Driving Business Value with Enterprise Collaboration – The Series Overview


In this 4-part series I will be focusing on a strategic implementation of enterprise-wide internal collaboration to support the corporate strategy and top business priorities.  This entails a top-down approach to collaboration.  I will not be dealing with ad-hoc collaboration solutions (which can provide a lot of value) in this series.  In order to embark on an enterprise-wide collaboration initiative, we need to look at the following components:

  • Examine how the changing workforce is a driver for enterprise-wide collaboration
  • Understand the business value of collaboration (how can it help our company)
  • Set the direction for enterprise-wide collaboration (how we align employees)
  • Utilize a collaboration framework to manage and measure collaboration (how we implement collaboration)

In the first article I will look at the outside forces affecting companies.  I will:

  • Examine the typical business drivers for enterprise-wide collaboration, and focus on how the workforce is changing
  • Explain why collaboration tools play a critical role in improving the productivity of your most important employees, and
  • Discuss how Web 2.0 technologies provide new capabilities to improve the productivity of your employees

In the second article I will examine how collaboration can help companies.  I will:

  • Define collaboration
  • Discuss how collaboration adds value to the business
  • Point out the different types of collaboration
  • Identify how to achieve strategic benefits with enterprise-wide collaboration, and
  • Provide a tool to help you identify where your company stands in the life-cycle of collaboration

In part three of the series, I will look at aligning employees.  I will:

  • Look at what it takes to set the direction for enterprise-wide collaboration
  • Walk through how to properly align your collaboration vision with the business vision and strategy
  • Showcase a way to identify where collaboration will have the biggest ROI
  • Examine how to set collaboration priorities to properly align people’s activities, and
  • Speak to the power of adopting an evolutionary collaboration strategy

Finally, in the last article, I will look at implementing enterprise-wide collaboration.  I will:

  • Look at implementing a collaboration framework to manage and measure collaboration
  • Explore what it takes from a people and culture perspective, a process and governance perspective, and finally a technology perspective

These articles will pull content from many different sources, so I hope it acts as a concise reference for you to speak about collaboration in terms of a way to add value to your business.  As always, please feel free to post a comment, or share the article with colleagues of yours if you find it valuable.  Your feedback is always appreciated.

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2 thoughts on “Driving Business Value with Enterprise Collaboration – The Series Overview

  1. Pingback: Driving Business Value with Enterprise Collaboration – Part 2: How Collaboration Adds Value « Ben McMann's Weblog

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