Integrate Yammer and SharePoint
Yammer is an enterprise social network available online and within the Microsoft Office 365 suite. It can also more specifically be thought of as an online team collaboration space, “In Microsoft’s vision of a mobile-first, cloud-first enterprise, teams collaborate across distances using shared documents, video conferencing, and applications that tie it all together in one virtual location” (Kaelin). Yammer has been shown to provide up to a 365% ROI within five months, according to Forrester Research (Loh). Many employees “use and love Yammer” and those who work on the implementation side comment that it is good for business growth due to its ability to “improve adoption and support deeper engagement on SharePoint and Office 365” (Buckley). Cost savings stem from higher employee engagement rates, lower redundancies in employee efforts and faster onboarding (Loh).
Yammer also has applications in the education sector. Penn State, for example, uses Yammer to “provide a collaborative environment for [users] to connect with people from across the University community and share meaningful information (“Welcome”).
Penn State finds value in placing students and work groups in teams. The goal is to maintain connections even in a globalized macro-economic and educational environment: “Yammer brings teams together whether they are located in the same building or on a different campus. . . Making and maintaining connections is crucial in any line of work” (“Why Yammer”).
Yammer is currently activated for every Office 365 subscriber. As shown, a private social network for both companies and schools are beneficial. To take advantage of this social enterprise in your digital workplace, follow these steps to integrate Yammer into your digital workplace.
First, click on the top left hand corner “design tab.” Now that you are on the grid, delete or move any tiles to make room on the design canvas. Then drag and drop Yammer from the list of apps at the top of the page. To find it, click on the “social” tab and drag the Yammer icon onto the grid. It’s easy to move it around or resize it from the grid. At this point you can add in a specific Yammer feed code, and you can also assign names to the particular feed you’ve chosen.
As always, you can change the font size, style and color. Depending on your audience, customize your permissions for those you want to have access to Yammer. Then click on “Quick View” to see what the page looks like. For the Yammer slide, drag and drop it from the menu onto the grid, then make your selections for height, width and background color. To see it work, click on “Save As” and “Save New Page.” Once the page is saved, you have the option of going to the page and seeing it on the site. You will then be able to click on the slide to open the Yammer popup to let the collaborating begin!
1. Buckley, Christian. “Reports of Yammer’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.” Redmond Magazine 26 January 2016. Web. 12 April 2016.
2. Kaelin, Mark. “Yammer is on the way to Office 365: Are you Ready?” TechRepublic 18 February 2016. Web. 12 April 2016.
3. Loh, Tanya. “The Total Economic Impact of Yammer.” Forrester Consulting April 2011. Web. 12 April 2016.
4. “Welcome to the Penn State Yammer Network.” psu.edu n.d. Web. 12 April 2016.
5. “Why Yammer at Penn State.” psu.edu n.d. Web. 12 April 2016.