Archive: July, 2011

Mechanistic and Organic Organizations

Mechanistic and Organic Organizations

Dualism of the mechanical and the organic is not new in western philosophical thought. In fact, it’s about 500 years old, tracing its roots back to Francis Bacon in the 1600′s. And as recently as 120 years ago, Emile Durkheim helped establish modern sociology using these concepts as central parts of his ideas and theories on the ties that bind people together.

Connected companies, complex systems, and social intranets

Connected companies, complex systems, and social intranets

One of the best parts of my job is the privilege of having conversations about the emerging field of social software, Enterprise 2.0, Social Business, the latest generation of Knowledge Management (or whatever you prefer to label the collection of people busy innovating away at the moment in this area) with some truly brilliant minds and kindred spirits.

Increasing Business Performance Through Social Software

Increasing Business Performance Through Social Software

The Deloitte Center for the Edge recently issued a paper, “Social Software for Business Performance” that covers how companies can leverage social software to improve business performance in the short-term and transform it in the long-term. It states that early adopters of social software have the potential for gaining financial benefits.

Forrester: Mobile Apps Driving Software Innovation and Changing Market

Forrester: Mobile Apps Driving Software Innovation and Changing Market

Forrester recently released a new report, Mobile App Internet Recasts The Software And Services Landscape: App Innovation On Phones Will Spread To Cars, Appliances And Entertainment by John C. McCarthy.

Business social networking: where’s the ROI?

Business social networking: where’s the ROI?

A recent article in Knowledge@Wharton asks if business-centric social networking is a “revolution” or a “ruse.” Since we’re inclined here at this site to pick the revolutionary option, it’s worth examining why some experts at UPenn’s Wharton School may be skeptical about its power to transform business.

Getting the Most from Your Collaboration Software

Getting the Most from Your Collaboration Software

Forrester recently issued a new report, The State Of Collaboration Software Implementations: 2011 by TJ Keitt with Matthew Brown and Joseph Dang. The report noted that while organizations are actively investing in collaboration tools to support their increasingly decentralized workforce, 62% of companies say that these tools still mainly benefit travel and corporate communications.

Someone Had to Ask: What’s the Difference Between Social Business and Enterprise 2.0?

Someone Had to Ask: What’s the Difference Between Social Business and Enterprise 2.0?

What exactly is the difference between “Social Business” and “Enterprise 2.0,” if there is one?
The question came up at in a Quora discussion, and asked again by Ross Dawson in one of his latest posts.

Is There an Ethical Quandary to Corporate Social Networking and Crowdsourcing?

Is There an Ethical Quandary to Corporate Social Networking and Crowdsourcing?

Is corporate social media ethical? Is there a “Tom Sawyer syndrome” at work in which people are suckered into doing work thinking that it’s something to be enjoyed?

The intranet – a single portal

The intranet – a single portal

It is widely known that an intranet service can be used to store documents and communicate. However, in recent years, the intranet has evolved to include many more features and benefits. With the evolution of technology, intranet software can now provide an organization with an array of management tools and process-specific applications.

5 Great Tools for Tracking Online Visitor Behavior

5 Great Tools for Tracking Online Visitor Behavior

Choosing a web visitor behavior tracking tool can be a bit overwhelming these days. The field is filled, many tools are confusing, and trying to get a bang for your buck can be tricky. As an assist, we trawled for 5 kick-butt solutions to set you on the path towards better customer experience management.

Open source CMS intranet

Open source CMS intranet

More than one-quarter of all organizations with an intranet use a CMS to power their intranet; most CMS solutions are commercial, brand name solutions.

The social intranet becomes reality

The social intranet becomes reality

Social media tools on the corporate intranet became mainstream nearly two years ago. Preliminary results from The Social Intranet Survey show that about two-thirds of organizations have at least one social media tool on their intranet.