We acquire companies all the time. With one of our more recent acquisitions, we used our Jive community in many ways to assist with the actual work being done for the acquisition. It won’t be the same for you, since it is the parent that needs to be “brought into the fold” of Collab. But if you can convince some key stakeholders at the parent company to use Collab as their place to plan and collaborate on their integration plans, that might be the way to suck them in. Set them up with a Secret group, lay the overview page out for them in an intelligent way at the start to give it the best chance of helping them out, facilitate their group and/or have a training session for the people who are going to use it. Emphasize the obvious benefits – communicating regardless of timezone, collecting discussions online instead of leaving them stuck and closed in email, etc.
And good luck!!
I like the idea of the private group. Thank you.
We already have our sights set on some key stakeholders. We just have to play the waiting game now for an opportunity to make the pitch.
We also used the communities for this. We set up a closed group and set up email to publish in that community. People were able to send in questions and information to the community. We then set up a public version where the team could move answers, faqs, etc out.
So now that the acquisition is officially complete, I'm getting a clearer picture of the future.
It looks like our new parent company wants their employees to have a presence on Collab (yay!). But the challenge with that is our IT groups have decided to not merge our AD trees, but granting trusted status between the two. So we'll have to figure out how to get Jive to handle the 2 AD forests. As of now, it seems there's no simple solution. AD Authentication to Multiple Forests
Next, I found out that our parent company is primarily running SharePoint. Obviously I'm now interested in the SharePoint Connector. Is anyone currently using this? Is it worthwhile?