Enterprise 2.0 Integration For Participation
Removing the Chains & Empowering Employees
Employee Engagement in Enterprise 2.0
Employees are the most valuable assets in the Enterprise. Businesses spend a tremendous amount of energy and money in finding the right people for their organization. Companies are also investing into Enterprise 2.0 Solutions to help employees with communication and collaboration. These investments improve employee retention rates. Improving innovation is a key strategy behind these investments. Innovation is fueled by collaboration and participation, which is supported in Enterprise 2.0 Platforms. Each employee interacts with people and technology in their own way. Offering multiple opportunities for participation will improve collaboration. These opportunities on the Enterprise 2.0 Platform can be something as simple as a “like” button, or something as elaborate as creating a new community. The key secret to Employee Engagement in Enterprise 2.0 is Interaction design.
Empowered Employees Help Reduce IT Cost
Innovative employees are harnessing the power of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to accelerate collaboration with Mashups. Enterprise 2.0 Mashups are created by combining more than one data source to create something new. You can learn more about Enterprise 2.0 Mashups in this previous post “Web 2.0, Social Media, Mashups, and Rich Internet Apps in the Enterprise“. You can see a quick overview about Mashups in this video.
Integrating Existing Investments in Enterprise 2.0
Mining Enterprise Information Goldmines
Most Organizations have a goldmine of information scattered throughout the Enterprise. Integrating these existing investments into cohesive dashboards will improve the success of Enterprise 2.0 Platforms. Centralizing where and how employees interact with this information reduces IT cost and improves the ability to measure activity that will help surface the Collective Intelligence leading to Prediction Markets.
Enterprise 2.0 Platforms Supporting Integration
Integrating data and systems is not an easy task, so here are a few tools to help leverage existing IT investments.
Presto Enterprise App Store by JackBe
Sharing Enterprise Apps in a Secure Environment: An Enterprise App is most valuable when it is used by more than just the individual who created it. The real value of Apps is in their collaborative nature. To accelerate the reuse of Enterprise Apps, you need an Enterprise App Store. The App Store gives organizations a place where apps can be re-discovered outside of the immediate group that created the original App. Learn more here.
Jive’s Enterprise 2.0 Collaboration Platform
Social collaboration software is at the heart of the new enterprise. Using Jive’s collaboration platform, co-workers come together to swarm on problems, seize opportunities, and make the important outcomes happen. They easily share what they are learning and doing in real time, to keep the wheels of innovation turning. Learn more here.
MindTouch Collaboration Platform
MindTouch assembles your organization’s genius into strategic content. Using MindTouch for your strategic content you can increase customer acquisition, decrease customer retention costs and enhance your product and services development. Learn more here.
AppFusions Integration Support
AppFusions is an engineering consultancy of experts with emphasis on Enterprise 2.0, SCRM, KM, and search technologies. They do engineering work ranging from implementations, customizations, integrations, automations, and extensions with cutting edge technologies – both commercial and open source. Learn more here.
Liferay Enterprise 2.0 Portal Platform
Liferay Portal is an enterprise web platform for building business solutions that deliver immediate results and long-term value. Get the benefits of packaged applications and an enterprise application framework in a single solution. Learn more here.
uPortal Open Source Portal Framework
uPortal is built on open standards-based technologies such as Java and XML, and enables easy, standards-based integration with authentication and security infrastructures, single sign-on secure access, campus applications, web-based content, and end user customization. Learn more here.
What Are Your Favorite Enterprise 2.0 Apps, Tools, or Frameworks?
Enterprise 2.0 Reading List
Enterprise 2.0 Architecture goes beyond Web 2.0 Tools and includes mapping business objectives within a collaborative environment. There are many aspects to Enterprise 2.0, fortunately there are many resources available to help you with your Enterprise 2.0 Strategy. Here are a few great books from several intelligent people that can help create a strategic plan for improving innovation in your organization.
- Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges
- Implementing Enterprise 2.0: A Practical Guide To Creating Business Value Inside Organizations With Web Technologies
- Agile Development & Business Goals: The Six Week Solution
- Web Application Design Patterns (Interactive Technologies)
- Web 2.0 Architectures: What Entrepreneurs and Information Architects Need to Know
- The Art of Community: Building the New Age of Participation (Theory in Practice)