3 social forces that make social business compelling

  • Changing expectations / consumerization of IT –  People are bringing innovative consumer devices to work, with  dramatic impact on people’s expectations of the way they use technology and the way businesses use technology. New expectations are emerging from the “social” customer while employees are looking for a new level of engagement at work. Expectations from both sides require a new way of getting work done.
  • Doing more with less –The relationship of labor force growth to productivity started to change in the mid-2000′s — as labor force growth slowed productivity continued to rise through automation. Although we’re not there yet, over time this type of productivity gain is likely to slow as well. At that point, increased productivity will come from the shift to an engaged, empowered and collaborative work paradigm.
  • Systemetizing ad hoc work – Exception processing for business decisions and customer service is a whole area of work that cannot be automated by current systems of transaction. The person or a group of people getting the work done will often require specific data  and a  system to support the decision process for work at hand. 
Why Teams Make Us Happy :: Articles :: The 99 Percent
In 2009, I lived two professional lives. The first was being a member of a close-knit, highly passionate team working together to organize the creative world. The other was rather lonely, as a writer aiming to finish my book. Over the course of that year, I experienced the extreme sides of the work spectrum. During the work week, I was part of a highly collaborative dream team. And every weekend I worked solo, writing alone and planning what would become Making Ideas Happen.
- Image source

Why Teams Make Us Happy :: Articles :: The 99 Percent

In 2009, I lived two professional lives. The first was being a member of a close-knit, highly passionate team working together to organize the creative world. The other was rather lonely, as a writer aiming to finish my book.

Over the course of that year, I experienced the extreme sides of the work spectrum. During the work week, I was part of a highly collaborative dream team. And every weekend I worked solo, writing alone and planning what would become Making Ideas Happen.

- Image source

7 Examples: Put Gamification To Work - The BrainYard
Social Business: Game On
Gamification is the art, and sometimes science, of applying game theory and mechanics in non-game contexts. Businesses have used game mechanics for years—often in training and human resources settings—to provide users with incentives to perform particular (and, quite often, tedious) tasks. Now, with the rise of social networking in the workplace, the game, as they say, is really on.
Gamification has been used in business settings in the past, but users were often playing in a vacuum—or their success at “the game” was only visible to a manager. Think of a human resources application, where a user could earn points for every training document he or she read. The person’s score might make a difference in his or her next performance evaluation, but the gaming model did not leverage what really makes people engage in games—the human desire to compete, against others and against themselves.
That’s where social networking comes into play (pun intended). Organizations are using social networking platforms externally—for marketing, customer service, and product development—and internally—for workflow management and collaboration. In environments where people are already sharing and linking to each other, gamification is a natural fit. Now, users are competing against each other for points, or badges or to be known as a leader. Status is clearly visible, so even when users are not competing against each other, there is still incentive to achieve.
The gamification model integrated into social business applications often includes badges showing different levels of achievement, progress bars and meters, points and other rewards that can be earned, loyalty awards, and leader boards.
The market for gamification is expected to grow significantly in the next few years. Research from Gartner indicates that by 2015, 50% of organizations that manage innovation processes will gamify those processes, and that by 2014 more than 70% of Global 2000 organizations will have at least one gamified application.

7 Examples: Put Gamification To Work - The BrainYard

Social Business: Game On

Gamification is the art, and sometimes science, of applying game theory and mechanics in non-game contexts. Businesses have used game mechanics for years—often in training and human resources settings—to provide users with incentives to perform particular (and, quite often, tedious) tasks. Now, with the rise of social networking in the workplace, the game, as they say, is really on.

Gamification has been used in business settings in the past, but users were often playing in a vacuum—or their success at “the game” was only visible to a manager. Think of a human resources application, where a user could earn points for every training document he or she read. The person’s score might make a difference in his or her next performance evaluation, but the gaming model did not leverage what really makes people engage in games—the human desire to compete, against others and against themselves.

That’s where social networking comes into play (pun intended). Organizations are using social networking platforms externally—for marketing, customer service, and product development—and internally—for workflow management and collaboration. In environments where people are already sharing and linking to each other, gamification is a natural fit. Now, users are competing against each other for points, or badges or to be known as a leader. Status is clearly visible, so even when users are not competing against each other, there is still incentive to achieve.

