South American Business University leads with innovative collaboration

Published on 19-Dec-2008

Validated on 13 Jan 2014

Customer:
South American Business University

Industry:
Education

Deployment country:
Brazil

Solution:
Collaborative Innovation, Empowering People, Enabling Business Flexibility, Optimizing IT

Overview

Talented and experienced faculty at a South American business school offer students an ideal balance of classroom learning and practical experience. The school works to continually introduce new concepts and methods that improve the learning process in the areas of marketing, advertising and administration.

Business need:
The university needed a new, student-focused collaboration solution that would allow it to promote innovation using cutting-edge technologies.

Solution:
Working with IBM, the business university replaced its legacy collaboration tool with IBM Lotus Connections software and Lotus Notes and Domino.

Benefits:
Provide students with a platform to express creativity while learning to manage important business processes; provide professors capability to publish their own content and collaborate in new and unique ways that build trust throughout the learning community; easily adapt software to different end users instead of forcing users to adapt to the software; remove technical obstacles from learning software, helping students focus on creating new materials and innovating

Case Study

Talented and experienced faculty at a South American business school offer students an ideal balance of classroom learning and practical experience. The school works to continually introduce new concepts and methods that improve the learning process in the areas of marketing, advertising and administration.

Challenge
Two years ago, this business university began to question how it could introduce innovative new technology into the classroom. However, while the school wanted to foster innovation, its existing collaboration tool did not enable true collaboration between professors and students. The university needed a new, student-focused collaboration solution that would allow it to promote innovation using cutting-edge technologies.

Solution
Working with IBM, the business university replaced its legacy collaboration tool with IBM Lotus Connections software. With Lotus Connections, students can try and apply the concepts taught in a Management of Innovation course, gaining an understanding of how technology can act as an ally in the process of innovation. The Lotus Connections software also provides a platform for teachers to provide content.

The new Lotus Connections software includes six features that help the school organize the content and stimulate the innovation process:

  • Profiles—Add tags that help classify his or her profile
  • Communities—Create or join a community, as well as participate in forums to discuss topics of interest
  • Blogosphere—Create and share blog entries, including sharing entries in a text format using IBM Lotus Notes software
  • Dogear—Store and share favorite links
  • Activities—Create and manage activities
  • Home—Create a personalized and concentrated homepage

Benefits
  • Provide students with a platform to express creativity while learning to manage important business processes
  • Provide professors capability to publish their own content and collaborate in new and unique ways that build trust throughout the learning community
  • Easily adapt software to different end users instead of forcing users to adapt to the software
  • Remove technical obstacles from learning software, helping students focus on creating new materials and innovating

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
IBM Connections, IBM Notes, IBM Domino

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