Posted by Susan Scrupski on February 19, 2008
It was the bus ride home from the analyst/blogger dinner that pulled this gargantuan Search Lovefest together for me. I sat next to an American product manager who lives in Oslo (FAST’s headquarters) who said, “Without search, there is no web 2.0.” I thought about that and realized, maybe he’s right. Even in Enterprise 2.0, “S” is the first letter in McAfee’s mnemonic, SLATES. The connection between the pricey marketing extravaganza FAST is putting on here and (what most of us know and write about) Enterprise 2.0 had not been clear to me until that bus ride.
Last night, Andrew McAfee kicked off the festivities and our man Don (Tapscott) did a great job presenting the Wikinomics story. Sandy Kemsley is here and she blogged the informational piece of both keynotes last night. What stood out for me was McAfee’s claim, “I haven’t seen a deal killer yet.” By this he meant, there hasn’t been a single instance of profound Enterprise 2.0 failure in the companies he’s talked to over the year. But he did highlight that although executives are fairly familiar with the phenomenon, the larger question is now, “How do you do this, rather than the why and the what.” McAfee also talked about providing soft incentives for adoption, such as including collaboration in performance reviews and employee evaluations. At first I thought that was interesting, but before I could mull it over too long, I realized that thinking really flies in the face of everything that is 2.0 for the enterprise. It’s imposing structure on something that is supposed to be freeform and emergent. My impression of these tools is that they ARE easy to use, ARE a major leap forward, DO encourage innovation and collaboration, and WILL spread virally thoughout an organization once users get a taste of them.
Regarding FAST, I’m still a little uncertain what specific knowledge of Enterprise 2.0 the 1200 folks who are here have, but it’s a wonderful introduction for them. FAST has really put together a world-class customer/partner event. It’s similar to what I would expect from a Microsoft or an SAP. The photo to the left is of a sort of performance art routine that kicked-off the theme of the conference: The User Revolution.
I find myself wondering about users in departmental silos. Is it simply a matter of awareness that they’re not gravitating on their own toward Enterprise 2.0 tools? Judging from all we’ve heard about the next generation influx of GenXers, Yers, and Millenials who will be flooding the market, it seems to me, it is only a matter of time.
The FAST bloggers are doing a terrific job of reporting on the leading speakers that spoke today including John Hagel, David Weinberger, and Mr. Enterprise 2.0- downer himself, Tom Davenport. Check out the FAST blog for all the copious reporting. I will say on Davenport’s behalf, he stands on pretty firm ground when he talks about Business Analytics. He succeeds where the Enterprise 2.0 community has failed (with any convincing success) and that is to produce business and game-changing case studies of measurable business improvement. Maybe the case studies are out there, but they have not yet emerged. I’m on the hunt for them.
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Posted by Susan Scrupski on February 13, 2008
Jevon MacDonald and I have been chatting about thought leadership on Enterprise 2.0. The “un-market” is nearly 2 years old and several new voices have emerged. Niall Cook, who is now the Worldwide Director of Marketing Technology at Hill & Knowlton and an early member of the community with the social bookmarking company he founded, Cogenz, has put together an impressive list of leading voices. Niall is also waiting any day now for the proof/review copies of his upcoming Enterprise 2.0 book which should be in print by June. I’m very much looking forward to reading Niall’s work.
I’m re-posting Niall’s “Enterprise 2.0 Oscars” in its entirety for your review:
The Enterprise 2.0 Oscars
Jevon MacDonald asks who the Enterprise 2.0 leaders are on the FASTForward blog:
Who are the up and coming stars and who are the blowhards? Who are the hidden gems and who do you think has it all wrong? Who is out there doing the hard work and not getting any credit?
I’ve already made one rather flippant comment, but on a more serious note here’s a list of all those I came across during the course of researching and writing my book who I consider to be the leaders, and why.
