How the social campus enables tomorrow's workers today

By Allen Bernard, CIO |  Unified Communications, Collaboration Software, Social Networking

Since Young comes from the business world and came into UNH to help it run in a more business-like fashion, she understands the challenges that most companies face as they try to transition from old-world legacy systems stove-piped into silos to the flatter, more open world of today, where people just expect things to work the way they want them to.

"That's something I would frankly love to be able to do -a giant rip and replace...something very greenfield and very cool like [Komarny] did-but I'm also a very pragmatic person," Young says. "Social for us at UNH, for a lot of reasons, is not going to be that leap frog jump that [Komarny] was able to do. We have a lot of legacy systems that are tied to a lot business systems. And, for us, our leaps forward are really going to be in these new product areas where we can say, 'Okay we are going to put a new platform in place.'"

Allen Bernard is a Boston native now living in Columbus, Ohio. He has covered IT management and the integration of technology into the enterprise since 2000. You can reach Bernard via email or follow him on Twitter @allen_bernard1. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline, on Facebook, and on Google +.

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