Archives For Enterprise 2.0

Usually we always try to crawl before we stand and run. But so often so many people think they can create a community that will be successful. But as a community is like running, shouldn’t we first test if we can stand?

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In my opinion the 2.0 trend is about:
– the technologies (AJAX, Webservices, widgets, gadgets) allowed internet users to:
— enjoy the ease of use of web applications in browsers
— to create their own desktops (iGoogle) and communities (Facebook)
— to create mashups (a location based content table and Google maps is most used)
– the valuation of such a trend has some pillars:
— there is a value in a network
— and if the network is open enough, new value (actions / ideas / collaboration) will be generated
— the power of virals
— if something is cool / hot / funny is introduced to a social network
— there is a chance that millions of people will see / enjoy it – without any marketing
— you need people who normally don’t have time / knowledge to contact each other to participate
— so new nodes / connections are introduced to the network
— increasing the chance of new ideas / collaboration etc.

Web 2.0 – that’s the fun / social stuff – goes faster than Enterprise
– sharing (Flickrs etc., Delicious, YouTube, Twitter, Blogs)
– staying in touch with friends / acquaintances with just a click a way (Facebook, PerfSpot, MySpace)
– social games that pull millions of people from social networks to play along (MafiaWars)
– collaboration – wikipedia

Enterprise 2.0 – the same Web 2.0 ideas introduced – mainly to improve collaboration
– collaboration (Blogs, Confluence, BaseCamp, Jira, SalesFroce, ZohoCRM)
– staying in touch (Linkedin, Xing)
– mashups: integrating Google maps with your CRM client list

– it provides and manages the content – not really 2.0
— in Web 2.0 – you do not control the content, it’s user Generated
– enterprises should find 2.0 ways to get their content used more in social networks
— this would enlarge the lifecycle and value of the content
— a thought that you can creat your own social network around content – small chance
— works better if your content can be taken into iGoogle / Linkedin / Slideshare
– so ECM is in my opinion not really Web 2.0
— I mean, how many organizations really like the WebCMS module of Documentum?
— I’ve seen many projects moving away from it
— because it’s not userfriendly enough to get people to use it
— that’s the key of 2.0 – getting more people on board

2.0 business case is often hard
– but it surely needs to be lead by pioneers with support of management (top-down)
— it makes no sense if new ideas that are generated will take months / years to get approval
— then there is no use the form new ideas
– highlight positive cases of good results of 2.0
— when for instance people who normally would never meet, have launched a very successful idea and the execution generated great ROI
— create workshops or presentations about internal wikis, issue tracking tools
— do this regularly, managers must take the lead
– people need to be stimulated to change their way of working
— allow people to work more from home, check their progress through the tool, not based on their availability at the office
— this also saves some C02 by the way

There are many chances in Health 2.0. But like anywhere else, you need visionary leaders. And in the Netherlands the current Minister Ab Klink doesn’t really show the right vision nor does he communicate / collaborate the right way. What can you say … he’s just not ready for the 2.0 stuff.

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The bigger the crisis, the more we must innovate to get passed it. And after that we’ll be stronger than ever. Companies can use the crisis to increase the alertness, pro-activity, collaboration and innovation of their workforce. That in essence is the key of crisis solving, not by just putting more money in.

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My personal vision to Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden on Will they listen to my outcry for a better balanced American Dream?

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Obama already used Web 2.0 to defeat Clinton and used it to reach the finish line first

November 4th 2008 – A historical day

“I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didnt start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington – it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

It seems that I’m lucky enough to live in an era of extreme events. Lately it seemed to me that the world had more eyes and ears for the climate change and it’s negative effects and the financial crisis. And while our world is facing great challenges and threats, days like today show that mankind can achieve the sometimes unimaginable.

Today is a the first day in a new age for America, with President Obama to lead the country that is mainly responsible for so many of the problems (and great things) in the world. By beating the Bradley effect he is the first black president in this conservative country (yes, America is a conservative country).  This means hope and that is exactly what the Americans need nowadays as they are suffering one of the worst economic crisis in the last century. Obama will have to change the way America is operating as a leader in the world. Internally Americans always are very strong for their democracy, not to say how true that is, but it will be essential for America to also act on this in their international relationships.

A very hard time to become the president of America

“For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime – two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.”

I think this presidency is one of the hardest any American president has faced. Of course President Roosevelt had to solve a World War, but now President Obama has to solve a problem that is changed the forces of nature itself. And the cause is of course from human origin and huge investments need to be done to make the world a lot greener and more balanced. That’s why this presidency will be extremely hard, because America needs to invest while their financial burdens and costs of finance have never been so high.

America needs to unite and endure the hardship as a nation

“So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, its that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers – in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.”

The coming 4 years might just be enough to see the financial sector gain the necessary trust back. That’s why it’s such a relief that Obama has been addressing these issues firmly during his campaign. I believe that he truly understands that he has to reform America’s way of energy consumption. Hopefully he can urge American companies to invest in R&D again, they used have the biggest R&D budgets. I truly believe that once America puts their head to it, they can overtake Europe and Japan in green technology. And I believe they will, they will take their financial pains fast and hard, while Europe will take it slowly but long. In such doing Americans will need a leader that can unite the whole country in order for America as a whole overcome the challenges faster.

Will he continue as the Web 2.0 president?

“But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you!

I’m quite sure the campaign managers of Obama have shown their great understanding of the long tail in politics (more examples of long tail), because the amounts of campaign contributions they’ve been able to get are enormous. Obama alone achieved to get more contributions than Hillary and McCain together. I heard that he really is really twittering and he has about 4 times more friends on Myspace and Facebook than McCain. Through the web he has been able to reach millions of young people and people who did not go voting in 2004. With that he turned more than 10 states that were voting for Bush in 2004, just compare the situation in 2004 and the results of today.

“But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.”

But like any president he will also have to do things he didn’t promise and not do things that he did promise, that’s the fate of any president or political party that are in the government. But I just hope that he will continue to use the internet to listen to the voice of normal Americans. In the dark days ahead his messages on the internet can stimulate, convince and provide understanding. Whether he will keep his election promises, time will have to tell. I just hope that he will keep on using the internet to stay in touch with the people that have been touched by him.

Click here to find the full speech of Mr. Obama in video and text.

Finally LinkedIn offers more functionality for it’s Groups. But is it enough? And how open will the functionality be? And will LinkedIn do more in the future? It should because it’s a powerfull network community and it should allow collaboration solutions to integrate it’s value.

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European companies need to be more innovative and creative as they’re dealing with smaller markets. This is probably the reason why we hear and see more integrated full service portal concepts in Europe, while the US can still focus more on dedicated web applications.

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Enterprise 2.0 needs to become more concrete, expectations, results. This article tells about how Enterprsie 2.0 ideas really can work when international collaboration becomes a vision and even a necessity.

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What can Enterprises do to change society if they would use the same Web 2.0 tools to make their professionals really work together achieve longterm, enduring and big successes.

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