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Making Sense of Social in the Supply Chain

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Ariella
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Re: What kind of platform?
Ariella   12/5/2012 2:23:46 PM
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@Greg yes, though G+ did roll out brand and even vanity pages, it doesn't seem to have had much impact on business commications, at least as far as I've seen. 

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Re: What kind of platform?
Greg Riemer   12/5/2012 1:11:33 PM
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@Ariella I think Google+ could serve that purpose if they chose to focus on business. It has capabilities that other channels do not and again the resource to build applications that businesses require. But as of right now it doesn't appear that they are focusing on that.

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Re: What kind of platform?
WaqasAltaf   12/5/2012 12:43:01 PM
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@ Greg

Agreed @ secure. Companies won't be expect to write down their confidential details on the face of the forum. The forum can just display the topic and buyers/sellers can specify the basic features of the product they want to deal in. If somebody finds it appropriate, they can inbox the other party.

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Re: Which networks?
WaqasAltaf   12/5/2012 12:38:13 PM
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@ Jacob

Well there are many forums where you can find people discussing about positives and negatives of product but forums where actual negotiation takes place are rare and most wanted. 

Barbara Jorgensen
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Re: What kind of platform?
Barbara Jorgensen   12/5/2012 9:03:06 AM
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Hi Susan,

Personally, the last thing I need is another social platform. I don't even use the ones I have. The one good thing I've heard, though, is many of the existing socials allow you to log in through a single site (usually Facebook). That saves me the trouble of memorizing several passwords. On that issue, I've finally started a list of passwords and I'm already up to a dozen just for our intra-company sites. I can't use the same one for these various sites...(no duplicate letters, must have a cap and a number, or two numbers, or I have to chnage it every 90 days....)

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Re: What I meant to say...
Susan Fourtané   12/5/2012 8:28:31 AM
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Barbara, 

Social media channels act as the first point of contact. If there is a good ground for a deeper business discussion the parts involved can move on to an internal forum or a more convenient channel. 

-Susan 

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Re: What kind of platform?
Susan Fourtané   12/5/2012 8:21:42 AM
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Thanks, Barbara. 

I only wonder if instead of finding a way of using the already created social media platforms it will really help to create even more channels for interaction, sharing, internal communication, etc. 

-Susan 

Ariella
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Re: What kind of platform?
Ariella   12/4/2012 5:26:55 PM
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@Greg You say that many people overlook Google+. Do you mean to say that it could serve the purpose or that the fact that people do overlook it shows its failing? I'm just wondering. Personally, I enjoy Google+ a lot, though it has tried to become a lot more like Facebook lately.

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Re: What kind of platform?
Greg Riemer   12/4/2012 11:53:10 AM
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I would agree that the social platform needs to be global and secure before companies would even look at sharing key information that could impact the supply chain. The medium also needs to be widely adopted for it to be effective. This appears to be the biggest challenge companies like E2open face. Just because they build it doesn't mean they will come. I think many people are overlooking Google+. I'm still not positive it will be adopted by businesses or transform itself into something companies could use but it appears to have the capabilities many of these startup platforms want, and we know it has the resources.

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Barbara Jorgensen   12/4/2012 10:08:51 AM
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@Prabhakar: Actually, E2open is more of a horizontal model that works across and between silos. Its clients determine which partners participate on which network. E2open may use research as a baseline for social media application, but only its clients "silo." But I see how silos could still happen within a community.

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