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What Do You Think About Social Business & Enterprise 2.0?

Will Social Business Blow the Top off Enterprise 2.0?

silo-brokenThe current trend in Enterprise 2.0 is moving from merely copying features of popular Social Networking web sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others to capturing the essence of what these platforms are about.  Essence is the attribute or set of attributes that make an object or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity.  The early days of Enterprise 2.0 was all about destroying information silos by facilitating communication and collaboration across departments within the Enterprise with Social Networking tools like blogs and wikis.  The mature version of Enterprise 2.0 still recognizes the value of using these type of tools to achieve business objectives within the organization.

The next transformational step in Enterprise 2.0 is Social Business.  This will connect and empower customers & partners with organizations to enable crowdsoucing and collaboration for improving innovation and service beyond imagination.  This paradigm shift in Enterprise 2.0 will also prepare organizations for the federated space which will leverage the efforts of others to support cost effective collaboration that goes beyond cloud computing.  This also applies to Government 2.0 where we will soon see efforts shift from reinventing the “platform wheel” to creating apps and widgets that can be shared across agencies and organizations. This new infrastructure will continue to lower the cost of doing business and increase the focus on people and relationships.

How can Social Business Help My Organization? Ask Blake Mycoskie of Toms’ Shoes about Social Business, or any of his 530,000 followers on Twitter

Is The Enterprise Really Transforming Into A Social Business?

Rawn Shah shared a great article on Forbes about this idea of Enterprise transforming into a Social Business.  You can read the full article here.

Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara 2010

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Learn about the latest collaboration innovations in the Enterprise 2.0 Conference program and how to leverage these technologies to support a variety of critical functions—including HR, People & Performance, Sales, Customer Support and Product Development—to increase productivity, improve collaboration and drive revenue.  Learn more here.  You can download Great Enterprise 2.0 Presentations, watch Enterprise 2.0 videos, & follow the conversation on Twitter on this channel #e2conf.

Enterprise 2.0: Organizational Change & People Challenges

This is a nice summary of the E 2.0 Summit 2010 that captures the following points about current trends in Enterprise 2.0.  You can learn more about this at the 21st Century Organization blog here.

  • Enterprise 2.0 is a Management Model
  • Enterprise 2.0 is about People
  • Next Practice Cases, Companies and Innovators
  • Research Reveals Enterprise 2.0 Work in Progress
  • No Room for “Wars”
  • And, Both and Next
  • New Organizational Models Emerging

Social Web Coverage of Enterprise 2.0 Summit 2010

Jim Worth and Friends are doing and outstanding job of collecting and sharing information about Enterprise 2.0.  You can find a huge collection of presentations, videos, and ideas about Enterprise 2.0 here.  You can also follow Jim Worth on Twitter @jimworth

Enterprise 2.0 SUMMIT 2010 – Setting the path to an open and agile enterprise

The Enterprise 2.0 SUMMIT in Frankfurt (October 26-28, 2010) was made up of an Expert and a Best Practice track as well as a workshop on Social Networking Culture.  You can learn more here and check their archives for priceless information about Enterprise 2.0.

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2011

Gartner, Inc. highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2011. 

  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobile Applications and Media Tablets
  • Social Communications and Collaboration
  • Video
  • Next Generation Analytics
  • Social Analytics
  • Context-Aware Computing
  • Storage Class Memory
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Fabric-Based Infrastructure and Computers

Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt. Learn more here.

What Do You Think About Social Business & Enterprise 2.0?

The Augmented Reality of Enterprise 2.0

Thrills and Chills of the Enterprise 2.0 Conference #e2conf

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Enterprise 2.0 Conference 2009: Attendees headed to Expo by Alex Dunne

The Enterprise 2.0 Conference is the gathering place for the growing community of business and IT people bringing enterprise-class collaboration and productivity tools into their organizations. From early adopters leading the effort to those just dipping a toe in the water, this is the place to explore the latest options for bringing 2.0 technologies like wikis, team workspaces, blogs, unified communications, enterprise search, software as a service and social networks to your business.  Learn more.

The Thrills of Enterprise 2.0

The good folks at “Enterprise 2.0 Conference”  were very generous about sharing information by web streaming  E 2.0 sessions, which was greatly appreciated!  They also created public connections with Google Wave and many of the smart attendees shared their thoughts on Twitter and other  Social Media tools.  You can roll back the Twitter stream by searching for #e2conf.  There was a lot of talk about collaboration, sharing, social networking, and “breaking down the silos”.  This leads me to question why do the presentations from the 2009 Enterprise 2.0 Conference require a password? This seems to contradict the knowledge sharing cheerleading.   I wish they would take some tips from O’Reilly Media and be more open with their data.  You can see all the Web 2.0 Summit Presentations and Videos here.  I hope we are not afraid to tap the wisdom of crowds when dealing with Enterprise 2.0 and Knowledge Management.  We can talk more about this at the Virtual Enterprise 2.0 Conference – February 2, 2010.  Please open your E 2.0 knowledge/strategy presentations!

The Chills of Enterprise 2.0

The Enterprise 2.0 community seemed to get spun up on an article posted on ZDNet by Dennis Howlett.  This article titled, “Enterprise 2.0 – the non-debate” caught some internet buzz and responses from the community.  I’m not sure if I am more shocked by what he said or the strange need for E 2.0 types to defend enterprise solutions.  You can see the “non-debate” debate on Twitter.  Dennis talks about how business leaders get turned off by the word “social”.  He shares his ideas and opinions on the subject, which you can read in his article.

