The VMware Professional Services team had been asked by a German Fortune 500 Global engineering customer to assist with a data migration and integration project. Hundreds of gigabytes of application data were to be transferred from a local, on-premise data center into a cloud deployment. Moving application data to a cloud solution can often be as simple as a click of a button, but in this case, it involved collaboration and coordination, overcoming challenges and mitigating risks, outlined below:
Team members and experts located across two continents, in different time zones
Some (planned) team fluctuation due to Spring/Summer vacation season
A short maintenance window over one weekend to execute the migration to avoid downtime
Migration success or failure visibility to over 350,000 end users, therefore, there was no room for error
The VMware customer has had a long, successful history with VMware Socialcast, so the decision was made very quickly to use the Socialcast platform to drive this project.
Besides its well-known social networking capabilities like posts and comments, Socialcast has a popular Projects feature, which allows users to enter tasks, group them by objectives, and assign due dates and persons to them.… Read more »
Washington State University (WSU) is a nationally recognized research university providing world-class education to more than 26,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled in ten different colleges.
As part of their Senior Design Curriculum, students from WSU’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science needed a simple and intuitive platform to support collaboration between students, faculty, mentors, and sponsors. The tool also needed to be safe enough to ensure the privacy of sensitive intellectual property provided by the sponsoring companies.
After selecting Socialcast by VMware, participation grew rapidly as students discovered it was a very efficient platform and replaced meetings with a real-time activity stream of sharing documents, posting comments, adding suggestions, and sharing ideas. It also gave professors the ability to bring teams together and visibility in observing all facets of student performance.… Read more »
As the community manager for a large enterprise social network (ESN) for a Fortune 100 company, it thrills me when leaders are interested in how they can use our internal network better in their role as leaders. Over the last few years at Humana, we have seen consistent growth in leader involvement in our Socialcast network called Buzz. It makes a difference that our President and CEO Bruce Broussard leads by example and is a very strong supporter of using such tools to accomplish the objectives of the business. He understands that being a social business internally helps align the company’s more than 50,000 employees toward a common goal, living common values.
I was invited a while back to speak to a group of leaders at Humana about how they might better use Buzz.… Read more »
Social Business Intelligence (SBI), Socialcast’s in-app analytics platform, is enabled for all Socialcast communities and has many great features that add tremendous value for community administrators.
Today, we would like to highlight some of the most useful SBI features that we think every admin should leverage to increase adoption and engagement in their Socialcast community.
The People Dashboard is a powerful tool to track community growth and adoption. This chart allows you to stay informed on community growth by looking at the number of invitations sent and new accounts created. You can easily see if your community is growing with increasing vigor or if you should take action to catalyze growth.… Read more »
With 2014 in our rearview mirrors, many workplace conversations are turning to performance reviews. Employees are racking their brains trying to document all of their accomplishments over the past 12 months, and people managers have the equally daunting task of acknowledging the successes of all of their direct reports. At VMware, we’ve developed an integration between Socialcast and Workday that is helping us to alleviate these very real pain points, and save countless man hours in the process.
By integrating our 18,500-member Socialcast community with our HR platform, we’ve made it easy for both employees and people managers to account for all of the hard work performed across the organization over the course of the year.
Socialcast comes built with a feature called Thanks, which allows members of the community to publicly recognize others for exemplary work by sending them a personalized badge.… Read more »