Learning Technology Program to Host Talk on 'Virtual Collaboration in the Enterprise: A Yammer Case Study'

Rich Hoeg from Honeywell will speak on "Virtual Collaboration in the Enterprise: A Yammer Case Study" at the Digital Learning Forum’s monthly presentation on Monday, March 12.

The presentation and discussion will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 117, McNeely Hall. Guests can arrive at 6:15 p.m. to network with other professionals in the Twin Cities area. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

The program

As organizations become geographically diverse and employees increasingly mobile, the enterprise finds itself trying to deal with the challenge of knowledge silos created when using traditional software teamrooms such as SharePoint and the IBM Lotus Collaboration Suite. Teamroom software is great for formally managing projects, but often fails miserably to encourage collaboration.

Richard Hoeg

Richard Hoeg

Responding to this challenge, Honeywell implemented Yammer, a private cloud-based microblogging tool. In this presentation Hoeg will take participants through the process of gaining acceptance for this service through Honeywell’s production rollout. Expect a live demo of Honeywell’s Yammer environment.

Hoeg’s Honeywell career has followed the rise of the microcomputer and the Worldwide Web. He started Honeywell’s computer training program back in the 1980s. In the 1990s he built some of Honeywell’s first internal and external Web services; now, after having built Honeywell’s eLearning and virtual library portal, the focus is knowledge collaboration and sharing tools for Honeywell. Hoeg is trying to build the “virtual water cooler.”

Recent internal projects include the creation of a collaboration portal, a microblogging network, wikis, a social search and tagging engine, and technology podcasts. External projects include SEO and Web analytics. On most of these same systems or services, Hoeg has both extensive content development and product administrative knowledge. See his blog NorthStarNerd.Org.


The Digital Learning Forum’s monthly presentation and discussion is sponsored by the Master of Arts in Technology for Learning, Development and Change, and the Graduate Certificate in E-Learning program in the Department of Organization Learning and Development at the University of St. Thomas.