If VMworld 2012 was an enterprise, it would be a social one.
VMworld 2012 has sadly come to a close and as everyone returns to their respective jobs the question arises, what did I learn from VMworld 2012?
The answer to that question is an easy one, even if you didn’t make one breakout session, one keynote, one lab, or general session. All you had to do was check out the VMworld Socialcast community and you would have learned all about the power of the social enterprise.
So here are the top 5 reasons the VMworld Socialcast community was a successful social enterprise deployment…
- Find and access the content you need
Getting reports, powerpoints, videos, and other pieces of content within an enterprise takes days. With the VMworld Socialcast community, presentations were up and ready for download within hours. Attendees didn’t have to wait days or weeks to get the content they needed, everyone had instant access through Socialcast.
- Schedule afterhours outings
When you’re in the grind of work it’s difficult to realize that your colleague right behind you enjoys the same activities that you do. But drop your interests into the Socialcast stream and that’s no longer a concern. Everything from photo walks to cigar lounge outings were discussed, planned, and managed on the Socialcast VMworld community making it easy for thousands of individuals to find people that shared similar interests.
- Immediate feedback to managers
In an enterprise it’s difficult to reach the managers that can enforce change, but that wasn’t an issue at VMworld. Attendees had immediate access to all VMworld event planners through Socialcast. With attendees putting their concerns, praise, and suggestion into the Socialcast streams, managers were able to see what was and wasn’t working for attendees. This transparency allowed for resources to be shifted and changes to be made within hours.
- Break down silos and reconnect
Sometimes at large enterprises it’s easy to get disconnected from employees that you have worked with on past projects. Once silos go up within an organization it’s hard to bring them down. However, at VMworld 2012 reconnecting with people was a breeze with Socialcast. During VMworld ex-roommates, ex-colleagues, and ex-employees all reconnected over the VMworld Socialcast community.
- Follow the topics that are important to you
It’s sometimes difficult to stay up to date with conversations happening about topics that are important to your job. That’s why Socialcast was so fantastic at VMworld. No topic or conversation was missed because of people hashtagging conversations. It was easy to slice through the main stream and find the conversations that you could contribute to. Whether you spent your time on the #vShere hashtag or the #Socialcast hashtag, it was easy and simple to find the conversations you wanted.
There you have it, 5 reasons VMworld was a successful enterprise social deployment. Now when you go back to your managers you can tell them, “I didn’t learn one thing at VMworld 2012… I learned 5!”
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