new business and communication channels.

Companies don’t, however, spend enough time rationalizing the impact of social business solutions from a process standpoint before deploying other solutions. New deployments, the report stated, must be tempered with adherence to a company-wide social business vision.