Social Business Collaboration 2013

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“Broad diversity of participants combined with unique engagement format make for a unique conference experience – I´ll definitely be back!”
Nathan Bricklin, Wells Fargo / USA

“I was impressed by the diversity of participants as well as presentations. An excellent platform to connect global social leaders in multiple industries. Way to go!”
Paivi Raty, IBM / Switzerland

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REVIEW Social Business Collaboration 2013

“The conference lives its titel – collaboration!”
Frank Wehking, Simens AG

From September 23 to 24, 2013, we.CONECT invited an international audience of social business collaboration professionals, team leaders and managers to discuss current challenges and the latest development of social business collaboration to the Social Business Collaboration event 2013 in Berlin.

More than 120 attendees gathered to discuss current challenges, new approaches and future trends in the field of Social Business Collaboration. Participants, speakers and business partners took part in a highly interactive conference and used the opportunity to discuss experiences, network, benchmark projects and exchange ideas and best practices.

Review 2013

  • More than 120 participants from over 80 companies from all over Europe, Asia and the USA discussed future challenges and latest approaches in the area of Social Business Collaboration.
  • 20+ high level case studies were presented by companies such as Deutsche Bank/USA, Wells Fargo/USA, Ford Motor Company/USA, SAP AG/Germany, E.ON AG/Germany, Infineon Technologies AG/Germany, Telenor ASA/Norway, brightONE GmbH/Germany and many, many more…
  • This conference was rated with an average of 1,3 by 82% of the participants. Where 1 stands for the highest and 5 for the lowest.
  • The conference offered 6 World Café Sessions and 6 Challenge your Peers Round Tables, a charming evening reception and 3 eventful Icebreaker Sessions on the eve of the conference.
  • 8 leading Business Partners –brightONE GmbH, Zyncro Tech S.L., tibbr / Tibco Software GmbH, Jive Software, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Yammer, Actiance Inc, Citrix Online Germany GmbH – introduced cutting-edge product-solutions, Enterprise App  Management strategies and pioneering technologies
  • An exclusive, rich Media Center featuring conference material, presentation slides and downloads (Complete Conference Documentation)
  • The next Social Business Collaboration Conference will take place from September 29 to 30, 2014 at the KOSMOS cinema in Berlin.

Please find more detailed information, articles and interviews in our Media Center.

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“It was 2 days of intense knowledge & experience acquisition!”
Deepak Bhosale, Chief Manager IT, Asian Paints Ltd./ India

More than 20 presentations and keynotes

Inspiring discussions and presentations regarding the core topics of the conference, embracing the development of a value improving social collaboration strategy, mobile apps, video conferencing and micro-blogging as opportunities, community building, knowledge management & open innovations, optimized security control, delivering strategy and business results and integration of social intelligence and collaboration on smart platforms fulfilled the participants’ expectations.

Throughout the two conference days, insightful case studies were presented and fruitful discussions took place. The exchange of innovative ideas between participants, speakers and business partners was animated and encouraged through different kinds of sessions (e.g. World Cafés and Challenge your Peers Roundtables). The conference aimed at engaging all participants in active collaboration and debate – A goal which was notably achieved.

“Really a great event. Better format than most I have attended in the last couple of years.”
Bryan Barringer, FedEx Services

Icebreaker Session

An informative get–together before the actual start of the conference:

On the eve of the first conference day, the Icebreaker sessions provided a first opportunity to network, benchmark and discuss, while allowing the participants to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere at the STEIGENBERGER Hotel Berlin, Germany.

The first conference day

The first day of the conference was focused on the latest developments and emerging trends in the field of social business collaboration. The presentations and case studies dealt with the development of a holistic collaboration strategy and increase of business value through collaborative media, steps to implement a social business strategy successfully and the journey to working social. Furthermore, participants elaborated on the key challenges of platform integration & management, global online communities, project networks and interactive applications were discussed.

we.CONECT Challenge Your Peers

Participants suggested and explained numerous difficulties and challenges they encountered in their daily work and throughout their experience in the field of social collaboration, and contributed different potential solutions.

In addition to the outstanding presentations of the event, we.CONECT strived to achieve more. This is why we asked each participant ahead of time for further topics, questions and issues they feel are important to address. Based on this information, we created innovative and exciting “Challenge your Peers” roundtables. Each table dealt with important topics which participants had shown interest in. discussions lasted for most of the afternoon on the first-day.

Overview of the Topics:

  • Making the business value of social business collaboration visible – what does it need to make collaboration an “ROI-effective” asset?
  • What are your challenges, strategies and prospected future developments in establishing Sharepoint 2013
  • Experience, User Engagement & User centred design – how best to increase user adoption within an enterprise 2.0
  • How to drive cultural change that leads towards a collaborative organization 2.0?
  • Which social collaboration tools are really worth to give it a try? What are good experiences? And are there ways to measure their effectivity?

“I was impressed by the diversity of participants as well as presentations. An excellent platform to connect global social leaders in multiple industries. Way to go.”
Paivi Raty, In Transition

The first evening ended with a delightful networking dinner at 12 APOSTEL restaurant, famous for its Italian atmosphere.

The second conference day

The second day started with the presentation of the virtual-tool based business collaboration, followed by contributions to the meeting audiences across seven seas and the unlocking enterprise knowledge with gamification. Transforming into a high performing organization through mobile collaboration, long-term social business collaboration strategies, digital utilities and leveraging innovation processes with a dedicated social tool completed the informative case studies from leading companies.

we.CONECT World Café

Through a series of small intensive, interactive and innovative round table discussions delegates were able to exchange ideas and best practices on important topics and problems/issues faced.

During the World Café Sessions in the morning of the second day, participants were given the opportunity to discuss and share ideas on the following six core issues:

  • Employee Engagement Café: Working out loud – Making work more effective & fulfilling
  • Tool Café: End user centricity in social business collaboration projects
  • Collaboration Café: Measuring impact – gaining the greatest benefits from enterprise-wide social collaboration
  • Digital Workplace Café: Challenges of establishing a digital workplace in a company
  • Worst Practice Café: Are we entering the age of superficial social business adoption in the workplace?
  • Mobile Collaboration Café: Mobility is there! Are organizations ready to be mobile?

The key objective of the discussions was to create a new perspective on the six issues.

In retrospect, the Social Business Collaboration 2013 featured a very interesting, diversified and highly interactive networking platform for leading managers in the field of social business collaboration from all over the world.

“Very relevant topics, excellent speakers, dynamic atmosphere, event worth attending.”
Martine Scheuren, Cargolux Airlines International S.A.

we.CONECT would like to thank the team, participants, speakers, business partners and media partners for a very successful annual forum 2013.

We look forward to welcoming you at our next Social Business Collaboration 2014.