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Socialcast + Workday: HR’s Dream Come True

|   Feb 25, 2015
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 »

Making Data Work

|   Feb 13, 2014
Yesterday, I spoke at the 2014 Strata conference in Santa Clara alongside a brilliant and like-minded data scientist, Kim Stedman.  Every year the conference brings together the top minds in the data world to talk about the most important issues companies are facing. In past years, there has been a strong focus on new technologies like Hadoop, that are enabling organizations to store, process and analyze vast quantities of data. While these tools are exciting things to talk about, we are seeing a shift back to the fundamentals of data, and the most important question of how to get value from the data that we capture and store.  After all, the tools are a moot point if we don't know how to make data work for our organizations.… Read more »

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People vs. Process: 5 Ways Social Networks Improve Engagement

|   Sep 25, 2013
Gallup has been conducting an ongoing study of employee engagement in the American workplace. The latest report, looking at data from 2010 to 2012, shows the number of “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” employees hovers around 70% -- a statistic that hasn’t really changed in the past twelve years! In previous blogs, we’ve talked about employee engagement – its impact on companies and what can be done about it. But the real question is why, despite an improving economy, workplace perks like flex time and telecommuting, and major investments in mobile and productivity tools, do American workers continue to feel so disenchanted at work? Part of the answer could be the dramatic increase in “work about work.… Read more »

The Transformation Toward Modern Ways of Working

|   Jun 17, 2013
When I founded Socialcast, our guiding mission was to create a new way to work.  I saw an opportunity to leverage the massive changes in the ways people were communicating and collaborating in the consumer market, and apply them to the workplace. Now, the shift away from the desktop to mobile devices provides new opportunities for companies like ours to partner with IT to develop business-ready solutions. Supporting more modern ways of working are difficult IT challenges, and VMware has a history of solving these problems in a unique and compelling way, which is one of the reasons I chose to sell Socialcast to VMware more than 2 years ago.  It’s also why I have agreed to take a broader role at VMware as Vice President of Mobile Computing in the End User Computing division at VMware.… Read more »

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How to Raise Enterprise Social Adoption Rates

|   Jun 11, 2013
A recent report from Deloitte reflects the good news/bad news when it comes to large companies embracing an Enterprise Social Network (ESN). The good news: according to Deloitte, by the end of 2013 more than 90% of the Fortune 500 will have implemented an ESN. The bad news: in a typical month only 40% of the employees who join the community will make a post.… Read more »

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What is Socialcast?

Socialcast by VMware (NYSE: VMW) is a social network for business uniting people, information, and applications with its real-time enterprise activity stream engine. Behind the firewall or in the cloud, Socialcast enables instant collaboration in a secure environment. Socialcast is headquartered in San Francisco, California. www.socialcast.com