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How Social Media and Web 2.0 Work In Business

The following three posts have a wealth of information, ideas and tips for business managers and CIO's about social media, web 2.0, social networking, and online communities. The fact is, this stuff, social software has to be used to be fully appreciated. It takes time to grasp its power and usefulness. Workplace social software and communities need to be understood from both, a regular user view point and from an administrator (control) view point. You bet, this is work.

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"Everything is miscellaneous" , podcast interview, D. Weinberger

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/26/2007 - 13:58

"Dave Weinberger Interview - Everything is Miscellaneous" from Kathleen Gilroy

Podcast interview with Dave about his new book. It is a deep look at why things are unfolding in new and surprising ways on the web.

From, Dave's blog...

Using social software to collaborate and connect

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/26/2007 - 10:37

"The good and bad Of Web 2.0 tools", By J. Nicholas, IT News

It once bet its collaboration strategy on Microsoft tools. It's expanded to consider more Web 2.0 tools, but getting them implemented and used is far from easy.

Community software and better tacit interactions

Submitted by admin on Sat, 12/30/2006 - 09:43

I received an email from McKinsey, "Ten trends to watch in 2006". One of those trends is about the economics of knowledge. We help organizations use Drupal to create community software applications for employees, customers, suppliers, etc. What I find fascinating about all this community talk is that it all started in the open source software communities where it continues to flourish.

Big consumer trends

Submitted by admin on Thu, 11/16/2006 - 07:10

From Wharton, "Unilever';s Michael Polk: It';s All about Dislocating Ideas "

"...definition straight from the dictionary: Innovation: a new idea or method; a change in something established. "It's not invention.... It's innovation""

Unilever is one company that has bought in to the enterprise 2.0 ideas.

Boiled to death!

Submitted by admin on Tue, 07/05/2005 - 12:29

The Boiling Frog Syndrome: If you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, he'll jump out. But if you place a frog into a pot of lukewarm water and slowly turn up the heat, it will boil to death. Seth writes about "The Mediocre Emergency, For years, you've been designing, making and marketing stuff in a mediocre way. No one dropped what they were doing to fix the problem.
It's not an emergency.

Better ideas at work

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/24/2005 - 11:48

Management's role in passionate users Posted by Kathy Sierra -headrushh. Kathy has a great post about absurd management policies that affect the way people do their jobs. As we introduce our enterprise blogging system to corp clients, many of the absurd policies (found in most companies) are getting challenged - in a good way: Bringing about changes that are knocking down the barriers that prevented employees, management, customers, et al from truly understanding what the real focus of the business was all about.

The Bigger Picture for Enterprise Blogs

Submitted by admin on Sun, 05/22/2005 - 12:23

All this noise about blogging in PR/marketing is missing the bigger picture - blogging internally. Our grandparents had Laurel and Hardy, Gapingvoid, Hugh - "Blog bashing doesn't phase me too much- I actually find it rather entertaining. What can I say? It's rather fun watching people being wrong, again and again, for the same "I have a dumb ass suit & tie job in a big company ergo I must be terribly important" reasons."

Enterprise Blogs For Employee Training

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/11/2005 - 09:13

I came across three articles about employee training recently. The first one is an IBM PR piece, the second from Management Issues and the third is from CFO.com. Of course, the IBM solution fits in with there SOA (Service Oriented Architecture). However, I wonder if any content management system that supports XML, RSS, and webservices would serve the same purpose as a learning tool as well as fit into an open SOA - I think so.

SOA Goes to School, By Erin Joyce, from Jupiter   "In a global study of over 300 chief human resources offices, IBM (Quote, Chart) found over 60 percent of HR professionals operating in mature markets had difficulty identifying and developing the critical employee skills and talents that are vital to remain competitive.

The 2005 IBM Global Human Capital survey also said more than half of the CEOs surveyed believed their staffs do not have the skills to move into new markets and capture emerging growth opportunities. IBM calls the trend "The Menace of Maturity." The term suggests that companies a bit long in the tooth are likely to see atrophy in their ability to train employees swiftly."

Both of these studies focus on how to retain workers and get workers up to speed on new job requirements. Since I know the most about my own solution, I will give you my take. Ideascape offers the people in your organization a platform to create a gigantic learning and development environment securely on the Net. An interactive platform where more people, both inside and outside the business, can relate to each other; one where employees, instructors,  clients, customers, vendors, and partners inspire and challenge each other to improve and sustain the business. If your people are continually exposed to new thoughts and are discovering new ideas both within your organization as well as outside of it, they will continue to learn, to update their skills, to stay "fresh" to the changes that are happening.  The world is changing at an ever-faster pace; in order to keep up, you have to stay on top of what's happening!  So, if you want fresh ideas from your people,  Ideascape has everything you need to brainstorm, sketch, and develop ideas across the organization that will move people to action and get them ready to tackle new challenges.

Training the key in the war for talent, From Management Issues, "Britain's employers are embracing training as a way of retaining and getting the most out of employees in a tough labour market. Research from the journal IRS Employment Review has suggested training budgets are set to increase as employers struggle to ensure workers have the skills they need to do their jobs, and that managers can get the best out of them.

Its poll of 68 organisations found nearly nine out of ten said a key objective of training was to ensure that employee skills were up to scratch – a reflection of the difficulty employers have finding the right people in a tight labour market."

We have an enterprise blogging system that supports every type of media (rich text, rss, podcasts, and images) available. The system offers a great deal of interactivity using blogs, forums, and wikis, which gives everyone the opportunity to learn from instructors as well as each other. The simple nature of blogging applications keeps the learning material archived and updated since employees are blogging about it with instructors.

CFO.com offers ideas on meeting training needs using internet based exchanges.

Online trading hubs stage a comeback. But this time, there's a twist. From CFO.com, "When David Mroz, a manager at Shannon Precision Fastener, needed to buy a new LCD projector for a training class, he didn't head to Staples to hunt down a bargain. Nor did he go online to search out the best price on the product. Instead, the quality manager at the Madison Heights, Mich.-based Shannon put his prospective purchase up for bid on the Internet."

US Businesses Dumbing Down.

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/10/2005 - 12:17

U.S. companies failing to transfer critical knowledge , from Management Issues. "Many U.S. organisations are failing to capture critical knowledge and experience from older employees approaching retirement and few seem able to transfer valuable knowledge to newer employees, according to research from consultants Accenture."

Accenture interviewed more than 500 full-time U.S. workers between 40 and 50 years of age.

How can so many US Businesses be so short sighted? I gotta toss this in... Ideascape is a platform for enterprise blogging, bookmarking, and idea discovery with workflow, conversation, & decision-making management. Employees blog about their daily work activites (tacit knowledge), which is captured, disseminated, and archived. It creates a gigantic learning and development environment. A digital meeting place for employees to find, discover, and share ideas while learning and having fun, which improves the performance of the orgainzation.

"Blogging constitutes a new form of decision-making. Expertise location, i.e., knowledgebase management is antiquated. If you have a problem, you don’t want a database; you want a person or conversation that can help – hence the growth of the blogging medium. Herein, of course, lies the implications for business. People are using blogs to discuss and debate everything from politics to Chapstick." Goodblog, from What I Learned at the Blogging Conference.