Getting and ESN off the ground with Yammer

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We are a regional financial institution who currently has no enterprise social network (ESN).  We have just started some small scale evaluation of Yammer.  We are also about to integrate two large groups of employees and systems.  I would like to hear from anyone who has experience in using Yammer as a catalyst for assimilating individuals and groups in a merger situation.   Is it reasonable to use Yammer as a primary a knowledge sharing channel?  Where does Yammer not quite do the job?   Do you see Teams in a complimentary role to Yammer?   Are SharePoint community sites a better choice than Yammer? 

 

The concept is that expertise, knowledge and important information is held within both organizations need to start working as one as quickly as possible.   Neither has used and ESN and it's impractical to do face to face introductions to begin working together.  I look forward to hearing from the community about this.   Thanks for reading!

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@dchoman How large?

"two large groups of employees and systems"

 

Yammer is more optimal than Teams for this use case, in that the conversations are more open and discoverable. People in Financial institutions may be more comfortable in Yammer (like Facebook) than Teams (like Slack).

 

If there is a lot of "documentation" then pairing Yammer with a SharePoint Communications site (with lots of crosslinks, use of the Yammer web part) can also work well.

 

Set up some groups for the key workstreams that are part of the merger, so that the conversations are a bit bucketed. For example, a group call "Introduce Yourself" where people can share their expertise, history, etc.  Some other Group ideas in today's blog post:

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Yammer-Blog/10-Yammer-groups-considered-the-backbone-of-many-...

 

 

@Kevin Crossman 

Awesome, thanks Kevin!  

Our new organization will have 50k+ people.   I appreciate the suggestions and look forward to reviewing the other ideas you linked to.   I prefer that we keep actual documentation out of Yammer and mainly us it to link to SharePoint sites (on premise at the moment).