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Milestones and reflections…

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

OK, time for a bit of review and reflection on where I am currently at on the Enterprise 2.0 discovery journey

Firstly, I’d like to note that I find this whole area fascinating and am excited about the future of E2.0, SaaS, cloud computing etc etc. Not only are there so many opportunities here for startups but the concept of tapping into the intelligence of a likeminded community has so much potential. Imagine an organisation that was truly process oriented, driven by a culture of collaboration and supported by tools that were not only agile but adapted to the changing needs of the user community…

Via the application of web 2.0 tools, there are many opportunities to engage with an online community of professionals, gain access to new and emerging technologies and discover new ways of collaborating. As this is a developing field, practitioner knowledge is growing organically and approaches to Enterprise 2.0 implementation and adoption are still being refined. Due to this, the E2.0 community is an exciting place to be!

So a reality check, where I am now? The following paragraphs will attempt to explain that as well as outline where I would like to take this blog over the coming months – enjoy 🙂

* Leverage off web 2.0 to enhance personal branding.
What continues to amaze me is the “build it and they will come” approach with these technologies. I have created a profile on LinkedIn and quickly gathered an ever growing group of “connections”. This channel is for my professional profile and connecting with colleagues and potential clients. There are clear links in my public profile to this blog and my Twitter account.

Twitter is an amazing thing – never thought I would say that to be honest. I created a Twitter account just to see how it could be used beyond “what am I doing now?”. Once I started following BPM and E2.0 practitioners, I found the value to not only be in the conversations & relationships but also the pointers to actual web content – product reviews/thought pieces and vendor appraisals. In addition, my Twitter network rapidly expanded as links to other professionals emerged and at last count I am following 73 people & growing almost daily. On the flip side, it appears that the more content I add to this blog or indeed microblog, the more people ask to follow me – that was also unexpected; I wonder what they find interesting…..

That brings me to this blog 🙂 Now, after a slow start I find the need to use this medium to share not only my professional interests but also a little bit about me. Not actually sure why I choose to do this but figure that I do have other interests that I am passionate about so why not share some of those with the world.
My plan for this blog is to expand and evolve the content to be not only my musings on all things Enterprise 2.0 but also a place for emerging E2.0 product reviews, as well as documenting emerging research in the Business Process Management field. This site is now something I have a personal stake in so will ensure that it maintains it’s relevance.

* Weekly activities and contribution to the community.
My intent with this site is to post at least several times/week comments or thoughts on articles that I think will be of interest to the wider community. I read widely and also take advantage of various Google alerts and RSS feeds to ensure I am feed the latest developments in this field. I now have an abundance of information to share…proving to sometimes be a challenge to find the time to digest & pass on.
I loosely follow a theme dependant upon the contributions of the wider community at that point in time, whether it be E2.0 success factors, adoption issues, organisational culture change etc.

Supporting this approach are my microblogs on my personal Twitter site as well as the Enterprise 2.0 community account I have created. Surprisingly, Ross Dawson requested to be a follower of this account within days of it’s creation – I wonder what his information retrieval strategy is?

* Appraisal of Web2.0 organisational strategies and solutions.
This is an ongoing piece of work and actually core to the purpose of this blog. As this site is all about Web 2.0 in an Organisational context, I endeavour to keep that as a common theme. As I come upon relevant articles or websites through my research, I will distribute those findings through this blog or one of my Twitter accounts.

To date I have commented on topics as diverse as Web 2.0 @ work, Using Enterprise 2.0 to support knowledge management, Enterprise 2.0 adoption strategies, Some success factors for Enterprise 2.0 and Accessing the knowledge of your Crowd.

In addition to this, my blog page summarising existing and emerging E2.0 platforms and applications will provide a concise point of reference for the community.

* Enterprise 2.0 Community engagement.
In an effort to engage and collaborate with practitioners as well as our own internal community, I have established and manage our Enterprise 2.0 community and a LinkedIn group called the Enterprise 2.0 Community. These two profiles have been well received and I am currently using them as a means of distributing information to a growing audience and again using this presence to link back to this blog and Digital Organisations and the New Enterprise: Enterprise 2.0.

In addition to the above, I also ensure I place relevant comments on blogs and web pages of interest and again am pleasantly surprised that I usually receive a prompt response. 🙂

As an aside, I’ve just been asked as a “key industry insider” to write an article contribution in the area of Web 2.0 for an online magazine – a bit chuffed at being asked so I think I will give it a shot!

* Leadership via the ability to contribute to the structure and format of the workshop activities, and the smooth running of the online community.
Evidenced by my contributions to the Web 2.0 Enterprise 2.0 links page, Using Web 2.0 tools for our community page and the Postgraduate pages.

I have also contributed to wiki discussions and posted links to resources of value to the community.

* Future direction of this blog
My intention for this blog is to have it evolve into a site that not only provides topical content on Enterprise 2.0 and my other professional interest of Business Process Management but also act as a review point for myself on what I have learnt on the way. Already I can see how my subject knowledge has grown beyond just being inquisitive to now being enquiring.

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Twitter is an RSS feed

August 25, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve only been using Twitter for a couple of months & admit initially I was dubious of it’s value beyond posting “what am I doing now”. At first I just appreciated the ability to gain insights into the lives of likeminded BPM & E2.0 professionals & the daily banter that goes to & fro.

What I wasn’t counting on was the value gained from the actual message contents, the links & references to articles and associated happenings in this space and the ability to search on #hashtags. The agility of this medium means that through my Twitter community I am served new content soon after it’s released to the web and before publication by the mainstream channels.

I now find that I review tweets more for relevant content than comments, an unexpected benefit 🙂

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Twitter musings…

August 19, 2009 5 comments

So, I have had a Twitter account now for a few months, mainly so I can follow and engage in conversations with BPM and Enterprise 2.0 professionals. After a cautious start, I must say that Twitter is a great tool for connecting with likeminded people as well as for keeping up to date on articles and websites of interest. I now regularly tap into the collective intelligence of my Twitter community to expand on my own subject knowledge. There is a wealth of information available in Twitter ready to be mined.

The use of this microblogging approach within an organisation using apps such as Yammer would have similar benefits but in an Enterprise context – virtual water cooler talk if you like. Might just have to run a trial at an Organisation I currently work with to see if this theory holds true…

Developing an Enterprise 2.0 Community

August 18, 2009 Leave a comment

As professionals, one of the challenges we face is keeping up to date with the latest innovations and approaches to Enterprise 2.0.

In an effort to build a Community and share experiences, I have created a LinkedIn group – Enterprise 2.0 Community and an Twitter account – Ent20Community.

In the spirit of collaboration and knowledge sharing, please feel free to signup to the above and contribute!

Making the most of TWITTER

August 7, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve just finished reading an article by Ritu titled 15 Useful Twitter Tools for Web Workers where he discusses how Twitter is top of the microblogging services due mainly to it’s third party applications.

I’m not sure that I have a use (yet) for most of these apps but can see a role for a couple like Tweet a file, WhosTalkin, TwitterJobSearch, TwitterFeed and Tweetdeck
I’ll check these out & will post my thoughts shortly.

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