Letting the customer do the talkingLiberal DemocratsBeing socially enabled is about more than the tools. About Sam        ...
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The impact of cloud computing, consumer
mobile and social networking technologies are transforming how enterprises drive efficiency, maintain
innovation and increase motivation. Being socially enabled means more than simply leveraging the
convergence of these tools for short term productivity gains; it involves being part of a broader
organisational, cultural and behavioural shift towards allowing individuals more self-direction and
creativity in their work.

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Liberal Democrats view of Huddle

  1. 1. Letting the customer do the talkingLiberal DemocratsBeing socially enabled is about more than the tools. About Sam Sam Lockwood is Head of Digital Strategy at the Liberal Democrats and Operations Director at Inception Consulting. He advises a number of start ups, think tanks and cross sector NGOs on digital strategy.At a time when public and private sector organisations are universally seeking to do more with less,being socially enabled has never been more important. The impact of cloud computing, consumer “Low investment private SaaS platformsmobile and social networking technologies are transforming how enterprises drive efficiency, maintain - like Huddle – redress the balanceinnovation and increase motivation. Being socially enabled means more than simply leveraging the between corporate governance andconvergence of these tools for short term productivity gains; it involves being part of a broader consumer expectation.”organisational, cultural and behavioural shift towards allowing individuals more self-direction and - Sam Lockwood, Head of Digital Strategycreativity in their work.If everyone already understands how social is impacting the media landscape outside the firewall, forthe facebook generation entering the office can feel like going back in time. Expensive corporate ITinfrastructure and outmoded practises often fail to meet the same expectations of convenience,usability and instant feedback as the (often free) services they consume on a daily basis. At the sametime, traditional corporate governance mandates – normally surrounding security, compliance andintellectual property – seek to discourage their use. Whilst these concerns remain legitimate in theory,in practise they are proving difficult to maintain as employees increasingly bring their own workplaceenvironment with them – overlooking the IT department for their preferred social toolkit.A recent independent study commissioned by Cisco has confirmed that many organisations areunderestimating this trend:“The research findings spotlight an underestimation of the power and influence of social networks onbusinesses, and the transformation that companies need to make, not only to protect themselves, butalso to encourage and benefit from the collaboration these social networks and tools afford them.Ignoring the increased usage and influence of social networking and Web 2.0 tools leaves organiza-tions at the risk of misuse, potentially leading to the disclosure of information and misrepresentation ofthe company.”Being socially enabled means getting realistic both about the behavioural trends inside an organisa-tion and the new external challenges they pose. Part of this is being open to low investment privateSaaS platforms - like Huddle – that redress the balance between corporate governance andconsumer expectation.Yet the impact of social has wider implications than simply an alteration in consumption and ITprocurement trends. Collaborative social tools have the ability to change work environments intosomething not only more effective but also more enjoyable. The exponential growth in their popularityis as much about human psychology as corporate efficiency: people generally find these technologiesuseful in some way, because to do so increases their status amongst peers, because they arecurious, or because the tools are just fun to use, amongst other reasons. Drive to adoption is alwayscontingent upon what Dan Pink has termed ‘the Purpose motive’, being socially enabled is as muchwww.huddle.com UK & EU: +44 08709 772 212 USA: +1 (415) 376 0870 sales@huddle.com
  2. 2. about understanding new organisational motivations as it is about the technologies involved. As westrive to get more productivity out of less resources from these tools, we would do well to remembermore fundamental human factors underlying why these processes work.www.huddle.com UK & EU: +44 08709 772 212 USA: +1 (415) 376 0870 sales@huddle.com

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