Some interesting customer stories and case studies have been prominently featured at the IBM Connect 2012 event down in Orlando, Fla.
One that was announced earlier today involved Fluor Corporation, a global leader in engineering, construction, and project management.
Fluor is unifying its 43,000 employees around the globe using IBM social software, helping empower its workforce to more effectively communicate, collaborate, and spur innovation across its construction sites and engineering offices.
Employees across 60 Fluor global office locations on six continents are now united, able to find colleagues with unique expertise to develop and implement innovative solutions for project issues in diverse industries, including chemicals and petrochemicals, manufacturing, oil and gas, infrastructure, power, renewable energy, and more.
In a matter of weeks, more than half of Fluor's global workforce joined the social networking platform, uploading profile pictures, detailing expertise, and making new connections.
Their intranet, powered by IBM Connections and IBM WebSphere Portal, contains more than 11 news and information portals and more than 1,200 collaboration spaces with almost 2,000 active forum participants in the Connections tool allowing the Fluor workplace to be more collaborative and responsive, regardless of location or time zone.
Research from Deloitte indicates that organizations using social technology to engage and empower their employees are improving productivity and unleashing innovation to gain real competitive advantage.
According to a recent report, people-focused businesses generated 26 percent more revenue per employee and had 40 percent lower turnover rates.
Alistair Rennie, general manager of Social Business at IBM, said:
Social business has really changed the way organizations of all kinds interact with their clients and their employees. Today, organizations are thinking entirely differently about how to activate employees to drive business outcome. Social business is driving a smarter workforce. When you've got a smarter workforce, you're changing the way the core processes in your business run, leveraging the incredible talent in your organization to meet your clients' most critical needs.
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