Saxion University raises productivity with social business software

Social networking with IBM Connections software makes employees more effective

Published on 12 Dec 2013

An educator might sometimes think, ‘Why must I share what I have developed? It’s mine.’ But to thrive in today’s digital world, we must work in more flexible and collaborative ways.

Marion Vrielink, project manager for IBM Connections adoption, Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Saxion University of Applied Sciences


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With some 24,000 students and 2,500 staff members, Saxion University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Netherlands, an important center of expertise at the regional, national and international level. The university has four campuses in the East of the Netherlands, in the Dutch cities of Deventer, Enschede, Hengelo and Apeldoorn.

Business need
Saxion University of Applied Sciences needed to increase employee effectiveness through better communications, collaboration and streamlined ability to locate needed expertise.

The university implemented a program for rolling out IBM® Connections, social software for business that can help people engage with others in the context of critical business processes.

By training staff to use Connections software tools for work tasks, Saxion streamlined the meeting process, made it easier to identify and contact experts, and improved employee productivity.


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

IBM Connections, IBM Sametime, Lotus Quickr, WebSphere Portal

Social Business Framework, Middleware - Digital Experience - Digital Experience

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