Social Learning and the Modern Collaborative Workplace

Part of a three-part webcast series on social learning

Kerry Brown, vice president of enablement, SAP Education

What Can Companies Achieve With the Next Generation of Collaboration Tools?

A Q&A with Alan Morrison, PricewaterhouseCoopers Center for Technology and Innovation

What is a collaboration paradox? How are enterprise apps out-innovating Facebook and LinkedIn? Is email outdated?

What's new: Faster common actions, better feeds, and activity enhancements

As always, we've been continuing to look for ways to make SAP StreamWork easier and more intuitive to use. In the latest release, you'll see improvements to three areas: the home page, the feed area, and activities.

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The Many Ways to Use SAP StreamWork: Saving Time With Streamlined Annual Conference Planning

To help you become even more productive individually and as a team, we’re introducing a series of posts that explores the many ways you can use SAP StreamWork

Our first post in the series explores how a marketing team can work with sales and IT to prepare for a conference, including planning an agenda, developing session content and coordinating travel schedules for an annual customer conference. These easy-to-follow steps can be adapted to help your teams plan for any conference, tradeshow or other event.

Keeping Projects Rolling with SAP StreamWork

As the CIO of cable and wire manufacturer Southwire, Sheryl Fikse faces a large number of projects and a tremendous amount of email. Like many of us, she found it time-consuming to keep all the email threads straight and wanted a more practical way to manage information.

During an SAP demo, Fikse decided to try SAP StreamWork. “It worked a lot like Facebook,” she said. “It’s easy to use and allows me to be quickly updated on all important projects. I also like that it’s organized around activities and offers the option of embedding discussions around specific topics.”

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PwC Technology Forecast
Transforming collaboration with social tools
"Another example of this approach is SAP StreamWork, which can pull data and information from multiple backend systems into a social environment. Consider a situation in which a company needs to make a supplier decision.... Project members can create an activity stream that pulls relevant information about the potential suppliers from the legacy system, adds business intelligence, and connects with other people in the company who have information about or experience with the suppliers."

Mobile, location data central to sales order management's future
"SAP has also released a collaboration tool, called StreamWork, that it has begun integrating with SAP CRM.... For example, a salesperson on a soap account can talk to people in customer service, advertising, a sales manager and an engineer and add them to a group. 'All the conversations in that group would be shared with everybody who is added and work together,' Benedict said. 'It sounds simple, but people haven't done that before.'"

Financial Times
Linked-up thinking at the office (requires registration)
"SAP has also entered this market with StreamWork, which enables internal project management. Vinay Iyer, a vice-president of marketing, says that its purpose is to create 'one source of truth' out of the chaos of spreadsheets, meetings, charts and presentations that ping back and forth via e-mail."

Google and SAP team up to help you visualize big data
"With SAP StreamWork, a team of customer support representatives in a consumer packaged goods company will be able to collaborate and pinpoint the location of consumer complaints within specific geographies and make a decision regarding how to address and prioritize resolution."

SAP Newsroom
SAP and Google team to put "big data" on the map
"SAP plans to enhance its business analytics software with location-based data capabilities, allowing people to interact with real-time information via Google Maps. The plans continue a strong history of collaboration between the companies, most recently on advances for the SAP StreamWork application such as inclusion in the Google Apps Marketplace, integration with Google Docs and OpenSocial adoption."

Google plus SAP deepen ties, deliver more enterprise integration
"The project signals grander ambitions to collaborate further with the search engine giant, according to Steve Lucas, SAP's GM of Business Analytics.... Integration with Google Docs and SAP's StreamWork application - SAP's team workspace - is already available. Users can also use StreamWork through a Google Apps account."

Collaboration nation: Businesses interested, but use cases still necessary
"Sherryanne Meyer, manager of IT HR Solutions and Delivery Group at Air Products and new member of the ASUG Board of Directors, uses StreamWork to help manage the group of HCM volunteers she helps lead within ASUG. A benefit of StreamWork is that it allows the volunteers in the HCM community to collaborate with people outside of the company and the organization, share documents and lock them down. Plus, a version with limited storage is free for anyone."
Companies ponder role of enterprise social networks in workflows
"SAP's enterprise social network, StreamWork Enterprise Edition, follows the standalone model. According to Holly Simmons, SAP's senior director of on-demand marketing, direct integration to the SAP product life cycle management and CRM modules lets people collaborate in early-stage product design inside a 'single thread' in StreamWork. New feeds or activities originating in those applications show up in StreamWork, and related workflows, such as expense approvals, can be handled there."

