Thursday, May 17, 2007

Explaining Enterprise 2.0

Trying to understand Enterprise 2.0? Or struggling to explain your colleagues what it is? Hopefully this presentation will be of help. I came across it on a site called Similar to Flikr, but this one is for sharing presentations, not photos. The site is still in beta, and I haven't tried it out. If anyone has, I'd be happy if you shared your comments in this blog. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Hello Stein-Ivar,

what i am really wondering about is, why we are starting with the web 2.0 / enterprise 2.0 hype to think about solutions we allready have since many years.

Lotus Notes / Domino offers all this stuff and much more. Why don't we start to use these features instead of going back years of experience.



Stein-Ivar said...

I agree there is a lot of hype surrounding web 2.0/enterprise 2.0, but that does not mean that everything is hype. We need to target the potentially valuable parts and test them out. Not all of them will succeed, but hopefully some of them will, and then we have gained something.
As for Lotus Notes/Domino that is one of the tools we will be testing out in the pilot phase. While they do have an alternative I think saying this has been there all the time misses the mark.

movito said...

A very positive side-effect of the web 2.0/enterprise 2.0 trend is that it has forced Lotus to step up development and they have now made their own Enterprise 2.0-ish suite of tools called Lotus Quickr. It's an add-on to Notes/Domino that incorporates collaborative features such as blogs, wikis, bookmarking etc. and works on both sides of the firewall. Here's a podcast on it.

For me, social sharing and "simple on top, complex underneath" are the most valuable components of "2.0" today

In early social networking apps like Orkut, it was all about who you knew. Well, after a while you had everyone you new placed in your virtual network and … then what? Nothing much, really.

In second generation social networks, shared objects are at the center: links, photos, comments, tags, blog entries and other things that you post online for others to see and use for their own ends. The good services inspire people to create, share, bookmark, tag and collaborate and through this, over time, you discover people who do things you find interesting and can get in touch with or collaborate with them on some task or other.

Take a look at a home page on Facebook: it's full of shared stuff: what people are doing, marking, saving, posting, commenting, etc. That creates a water cooler conversation around our stuff that's great for staying up-to-date and even better for amalgamating shared knowledge into new ideas. Facebook has a bit of extra skill and has now made a platform that other service providers can integrate with, so we can share even more stuff with our network/audience.

Because we're fickle consumers who might go somewhere else at any time, there's a lot of focus on keeping the user's experience clean and simple. Feedback from users is obviously easy, but most of the skilled 2.0 companies invite their users to discuss requests and come up with clever solutions on their own, effectively crowdsourcing a lot of the innovation that's needed to stay ahead.

Social news – the news that concerns you and me and everyone we know – isn't stuff that makes newspaper headlines but it is, generally, timely, relevant and important to each user. That makes for an incredibly efficient way to share information and come up with new ideas. You just don't have that in existing enterprise, office or personal applications – they don't give you an audience.