The company has decided to introduce Yammer as a collaborative tool for us. I see this move as a positive move to bring all staffs 'closer' virtually. With so many staffs in a company from various departments, it is a good channel to get to know each other and share opinions on certain topics.
What we need to do is to promote Yammer not only as a tool to improve productivity and efficiency but also to achieve it in a more fun waY! Yes! The Yammer WaY! Since they are a lot of users who are working outside of office, with the cloud solution, they can still keep track of what is happening in the company and still collaborate with the rest of their team members. Yammer client can be installed in all major smartphones, Blackberry, Iphone, Android, so we can always contribute in Yammer from anywhere.
The 2 challenges that I see now are:
** The level of maturity across all the users
It is not easy when some users are more internet-savvy than the rest. They can differentiate the usage of a corporate social media channel like Yammer as compared to personal social media channel like Facebook. So, Yammer tips and tricks in both English and Malay will need to be written to, hopefully, educate all users.
** The corporate readiness
Policies are to not established yet so users are confuse on the usage of Yammer in the workplace. First step is always to introduce, next step: need to outline policies of what are the Do's and Dont's within Yammer networks.
I am excited about Yammer in the company but at the same time, concerned that something good like Yammer will just 'die' off if nothing is done to promote it for work purpose. So, a note to self, first step is to dig up some good reading materials from the Net on how to get Yammer working as a productive tool and then share slowly with the hope to guide all users to see the benefits of Yammer and then eventually, get positive buy-in from top management :D
So, to Yammer or not to Yammer? Definitely, Yammer all the way! :D
Till my next posting, peace to you all out there!