Web 2.0 for the Enterprise – Webinar

I’ve just come out of the Web 2.0 for the Enterprise webinar, hosted by Dan Farber, vice-president of editorial at CNET Networks and editor in chief of ZDNet.

The speaker line up consisted of G. Oliver Young of Forrester Research and industry leader Dion Hinchcliffe, CEO of Hinchcliffe and Company.

The first thing that struck me was just how good Webex is. I haven’t used Webex in a while, and they really have it nailed. It was a faultless technical experience with multiple presenters, slides, audio, Q&A and feedback. I really will have to switch back to recommending Webex.

I don’t attend many webinars, but I really wanted to hear Dion speak on the subject, and I wasn’t disappointed. Whilst the subject matter was entry level, probably aimed at IT mangers as more of a briefing, Dion stood out with his depth of knowledge and quick turn around on the Q&A.

I should be receiving the slide decks shortly, however here are my personal highlights.

G. Oliver Young covered/highlited:

  • An example of crowd sourcing suitable internal RSS feeds at a law firm
  • The SalesForce People Map – something I must check out
  • Hurdles for the adoption of Web 2.0 within the enterprise (security and compliance)
  • 57% of IT managers (from a 200 person survey) are deploying Web 2.0 tools internally facing (as opposed to customer facing)
  • Half of all online consumers partake in at least one Web 2.0 activity
  • IT managers are in denial about the fact their users are implementing grass routes Web 2.0

Dion Hinchcliffe covered/highlited:

  • Euan Semple’s ‘The 100% guaranteed easiest way to do Enterprise 2.0
  • Other ways to foster Web 2.0
  • The fact that Web 2.0/social software evangelists are crucial to creating high adoption rates for any implementation
  • The appointment of a ‘Head of Innovation’ role to research and recommend ways of adopting new technology trends is a good strategy
  • Traditional vs agile deployment of rolling out emergent platforms (go for agile!)

I posted the following question to the panel at the end of the webinar: “What are your views/experiences with SharePoint and is SharePoint the answer to Enterprise 2.0 for global blue chips?” Whilst the question was not specifically addressed they did say the open source alternatives offer very good cross integration and Microsoft do not have all the answers. I was happy with that.

4 thoughts on “Web 2.0 for the Enterprise – Webinar

  1. slgavin Post author

    Yes, SharePoint is a tricky one. I have been holding myself back from posting about it until I have more examples of successful implementation. Hopefully I will get a chance to see what Allen & Overy have done with their SharePoint deployment very soon. I do know they use MovableType as the blog platform with SharePoint as the back end…..

  2. slgavin Post author

    Thanks Euan and that’s a great post, I especially like the Milton Keynes part! I’ve asked someone who uses SharePoint everyday to run a ‘how to love SharePoint’ session, so I can see just what it is they are seeing…

    I’ve met a few of the Headshift guys so will get in touch – thanks again.

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