IBM Midmarket CEO Study: Collaboration and Transparency Key to Providing An Edge IBM continued its rolling tide of market insights with the announcement this morning of its global study of midmarket CEOs. The headline: Nearly twice as many smaller- and medium-sized business CEOs see creating a more collaborative work environment with a higher level of openness and transparency as a top priority compared to the findings from the IBM CEO study conducted in 2010. A total of 45 percent of midmarket CEOs see the need to create a more open business environment, a close to 50 percent jump from two years ago. The study also unearthed the following: Impact of Social: Changing The Way Products And Services Are Marketed CEOs also discussed the whirlwind of “social”change they’re witnessing. Despite the surge in social media adoption around the world, only 15 percent of midmarket CEOs are using social media platforms to connect with the individual consumer today. Rising Complexity, Escalating Competition Drive Partnering Greater Openness, Transparency, And Focus On Talent Like this:
IBM Launches New Mobile Collaboration Platform, Integrates Big Data Search and Analytics Another mobile content collaboration platform? Big Deal! Except this is from IBM, and while we know that IBM does collaboration quite well already, the difference with the newly released IBM Content Navigator is that it also integrates with its data analytics and Big Data capabilities, making it a pretty formidable tool for workers on the road. Mobile Content Access Basically this is a new IBM mobile platform with a couple of added extras that will really give it some muscle. We don’t really need to go into the importance here of access to information via mobile device; study after study has shown, if sales of smartphones and tablets were not enough to convince. But there’s all kinds of access, and if you are working in an enterprise that has some of IBM’s bigger on-premises solutions than you’re really going to miss them if you can’t get into them remotely. Content Navigator While many mobile platforms are built with this in mind, some are better at it than others.
Social curation is much more than just a market In 2010, “curation” popped up on tech blogs and VCs’ radars. Since then, people have been asking whether curation is a legitimate trend, a new market to be exploited, or just the latest buzzword. Some people, including GigaOM writer Bobbie Johnson, have wondered if curation is a bubble, and if it is, when is it going to burst? One of the characteristics of online activities that transcend simple markets is that they are analogous to behaviors that seem to be hardwired into humans. Humans also love to collect things — from tiny stamps to shiny cars. Compared to creating original content, curation is even easier. Our love of curation is being further democratized on the Web with the explosion of tools and startups that approach curation in different ways and with different business models. Some examples of curation services include the following sites: Pinterest, in case you’ve been living under a rock, is a site for collecting and sharing photos and videos. I agree with his perspective.
12 Most Mind-Blowing Content Curators to Follow There is a real art to content curation. Not only do you have to find worthy content, but you have to find a way to deliver that to your audience. This is not as easy as it sounds. Following are my top 12 sources for mind-blowing information. 1. Doug Rice You may not know this, but regular 12 Most contributor Doug Rice curates the best reads on his blog every month. 2. His design blog has literally blown my mind. 3. Maria Popova, author of Brainpickings, is one of the most well-known curators online. 4. 12 Most We cannot forget 12 Most. 5. Open Culture curates resources for life long learners. 6. I know that Lisa Barone has left Outspoken Media, but she left an archive of amazing links. 7. The world cannot get enough of these. 8. Every week Kristi Hines offers “Fetching Friday.” 9. Sonia of “Logallot” shares great content. 10. Are you itching for a new business idea? 11. Michael Stevens, aka the Bearded Nun from “Key of Awesome,” has a YouTube channel called VSAUCE. 12.
Pinterest analysis: PBS, USA Today engage with readers most effectively Several websites, including this one, have published articles recently about how journalists are using Pinterest. But none of these offers data-based analyses that measure whether newsrooms are using Pinterest to engage effectively with readers. As a way of measuring engagement, follower counts are a basic metric. So, I submitted a request to three newly launched Pinterest monitoring services. Pinerly was the only monitoring company of the three that provided exactly what I requested quickly and enthusiastically. Follower counts The Wall Street Journal emerged as the only newsroom in our group of 13 to exceed 5,000 followers on any single board, and eight of The Wall Street Journal’s boards surpassed 10,000 followers. Most followed content Travel boards curated by the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today topped the list of most followed topics among this group, tied with food boards by the Denver Post, Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register. Repins to pins ratio
From Co-creation to Collaboration: 5 pillars for business success inShare255 Guest post by Steven Van Belleghem (@steven_insites) & Tom De Ruyck (@tomderuyck) In the last months, my colleague Tom De Ruyck and I did some research on structural collaboration between companies and customers. We all know that collaboration is not only possible with clients, but that it also can be done with employees. Co-creation, crowdsourcing and open innovation Co-creation is hot. In a recent survey, we found that 3 percent of companies have experience with the developing of new products together with consumers. Structural collaboration is the type of collaboration in which customers are involved in ALL decision processes within a company. In a recent Harvard Business Review-article the author stated that all company questions can be better addressed by companies who have a willingness to collaborate with their customers (Scott Cook, ‘The contribution economy’, Harvard Business Review, 2008). From co-creation to collaboration in three steps The three steps: 1. 2. 3. 2. 4.
Peer Support for Network Weaving I’m doing some network coaching with a small group of network weavers and thought I would share with you some coaching frameworks and practices that help people quickly adopt and adapt network approaches. Especially with a new domain such as network weaving, people may need some training to learn about network concepts and practices before they can apply them. However, I’ve learned that the smaller the training unit (5-15 minutes max), the more likely it is that people will be able to apply the learning. The next step is creation of peer support. The process of peer support looks like this: · each person gets time to explain a challenge or issue (focal person) · others in the group ask probing questions that help the person better understand the challenge · Others offer advice or resources · The focal person summarizes new insights they have gotten · The focal person describes a next step they will take to address the challenge Peer support groups can be virtual or face-to-face.