The Enterprise 2.0 Oscar Nominations (without the writers’ strike) are…
The Clairvoyance Award (for seeing what’s next)
The Deja Vu Award (for seeing it all years ago)
The Plain English Award (for explaining Enterprise 2.0)
The Innovators Award (for leading by example)
- René Bonvanie for using Facebook as Serena Software’s intranet
- Keely Flint for BUPA’s use of social bookmarking for knowledge management
- Ludovic Fourrage for Microsoft’s internal YouTube-esque service
- Rich Manalang for building Oracle’s IdeaFactory in 24 hours
- Euan Semple for the BBC’s talk.gateway
- Nathan Wallace for replacing Janssen-Cilag’s intranet with a wiki
The Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Award (for making business leaders consider Enterprise 2.0 seriously)
- Marthin de Beer, Cisco Systems
- Dennis Moore, SAP
- Thomas Vander Wal, InfoCloud Solutions
The Voice of Reason Award (for bringing everyone back down to earth)
The Direct to Consumer Award (for bypassing the IT department)
- Ross Mayfield for identifying the ‘enterprise target with consumer approach’
- Peter Sondergaard for highlighting the trend in consumerisation of IT
- Ben Worthen for exposing the ’shadow’ IT department
The Just Do It Award (for practical approaches to getting started)
And the winners are…?
If you have new voices to add to this list, please comment on Niall’s
‘s blogs, so we can keep the suggestions somewhat orderly. 🙂
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Posted by Susan Scrupski on February 10, 2008
Most of us get a lot out of blogging, micro-blogging, and various other collaboration platforms we engage in, but there really is no good substitute yet for getting together “in carbon” as they say. There are excellent opportunities coming up to do this over the next few months in the Enterprise 2.0 space.
The first conference worth mentioning is FAST’s second annual conference. The conference is next week in Orlando. Over 1000 attendees will swarm the Shingle Creek Resort to hear the latest on how Enterprise 2.0 is making its way into the enterprise. The conference is next week, so if you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late. I hear from Francois Gossieaux that in addition to the sessions and keynotes, which would be enough reason to go, there are numerous satellite activities scheduled around the clock, including cocktail parties and various events. I will definitely be there. Most of the FAST Forward bloggers will be there, as well. The FAST blog has really contributed significantly to the discussion on Enterprise 2.0. It was prescient on FAST’s part to establish a thought leadership platform so early on. Now, soon to be a part of the Microsoft family, FAST is looking quite fashionable and forward-thinking. Last year’s event was a huge success. I expect similar results from this one.
If you’re in Europe, or want to consider a spring European get-away… You should check out the Enterprise 2.0 Summit to be held in on the CeBIT Fairground in Hannover, Germany in March. This conference looks really interesting to me, as I’ve been tracking with some of the discussions on the group’s Facebook group page.
The next conference in the e2.0 space is the second annual Enterprise 2.0 Conference which will again be held in Boston in June. CMP runs this conference and it is shaping up to be rich with content and attendee interest. I’m on the advisory board for this conference. We are discussing various keynotes and directions to take strategically with the theme. So much has transpired this year, it’s hard to narrow down the choices. I’m responsible for five different roundtable panels: enterprise mash-ups, social media, social computing platforms, micro-blogging and emergent platforms, and social networking. I’m making progress on gaining commitments from various leaders in the space and celeb bloggers who can moderate the panels. I’ll be posting more on this, as schedules firm up. Steve Wylie has initiated an interesting user-generated approach to general assembly sessions. Attendees can vote on the sessions they’re interested in. There is also a Facebook group for this conference too.
In early September, we’ll return once again to San Francisco for the 3rd annual Office 2.0 Conference. I’m responsible for the Enterprise 2.0 track, so I will be busy trying to bring you something new that you haven’t seen in the other conferences. This year, once again, my focus will be to highlight case studies and on-the-ground Enterprise 2.0 projects and trials in production. Much more on all this, as the year progresses. Ismael Ghalimi has been busy building his prototype device for this conference. You can track with Ismael’s progress on the IT|Redux blog.
There may be some e2.0-specific events I’ve left out between now and September, so please feel free to add them in the comments. Hope to see you in carbon, real soon.
Update: If you happen to be down under, Ross Dawson’s Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum to be held February 19 in Sydney looks well worth attending. Participants have started a blog that’s worth reading too.
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