You may also want to judge for yourself by reviewing what was said here:  “E2.0 Conference Panel: Is Enterprise 2.0 a Crock?”   The panelists were all members of the 2.0 Adoption Council:  Greg Lowe of Alcatel-Lucent, Megan Murray of Booz Allen Hamilton, Bryce Williams of Eli-Lilley, Jamie Pappas of EMC, Bruce Galinsky of MetLife, and Claire Flanagan of CSC.  Here are some of their comments:

  • Claire: As a consulting organization, we’ve been able to document how our proposal processes have changed, to find experts and close deals much faster.
  • Greg: It’s a little like having an internet startup. You need to engage people, make it “sticky”
  • Bryce: The power comes from the critical mass of participation, and if what we’re trying to do is in lots of different locations, or hard to use, people just go back to their overflowing inbox. So yes, the user interface is very important.
  • Megan: It’s about accountability and visibility. “I can’t stop you from being stupid, but I can highlight it when you are stupid.’” There’s a lot of power in empowering people.

DigitalBeat also has a few things to share about quantifying the business benefits of social networks, wikis, and blogs in the workplace.  Enterprise 2.0 advocates launch vague defense that industry is not a crock.

Looks like the folks over at CMSWire found another way to post an E 2.0 Crock article.   #e2conf Enterprise 2.0: A Load of Crap or Not a Load of Crap?

Crock of Crap 2.0

See, just add a “2.0” and now it’s all good ;)  Funny how we like to get a tangled up in the spokes of our words.

5 Enterprise 2.0 Resources for Moving On

  1. Are you interested in learning more about Crock or Not Enterprise 2.0?  I recommend reading Andrew McAfee’s Blog: Enterprise 2.0 is a Crock: Discuss The comments to this article are VERY valuable.
  2. Is Enterprise 2.0 a Savior or a Charlatan? How Strategy-Driven Execution can pave the path to proving legitimate business value.
  3. Lessons Learned at the SCRM E2.0 Conference
  4. Importance of Enterprise 2.0 Connections to Innovation ROI
  5. The Enterprise 2.0 Value Propositions Agenda

Enterprise 2.0: Looking Ahead

I have been in this business for many years.  I have been automating task with technology since the early 90s.  I have worked with some incredible teammates creating award winning Enterprise 2.0 solutions in Virginia and the Washington DC area.  I love where we are with Social Networking and where we are going with Enterprise 2.0.

I earned my Enterprise Development Certificate in 2005, yes I know that is a year before Andrew McAfee coined the term Enterprise 2.0.  This was years after developing “Portals”, “Dashboards”,  “Knowledge Management Tools”,…  Remember when “Portals” were all the rage and we were busy adding “MS Nuggets” to “Dashboards”?  I went on to earn my Certificates in “Best Practices and Design Patterns” (Very Important) and “XML Web Services”.  This education and experience along with a solid business strategy were the keys to unlocking the magic of Enterprise 2.0.  Blending this type of expertise with an understanding of human behavior is the rocket fuel that powers your successful enterprise 2.0 solution.

The Virtuality Continuum of People and Process


The Virtuality Continuum is a phrase used to describe a concept that there is a continuous scale ranging between the completely virtual, a Virtual Reality, and the completely real.  The advancements in media and technology supplementing existing activities in reality. This breaks down to Organizations using Enterprise 2.0 solutions within their existing workflow to accomplish their mission.  I believe Enterprise 2.0 is in the early stages of Augmented Reality.  This is actually pretty impressive when you think about how the phrase “Enterprise 2.0″ was coined by Andrew McAfee in 2006.  Acutally this phrase was coined before then, but you can ask Andy (@AMcafee) about that.  The point is that Enterprise 2.0 is still in it’s infancy and it’s okay to have a single phrase we can use when talking about connecting people and things for the purpose of improving business and lifestyle.

5 Trends Supporting the Future of Enterprise 2.0

  • Virtual Colleague Networks – Includes the use of XFN, FOAF, Microformats, and Social Graph to support stronger realtionships and communities.   More on Google’s Social Graph
  • Human Behavior Mapping – Monitoring and surfacing human behavior will lead the way to incorporating artificial intelligence into our devices and applications.  More on Human Behavior: The key to future tech developments.
  • Standard Content Objects – The increased adoption of  standard formats will lead the way to sharable content across multiple devices and networks.  User experience will improve by empowering them with the ability mix and mash data for custom content.  More on building Widgets and Web Services that make it easy for you to add social networking features to your existing web sites, including the ability to run OpenSocial Gadgets.
  • Mobile Enterprise – Mobile devices are already in the Enterprise.  Personal computers are moving off the desk and into the pocket.  People need to connect whenever, where ever at the speed of business.  We will see tremendous growth for mobile support in the Enterprise.  More on iPhone adoption in the Enterprise.
  • Enterprise Cloud Computing – Why pay for an automobile company, when all you need is a car?  Who really wants an automobile company in this economy?   New cloud computing models can reduce IT risk and cost while supporting scalable environments.  Learn more about Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)

What are you thoughts?