Yammer is a private social network that enables employees to collaborate securely across departments, locations, content and business applications. It is suitable for businesses of all sizes and can be deployed only in the cloud. Yammer is available either as a standalone product or along with Microsoft Office 365.
Yammer enables the creation and joining of private and public groups for small-team collaboration along with instant sharing of important updates within a group. This solution offers an interface, similar to Facebook, so less training is required.
Yammer offers a mobile application that provides employees an opportunity to collaborate and review documents anywhere and anytime.
The system also offers a user community, known as the Yammer Community Network, which provides answers to various user queries. Yammer’s group navigation panel allows users to switch between projects and team groups.
Other key features of Yammer are enterprise microblogging, private messaging, Office 365 integration, company directory, archives conversations, high-level security and message and content tagging.
David from BYU-Idaho
Employees number: 501-1,000 employees
When we implemented Yammer I was able to communicate with individuals in my organization that I normally didn't interact with frequently. It is very user friendly and make communication and collaboration quick and easy.
Easy to use, user friendly, brings individuals together quickly, increases communication.
This may be a quirk of how it was set up for our organization and my inexperience with the product, but initially there was too much communication regarding issues, departments, etc. that didn't at all apply to me so I tuned out. Understanding how to use groups is critical.
Eric from AppDirect
Specialty: High Tech
Yammer is feature rich, with all the features you'd come to expect from Facebook included: Create a profile, add a picture, connect with colleagues, news feed, profile walls, add photos, tag photos, alert users with @notifications, etc. If you're looking for a social network for your company this one does a decent, though generic, job. Also they have a freemium edition which has most of the functionality you'd need.
The main challenge with Yammer is getting people to use it. All the benefits of social networking in the company (knowledge transfer, communication, community building) can be real and valuable, but I've seen many attempts to create an active online community fail at my company. I think only with strong executive buy in will Yammer actually be valuable for a company, and all the great features Yammer adds can't fix this. We didn't have that executive buy-in and Yammer, Chatter, Flowdock, all failed to gain traction
Ask yourself if you really have exec buy in to push adoption of Yammer (or any internal social network). These networks do not just create themselves - they need ongoing TLC especially from execs.
Jerry from Ricoh
Specialty: Software / Technology
If you don't want to communicate with your colleagues in a more traditional Email/Phone/Face-to-Face, at least you can use this to show your boss that you don't hate them.
There is nothing to dislike. However, there is nothing new to like neither. I doubt that any enterprise is not using some kind of collaboration tools already. Be it group level, department level or even document level, companies are already using some tools to make their daily work easier. Yammer doesn't offer anything new, at least functional-wise.
You may feel excited if you never used any collaboration tools and are not on Facebook. If you and your colleague doesn't talk in real life, you won't do it in this neither.
Jayasimha from SDCA
Specialty: Software / Technology
Easy to use and learn, nice user interface. Easy to communicate with coworkers and team members and collaborate.
This was part of office 365 subscription.
Nothing specific, generally like the product. This is useful for collaboration, not so much as a project management tool.
It's a business social network with some light management tools. You still probably need other project management tools, depending n how you run the project (Agile, Waterfall etc)
Lauren from Florida Virtual School
Yammer is an easy way for my colleagues and me to communicate and discuss professional development topics in a safe forum
Nothing, but it is just one more software needed To download. I wish that it could be more all in one so that I didn't have to use 10 different programs at work
Make sure you are careful when reading threads. The threads can get pretty tedious and sometimes it is easy to lose the original topic.