Corporate Secretary
Meetings in Cyberspace (no direct link to article available)
"SAP's StreamWork service offers a website from which board members can conduct polls to approve board meeting minutes, vote on new initiatives and gather feedback on committee work. 'During board meetings, directors can take live notes in StreamWork and incorporate feedback immediately before drafting minutes, which can save time that would have been spent discussing changes in the next meeting,' says Holly Simmons, senior director of on-demand marketing with SAP in San Francisco. 'Our hosted platform can also save relevant documents all in one place prior to a meeting rather than relying on emails, which might be deleted, lost or outdated.'"

Enterprise social vendors play own game of survivor
"App stores and APIs are signs the social software ecosystem is evolving fast. Which companies will survive, and which will become extinct?"

Sizing up SAP StreamWork: Users weigh in
"The 2011 version is much slicker than the beta I tried, so I've roped a couple of my colleagues into testing it out on a survey project we have due this summer."

Wikibon Blog
SAP looks to reinvent itself with social media, collaboration capabilities
"Enterprise application vendors are increasingly integrating social collaboration features initially developed in the consumer space into their products. SAP must do the same if they are to stay competitive and relevant."

Who's the top innovator: SAP Or Oracle?
"A customer's query at SAP's Sapphire User Conference forces a closer look at the two companies."

New SAP StreamWork aims to boost collaboration
"SAP said bridging the gap between applications lets more people, from employees to suppliers, leverage social collaboration. SAP said the goal is to eliminate 'little islands.'"

IT Business Edge
SAP touts StreamWork's integration with enterprise apps
"The closer the link between collaboration tools and core enterprise applications, the easier it will be for folks to convert their ideas and discussions into actions that result in real business gains."

StreamWork growing up: It can now integrate with other SAP applications
"This week SAP expanded the ability of StreamWork, its enterprise 2.0 software-as-a-service, to integrate with other enterprise SAP software."

SAP takes tepid step on collaboration
"SAP announced Wednesday that it is 'bringing collaborative capabilities to every application and facet of work' with its StreamWork collaboration service."

SAP puts StreamWork at the heart of BI tools
"SAP will make its collaborative StreamWork platform a central component of its business intelligence products to enable better collaboration across all aspects of its software, the company said on Wednesday."

Manufacturing Executive
Social collaboration for the enterprise: SAP takes a step forward
"SAP this week took a step forward in merging the world of enterprise systems and social media, announcing plans to integrate its 14-month-old StreamWork social collaboration tool with all of its enterprise applications."

SAP StreamWork now available to integrate with SAP business software
"With the new integration capabilities, it expects it will expand its reach even further so people in diverse roles - employees, clients, partners and suppliers - can benefit from secure social collaboration in the context of their work."

eCRM Guide
SAP rolls StreamWork collaboration into CRM, ERP
"The company has announced it is extending enterprise social networking and collaboration by integrating its cloud-based SAP StreamWork Application with all SAP business software, making StreamWork the 'social hub' for all things SAP."

StreamWork, SAP's collaboration software, to integrate with BI, CRM
"SAP's StreamWork platform - its on-demand collaboration software - will integrate easier with its BI tools later this year, the vendor said. Such integration capabilities are already available for Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Strategy Management products."

IDG News
SAP making StreamWork its collaboration hub
"SAP is attempting to give its StreamWork problem-solving software a more central role within customers' IT environments by linking the applications to its core ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications, the vendor announced Wednesday."

ComputerWorld Canada
SAP extends StreamWork integration to CRM
"The German software company continues on its promised direction to tie social collaboration with back-end business systems across the enterprise."

Computer Business Review
SAP releases cloud-based collaborative app StreamWork
"Enterprise application software provider SAP has released the cloud-based collaborative application SAP StreamWork for integration with SAP business software."

Manufacturing Computer Solutions
SAP makes collaboration core to business apps
"SAP's cloud-based collaborative application StreamWork is now available to integrate with SAP business software - delivering on the software giant's promise to bring information sharing to every aspect of business."

SAP adds OpenSocial API to StreamWork
"Apps built with the social Web development standard can be made available to users of SAP's collaborative decision-making software."

SAP StreamWork now supports open programming standard OpenSocial
"A number of companies have already taken advantage of StreamWork's support for OpenSocial, including GotDecisions, an application that guides the decision-making process by imitating the basic way that the human brain thinks and reaches conclusions, according to SAP."

PC World
SAP hopes to boost StreamWork sales with OpenSocial
"SAP has added support for the Google-backed OpenSocial programming standards for social applications to its StreamWork collaboration software, the company announced Wednesday."

SAP Extends Ecosystem via Google Docs Alliance
"SAP this week inked an alliance with Google under which SAP StreamWork software will be integrated with Google Docs."

Computer Business Review
SAP enhances StreamWork App
"SAP has enhanced its StreamWork application with the addition of Google Docs integration and native tools to make the decision-making software easier, faster and intuitive to use."

