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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Links on collaboration and more

"Increased Investment, More Implementations Expected for Enterprise Web 2.0 Technologies" by C G Lynch in CIO:

"A Forrester report released this week predicts more enterprises will adopt Web 2.0 technologies such as blogs, wikis, RSS and social networking tools. The report attributes the increased interest to IT workers who have found uses for the technologies themselves, and the realization by executives that barring these technologies from the workplace hampers their employees' ability to collaborate."

"BT Intranet strategy" by Richard Dennison on the blog "Inside out - A view from deep inside the intestines of a global company" (read the full post to learn a learn a little about the BT Intranet strategy):

"We’ve made a big effort in the last year to ensure our intranet strategy is very closely aligned with BT’s overall business strategy. We looked at the work in this area of the Intranet Benchmarking Forum, and then crafted a set of short-term objectives (1-2 year) and a set of medium term objectives (3-5 year). "
Forrester recently published the report “Getting Real Work Done In Virtual Worlds” which according to the executive summary analyzes how virtual worlds like Second Life can be used as business tools:

"...within five years, the 3-D Internet will be as important for work as the Web is today. Information and knowledge management professionals should begin to investigate and experiment with virtual worlds. Use them to try to replicate the experience of working physically alongside others; allow people to work with and share digital 3-D models of physical or theoretical objects; and make remote training and counselling more realistic by incorporating nonverbal communication into same-time, different-place interactions."

Survey: no SOA ‘fiascos’ out there, so far” by Joe McKendrick:
“In fact, the survey, commissioned by SOA vendor AmberPoint and based on responses from 330 companies, finds more than 98% of the respondents with SOA in production rate their SOA implementations as “successful” to some degree.” “Thirty-eight percent said their projects were completely successful, and 60% described their projects as “partially” successful.”

“In fact, of those who have deployed SOA applications, only 1.5% report that their resulting systems were ‘not successful.’ None, zero, reported that their SOA effort resulted in a total ‘fiasco.’”

The greatest challenge to SOA? Lack of SOA expertise, cited by 68% of the respondents. This tells us that even if SOA-related budgets were cut and scaled back, we’re unlikely to see cuts in staffing. Only 21% were concerned about the costs of SOA, anyway”

Think People not roles when driving change” by Steve Jones:

“This is critical in SOA when you are looking at assigning people into any form of new approach to delivery or business change. Success will be driven by specific people, not by specific roles. Too often there is the perception of equivalence where none exists just because a title or role is the same…//…So plan to succeed with the people you have, and if they don't cut it this means you need different people. Don't hide behind role definitions and complain that people didn't meet them”

Collaboration's resurgence” by Shawn at Anecdote:
“Everywhere I turn recently and I hear people talking about the need to collaborate as if the idea was new. Why has collaboration become the capability organisations must have? And why now?...//…Collaboration is important more than ever because of the nature of the world we live in. The problem, however, is that we not taught collaboration in organisations. It happens through necessity and success is mostly by chance and experience. Organisations wishing to develop a collaboration capability more systematically will need to thinking clearly about the process of collaboration and how they can support that process.”

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