We’re nearly three years into our Jive journey at UBM and it seemed an appropriate time to take a look back at how far we have come. In some ways, it seems only yesterday that we launched our internal employee community. In other ways, it’s hard to remember what it was like to work at UBM before we came to rely so heavily on what is now a critical, essential part of our company infrastructure.

We had several business goals when we began using Jive, including creating a sense of “One UBM.”  As I look back, the cultural shifts have been remarkable.  We’ve become more productive and efficient by bridging the barriers created by functional silos and time zones. We’ve become a far more connected organization, with countless new relationships formed through working and interacting in our community. And there’s a deeper sense of company identity and pride developing, too.  You can read the whole story in our just-released Jive case study http://www.jivesoftware.com/customers/case-studies.

If you’re like me, you’re acutely aware of how much more you wish to accomplish, and I still feel we have a long way to go on our community journey. But I do think it’s a healthy exercise to periodically assess the positive achievements that have happened and celebrate them. I’m not only proud of our community, I am fascinated by it and the ways it is contributing to the evolution of our global corporate culture.

And now it’s time to get back to the hard work still to be done…

Author: Ted Hopton is the Community Manager at UBM and a founder of the Community BackChannel. You can follow him on Twitter @TedHopton.