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  • Francisco Eguiza 9:00 am on September 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    SoMoClo, your company and its entire ecosystem always connected 

    Estimated reading time: 4 minutes SoMoClo, your company and its entire ecosystem always connected A couple of years ago, people were already talking about SoMoClo as a potent, exuberant and explosive trend, above all in the fields of digital marketing and innovation, allowing companies to reach a greater audience with a more precisely-defined target and even better results (i.e. using geolocation services to send catalogues, discounts, payment methods and calls to action to smartphones). However, in this article I’m NOT going to talk about SoMoClo in terms of marketing. I want to dedicate this space to looking at how this trend can be used to help your company or business, to help your organization. So…

    What is SoMoClo?

    Let’s start with the following premise — nowadays EVERYTHING is Social, EVERYTHING is Mobile and (almost) EVERYTHING is on the Cloud. SoMoClo is an acronym for Social Mobile Cloud. Given that the previous premise holds true (and I’m not the only one who says so), why not align your company with Social, Mobile and Cloud principles?

    In the strictly business sphere, the objective of SoMoClo can be summed up in a single phrase: “Your company and its entire ecosystem: available anytime, anywhere.”

    Imagine the impact on your company or organization by having all the relevant information available, NOT just on your team’s PCs, but in a secure, private repository where all you need is an internet connection to start working. Response times are reduced, information is expanded, feedback becomes a positive tool (that, after all, is why we talk about Social) and work teams are fully capable of acting and reacting via the Cloud. (More …)

     
  • Zyncro Blog 9:00 am on September 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Zyncro included in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace* for the second year in a row 

    Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

    Zyncro is pleased to announce that for the second year in a row its Enterprise Social Network solution has been evaluated by Gartner and placed in the Niche Players quadrant.

    Zyncro is again positioned on this Magic Quadrant as a Niche Player with a social networking product used both for internal collaboration and for external (mainly customer) communities. This solution is used for companies with the objective to boost internal collaboration, information sharing and interactions among their employees using information management systems and business applications.

    We believe that by being included in this report again, Zyncro consolidates its position as one of the most reliable and innovative solutions on the Enterprise Social Technology market.

    Luis Font, Zyncro CEO and co-founder of the company alongside Didac Lee, emphasises that at Zyncro “We are very satisfied to again be positioned as a niche player in the industry. Being included for the second time it is big news for the company and we feel it is a great recognition of our team’s efforts”.

    Font also explains that “We also believe this consecutive placement shows that we have a good product that matches the needs of our clients and that we are in the right direction to keep building a mature and solid solution. All of this will help us a lot to continue our market growth“.

    In the last few years, the advancement of social technology in the corporate sphere has bolstered Zyncro’s commitment to developing communication and collaboration tools for employees.

    Zyncro, a company founded in Barcelona just over 3 years ago and which has already established a presence in 28 countries, is convinced of the enormous opportunities offered by social software tools to help companies transform their work methods, making them more efficient and productive.

    According to its vision, a new corporate reality exists in which people organize themselves through interconnected networks. In this scenario, the socialization of activities within businesses can deliver huge benefits by encouraging the collaboration, mobility and commitment of employees. That’s why Zyncro works constantly to stay on the cutting edge of technology and continue to offer one of the most reliable, secure, and attractive solutions on the market.

    About the Magic Quadrant

    Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

    *Gartner Research Document
    Gartner Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace. Analysts: Nikos Drakos, Jeffrey Man, Mike Gotta. Publication date: 3 September 2014.

     

     
  • Jaume Jané 9:00 am on August 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Zyncro Mail: add an email manager to your corporate Zyncro 

    Estimated reading time + video: 4 minutes

    At Zyncro we understand that email is not only one of the top corporate communication tools, but also one of the most time-consuming tasks each day. That’s why we’ve found a way to optimize email use and make it much easier to manage within a social environment.

    The ZyncroApp adds an email manager to your corporate Zyncro and allows each user to view their inbox and respond (send, reply, forward, mark as spam and delete emails) quickly and easily, without having to sign out of the Enterprise Social Network.

    Thanks to ZyncroMail, your email will be integrated into your work environment and all your corporate knowledge and information will be accessible from the same place.

    How do I start using ZyncroMail?

    To begin, your company administrator must enable the ZyncroApp from the Admin Panel. All users will then have the option of activating it by going to the right-hand menu on their Profile, where they will see the option to configure ZyncroMail.

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  • Larry Alton 9:00 am on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Cliques in the Workplace 

    Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

    Cliques in the WorkplaceUnfortunately, you didn’t leave behind the cool kid’s lunch table when you left high school. In the adult workplace, there are still cliques, there are still mean girls, and gossip can be just as devastating. It might come with new buzzwords, like “water cooler conversation,” but the reality is that humans (regardless of age) are social creatures and naturally want to form groups. However, we’re also competitive and that can come out fiercer than ever in the real world.

