Managing and promoting corporate podcasts with SharePoint
by Helen Clegg and Susan Montgomery
Helen Clegg is Director of Knowledge Management with the Procurement and Analytics Solutions unit of A. T. Kearney. She is also a core team member of the company's global sustainability practice and is interested in the use of collaborative technology from a sustainability perspective. She has worked for Fortune 500 companies and management consultancies in Germany, France and the Netherlands. She is a member of the European Chapter of Special Librarians Association.
Susan Montgomery is a Content Manager with the Procurement and Analytics Solutions unit of A. T. Kearney. She develops collaborative tools for knowledge management, blogs about The Web of the Future (Web 2.0), and produces podcasts for The Wave of the Future. She has extensive experience in international business research, having worked in London for 15 years. Susan is a member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Special Librarians Association.
The Wave of the Future podcasts
The idea to experiment with podcasts came to us at the 2007 Special Libraries Association conference. We wanted to determine whether podcasting was a viable tool to capture and disseminate project experience and intellectual capital for our employer, A.T. Kearney, a leading global management consultancy. A year later, we've produced 24 podcasts in our Wave of the Future series, and the project has raised the profile of our Knowledge Management team. All our podcasts are featured prominently on our firm-wide internal communications portal and a selection is available on our firm's external website at http://www.atkearneyprocurementsolutions.com.
To manage our podcast project, we decided to use Microsoft SharePoint, which was just being introduced as the collaboration tool of choice at our company. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of podcasts, how we use SharePoint to accomplish this task, and what we have learned along the way.