CIO Blog
SAP Joins the Google Apps Marketplace
"In joining the Google Apps Marketplace, we see a great opportunity to reach over 3 million Google Apps businesses who have already embraced the cloud and we invite them to try out SAP StreamWork."

5 big themes in BI for 2011
"Envision a Facebook influence on BI: decision-makers bring together the right people virtually; users themselves control the flow and content instead of a central IT group who secures the data and subsequent analyses. Tasks, comments, opinions, and even new sets of data and analyses are brought together seamlessly."

Fortune Tech
Four directions enterprise tech will take in 2011
"Good news for those of us who sneak a peek at our Facebook feed while at work: Social networking may soon be part of our job description."

Talkin' Cloud
Google Apps Marketplace gets SAP StreamWork
"Add SAP to the list of SaaS vendors supporting the Google Apps Marketplace, as the IT giant puts its StreamWork information unification solution up for purchase, offering Google administrators a way to integrate the two offerings."
Podcast: SAP Influencer Summit and 2011 Direction - SAP Mentor Roundtable
"There is still work to do to bring processes together into StreamWork, but when they achieve that, it's going to be very exciting" - from transcript at 34:10

Blog: Kevin's Enterprise Mobility Strategies
SAP StreamWork, social intelligence and mobile devices
"As an SAP Mentor, I use this solution a lot when SAP Mentors from around the world are working on a collaborative project."

Blog: Pareto plus Peter
Collaboration using SAP StreamWork
"I was excited to see SAP offering a robust, easy to use, and clean web-based application that works just as well for a company my size as for large multi-nationals."

What's next and what's missing from SAP
"So what's SAP's answer to collaboration and social networking? At the top of the list is SAP StreamWork, a free, cloud-based application that anybody can sign up to use at"

DM Radio
Strategic program management and the new collaboration (requires registration)
"With project teams spread far and wide, sometimes across international boundaries, organizations are finding new and innovative ways to collaborate."

Channel Register
Novell slaps iPhone interface on cloud control kit
"In a separate announcement, SAP has announced that it has tapped Novell to create a virtual security appliance to encapsulate a plug-in that allows for SAP's StreamWork online collaboration tool to be linked back into enterprise applications running on corporate systems."

SAP StreamWork eyes enterprise after Google Wave crash
"The business software maker Dec. 6 took its StreamWork application up a few notches, delivering it to enterprises both in the cloud and via an on-premise solution; putting it in the Google Apps Marketplace; and providing a StreamWork mobile app accessible via RIM's Blackberry smartphones."

Managing Automation
Collaboration tool from SAP goes enterprise
"SAP’s StreamWork, a collaboration tool aimed at helping business teams conduct unstructured processes, rolls out as an enterprise edition with Novell security tools and integration to enterprise applications."

SAP brings collaboration app StreamWork to Google's App Store
"Google adds another big name in SAP to its catalogue with the addition of a stream-powered collaboration tool."

StreamWork available from Google Apps and SAP Service Marketplace
"SAP has announced that its SAP StreamWork application will be available via the Google Apps Marketplace and the SAP Service Marketplace, as part of its strategy to extend the availability of SAP product offerings on premise, on demand and on device."

SAP brings more choices to business and IT
"SAP AG introduced new innovations for the SAP StreamWork application that provides business and IT with valuable new choices."

SAP launches StreamWork enterprise edition
"StreamWork will also now be available through the Google marketplace because of a partnership with that company. Users will be able to log in to StreamWork with their Google IDs. The application will also soon be available on BlackBerry devices."

Cloud Ave
Well, well, SAP is now on Google Apps MarketPlace.
"Straight from the Who-woulda-thunk-it department: time to rethink the Enterprise Software is Not Sexy meme."

ERP Executive
Answering the questions about SAP's on-demand applications
"StreamWork is SAP's latest homegrown on-demand application, focusing on enterprise collaboration. StreamWork recently announced its “Enterprise Edition” and invited online applications for its Enterprise Edition beta program."

SAP StreamWork lands in Google Apps Marketplace
"Google Apps users can now try a collaborative decision-making application from SAP that includes technology from Google Wave."

SAP's StreamWork now available in Google Apps Marketplace
"StreamWork, SAP's enterprise collaboration SaaS, is now available in the Google Apps Marketplace. The company also announced an enterprise edition of StreamWork and a mobile application for BlackBerry handsets."

The Official Google Blog
SAP joins the Google Apps Marketplace with a collaborative decision-making app
"Just like with the other 200+ Marketplace applications, users will be able to log in to their StreamWork account with their Google Apps account and navigate to it from the Google universal navigation bar."

The Official Google Enterprise Blog
SAP joins the Google Apps Marketplace with SAP StreamWork
"With Google Apps integration, the SAP StreamWork environment will be joined with the tools you are already familiar with in the cloud."

