As social networks progress and online social learning grows in popularity, the need to implement social learning technologies within business settings becomes increasingly prevalent. While Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn lead the way as some of the most popular social networks, the informal, public nature of these outlets does not necessarily meet the needs of working professionals operating within businesses and corporations. Lectora e-Learning and IBM Software recognize this void and have partnered to provide social business solutions that better fit companies’ needs.
In the Inspiration Wednesdays e-Learning webinar “IBM Perspective on Social Learning & Social Business” on September 26, 2011, Simon Birt, Social Learning Lead at Trivantis, paired up with IBM Worldwide Sales Manager of Software Larry Ogelsby to discuss social learning and the partnership between Trivantis and IBM.
According to Ogelsby, this strategic partnership is an “absolute combination of strengths.” Both of these software industry leaders are excited to be working as a team as they address social business issues.
During the webinar, Ogelsby notes that while popular social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, may be fitting for sharing informally with friends or family, these public, unsecured social media platforms are not suitable for sending and sharing company information within organizations. Finding a solution to this issue is not necessarily easy – one must first examine common social learning patterns within the workplace.
A U.S. Department of Commerce Survey suggests that 80% of what employees learn is from informal, social interactions within the workplace. In response to this informal style of learning, organizations are investing in social learning solutions now more than ever before. In fact, according to a McKinsey survey, 75% of companies are integrating web 2.0 into employees’ day-to-day activities, showing that social software is currently becoming mainstream among businesses.
So, what does all of this mean? New social business solutions must offer an environment that allows employees to informally collaborate, interact, publish and share information – all within a secure environment that keeps company information safe from outsiders. Trivantis and IBM social learning solutions include:
- Lectora Online enables developers to collaboratively create and edit e-Learning content anytime, anywhere.
- CourseMill LMS offers instant messaging and real-time discussion capabilities, allowing learners and developers to connect and share information.
- IBM provides technologies that allow companies to easily create social networks within their organizations, such as Lotus Connections software.
Trivantis and IBM continue to collaborate and develop new ideas to enhance social learning within business settings.
A recording of the entire webinar is available below:
To learn more about Trivantis and IBM, please visit: Social Learning