Archives For Enterprise 2.0

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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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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Maybe it’s because the conditions of cheap transportation, food and drinks allow the Germans to have more real social contacts and have less time for online contacts. If that’s the case imho many of us should visit Germany more …

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Enjoy the blogs of your colleagues and do not fear the honesty, but rather try to understand what your colleagues are saying and figure out what you need to do to really fix the underlying issue.

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So Enterprise, if the man or women who is leading your Enterprise 2.0 strategy doesn’t blog, only uses LinkedIn for their profile and network and doesn’t have a profile on Facebook (or any local community), then it’s time to reconsider the position 😉

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Yesterday afternoon / evening it was time to have fun with Enterprise 2.0 at a great location, the Playing Circle in Amsterdam. I gave some presentation to partners, clients and colleagues about how Componence sees Enterprise 2.0 and how we believe that Portal frameworks are the destinated frameworks for it. And of course I tried to sell a product for Portals such as BEA Weblogic Portal, our Portletsuite 2.0 (really, that is really the logical version number). I think my stories were inspiring and true, but Prof. Huibers definitely showed me a thing or 10 about how professionals can really give a funny presentation. Hmm, he didn’t really show me as I was stuck to facilitate an architecture presentation for Portletsuite 2.0 and had to hear how all my Enterprise guests were laughing throughout 80% of his presentation. And too bad no one was recording it 😦

Eventually the event costed approximately 10K EURO’s (15.7K USD) and now I just hope that my ROI calculations will come true, 1 deal is just all I need :). I have all the confidence that the return will become reality as in the Enterprise world I can take 3 years to earn it back. Yeah I know, in contradiction to the speed of collaboration that can be achieved with Enterprise 2.0 / Web 2.0, Enterprise sales cycles are still VERY SLOW! Maybe I should have the author of this article about Business Development 2.0 to join me in the next events of Componence, Then probably I can decrease the earn back period to just 1 year, hmm … that still doesn’t sounds fast 😦

So it was business as usual this morning and as a good Enterprise 2.0 CEO I believe I have to lead by example. After updating 16,58 hours for yesterday, my Jira Time Sheet Summary portlet showed me that I already exceed 50 hours in the frist 4 days of the week. And as the official working part of the week ended, I sadly saw the amount exceed 60 hours. HMMM, I’m still enjoying the kick (as the workaholic I am)!

And even now it doesn’t look like the rush is over as Enterprise 2.0 is really expanding to the parts of my brain that should normally regulate my sleep. I just can’t get it out of my mind, I’m even thinking towards concepts that one day can make all professionals free from the employers who care more about their own pocket than their client’s ROI. And if I would really let my imagination run afar, I even think Enterprise 2.0 can help IT resolve many of society’s problems. Hmm, I think the Enterprise 2.0 ghost has entered the part of my brains that let me dream …

It’s time to land back on earth, I mean … I should respect my own blog or who else will, and share with you the fact that I feel like Charlie. Don’t worry, I won’t dye my hair (dark)blond 🙂

Time to go to bed …

PS: Andryi, thnx for the link of Fred Cavazza, or else I wouldn’t have met Charlie this evening 😉

Every day I check the changes on the wiki of Componence to see what my team members added to our corporate knowledge base. And last week it finally happened; a post was made that made doubt whether Web 2.0 concepts like wiki were really that good.

The post was ‘What is the goal of Componence?’ and was submitted by one of my smartest team members in Ukraine, but very new. Various feelings (rage, sadness, doubt) and thoughts (did he forget everything I say, he’s not going to last long, how dare he) went through me and I remembered about articles that say IT managers don’t like Web 2.0 because they mainly can’t keep control. My fingers were actually itching to post, but then I remembered reports from Forrester and articles from Gartner who actually promote business to allow and adopt guidelines for Web 2.0. And deep down I knew that Serhiy is a person with great potential, but just needs some attention from time to time to keep his somewhat crowded mind focused on work.

So what did I do? I remembered the advice from Gerrit Willem, my co-director, to count to at least 20-30 and I just left the post as it was. I decided to wait to see how and if other team members would react on it. Eventually they did and most of them answered ‘Deliver value to our customers‘ and Dima, our manager from Kiev, replied back to him asking ‘what’s your goal within Componence?”.

In my opinion Serhiy was controlled and challenged by his own direct colleagues without any hard intervention from the management. This is what I think how (IT) managers can only hope to see from their people in these kind of situations where they think more control should be enforced on these Web 2.0 initiatives, like our wiki. Enterprise 2.0 brings the ‘online social factor’ to the business, but surely not only the personal freedom for expression but also the social control.

I guess if managers are able to create a professional environment where the majority of team members understands the bigger picture and support the collective business goals, then they shouldn’t be afraid for these online communities. Imho managers should do it anyway, as it is the only way to attract the younger generations of people to join the company as they are so familiar with online social networks.

I strongly believe that our wiki helps us to share knowledge and to have our people collaborate better together, but these kind of things just happen. Time will tell if Serhiy understands that these kind of posts are just not the way to profile yourself in the business community as this post will definitely have some reflection on his professionalism by his peers. But surely my understanding and my willingness to have Serhiy become successful within Componence, I replied on his post and told him that I was trying to lead Componence towards the Componence way

Online tools have always been there, since the early days of internet chat and communities made it possible for people to get in contact for mainly social reasons. But when will people change their mindsets to really adopt online tools to improve their work?

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