Novell News
Guest post: SAP and Novell bring more choices to business and IT
"SAP and Novell are taking steps to bridge the gap between business peoples' need for software that is easy to obtain and use, and difficulty for IT's need for managing the security of data in the cloud."

IT World Canada
SAP StreamWork integrates with Novell, RIM, Google
"The goal of the new enterprise edition of the collaborative business process management software, following the cloud edition last March, is to help IT departments resolve the challenge of integrating apps across on-premise, on-demand and on-device."

eCRM Guide
SAP taps Novell for StreamWork collaboration service
"The new StreamWork Enterprise solution leverages virtualization efforts from Novell to deliver a software appliance version that is powered by Linux."

Channel Insider
Google Apps gets SAP StreamWork App
"SAP StreamWork is now available on the Google Apps Marketplace, opening up SAP's potential market to millions more through the cloud-based offering."

International Business Times
SAP's SaaS product StreamWork app now on Google Apps Marketplace
"Google has announced that SAP is launching a collaborative decision-making app StreamWork in Google Apps Marketplace which enables integration with Google Apps."

SAP announces innovations for StreamWork
"SAP recently announced innovations to its StreamWork application that the company says will extend the availability of SAP data management solutions for on-premise, on-demand and mobile use."

Review: Evernote is a great way to keep up with your life
"There are a number of different applications that interface with Evernote. For example...SAP Streamwork allows you to share your work with others and brainstorm."
SAP to add StreamWork collaboration application to Business Suite modules
"In a matter of weeks, and continuing through the first half of next year, SAP will begin attaching a StreamWork module to specific applications in the Business Suite"
Work will find a way: Manage the true risk
"A new class of solutions are emerging that let people complete their work they way they want to, trusting them to make mistakes - but allowing IT just the right amount of control to balance risk and reward."

Collaboration: A new picture develops
"We became overwhelmed by the 'Reply All' approach to communicating." Dallas-based animal rescue organization Paws In The City is using SAP StreamWork to plan fundraising events and share information.

Google Wave partner SAP says StreamWork still on track

Brainstorm Magazine
Better decisions are on the horizon

Giving shape to collaboration tech: How SAP StreamWork breaks down the process of making decisions
StreamWork and Elements: Not your father's SAP
SAP hopes to make collaboration splash with StreamWork

Video: SAP demos StreamWork at Enterprise 2.0
Vendors no longer shy away from Facebook comparisons

Is lightweight workflow here at last?

SAP Newsroom
SAP StreamWork helps companies of all sizes transform the way people work
SAP StreamWork latest merging of collaboration portal and BI software

SAP formally releases real-time collaboration platform as StreamWork

Information Management
SAP offers cloud-based collaboration tool

CRM Magazine
SAP slips StreamWork into the cloud-based collaboration current

SAP updates cloud offering

SAP targets smaller customers with cloud collaboration service

CMS Wire
SAP's StreamWork goes GA, fills gap in Google Wave?

SAP Web 2.0
Introducing SAP StreamWork: new decision collaboration

SAP launches collaboration cloud

The information workplace gets social

Does StreamWork give a picture of SAP's future?

SAP's 'virtual war room' tool gets a name: StreamWork

Network World
SAP targets online collaboration market with StreamWork

Formerly Known as 12sprints, SAP StreamWork is now generally available

SAP debuts cloud-based collaboration apps

Customer Think
Will StreamWork get SAP out of its innovation funk?
Evernote's incorporated in SAP collaboration tool

Geek O Pedia
SAP's StreamWork collaboration tool officially released

SAP Newsroom
SAP releases public beta version of cloud-based project 12sprints, becomes research partner for The 2.0 Adoption Council

Plans for 12sprints include integration with SAP

Information Today
SAP in open beta of collaborative web platform - code name, 12sprints

CTO Edge
Wrestling with collaboration

PC World
SAP's enterprise collaboration tool entering public beta

Enterprise Irregulars
SAP's 12sprints joins the social enterprise bandwagon

SAP launches a Google Wave for the enterprise

SAP offers 12sprints as enterprise alternative to Google Wave

Managing Automation
Where the enterprise and the cloud meet

SaaS Journal Ulitzer
SAP takes another run at SaaS

Competing on collaboration: SAP releases Wave, Sharepoint-esque tool

Fierce Content Management
SAP opens 12sprints collaboration tool to public beta

Enterprise applications: SAP's 12sprints collaboration platform could challenge Google Wave

SAP makes cloud collaboration available as free beta

Inside SAP
Free public beta out now for SAP's cloud based decision making tool

Computer Business Review
SAP launches public beta of collaboration tool

Manufacturing Computing Solutions
SAP releases public beta of cloud-based 12sprints project

Enterprise Irregulars
Where business process meets 2.0