Using digital tools to make work easier

Hello, I’m Christine. I’ve worked for the Co-op for 5 years and I was one of the first people in the new Digital Engineering team.  I provide IT products and services to all my digital colleagues, or as many people put it – I get all sorts of stuff done.

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Christine Edge

Getting colleagues on the G Suite

I work on lots of different things, but my main focus at the moment is helping our colleagues in the digital team at the Co-op transfer to using what used to be Google Apps for Work (which has been renamed ‘the G Suite’). We haven’t stopped using Microsoft products, and are talking to them to about how we’ll be working together in the future. We also use lots of other tools to help us collaborate, like Slack and Trello – we’ll talk more about that in future.

G Suite is actually nothing all that complicated – it’s things like Gmail, Google Drive and Google Hangouts. Many of our colleagues use those things outside work.

The idea behind using digital tools like this is to make it easier and more convenient for colleagues across the country or to work together.

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We started with digital, and are now beginning to work out how all our colleagues can use the tools if that’s something that they want to do.  I’ll be blogging more about our work on this, so keep checking the blog.

Christine Edge
Senior Programme Manager

4 thoughts on “Using digital tools to make work easier

  1. Andrew Donkin (Co-operative Food Head Office) November 4, 2016 / 6:46 am

    Morning, does this now mean I can start using Google hangouts with my team?

    I’ve tried creating a Google id using my coop email address but I’m supposed to get a verification email which I haven’t yet received.

    Great work by the way, we’ve been waiting for stuff like this for years.

    I drive all over the country and many’s the time, especially when I’m sitting on the M62, I think we need to break the face to face culture that there still exists.


    Andrew Donkin
    Technical Manager Quality Assurance
    Food Commercial DFT

    Unit 2, Drum Park, Drum Industrial Estate, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH2 1AE

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  2. N November 4, 2016 / 11:41 am

    Why not just switch on the Microsoft Cloud? Then we’d get the same thing just by adding a feature to what we already have rather than pushing everyone to use inferior software that they’re not familiar with like Google Sheets


  3. MJ Ray December 1, 2016 / 9:05 am

    Any plans to move to cooperatively developed (free and open source) apps instead of trading one private overlord for another?


    • Co-op December 1, 2016 / 12:07 pm

      We’re always on the look out and are working with tech-based social enterprises now too. Any other suggestions, MJ? ^Jordan


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