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AIIM Study: Social Technology Business Benefit Hinges on Process Integration
Companies, Government Agencies Urged to Overcome Cultural and Compliance Barriers to Allow Integration of Social Content Into Business Processes
By: Marketwire .
Nov. 27, 2012 03:00 AM
SILVER SPRING, MD -- (Marketwire) -- 11/27/12 -- A new report from AIIM, the global community of information professionals, advises IT professionals, compliance teams, and records managers to embed internal and external social channels into their core processes for business benefit. In its latest Industry Watch report, "Social in the Flow -- transforming processes and sharing knowledge," AIIM finds that the majority of companies consider integration of social technologies with business processes to be important, although only 37 percent of respondents expect social to be integrated across the business within the next two years.
Organizations -- especially regulatory and government agencies -- are encouraged by AIIM to incorporate closer integration of social tools and techniques into the core business processes for project coordination, customer support and staff communication. One positive note, compared to past reports, is the number of organizations actively discouraging use of social technologies at work has dropped to 19 percent, although it remains at 44 percent for Government to Business (G2B) organizations. A quarter of all organizations surveyed have no official policy, and within the 50 percent who do actively encourage use of social tools at work, more than half have no guidelines on their acceptable business use. Sixty-four percent provide no way for employees to integrate social technologies into their business processes.
"When it comes to reaping the business benefits of social media, you need to think how it can help within a given business process," said Doug Miles, director of market intelligence at AIIM. "Nearly half of organizations do not have any official strategies for social content creation and collaboration which represents missed opportunities for faster response and better knowledge-sharing in product development, recruitment, help desk, employee relations and project management."
AIIM recommends information professionals help lead the way to the integration of social technologies while there is still time. Within two years, 81 percent of all organizations plan to have social tools and technologies in regular use across the business. Areas at the top of the priority list for integration include customer support (59 percent) and marketing (58 percent). The most popular internal social application is staff communication with more than half planning to implement a company notice board/forum in the next year. Other social integration priorities in the next year include collaborative document authoring (51 percent), event promotion (50 percent), brand management (49 percent) and customer feedback (44 percent).
Overall, the report concludes that social technology adoption within enterprises is strong, but the integration of social into business processes is still in its infancy. AIIM advises IT departments, legal and compliance teams and records managers to work with business management to:
The full report, "Social in the Flow -- transforming processes and sharing knowledge" can be downloaded from the AIIM website at www.aiim.org/social-processes. The research was underwritten by BroadVision, Hype Innovation, IBM, Igloo Software, tibbr and Workshare.
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