Yammer: The Next Leap of Enterprise Social Networking
SharePoint has acquired Yammer for better reasons. This $1.2 Billion investment has provided the enterprise application with massive enterprise social networking ability. Yammer helps to connect employees of an enterprise. They can share information and collaborate to deal with a process issue. They can create personal profiles within the company’s private network. This social network has all the features that is provided by popular site such as Facebook. Member can comment on a post, like a post or follow other members in the network to getting updates of his post. Tagging of post and searching facilities are also provided in Yammer.
In Yammer, enterprises can create multiple private networks and organize them for different groups of members. Creating a network is quite easy in Yammer as a network is created automatically for every unique domain id of an organization. Id of any member in the domain will be accepted in the network. For example, firstname.lastname@example.org be automatically a member of the network for henjini.com.
A network in Yammer provides centralized control. This helps in better management of employee issues and supervision of their activities in the network. The the central admin can update a schedule or policy that can be accessed by all the employees of the enterprise. This helps in maintaining consistency of any process updates, addition of new features and news updates for employees.
Yammer allows merging of subsidiary network to the main network. If an enterprise has multiple domain for different locations, these domains could be merged to the main domain and still, separate networks can be maintained within the primary one. Suppose, an organization has different domains for its multiple locations in different countries. Say, these are henjinijapan.com, henjinifrance.com and so on. Network withing these domains can be merged under the main network under the domain henjini.com.
Yammer together with SharePoint Social features will contribute to a better enterprise social networking, which will provide updated platform for collaboration of employees. This fosters a better teamwork and easy information flow among them. An attractive aspect of Yammer is, its basic version is included free with Office 365.