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A case for social computing in the enterprise
This article is part of the SharePoint Insider issue of October 2009
Like it or not, social computing in the enterprise is here to stay. And, you should like it. Few technologies have the power to unleash otherwise hidden employee potential than SharePoint's blog, wiki and My Site features. Like many new technology-driven concepts, social computing can be a little confusing as a term. Definitions run the gamut, but many people will agree that social computing is both a process and supporting tool set that enable individuals within an enterprise to contribute their knowledge and insight about the business. Social computing makes business knowledge easily searchable and accessible to everyone in the enterprise at any time through a number of search avenues. More on SharePoint management Using SharePoint as a social network platform SharePoint usage reporting and the bottom line Using jQuery to extend SharePoint It really boils down to this: Employees know a lot of stuff. Social computing systems make it easy for everyone else to share and ultimately benefit from that knowledge. Companies that ...
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