36 – Yammer

Back up 3 places this year

Microsoft’s Enterprise Social Networking platform has become a popular social collaboration and knowledge sharing platform.

Website: yammer.com
Cost: Free to set up; commercial to obtain admin rights
Availability: Online. Download app

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 43
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 25
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: –

Past Overall Rankings
2018:  39.   2017: 14     2016: 12     2015: 28     2014: 24     2013: 20
2012:  20    2011: 31     2010: 68     2009: 71     2008: –        2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Yammer as a one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

“Yammer has returned with a vengeance this year.  We have a community titled “Today I Learned” where we are encouraged to share one thing we learned everyday in it.  I read that daily and in 99% cases, I have learned something new from my colleagues that I had no idea about. Similarly, I’m also part of some external groups across Microsoft community and this puts me into contact with Microsoft partners and employees.  Yammer has been an immense learning platform for me that extends my networks outside of my own work colleagues.” Helen Blunden, Australia http://activatelearning.com.au/2019/08/my-top-10-tools-for-learning-2/

“Yammer is the Enterprise Social Network at the company I work for, so I use a lot to get to know what is going on there, share what I`ve done and what is relevant to the groups. As well as the Linkedin it enables serendipity since what I receive on my feed isn`t under my control.” Knowledge Management Specialist, Brazil

“Easy to share, stay updated and get answers from community.” Senior Portfolio Manager, Sweden

“Social learning within my own work team and wider teams. Effective for efficient sharing of what and how.” Head of Learning, Australia

“Shared learning platform.” Organisational Development Manager, UK

“ESN, sharing short Infos, hints, links” Senior Consultant, Germany

Previous comments

“Externally I use this to keep in contact with the members of Intranätverk. Internally, we are starting to use it more and more as well. Excellent tool for asking questions and quickly learning from others.” Patrik Bergman, 2018

“It has revolutionised in-house collaboration globally” Annette Poro, Belgium

“More and more I find myself using Yammer to connect with my team and learn different things or reflect on information that has been previously provided. ” Anon, Australia

“I need to use this much more than I do. However I can see how this can open up a whole new world of learning to an extended network.” Anon, Australia

“I use this tool to collaborate and share internally with my colleagues at work” Daniel Jones, Trainer/Instructor, Switzerland, 2016

“a great tool to be updated on what’s going on in different parts of the organization. Though sad to conclude that the majority of my colleagues neglect to use it. Imagine if everybody use it as a knowledge sharing tool.: L&D Manager, UK, 2016

“Social interactions prior, during and after face-to-face events. Collaboration on company projects in the context of a learning trajectory. Centralisation of all communication related to a learning program.” Benjamin De Wulf, Consultant, Belgium, 2016

“Create a virtual learning community): L&D Manager, Germany, 2016

“Yammer – my organisation introduced Yammer late last year and since then I have found to be a fantastic way to connect with people I wouldn’t have been able to as easily in the past. Particularly as I work for a global organisation I can now connect with other learning professionals in my organisation that I’d never heard of before. Another great way to share what we are working on as well as sharing resources both those developed in-house and recommendations of externally available resources/articles etc. For example I was able to share my discovery of Learning Now TV”

“way to connect with my client’s organisation and team from outside when they can’t access public social tools.” Helen Blunden, 2015

“the enterprise social network in our company keeps us up to date of what is happening in the various locations and business units.” Jan Van Belle

“used to network with colleagues at my workplace. It is useful to find out what others are doing as I work in such a large organisation.”  Jayne Whistance 2013
“ESN for organisational networking”  Helen Blunden 2013
“business sharing”  Paul Jacobs 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“our internal real-time messaging tool” Stephanie Horden