inventory reports to headquarters. Once consolidated, the datais used to speed decision making, as well as to discover anddeploy new eciencies.
Optimize the workforce
Social business tools can help in-house and distributed work-orces connect quickly with each other and tap into dierentareas o expertise and varied skill sets. Employees can work with practically anyone, at any time, and quickly nd the personor inormation they need to do their jobs eectively. Workingin a more transparent environment can help employees stay inormed more easily and ocus their attention on the mostimportant tasks.aatranslations, a UK-based translation services company, opti-mized its global workorce with a cloud-based solution thatstreamlined the company’s translation and document reviewprocess. Using SmartCloud Engage Standard services, hundredso translators, project managers and clients can share and editdocuments and host meetings in an online collaborative work-space, helping to improve productivity and reduce costs. Someproject times have been shortened rom eight hours to veminutes.
Promoting security-rich collaboration,inside and outside the firewall
Using SmartCloud or Social Business services to become asocial business can help your organization extend its enterpriseperimeter to the cloud. Employees can collaborate with eachother and with customers and suppliers in a single place, acrossrewalls. They can store and share les, manage projects seam-lessly, and host online meetings—all through one easy-to-usedashboard. In addition, guests outside the rewall—includingcustomers, suppliers and business associates—can participate inonline projects and communities at no additional charge.
“The value in social business is going to betremendous for us.”
—Bob Catlin, President and CEO, Signature Mortgage
Leveraging cloud computing to helpreduce IT costs and complexity
Cloud computing provides organizations with a cost-ecientIT delivery model or integrating social collaboration tools andbusiness email with existing business processes. Cloud-basedservices rom IBM are designed to help your organization moreeectively use and deploy IT resources, without requiring anincrease in IT sta or new investments in inrastructure. Inaddition, the services are designed to require minimal trainingo in-house sta and little to no maintenance. Incrementalpricing structures also help make IT costs more predictable.
Connecting in the cloud with acomprehensive portfolio of services
SmartCloud or Social Business provides a ull portolioo integrated oerings or social business—all delivered romthe cloud. In addition, SmartCloud or Social Business servicesare built on an extensible open platorm, that is designed tohelp integrate new cloud-based solutions rom IBM andIBM Business Partners quickly and seamlessly with youron-premises applications. Your organization can try outnew capabilities without the cycles and costs associated withmanual sotware upgrades.