June 1, 2010, Geneva, Illinois
FONA International, a company that designs and manufacturers flavors for the world's largest food companies, has won a CIO 100 Award for its innovative use of enterprise social networking software to improve employee productivity and transform business processes internally. Judged by CIO magazine, the annual award is given to 100 elite companies that “demonstrate excellence and achievement in IT.”
Utilizing Socialtext's enterprise social software platform, FONA created a social intranet where employees can easily manage projects, events, and important manufacturing processes with little to no help from IT. With enterprise social networking profiles, FONA employees can share expertise with colleagues and connect around key topics of interest to drive new business opportunities.
"FONApedia, our social intranet, has empowered our employees to work together in improving our processes internally, helping us serve our customers even better than before," says FONA's Steve Brewer, the IT leader who spearheaded the project. "Because of Socialtext's flexible software as a service (SaaS) offering, we've had no hardware to manage. We are able to take advantage of Socialtext's fast development cycles and seamless updates."
Here's an example of how FONA's collaborative intranet changed the company's business processes:
"At Socialtext, we measure our success by how our customers differentiate and improve their business through the use of enterprise social software," says Eugene Lee, Socialtext's CEO. "The business results FONA has achieved with Socialtext highlights what's possible when an organization provides their people with fast, flexible tools to free the flow of work inside their company."
Founded in 1987, FONA International creates and manufactures flavors for many of the largest food, beverage and nutraceutical companies in the world. It offers flavor solutions for the confection, sweet, culinary and beverage market segments from its state-of-the-art, 33-acre campus in Geneva, IL. FONA International has established a reputation as the forward-thinking, independent solution provider in the very competitive flavor industry.
Socialtext addresses the critical issues organizations face as their people and teams struggle for better ways to share knowledge, ideas and expertise. With Socialtext's enterprise social software platform, people and teams are synchronized, highly engaged and able to move fast. The Socialtext collaboration platform employs a broad set of social software technologies including microblogging, social networking, filtered activity streams, widget-based dashboards, blogs and wikis. Socialtext offers both the convenience of SaaS and the security of an on-site appliance, for the fastest time to value. More than 6,500 businesses world-wide have accelerated their business performance with Socialtext, including Oxford University Press, Meredith Corporation, OSIsoft, Symantec, The Washington Post, and Epitaph Records. Learn more about Socialtext at www.socialtext.com.
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