Socialcast blogs bring you the latest trends and best practices for enterprise social networks, to help you harness them to boost productivity, employee satisfaction, and business performance across your organization. Drawing on our own and others’ experience and insights, we’ll provide you with a stream of fresh ideas, stimulating insights, and thought-provoking commentary. We invite you to participate in the dialogue.
When the engineering team was planning the new version of Socialcast we knew that we were going to be overhauling virtually every page in the application. From a customer and marketing perspective we wanted to introduce all the changes together, but as an engineering team we were wary about introducing so much change in one big release. We wanted to find a way that we could incrementally release the changes as we built them without affecting our customer experience. If we could selectively turn the new design on and off, this would allow us to give early access to our customers so they could provide feedback on the design while using it with their own data.
We could have accomplished this with conditional checks:… Read more »
“When can you start?” After months of careful preparation and countless interviews, these words are full of promise. Yet one or two missteps in the early days at a new company can have a long-term impact on your future opportunities. Starting off on the right foot is important for any new job, in any industry. This is especially true for new college graduates.… Read more »
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 »
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 »
As the engineering team was planning for the recent Socialcast release we realized we were going to be adding a couple of significant new functional areas that each had their own models, views, assets, etc. We were concerned that this could result in a sprawling code base that was hard to learn and maintain.
We came up with two ways to solve this in our Ruby on Rails application: either we could break it down into multiple applications and use API calls or we could isolate the functional areas using Rails Engines. We knew that we wanted a seamless, integrated experience that was easy to maintain so we decided to move forward with the Engines approach.… Read more »
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