Archives For August 2009

10 Enterprise 2.0 Sites that Everyone Should Keep an Eye On.

It’s very difficult to keep up with news media, blogs and your Twitter followers.  Too many posts, too little time, too much noise.

Some Enterprise 2.0 blogs matter to me more than others.  Some are merely fun, some educational, and some provincial.  Others are just visionary and thought provoking .

So here is the list (not in any particular order).  Feel free to tell them I sent you. 

Based on the list of E2.0 blogs in this post, I’d say my definition of ‘E2.0’ differs from that of the authors.

For me, E2.0 has always referred to the technologies and practices of using social media tools to improve the knowledge management, productivity and innovation among employees. There’s no outward facing aspect of E2.0.

A number of the blogs listed started out as Web2.0 blogs, focusing on the consumer side of the house. It only makes sense, though, that these two areas have an overlap.

My definition probably has to evolve to include externally facing tools/applications/processes. However, I still think the focus of E2.0 is about improvements internal to a company.


Absolutely agree with this approach. I was sitting in an EA presentation the other day discussing e2.0 technologies thinking that we had to change our approach or none of our E2.0 efforts will come to fruition.

I am not an architect, but common sense tells me that most EA’s in place today were developed to address the technologies and design of businesses in years past. We’re moving on from there pushing information to the edge and EA’s have to shift with the times.

I love this line in the Gartner article Hihchlcliffe links to: “The first key characteristic of the emergent approach is best summarised as ‘architect the lines, not the boxes”.

Beautifully simplistic. Sums up the whole approach in one line.

Here’s the rest of that paragraph (it’s so spot on): which means managing the connections between different parts of the business rather than the actual parts of the business themselves,” said Bruce Robertson, research vice president at Gartner. “The second key characteristic is that it models all relationships as interactions via some set of interfaces, which can be completely informal and manual – for example, sending handwritten invitations to a party via postal letters – to highly formal and automated, such as credit-card transactions across the Visa network.”

EA’s have to adapt so the businesses can move fast. I’m seeing demand from the business side of the house outstrip our (IT) ability to act. I think we may face two outcomes if we can’t enable business with the lines vs. boxes approach:
1. Business will lose its competitive edge
2. Business will seek agility and flexibility on its own bypassing IT.


August 8, 2009 — Leave a comment

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Reminds me of how we had to cite our sources for academic papers; we had to provide much more than just a link. We basically had a meta-data model that we had to follow. It was a formal practice and there were severe penalties for not citing appropriately.

Why not use a similar model in this case? Something that’s transferable with the link or the original article? Wikipedia does this with it’s ‘references’ section.

Seems to me the type of blogger described in this story needs the traditional journalist archetype to survive. If not, the blogger’s job becomes much harder.

Tweaking multiple email account options.

Very interesting move by the FCC. I personally don’t like what Apple is doing with the App store and Google Voice, but they can do what they want. If it turns out to be a bad move the market will let them know.