Connecting employees across ASM International.
With more than 30,000 members worldwide, ASM International — the largest association of metals-centric materials scientists and engineers in the world — needed a way for its chapter members, task forces and board members to collaborate and network. It knew that any intranet it created would have to manage data and documents both public and private, in various defined groups, where access could be customised depending on a user’s committees, subscriptions or membership.
Developing a vital collaboration platform that will be used organisation-wide, not just by some people or teams.
The pilot was determined to be a complete success. As a result, Digital Place was rolled out to ASM International’s board of trustees, chapters and committees as a replacement for their previous collaboration tool. Fahy says: “This Digital Place Design allows the committees to collaborate privately and securely within their own workspace and share confidential documents and conversations.” The platform also allows ASM International’s staff and members to chat and connect via Skype, share calendars and schedule recurring meetings and web conferences for the first time. Users can also easily search for, tag, rate and comment on content. The new platform has made it much simpler for ASM International’s members and staff to share knowledge and collaborate, a huge boon for such an established and richly experienced institution. Fahy explains: “The single largest contribution to innovation growth comes from collaboration. Any technology — like Digital Place — that helps people work better together is worth investing in.”