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Fluor Connects Its Global Workforce And Drives Innovation With IBM Social Business Software

  Fluor Connects Its Global Workforce And Drives Innovation With IBM Social
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PR Newswire

ARMONK, N.Y., Jan. 29, 2013

ARMONK, N.Y., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced
that Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR), a global leader in engineering,
construction and project management, is using IBM social business technology
to connect its global workforce, unifying its 43,000 employees around the
world. Fluor Corporation is using IBM social software to empower its workforce
to more effectively communicate, collaborate and spur innovation across its
construction sites and engineering offices.

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Fluor attributes its industry leadership in the engineering and construction
market to the innovation and creativity of its employees who help to design,
build and maintain many of the world's most challenging and complex capital
projects. The ability to share knowledge and expertise across the organization
in real-time is crucial when decisions need to be made at a moment's notice on
a job site.

Using IBM's industry leading enterprise social networking platform, employees
across 60 global office locations on six continents are now united, able to
find colleagues with unique expertise to develop and implement innovative
solutions for project issues in diverse industries, including chemicals and
petrochemicals, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, infrastructure, power,
renewable energy and much more. By helping its engineers, professional staff
and construction workers collaborate, Fluor is encouraging a deeper level of
innovation and knowledge among its workforce.

In a matter of weeks, more than half of Fluor's global workforce joined the
social networking platform, uploading profile pictures, detailing expertise
and making new connections. The intranet, powered by IBM Connections and IBM
WebSphere Portal, contains more than 11 news and information portals and more
than 1,200 collaboration spaces with almost 2,000 active forum participants in
the Connections tool allowing the Fluor workforce to be more collaborative,
responsive and innovative. They are unlocking new sources of value every day.

"In 2012, Fluor celebrated its Centennial, prompting us to evaluate how to
maintain an edge in an increasingly competitive global marketplace," said Say
Lim, vice president of IT, Fluor Corporation. "A social intranet powered by
IBM is transforming how we do business and creating a more connected workforce
across departments, geographies and the world."

Today, organizations that are using social technology to engage and empower
their employees are improving productivity and unleashing innovation to gain
competitive advantage. According to a recent report, people-focused businesses
generated 26 percent more revenue per employee and had 40 percent lower
turnover rates.*

"Social business has really changed the way organizations of all kinds
interact with their clients and their employees," said Alistair Rennie,
general manager, Social Business, IBM. "Today, organizations are thinking
entirely differently about how to activate employees to drive business
outcome. Social business is driving a smarter workforce. When you've got a
smarter workforce, you're changing the way the core processes in your business
run, leveraging the incredible talent in your organization to meet your
clients' most critical needs."

For more information about IBM's social business initiative and creating a
smarter workforce, please visit http://www.ibm.com/press/socialbusiness or
follow #IBMSocialBiz and #IBMConnect on Twitter.

*Bersin by Deloitte, "The Science of Fit: Using Psychology to Replicate High
Performance," May 2011, Research ID: 14037

Media Contact
Doug Fraim
IBM Media Relations
dfraim@us.ibm.com
+1 617-501-6376

SOURCE IBM

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