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Enterprise Collaboration-Other Considerations

April 7, 2010

Final blog in this series focuses on other considerations that you might want to look at for a successful implementation of enterprise collaboration.

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Enterprise Collaboration-Privacy and Security

April 6, 2010

An important part of any IT project is Privacy and security. In this blog, I take a look at some of those options from an enterprise collaboration perspective.

Enterprise Collaboration- Tools

April 5, 2010

Now that we have talked about Vision and Process behind Enterprise Collaboration, I wanted to touch on the tools that could be used for successful implementation.

Enterprise Collaboration- Process

April 4, 2010

We talked earlier about the Enterprise Collaboration Vision. Now I want to talk about the process involved in making it a reality.

Enterprise Collaboration-Vision

April 4, 2010

In this blog I wanted to share some of my views with you all regarding Enterprise Collaboration. This blog focuses primarily on Vision for Enterprise Collaboration but the following blogs would talk about Process, Tools, Privacy and Security and Other Considerations.

All relationships are “Personal”

January 11, 2010

Many times, we like to think that it’s better to separate the business and personal relationships. In my view, I like to keep all relationships personal (keep in mind varied degrees of being personal). My analysis here is focused on work relationships and here are my thoughts:

  1. In general, we like people better at work when we have things in common with. Many people underestimate the value of small talk which might lead us to like each other as people.
  2. In terms of team work, personally liking your team members is a big boost to productivity.
  3. The act of “Care” is crucial in building trust among peers and the power of trust is huge. These basic human fundamentals acts when done in a right, fair and personal way go a long way.
  4. Event with clients, I believe in making relationships with them personal. For example: Even with a simple question about a client’s family or holidays can make that connection. People want to feel happy about who they work and do business with.
  5. With investors or donors, it has been proven again and again that if you make it personal with them and not just be all business, you are more prone to receive more funding too. They might like the business concept but then if they are not sure on who I am personally, they are in that reserved mode and will wait and watch to know you more.
  6. Remembering simple things such as birthdays can make them feel really special. It targets right on their social belonging need and when it’s fulfilled, it’s a great feeling.
  7. I personally add my business contacts to my facebook so they can see that other side of me because that’s who I am and I don’t believe in hiding regular stuff in my life from anyone. Some people are nervous about doing that and would call it a bad idea. My take on that is if you are doing something wrong and you don’t want others to see it then why do it. Stay true to yourself. The last thing you want is those business contacts to add you and then finding out that other side about you which they don’t like. So keeping it transparent helps.
  8. In the age of Google or Bing, where it’s so easy to figure out what you are about in your personal life, take proactive measure and let them know your personal side.

NO!! That doesn’t mean I’ll share everything with my business contacts or coworkers which I would share with my family but then I wouldn’t share that deep personal stuff with everyone or on any social media either.

You decide!!

When will Facebook be that old thing of the past?

January 8, 2010

We have seen how Myspace and Orkut came, got everyone excited and then that enthusiasm faded away. It is fairly reasonable to assume that other social networking websites such as Facebook will face a similar fate. In my view the reasons are simple for that:

  1. These sites could not keep the excitement alive. The new features of a site will only prolong the excitement for so long. What I mean by that is it becomes part of our life and it gets boring after a while if you are not getting much value out of it. People want to be part of something special.
  2. Many people using these sites are not social and they were doing it because everyone around them was doing it so that peer pressure kicked. After a while they start feeling “I don’t care”.
  3. You can meet people back from your high school days, great!! NOT. We add them and get excited about talking with them and then realize wow there was a good reason I didn’t talk to them for so long.
  4. Oh great!! I can play games like Mafia Wars and FarmVille now mentality goes pretty quick if no one participates in that game with you.
  5. The attention span and “Care” window of people is very small these days and if the next best thing catches their attention they’ll leave their current social networking site pretty soon. And yes the next best thing is exciting for us as we are more loyal to being social than using just that site for accomplishing our goal.
  6. The concept of social belonging on media changes when we realize it’s not important for us on how long two people have known each other rather its more about if we have things in common and how much can we engage each other.

I ask myself these questions when thinking about facebook. How many of Facebook’s early adopter still actively use it and not just send in their twitter feeds? How many of the new sign ups on facebook are people who were late adopters of technology in general and what’s their retention span in the past?

The user based content depends on the content, quality of people in your network and “Purpose” of those users in using that social networking website. Yes content, quality of users and purpose leads to something beyond just excitement, is far more engaging and long lasting. This is the reason I don’t mention Twitter having a similar fate in the near future is because they have done this right.  That’s not to say that twitter will never be that old thing.

You decide!!