Will Social Business Blow the Top off Enterprise 2.0?

The current trend in Enterprise 2.0 is moving from merely copying features of popular Social Networking web sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others to capturing the essence of what these platforms are about.  Essence is the attribute or set of attributes that make an object or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity.  The early days of Enterprise 2.0 was all about destroying information silos by facilitating communication and collaboration across departments within the Enterprise with Social Networking tools like blogs and wikis.  The mature version of Enterprise 2.0 still recognizes the value of using these type of tools to achieve business objectives within the organization.

The next transformational step in Enterprise 2.0 is Social Business.  This will connect and empower customers & partners with organizations to enable crowdsoucing and collaboration for improving innovation and service beyond imagination.  This paradigm shift in Enterprise 2.0 will also prepare organizations for the federated space which will leverage the efforts of others to support cost effective collaboration that goes beyond cloud computing.  This also applies to Government 2.0 where we will soon see efforts shift from reinventing the “platform wheel” to creating apps and widgets that can be shared across agencies and organizations. This new infrastructure will continue to lower the cost of doing business and increase the focus on people and relationships.

Is The Enterprise Really Transforming Into A Social Business?

Rawn Shah shared a great article on Forbes about this idea of Enterprise transforming into a Social Business.  You can read the full article here.

Enterprise 2.0: Organizational Change & People Challenges

This is a nice summary of the E 2.0 Summit 2010 that captures the following points about current trends in Enterprise 2.0.  You can learn more about this at the 21st Century Organization blog here.

  • Enterprise 2.0 is a Management Model
  • Enterprise 2.0 is about People
  • Next Practice Cases, Companies and Innovators
  • Research Reveals Enterprise 2.0 Work in Progress
  • No Room for “Wars”
  • And, Both and Next
  • New Organizational Models Emerging

Social Web Coverage of Enterprise 2.0 Summit 2010

Jim Worth and Friends are doing and outstanding job of collecting and sharing information about Enterprise 2.0.  You can find a huge collection of presentations, videos, and ideas about Enterprise 2.0 here.

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2011

Gartner, Inc. highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2011.

  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobile Applications and Media Tablets
  • Social Communications and Collaboration
  • Video
  • Next Generation Analytics
  • Social Analytics
  • Context-Aware Computing
  • Storage Class Memory
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Fabric-Based Infrastructure and Computers
Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt. Learn more here.

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