How many groups/teams have you been a part of that could have been more effective?
How many times have you waited for an email from a team member, only to receive an outdated version of the file?
Wouldn’t you love to give your team instant access to what you are working on, and have a place where you can come together to exchange and collaborate on ideas real-time?
Introducing Yammer–a private, secure social network for companies. No matter what the business, Yammer allows you to connect with your coworkers to collaborate, share ideas, and be more productive. You must use a verified company (or university) email to confirm your eligibility to join the network.
Yammer incorporates many familiar social media elements like the Feed, where users can post updates, ask questions, share news, links and files, as well as give feedback on current projects. Each user has a profile page containing personal expertise, status updates, vital contact information, and fun conversation starters.
Working on a team project? Perfect! Yammer provides work spaces where you can easily collaborate on projects. Creating a group (public or private) only takes seconds. Team files are easy to view, and notification of changes or progress in the group can be sent by email, IM, or via text directly to your phone, so no time is lost waiting.
Yammer is available for the web, desktop, tablet, and smart-phone, so you can stay connected and updated at all times. Tag conversations so they can be easily found and sorted. Discuss changes real-time with chat, and see what is happening with every member on the team.
So why should ALL college business students use this?
From my own experience as a business student, it is hard to work with teams that are disconnected. Bridging any possible gaps or lapses in the team dynamic, instantly validates the utility of this tool. Emailing Powerpoints back and forth is so antiquated–especially when someone makes a mistake and you have to wait for them to realize and send the corrected version back. The turnaround time is costly, especially if you are pressed by an important deadline.
College students understand the dynamics of social media better than anyone. So there is little to no learning curve with Yammer’s tools. As many graduates progress to the working world, they are forced to learn the operation of new products, software and systems, because their education has not utilized any of the tools major corporations are laying emphasis on. Yammer is used by 80% of Fortune 500 companies…a statistic that speaks for itself!!
Applying a top-down and bottom-up strategy, targeting both professors and students simultaneously, Yammer should infiltrate college education. This will encourage students to collaborate by exchanging ideas with ease, using a medium they already understand, aided by technology which effortlessly, and instantly connects them through various sources (phone, tablet, IM, email). If students experience the utility of the product they will be Yammer evangelists by the time they graduate.
Why would any grad go into the working world and spend costly hours learning new software when instead companies could rely on the students learning to maneuver that world class enterprise software while they are still in school? Even if the students are not huge fans, when asked in the work place what they would recommend as a collaboration tool, the natural response would then be “Yammer.”
Yammer operates on a freemium model, so signing up is…you guessed it…FREE, and most functionality that is important to higher education team work can be utilized right away. Full features such as advanced admin & security controls, data export, and SharePoint integration can be purchased by the company or university who claims the network. In this case, the institution pays $5/user/month, a fantastic price considering what it will gain access to.
If you have a business class coming up (you know you will have group/team projects/work) or you just want to see how cool Yammer’s tools are, visit their site, and sign up for an account!
Once you have given Yammer a try (or if you already have), let me know…
I’m curious what you think??