    As a manager, it’s your job to make sure each of your employees can enjoy a positive environment that allows them to flourish, do their job, and enjoy coming to work.

    Like it or not, part of your job is playing social director as well as interior designer. Part of your role is making sure every worker feels welcomed and valued, both from yourself and from everyone else in the office. It’s a tough job being Mama or Papa Bear, but you’re in this position because you have what it takes.

    Playing social director

    There are many ways to encourage holistic socializing both at work and beyond the office hours. For some offices, this means a standing Friday night happy hour at the bar across the street, but you’ve probably noticed that the same people keep showing up (or not showing up), so you’re really just providing an extra avenue for certain cliques to get together. That can be a good thing, but you’re not making serious strides in encouraging the outsiders to join.

    Instead, consider a social function that’s not geared towards the most social butterflies and which doesn’t encourage drinking alcohol. Maybe a lunchtime park cleanup crew, philanthropy group or “club” that welcomes all and tries out a new activity each week or month. You can welcome suggestions by asking everyone to anonymously make recommendations based on something they like, then draw from a hat. Not only will this provide an eclectic range of options, but everyone will also be exposed to a brand new hobby or passion.

    Designing spaces

    The popularity of the open office plan was created to encourage random conversations, creative thinking and a more social area to get work done. However, for some workers a non-stop open space can be distracting and even induce anxiety. Plus, there are some jobs (such as engineers and writers) that really require more private and quiet time for optimal concentration. Instead of a totally open office plan, aim for an open social area.

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  • Patricia Fernandez Carrelo 9:00 am on July 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Zyncro and Yanomo: Socializing Project Management 

    Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

    PartnershipZyncroYanomoLast week, Dutch Project Management Software Specialist Yanomo and the Social Software Provider Zyncro reached an agreement to offer a combined Cloud Solution for time tracking, invoicing and budget management with the social layer given by an Enterprise Social Network, to boost collaboration in any project management process.

    This new integrated solution is targeted at enterprises aiming to allow easier communication, streamline tasks & project management, facilitate teamwork, provide a transparent view of processes and make their employees more productive and efficient.

    Yanomo offers enterprises industrial-strength operations management with a social, user-friendly interface, belying the software’s power. The software allows users to track time, to-do’s, expenses, budgets and project progress, embedded within Zyncro. Zyncro allows enterprises to communicate within safe and closed environments and help organizations to maximize their potential through the use of Social Technology applied to a business ecosystem, resulting in a direct impact on the final results, all this by participating the employees and including their ideas and proposals in the processes.

    All the project knowledge -formal & informal- in a combined solution

    Through the connection between Zyncro and Yanomo all the information related to time tracking, tasks, phases, progress, people involved or reports of a project can be easily shared and enriched in a private, secure and corporate social environment: Zyncro, your Enterprise Social Network. Both solutions can adapt to all customers’ needs through branding personalization, integrations, and mobile applications. Furthermore, Zyncro can be delivered as an on-premise software and private branded, including mobile apps.

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  • Agustín Bosso 9:00 am on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Increase interaction within your Enterprise Social Network by recommending users, groups, departments and companies 

    Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

    One of the most interesting benefits of an Enterprise Social Network is the access it provides to corporate knowledge and to the people you share interests, tasks and projects with. This amplifies shared knowledge improving the team management and productivity of groups and avoiding any duplication of work efforts.

    From today with this ZyncroApp you will be able to recommend users, groups, departments or the companies that you consider the most interesting to any of your contacts, thereby achieving greater interaction among all the members of your community, and thus getting more followers for the most relevant content.

    You can make a recommendation from different sections of the platform:

    • From your contact list, inside your profile section in Zyncro, you can also do it within the user’s profile that you want to recommend. For this, you must follow the user. Suggestionsfromusers1
    • From within the group, just for open groups in which you are a member.
    • From the list of companies or departments, or even from the very same page of the company or department, just if you are a member or a follower. Suggestionsfromusers2

    The recommendation will arrive through a private message to all the contacts you select.

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  • Agustín Bosso 3:00 pm on July 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Zyncro 4.3: Trusted relationships between organizations, multipoint posting, mentions of user groups and more 

    Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

    Today marks the launch of Zyncro 4.3, with functionality that increases the reach of your Enterprise Social Network, enhances synergies between organizations and improves user efficiency by allowing tasks to be performed in fewer steps. Specifically, the principal new features of this version are:

    1. Ability to exchange information privately and securely between different organizations: Trust Relationships
    2. Ability to simultaneously post messages in more than one group and/or organization : Multipoint Posting
    3. Ability to mention complete groups of users (groups, departments or personal lists) in a single step: ZyncroApp 2.0 Mention
    4. Ability to mention someone when you quote a message:  ZyncroApp 2.0 Quote
    5. Several performance enhancements

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  • Enrique Dans 9:00 am on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    We are what we share 

    Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

    Editor’s noteEnrique Dans (@edans) has let us republish this article from his blog where he talks about the importance of sharing. 

