XWiki

October 13, 2009

There has been a lot of discussion across this subject’s blogs regarding the use of internal wikis for businesses. During my researching (see: Google) I have come across a wiki platform known as XWiki. “XWiki is a young innovative enterprise created in 2004 and was visionary in the use of wikis. Either you are an enterprise or a community, our professional solutions will answer to your every collaboration need. With thousands of enterprises using our products, XWiki is the leader of collaborative Open Source solutions for enterprises.“[1] Essentially XWiki tout themselves as the leaders in collaborative Open-Source solutions for enterprises.

They currently provide software solutions for creating and managing different types of wikis…

wikis

There are many benefits when using Open-Source software, and I’m impressed to see people taking the initiative to produce Enterprise class Web 2.0 solutions that are community supported and driven.

[1] CubeTree – Accessed 13/10/09:
http://www.xwiki.com/xwiki/bin/view/About/

~Sam

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CubeTree

October 6, 2009

Throughout my blogs I’ve discussed the use of social networking applications within the scope of Enterprise 2.0. Today I stumbled upon CubeTree. But what is CubeTree?…”CubeTree is a free enterprise collaboration suite that delivers social networking features like profiles and microblogging and built-in collaboration tools“[1]

CubeTree’s hosted collaborations aims to help companies create internal social networks within their company or organisation. Users are able to create profiles, blog, produce comprehensive tag clouds to activity feeds, have discussions and create polls. A company’s CubeTree network is completely private and comes with access to enterprise-ready security and administration features. Overall, the applications aims to help employees collaborate better whilst encouraging and fostering a sense of community.

Have a watch of the video below for an great summary of what CubeTree is and how it can benefit businesses:

[1] CubeTree – Accessed 05/10/09:
http://www.cubetree.com/

:D

September 26, 2009

For something a bit different, here’s a satirical look on Enterprise 2.0….



~Sam

As with all forms of IT implementations, an Enterprise 2.0 adoption has its inherent benefits and issues. A lot of this subject is based around the potential benefits of Enterprise 2.0, so I thought I’d do a little more reading into issues and problems that may arise during an implementation.

One of the main issues that kept appearing was that of fear of change from the employees of businesses looking to incorporate E2.0 tools into their everyday operations. You may also find that specific personality types will be inclined to reject an E.20 adoption due to the fact that it encourages open knowledge and collaboration. This problem mainly relates to the type of people that are not open to the idea of equal importance of employees across an organisation.

There is large concern regarding privacy (both personal and corporate) issues when using Web 2.0 applications. Most people have become familiar with email and telephone conversations,both of which are private between the parties involved. With Web 2.0 tools like social networking applications, forums and wikis, users openly post their ideas and opinion so that they can be seen by the public. This sharing of knowledge may be intimidating for people who prefer privacy and directness when liaising with other employees.

A Forrester study which has been used earlier in my blog postings reveal that “90% of surveyed IT professionals and security decision makers reported that they are at the least “very concerned” about related threats and may have made the leap into these technologies without thinking about the security consequences“[1]

An excellent article can be found here (http://crmweblog.crmmastery.com/2009/03/5-key-it-issues-for-successful-enterprise-20-implementations/) that discusses the IT implications that must be considered before setting out on an Enterprise 2.0 implementation within a company.

[1] SAAStream, Enterprise 2.0 – Accessed 24/09/09:
http://www.saastream.com/my_weblog/2008/02/enterprise-20-f.html

[2] CRM Mastery, 5 Key IT Issues  – Accessed 24/09/09:
http://crmweblog.crmmastery.com/2009/03/5-key-it-issues-for-successful-enterprise-20-implementations/

~Sam

Google Wave

September 16, 2009

What is Google Wave I hear you ask? As Google describes it, “Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation
and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.
“[1]

Google seem to have summed up the application pretty nicely. Essentially, Google Wave is a free online “cloud-computing” application that allows multiple users to collaborate and communicate through the use multiple mediums all in real-time. I am currently involved in a group assignment for another university subject, and we as a group have decided to try out Google Wave over Google Docs for our collaboration platform. Thus far I’ve been very impressed with how well it works (apart from the occasional time-out or runtime error, but at least Google provide witty and funny error messages!). Because the application update in real-time, it is a very useful tool to use when multiple people are required to work on the same document at the same time. The application itself is currently in beta testing, and I highly encourage anyone that receives and invite to check it out!

[1] Google, Google Wave – Accessed 13/09/09:
http://wave.google.com/help/wave/about.html

~Sam

What is a wave?

A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.

A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.

Global Brandings

September 8, 2009

Through reading other student’s Enterprise blogs I managed to come across a few very interest links this week. One in particular that caught my eye was a ranking of the “best global brands”, a list of which can be found here: http://www.interbrand.com/best_global_brands.aspx?year=2009&langid=1000

Shown below are the top for “best” Brands in 2009 and their estimated value:

topbrands

The interesting aspect of this data is that through a quick Google search it can be determined that all top 5 companies utilise some form of Web 2.0/Enterprise 2.0 applications or practices within the workplace. This is a clear indication that the use of such technologies is become more widely adopting, even by some of the world’s largest companies and organisations.

[1] Interbrand, Best Global Brands – Accessed 07/09/09:
http://www.interbrand.com/best_global_brands.aspx?year=2009&langid=1000

[2] Information Age, Coco Cola Web 2.0 – Accessed 08/09/09:
http://www.information-age.com/research/650226/coca-cola.thtml

[3] IBM, Leader in Web 2.0 – Accessed 08/09/09:
http://www-01.ibm.com/software/au/web20/

[4] IBM, Implementing Enterprise 2.0 – Accessed 08/09/09:
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/web/library/wa-enterprise20/

[5] Innovation Creators, Inside Microsoft’s Enterprise 2.0 Battle Plan – Accessed 08/09/09:
http://innovationcreators.com/wp/?p=203

[6] Duperrin, GE, enterprise 2.0 since….1989 – Accessed 08/09/09:
http://www.duperrin.com/english/2009/10/13/ge-enterprise-2-0-since-1989/

~Sam

Data collected for the first third of the 2009 has shown that a 1/3 to 1/2 of businesses are currently [or plan to] utilising Enterprise 2.0 tools and practices in the workplace. As we’ve come to learn over the Semester, some of these tools may include wikis, blogs, communication applications and social networking platforms. According to a recent Forrester report, “In 2009, nearly one in two businesses will make use of enterprise 2.0 software…“[2]

Another interesting statistic is that “at least 50 percent of organizations will use wikis as important work collaboration toos in 2009“[1]. As this units aims to teach us, its become more and more evident that Enterprise 2.0 implementations are become more popular and widely accepted. These staggering statistics reflect the increasing spread of an Enterprise 2.0 adoption.

[1] ZDNet, The Year of E2.0  – Accessed 04/09/09:
http://blogs.zdnet.com/Hinchcliffe/?p=382

[2] Forrester  – Accessed 04/09/09:
http://www.forrester.com/Research/Document/Excerpt/0,7211,54277,00.html

~Sam