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IBM launches social collaboration tool

by | Nov 25, 2008

A new tool from IBM aims to retain employee knowledge when they reach retirementIBM”s new Pass It Along tool aims to enable information to be shared in a fashion similar to that employed in social networking environments, reports Manufacturing Computer Solutions.

The tool allows information to be accessed in a centralized manner, with users able to offer ratings and categorizations either over the internet or within a company”s on-site intranet.

Meanwhile, the author of a document is able to specify who is permitted to collaborate on the project or how widely their information may be shared throughout the system.

While organizations may prefer to use their own document viewer to collaborate on editing and sharing information, the reasoning behind the launch of the tool may be of interest.

According to Manufacturing Computer Solutions, IBM has designed the software to help companies retain the knowledge and expertise of their workforce as members reach retirement.

In particular, the developer estimates that almost 22 million workers will retire in the US this year, leaving a potential knowledge gap as they are removed from the talent pool.

Previously, IBM announced the addition of new features to its FileNet offering to help improve point-of-sale operations both online and offline.

Web-based portal information aimed at both brokers and clients was among the additions to the content provided with the system, which could leave firms looking to an online document viewer to help pass this on to their customers.ADNFCR-1861-ID-18893756-ADNFCR