From concept to realisation – Deloitte Leadership Acamdey

So work has launched it’s Leadership Academy which is effectively “a unique online learning management and networking solution that develops the management and leadership skills of Senior Executives and connects them within a community of business leaders”. I was a part of the early stages of requirements gathering and vendor selection and found the process quite enjoyable – right up my alley. In true web 2.0 way,  I did a landscape analysis and found (not surprisingly) Atlassian’s Confluence to be the best platform.

I like seeing my work actually drive a concept and realise it into something material – great job!

TEOT and Enterprise 2.0 @ Podtech

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Newest in Plain English: Google Docs

Professional Services and Collaborative Software = CapGemini and Google

Finally, a professional services firm has made the decision to begin deploying light weight, GTD Google software – CapGemini.

“CapGemini, who control a million or so enterprise desktops and are one of the largest IT consulting businesses, will offer Google Apps to its clients. Google Apps include services such as email, calendar, word processing and spreedsheets.”

Interestingly, CapGemini’s slogan/catch cry is “Collaborative Busines Experience”. Let’s see how they can get around the security issues.

Social Networking, Collaboration, Innovation and Sustainability – ALL IN ONE!

At work we have a portal that is called Innnovation Zone. In summary, it’s basically a place where ANY employee can post up an idea, where it be something that can generate business or just as a method to improve operational effectiveness. Many businesses have these, a list of which can be found here, where these businesses talk about success (and sometimes not so successful) implementations. I’ve been using “The Zone” quite frequently putting up some general ideas about where we can go as a buiness. In particular, a few weeks ago we had “Sustainability Week”, where there were Innovation Cafes (tables of people working on specific questions, every 10 minutes we change tables to either present your answers or improve existing ones) and the aim of these cafes was to generate as many opportunities possible for the business to improve both operationally and as means to develop some new ‘go to market’ ideas.

So I put down more than a few sustainability ideas, one in particular about carbon offsetting. So what? Well, I got this email last week from someone in our Papua New Guinea office saying that they had similar ideas and whether or not i’d like to develop a joint approach! Talk about collaboration! What’s amazing about this is that in a big business like mine, we often forget how networked it can become – crossing all boundaries. Even more interesting is how this person had direct contact with Tim Flannery and was actively working with him.

Now if this isn’t an example of innovation, collaboration and network capabilities I don’t know what is! As ‘Charlie’ said, “If people don’t know what you can do, why would they ask you to do it? ADVERTISE YOURSELF”. It’s really great to see my employer embracing social networking, but there is still a lot more to be done.

Collaborating about Collaboration

So I was sitting at the client site minding my own business and doing some work. A guy I sit across from (whom I’ve never spoken to before – also from a professional services firm) had permanent employee come up to to him and say ‘I want to manage my emails, archiving things from the same topic, from the same people, all that kind of stuff’. So I wanted to open my mouth and say ‘uh – email isn’t version control’ but I bit my lip and decided to listen. Turns out that these two guys are working in Architecture, and are looking at ‘collaboration’ (this is seriously becoming a buzz word) and how their business can leverage a Information Management plan that was developed. Vignette, Sharepoint, Documentum, all these big shops were being thrown around. ‘Manage our files in spaces and start collaborating’.

I left them talking and when the permie left I decided to talk to him about what he thinks about collaboration (ironic how we’d never spoken to each other in the 4 weeks I’ve been there, but we start discussing collabration ;). I started asking him questions about Enterprise 2.0 technologies, a simple thing like a blog and RSS feeds. He had never heard of these things before. A few things that I had taken out from today’s meeting?
1. Architecture and Collaboration are really related! This is the second client I’d been to where collaboration was being managed by Architecture
2. How known is Enterprise 2.0? Is there a reason why professional services firms are consulting on areas where this technology is SUPPOSED to be in?
3. The cultural shift for employees and enterprise 2.0 is pretty big – people need to shift their mindset from reacting to email to being proactive in a ‘space’

Point 3 is an observation that I made from this client. Very old school IT shop – I’d only envisage business units to really embrace this technology if they had undergone an effective change management plan.