The gamification model integrated into social business applications often includes badges showing different levels of achievement, progress bars and meters, points and other rewards that can be earned, loyalty awards, and leader boards.

The market for gamification is expected to grow significantly in the next few years. Research from Gartner indicates that by 2015, 50% of organizations that manage innovation processes will gamify those processes, and that by 2014 more than 70% of Global 2000 organizations will have at least one gamified application.

Why You Have Your Best Ideas When You’re Least Productive | Gizmodo

Researchers have been studying how innovation and creativity varies with circadian rhythms—the natural patterns that make you a morning person or an evening type—and the findings are suprising. A lot of studies have shown that we perform best—or at least, get most done—during peak times in our circadian rhythms when we’re most alert. But the new study, by Mareike Wieth and Rose Zacks, reveals that during the lulls in productivity we’re more easily distracted, and that those distractions can help aid creativity. Their conclusion: you have your best ideas when you’re least productive. 

Why You Have Your Best Ideas When You’re Least Productive | Gizmodo

Researchers have been studying how innovation and creativity varies with circadian rhythms—the natural patterns that make you a morning person or an evening type—and the findings are suprising. A lot of studies have shown that we perform best—or at least, get most done—during peak times in our circadian rhythms when we’re most alert. But the new study, by Mareike Wieth and Rose Zacks, reveals that during the lulls in productivity we’re more easily distracted, and that those distractions can help aid creativity. Their conclusion: you have your best ideas when you’re least productive. 


 
If you happen to be in London or New York, and looking for a good place to settle down and work for a while, this Web app should help you do just that.
Let’s Meet and Work is the brainchild of Alasdair Monk, a user interface designer and app developer.
 (via Let’s meet and work: Places to work in London & New York - TNW Apps)

via thenextweb:

If you happen to be in London or New York, and looking for a good place to settle down and work for a while, this Web app should help you do just that.

Let’s Meet and Work is the brainchild of Alasdair Monk, a user interface designer and app developer.

 (via Let’s meet and work: Places to work in London & New York - TNW Apps)

via thenextweb:

A unique acacia known as a “fertilizer tree” has typically led to a doubling or tripling of maize yields in smallholder agriculture in Zambia and Malawi, according to evidence presented at a conference in the Hague today. The findings were central to the arguments of agroforestry experts at the conference, who urged decision makers to spread this technology more widely throughout the African nations most vulnerable to climate change and food shortages, and to think differently about more practical ways to solve the problems that are most pressing to smallholder farmers.

A Socially Networked Company Makes for a More Human Workforce (Revisited)
For business, one of the biggest and most under-realized advantages to integrating social networking tools is its ability to humanize a corporate workforce beyond just the typical four walls of a cubicle or office. Without social networking tools, companies risk problems not being resolved, ideas becoming stagnant and employees feeling underutilized or underappreciated. So, if you’re a company wondering how you can unify your global workforce, social technologies are an excellent step to building a more collaborative, productive and HUMAN workforce

A Socially Networked Company Makes for a More Human Workforce (Revisited)

For business, one of the biggest and most under-realized advantages to integrating social networking tools is its ability to humanize a corporate workforce beyond just the typical four walls of a cubicle or office. Without social networking tools, companies risk problems not being resolved, ideas becoming stagnant and employees feeling underutilized or underappreciated. So, if you’re a company wondering how you can unify your global workforce, social technologies are an excellent step to building a more collaborative, productive and HUMAN workforce

smarterleaders:

Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index | Video on TED.com

Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity — instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth).

IBM  - Business Agility Now!
 Discover insights that enable innovation through enhanced awareness and understanding across processes and ecosystems
Maximize the value of business interactions by accessing rich information and applications at the right time and in the right context
Optimize productivity and resources by how you broadly, flexibly and continuously automate and governance processes

IBM - Business Agility Now!

  • Discover insights that enable innovation through enhanced awareness and understanding across processes and ecosystems
  • Maximize the value of business interactions by accessing rich information and applications at the right time and in the right context
  • Optimize productivity and resources by how you broadly, flexibly and continuously automate and governance processes

Hannover Medical School, a leading university medical center in Germany, optimizes its treatment processes, reduces waiting times for patients and increases patient security through an automated tracking solution. The mobile and wireless technology can gather and record trauma patients’ data securely and in real time throughout their hospital stay, enabling its system to communicate: “Patient X is waiting for doctor Y in room Z.”