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Why My Sites is NOT Facebook for the Enterprise

No one can deny that Facebook is not only a great social platform that has changed how we interact in our personal lives, by enabling applications and games to be truly engaging and collaborative in new ways. And with access to the activity stream,  applications are given a powerful viral marketing mechanism that  radically lowers the cost of adoption. In addition, Facebook has ridden  the wave of radically reduced cost models for software hosting and Web 2.0 user experience by leveraging the web standards and innovations in  the cloud such as Amazon Web Services and Google App Engine.

It’s  tempting to say that all companies need to do is bolt on a new “corporate Facebook” offering to make them current to users. But this ignores the challenges that enterprises face: huge  challenges like security, governance, application integration and  privacy. And it ignores that these solutions need to scale beyond small  work groups to cut across a company’s entire ecosystem, including  employees, customers, partners, vendors and the social web.  But most  of all, it ignores the fact that the way people are doing work is changing and they need new, fundamentally different customized tools to support  them.

Taking concepts like the activity  stream, microblogging, groups tagging and sharing, My Sites have has met the problem head on, by taking the most popular  aspects of consumer social networking and combined them with traditional  enterprise collaboration and controls to make a powerful tool to get work done.

What some corporates, particularly large ones, miss out by ignoring My Sites is the ability to ignite the next wave of  innovation from its employees.

It’s not what you expected employee 34323 to complete last week which is important, but what you did not expect him to complete that is just as important.

The My Sites functions are designed to meet the needs of IT, who will be able to control the  distribution, content, as well as empower the user to feel the Facebook experience.

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Year in 2009 on SlideShare

Had an email today from the powerpoint web site Slideshare

In 2009, you uploaded 11 presentations and got:
505.27 average views per presentation
4 favorites

My most popular presentation was The True Power Of Share Point Designer For Workflows

Interesting stats on some of my presentations that are on line.

Not sure if any of this lead to any business!!!

Is this marketing web 2.0!!!

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The comeback of frames

One of the web trends I’ve noticed over the past couple of months is that framing on web pages is making a comeback.

Digg and Google images.

This is usually used when framing links to other sites, something that has become popular in recent years.

A lot of developers hate frames as it restricts their ability to put multiple content sources on a page.

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Intranet statistics

So your employees want an intranet?????? Yeah right.

Statistics, findings and highlights from the Intranet Insider World Tour in New York City (April 17, 2009).

· 80% believe intranet navigation needs improvement
· 50% don’t actually use their intranet on a daily basis
· 50% find search ineffective

Employees use on the intranet:
· employee phone directory
· cafeteria menu
· expense report
· pay stub

Employees use outside of work:
· 75% use Facebook
· 75% use LinkedIn
· 45% use YouTube
· 35% use Wikis
· 32% use Blogs

Intranet 2.0 used at work:

· Collaboration 34%
· Blogs 31%
· Customization 31%

What technologies are powering the intranet 2.0?

· 75% have SharePoint
· 3% have Notes Connections
· 14% have other

Intranet 2.0 Global Survey

· 42% have intranet blogs (10% enterprise deployment); 10% have no plans or interest
· 47% have intranet wikis (16% enterprise deployment); 10% have no plans or interest
· 23% have intranet podcasts (5% enterprise deployment); 29% have no plans or interest
· 15% have intranet social networking (5% enterprise use); 21% have no plans or interest
· 20% have intranet content tagging (9% enterprise use); 23% have no plans or interest
· 35% have intranet RSS (12% enterprise use); 11% have no plans or interest
· 15% have intranet social networking (5% enterprise use); 21% have no plans or interest
· 48% have intranet discussion forums (19% enterprise use); 9% have no plans or interest
· 49% have intranet instant messaging (29% enterprise use); 18% have no plans or interest
· 7% have intranet mashups (4% enterprise use); 43% have no plans or interest
· 47% of organizations using SharePoint for Intranet 2.0 tools

Intranet ROI – cost savings attributed to IKEA intranet

· Paper cost savings = $192,000
· Streamlining processes / Self-serve travel process saves $4,590
· Modernizing communication technologies video conf to WebEx = $90,000
· Self-service hr = $219,000

Con Edison intranet survey

· 3054 completed surveys (55% management; 45% union)
· 90% say company communications are somewhat or very helpful/informative
· Preferred communications channels are:
1. email
2. intranet
3. elevator screens
4. hard copy (print)
· 54% have seen CE eye (employee video channel; employee stories are most popular)
· Most popular video: “To Catch a Thief in Brooklyn!” (documenting how a Con Edison nabbed a cable thief in a Brooklyn sewer – including a physical wrestle, chase & scuffle!)

How a company treats its employees is tantamount in influencing the level of trust amongst its customers.

When you think of good and responsible companies how important is each of the following factors to the overall reputation of the company? (4475 people – 25-64 years of age)

· Offers high quality products & services – 94%
· Is a company that treats its employees well – 93%

5 Trends for Intranet Innovation:
· Attention Management – separating signal from noise
· Openess – cultivating transparency, sharing, and flatness
· Networks of Knowledge – graphing known and unknown connections
· Ecosystem Efficiency – orienting around business processes
· Back is the New Front (Office) – data and infrastructure drives innovation

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Google launches internet browser

Google is launching an open source web browser to compete with Explorer and Firefox.

The browser is designed to be lightweight and fast, and to cope with the next generation of web applications that rely on graphics and multimedia. Called Chrome, it will launch as a beta for Windows machines in 100 countries, with Mac and Linux versions to come.

I suppose Google is playing the Microsoft game of integrating this with its other suite of web apps, such as Documents, Picasa and Maps which offer functionality that is beginning to replace offline software.

In a previous post, ‘Stats on my blog’, I was surprised that Firefox was 20%.

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Project Management 2.0 with SharePoint

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Software names get fancy

Today I discovered a web content management system called Hot Banana
Software now have working titles:

-Windows Mobile 6? (working title Crossbow)
-Windows server 2008 – Longhorn
-The K2 workflow product is called (White pearl)

So software like movies now has a working title and fancy names.

I suppose, dropping vowels is cool these days too- . Flickr.

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SharePoint Community Kit Version 2.0 now out

SharePoint Community Kit Version 2.0, now includes better blogging, wiki, and AJAX development features (details here.) Microsoft also has an internal effort to build and adopt more social computing tools, including a wiki-style resource for information on the SharePoint platform.

click here

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Obama Web 2.0 yeah…right

I’ve made a few posting on the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on the 2008 election, but this wasn’t what I really had in mind.Over a million views on you tube.

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Business 2.0: 50 People who matter

Business 2.0: 50 People who matter.

Interesting is that Ray Ozzie- CTO of Microsoft aurgubly the biggest software company in the whole world, is only listed at 10.

While Marc Benioff (CEO, is listed at 11 and Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake (Co-founders, Flickr) is listed at 13.

Do salesforce and Flickr really matter that much?

Gates is listed at 21

Not sure how these figures are compiled.

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