    We are what we shareMy column in Expansión, Spain’s leading financial daily, is called “You are what you share” (pdf in Spanish), and asks some questions about what lies behind a very common activity among consumers of online information, but is not so natural for people who have simply transferred their habits from the analogical world: sharing.

    Sharing information is a much more interesting and complex activity than one might at first imagine. More than a mere gesture, it is actually a different way of managing information in an environment within which managing information efficiently has become a major challenge. It’s a very simple thing to do, and really only involves installing a button on your navigation bar and then acquiring the habit of using it regularly, but it has enormous potential. In the first place, it marks a step from being a mere consumer of information to taking a more participative approach: from unidirectional to bidirectional. And it also marks a change in attitude toward being somebody who uses information efficiently, given that the habit of sharing involves creating an archive. In many cases, the reason for sharing is not simply to give something useful to those on the other side of the screen, but provide benefits to oneself in the form of feedback and information management.

    But something subtler is going on as well: what we share says a great deal about us. Somebody who only shares news about certain topics will inevitably become associated with them. Somebody who only shares jokes will be seen as jokey—or worse—depending on the quality and the quantity.

    Creating an archive to share information on the social networks or information management tools can become a way to establish a personal brand, a way of being associated with certain topics and trends. Information sharing can be a powerful tool, and although it is still misunderstood by many—who see it simply as a way of attracting attention—it has huge potential benefits. Below, the text in full.

    You are what you share

    Sharing is an inherent part of living in society. Considered a basic function associated with the development of language, sharing turns us into active entities in the way that we treat information: we don’t just “find ourselves with it” in some passive way, but instead we can consciously decide to circulate it, or at least to store it for later use.

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  • Larry Alton 9:00 am on June 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    How to manage virtual employees 

    Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

    How to manage virtual employeesThere’s no one best approach to managing virtual employees, but there are sets of best practices you can adopt in a trial and error system. It depends on numerous things like (of course) individual employees, your industry, the tech savviness of workers, how you train and prepare them and what goals you have in mind. As more companies are seeing the appeal of virtual offices, from much lower overhead to happier employees, this is one trend that isn’t going anywhere.

    The simple truth is that, just like a “regular” office, there are workers who will thrive in a virtual setting and those who won’t. The perfect situation is to have some workers performing virtually and others in traditional settings, matching each worker with the best environment for them. If you can swing this, that’s great but that also requires knowing which workers are best matched for which environment.

    If you’re just delving into the world of the virtual office, keep these tips in mind. They won’t work every time and for every employee, but they can help you figure out the right next move.

    1. Provide structure

    This can be in the form of daily or weekly check-ins via chat, video conferencing or phone calls. Nearly every worker still needs their company to provide structure in some regards, but don’t do so just for the sake of it. If some workers do best at midnight and others at 10am and the needs of the company allow for that kind of flexibility, let your employees take advantage of virtual settings.

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  • Patricia Fernandez Carrelo 8:07 am on June 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Zyncro partners up with Formanchuk & Asociados, a guarantee for success in enterprise socialisation and innovation in Latin America 

    Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

    PertnershipFormanchuckZyncroFormanchuck & Asociados, a firm specialising in communication, collaborative culture and organisational transformation, and Zyncro, the leading Enterprise Social Network solution in the Spanish language social software platform market, have just signed a strategic agreement to mentor Latin American companies on their journey towards process socialisation, innovation and streamlining in their organisations.

    Under the agreement, Formanchuk & Asociados gains a powerful tool which rounds off its range of consulting, mentoring and change management services for enterprises. Its extensive experience united with the most flexible and customisable solution on the market makes for a powerful alliance delivering all-inclusive support to companies looking to take the leap into the culture of collaboration and become social enterprises.

    Lluís Font, Zyncro’s CEO, stresses the importance of further progress in the socialisation of companies in Latin America. ”Implementing an enterprise social network is a necessary step in the evolution of businesses, and like any technology that has a transversal impact in an organisation, it needs proper change management to ensure it is successful”, he says. In his view this alliance is crucial since “partnering Formanchuk & Associates is a natural choice for us because of their experience in developing internal corporate communication programmes, culture creation and measures for innovation, training and organisational transformation.”

    An agreement of this kind is an excellent foil for Zyncro’s corporate strategy. As a provider of a private and secure technology platform with an enormous impact on cultural change in organisations, linking up with fellow professionals means ensuring the success of a project that is not restricted solely to the technological realm.

    The agreement with Formanchuk & Asociados helps boost Zyncro’s presence in Latin America, a region where it has been operating since 2011 with Telefónica. It also adds to Zyncro’s powerful ecosystem of partners through which it is continuing to expand its commercial capabilities and product portfolio worldwide.

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