SharePoint, intranets, change management, Toby Elwin

5 ways SharePoint intranets improve change management

Constant change relies on constant sharing and I have found Microsoft’s SharePoint application, a powerful enterprise, change management tool.

SharePoint provides multiple ways to build a portal where your organization can not only see latest announcements but participates in discussions and contribute to shared learning. more flexible than formal training and more widely available.

In the last 12 months SharePoint, has radically altered the way I design any change management effort I roll out. Good intranet design with change management efforts to link communication change principles, provide a host of change management options.

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Fast Start — Is HR the New IT?

Fast Start conversation:  Policies, procedures, forms, transactions, compliance and administrative oversight.  Sound like your human resources (HR) department? Many of those items may never go away, but tech-savvy HR departments can provide new capability to the way services offered, delivered, filled, managed, and referenced.  Information technology (IT) can reengineer the ability to do more, better. Today, any consideration that you are an HR professional demands a level of technology consideration and comfort in analytically-driven skills, to such an extent that Talent Management magazine’s Ladan Nikravan wonders Is HR the New IT? From recruiting through managing engagement, mobile applications and online forms offer access and management beyond site-localized paper and pen. How tech-savvy is your human resources department? How tech-savvy is your human resources strategy? How tech-savvy is your human resources leadership? How tech-savvy is your human resources team? What potential recruits are you missing? …

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Change management is dead — the rumor

OK, Information Technology, you win.  You can have it.  You’ve ruined it beyond recognition anyway.  Only left me a shell of a concept that, at one point, had so much to offer an organization.  The ‘it’ I longingly refer to:  change management and today change management is dead because the I and the T of information technology has killed it. The change management that Information Technology (IT) advances is a limp version of the high school, sports, star Organization Development (OD) was and on a playing field where once we excelled.  Change management was OD’s domain of excellence. The concept, simple:  how to intentionally manage change to meet objectives.  That was our business value. That was OD’s time to shine. Now? Now change management is a footnote, an add-on, a Frankenstein stitch to a hardware, software, and IT service roll outs. Worse, led by …

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What Steve Jobs reminds those in technology

Steve Jobs retired last week.  Steve Jobs had incredible impact as Apple CEO as well as a cultural icon whose products re-shaped and re-defined our relationship with technology.  Steve Jobs’ retirement reminds those in technology that a liberal arts view to their work could serve them better. It might be a stretch to say Apple is everything Microsoft isn’t.  Well, the two companies have had a distinctly different approach to their products and different strategic paths through their existence.  Technology and people.  People and technology. Since last week’s announcement, of all the articles I read on Jobs, I was most taken by The Genius of Jobs, Marrying Tech and Art from The Wall Street Journal’s, get this, Life & Culture section. Striking a very sober chord in today’s technology first, reality be damned world, in a 2010 speech, Jobs, suggested Apple’s success …

Fistful of beans 01/05/2011

5 things I’ve seen, read, or thought might seed results: 1. Waiting, Wondering, Worrying — CFO Magazine What if 10% unemployment is the new normal?  A view from your friendly C-suite, corner office about employment, human capital, and competition.  Also some views on if layoffs and downsizing really benefit shareholders or benefit Wall Street analysts.  What keeps a CFO up at night might surprise you. 2. Hiring Talent With Nontraditional Backgrounds — Talent Management Magazine The multiple perspectives of why a company would value someone with a different educational background or different industry background and some of the real competency indicators on if someone should succeed within your company.  A good primer to push back on those hiring managers that currently write job requisitions.  Here’s an opportunity for anyone in HR to be a strategic business partner.  It’s about the values… 3. Next-Generation …

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IT failure, too much information in Information Technology

Technology enables information access and facilitates information sharing. But why do so many information technology projects fail? 74% of all projects fail, come in over budget, or run past the original deadline* 90% of major Information Technology (IT) project initiatives fail to be completed on time and on budget* A survey by the international consulting firm KPMG finds that 56% of IT projects globally fail, but believe that 56% is an underestimation of the scale of the problem UK IT Director Forum Certus believes that failure rate of IT projects is closer to 90% Why is the information part of information technology failing to deliver projects? Why do we continue to spend so much of operations strategy on the technology portion of the common people, process, and technology framework when clearly it is the people that define the process and the people …