A secure shared workspace can be one of the most efficient and productive ways in which those who are employed by the same company can collaborate on their work and exchange ideas on what is going on—something that can lead to greater productivity and more revenue for the business. This article will give some of the best uses for such a shared workspace by discussing Socialcast.
Socialcast—“the social network built for the enterprise”—is one of the best places to go for those who wish to set up secured shared workspaces online. One of their most outstanding features is the groups that can be used to focus on a particular topic, project or interest. By participating in such discussion groups, members can figure out what they need to concentrate their attentions most on, when they need to do so and why. Even external members of a team can work more intelligently and efficiently with the internal members. Socialcast can also be integrated with other business systems including intranet, wikis, CRM, ERP, PLM and Microsoft SharePoint. Those who use Socialcast can also track the success of their projects by getting feedback from one another. The system is also mobile accessible so that the members can communicate with each other over the projects while on the go.
A variety of solutions are available from Socialcast, of which different ones are useful for different types of professionals—executives, human resources, internal communications, sales and IT professionals. There uses can be detailed in the list below.
- Executives—These people can use Socialcast solutions to improve the productivity of the workforce, encourage innovation, find the expert knowledge that they need and enable people to work with one another much better. Employees are encouraged to ask questions and to seek out those who can help them do their jobs more effectively.
- Human Resources—The HR department of a company can accelerate the flow of information among individuals and sections, thus boosting the pace at which people get “up to speed.” This is especially valuable when we consider the steepness of the learning curve that newly-hired employees have.
- Internal Communications—Businesses can set up a single centralized forum to organize their internal communications. Socialcast provides an immediacy that is lacking in email, making it a precious tool for keeping employees up to date on developments within the firm—new hirings, rules, purchased computer and equipment and other things.
- Sales—This area can also be improved with a Socialcast connection. Accounts can be more effectively managed, collaboration improved to close deals and above all, you can stay one step ahead of the competition. Competitive intelligence can easily be tracked down by the sales teams, which can share both the information that they have gathered and their insights on what their own company can do.
- IT professionals can use Socialcast to provide quicker answers to technical questions. The company can even do a database search to find solutions without even needing to contact IT at all. Socialcast can make documents stored with Microsoft SharePoint easier to locate. It can also help each department to benefit from the automation of the others—in other words, it can “socialize” business applications.
The final feature of Socialcast is something that the creators of this network refer to as a “town hall” where the executives can all meet together to “foster strategic alignment, direct communication, and deeper engagement.”
Many of the companies whose names are widely known have made use of the services and solutions offered by Socialcast. These include Forrestek, General Motors, Humana, Nokia, Philips, PSI, Random House and SAS.
Setting up an account
You set up an account with Socialcast by providing an email address. This MUST be a business email—no personal accounts are accepted. Once that is done you can set up communities in your account. Tags can be used to organize messages and files that need to be shared stored in one place.
A secure shared workspace is something that every business, whether big or small, must have to develop its resources, increase sales, and keep from “going under” as a result of competition pressure.
KarimToohalik writes for Brainloop, a company specializing in creating a highly secure workspace through secure online document sharing, information rights management, and other data protection services using the highly secure Brainloopdataroom environment making sharing documents using Brainloop easy.