Great piece about today's software development process and some of the cool web 2.0 applications.. These applications, such as social networking, community software, ajax, predications markets - use application programming interfaces (API's) so they can exchange data back and forth. This is becoming the year of the open application program interface - API or the Hook.
Web 2.0: A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching and Learning? by Bryan Alexander
Mr. Alexander pens a good web 2.0 primer for an educator in any organization, including business. But, he concedes rightfully so, ..."this movement deems continuous improvement to be a hallmark of such projects."
The connect and develop innovation model is one we whole-heartedly embrace since it blends ideas from inside and outside of the organization. We call them mashups. We've been helping business managers and team members establish those models for the last four years using what we learned working with open source software communities and using website services..
As any business person knows, connecting your offerings with buyers/customers - marketing - is how you stay in business. Seth Godin writes in a post, Bureaucracy = Death...
Seth...I don't care if you're in radio, packaged goods, organized religion or an online merchant. If you're not saying yes to change, you're slowly losing whatever race you happen to be in.
Social Networking Software, Social Media, Web 2.0 & Enterprise 2.0
This is a collection of enterprise 2.0, web 2.0, social media, communities, and social networking software links. It is intended to educate curious minds because there is much more to implementing this stuff than just software. For business ideas and tips, read our blogs, use the search ,or tags to learn more about the challenges.
Yesterday in the NY Times there was an article, Steal This Book. Or at Least Download It Free about the changing nature of publishing. Author, Warren Adler, "The War of the Roses" says "The big publishing houses just don't get it".
I was almost in tears after reading Paul Graham's essay on open source software communities and blogging and what business can learn from them. I've been active with oss projects for the last several years. Paul captures the essence of the movement better than anyone and offers several great ideas on applying them to business.
"Complexity theory is new and largely untested in this area but there are some fascinating and powerful techniques (open space, tipping points, narrative and storytelling, probe/sense/respond, conversations, appreciative inquiry, empowered autopoiesis, collaboration, mindmapping and concept mapping, passion bounded by responsibility, the gift/generosity/support economy, pattern recognition, improv, the wisdom of crowds and the four practices, that seem well-suited to support a complex adaptive system '