Yammer Dubbed Officially Magical by Gartner

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Recently Gartner released an update to their  2014 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace report, and ranked Microsoft’s Yammer as the overall leader in enterprise social offerings. The report consisted of a combination of 17 social software offerings which were rigorously evaluated on both their “Ability to Execute” and “Completeness of Vision.” Yammer came out not only in the “Magic Quadrant,” but also as the leader in both of these important evaluations.

Gartner rated Microsoft not only on Yammer, but on its integrated online offerings such as Office 365, SharePoint, Lync, and their new app called Delve. They reported that one of Microsoft’s greatest strengths was the synergy and ease of access that existed between all these powerful cloud-based tools, with Yammer providing connectivity throughout. Microsoft’s strong innovation and detailed roadmap for upcoming updates and enhancements has also contributed to a high interest in their online products.

In early July, to emphasize Microsoft’s “Work like a Network” approach to Yammer and broaden the availability of this interactive network, they also added Yammer Enterprise to all Midsize Business and Education Office 365 plans. Their goal is to enable cross-organization collaboration without business worrying about extra costs.

The whole idea of Yammer is to create conversations between people and departments, especially those who otherwise might not talk to each other. It also eliminates the common problem of team members being kept out of the loop by accidentally getting left out of an email chain. Some widespread uses and benefits of Yammer are effective company-wide communication, increased employee retention, and improved onboarding and development. Learn more about the advantages of Yammer in the workplace from our own Director of People Operations, providing an HR perspective on the real-life benefits of an enterprise social network.

According to a recent post on the Yammer blog, Microsoft is heavily committed to establishing Yammer as a “‘social layer’ that connects all of the Office 365 tools, projecting upcoming growth as Microsoft exclusively focuses social development on Yammer.”

SADA Systems was one of the first Yammer-certified partners in the world, having participated in the Yammer Customer Engagement Partner Program (YCEPP). To learn more about Yammer, email us as mssales@sadasystems.com or visit our website.

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