Collaboration Can Be Messy - Managing Technology By Dennis D. McDonald Collaboration can be messy. Fortunately, collaboration can be helped by technology of many kinds ranging from basic phone and email service to more sophisticated web conferencing, screen and content sharing, and collaborative content creation. One problem with a technology-centric collaboration approach is that successful collaboration also involves luck and serendipity. Sometimes that distinction between the two is hard to make. Since I’ve spent the bulk of my professional career helping people use technology to improve how information is created, managed, and shared, I’m definitely biased towards making collaboration and information sharing easier in order to support an organization’s business objectives. Anyone who has ever attempted to shift from an email based collaboration and information sharing to a more structured approach built around tools such as blogs, wikis, or collaborative document management solutions will understand the challenges.
Developing a Collaborative Approach to Improving Project Management Practices, Part 1 - Managing Technology By Dennis D. McDonald For a .pdf version of this article click or tap the above image.In Agile grows up and new challenges emerge author Rick Freedman points out what project managers, sooner or later, learn from the School of Hard Knocks: changing and improving project management practices to improve the likelihood of project success involves not just improved management methods but also cultural changes within the sponsoring organization. Doing project work more/better/faster doesn’t help if the organization still imposes traditional top-down management approaches that involve tossing requirements and reporting practices “over the wall” to the project team in a low-engagement fashion. In his article Freedman interprets the discussions he heard at a recent Agile conference as evidence that the Agile approach to project management is graduating from a tactical to a strategic perspective. This is similar to what Freedman is saying in his article. Copyright (c) 2012 by Dennis D.
5 Must Have Steps To Better Collaboration This is not a fluffy-puff collaboration article. You won’t read about team unity, the importance of open and honest dialogue or flattened org charts. This is about big data. This is about the 5 steps you must take if you hope to tap the power of big data and use it drive fundamental improvements in collaboration. This is not about solving problems. So here is what you have got to do 1) Improve Your Collection – Big Data, Big Content There is so much information, chances are what we want is out there, if only something could ensure it was captured and then bubble it up to the surface. Big data analytics systems do it better by scraping and crawling data that has been identified by some kind of integration, ETL process or migration tool. On the Big Content front, over a decade of ECM experience should have taught us by now that adoption suffers and collections aren’t as rich as they might be because of check-in disruption. 2) Improve Your Aggregation – Classification, Grouping, Analytics
Let’s Call It What It Is: Pervasive Communication | Intelligent Catalyst I don’t want to talk about social media. I don’t want to talk about social business. I don’t want to talk about social enterprise. At least not in the context which many people seem to be using it these days. Social, or Engagement? When people talk about businesses needing to become more social, what do they really mean? To paraphrase my friend Phil Simon, “we have to raise the level of discourse.” Pervasive Communication The arrival of pervasive communication was disruptive. The challenge now is pervasive communication has become chaotic — the sprawl of communication mediums offer competing, yet similar functions. With this change comes both risk and reward. Velocity of Information “Over the next 10 years, the amount of both real-time and historical information available to a single person will have increased exponentially, as will the ability of a single person to instantaneously touch – and influence – a billion people in the time it takes to read this sentence.” – 2020F Related articles
Curation – in Need of a Cure? « opencollaborarchy Photo from New Exhibit! Native American Cultural Objects at the CHP – Contributed by Francisca Ugalde and Cathy Faye. A recent post by Brian Solis “The Curation Economy and the 3 C’s of Information Commerce” neatly deconstructed the information flow within the Social Network. There are many curation tools available (@williampearl Shirley Williams’ blog post references 40). Though the name curation is applied to such tools as scoop.it list.ly Pinterest and others all too often these tools act as nothing more than scrapbooks, with photos and articles appended to pages because they caught our imagination, piqued our interest or satisfied our desire to be seen as a member of a community of interest. It is true that many curating users perform a rudimentary evaluation to classify the curated content and to position it within a relevant category; an even smaller number provide some commentary on the content. Information Lifecycle Management concept applied to Social Media Curation Like this:
Re:Re:Fw:Re: Workers Spend 650 Hours a Year On Email - Jordan Weissmann Unless you happen to get some sort of obsessive compulsive satisfaction from keeping your inbox in shipshape -- and hey, if you do, more power to ya -- dealing with email has got to be one of the most deadening aspects of any office job. And if the tedium of Outlook management wasn't already dreadful enough, consider this: There's a good chance you spend more than a quarter of each week reading and answering those emails. That factlet comes courtesy of the McKinsey Global Institute, which broke down how so-called "interaction workers" spend their days. They describe these as people whose jobs require "complex interactions with other people, independent judgment, and access to information." I'm interpreting it as consultant speak for "office stiff." The upshot: we spend 13 hours a week, or 28 percent of our office time, on email. As anyone who has spent an inordinate amount of time typing out a formal email to their boss knows, this is not an efficient state of affairs.
The “Four Cs” of 21st Century Education | Entrepreneur the Arts Most of us know that “there is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st century communities and workplaces.” So states the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national organization comprised of both business (Apple, Intel, Adobe, HP) and education (National Education Association, Pearson, Scholastic) leaders, committed to “fusing the three Rs and four Cs.” As an advocate for the skills of innovation, I’m thrilled to see attention now placed on these Four Cs, with 14 states, including Illinois, having signed on to adopt the Partnership framework as a way to ready K-12 students for the 21st century. Most of us know the three Rs are reading, writing and arithmetic, but what are the Cs? In the Partnership framework above, the Four Cs make up the “Learning and Innovation Skills” and are as follows: 1. More from Adam on his Innovation on my Mind blog