Category: Web 2.0

Understanding Social Inside the Enterprise

This past Saturday, I was able to participate in my second SharePoint Saturday Cape Town event here in South Africa, providing the keynote address to a combined crowd of more than 380 SharePoint and SQL fans at the first “Community Saturday” event that brought SPS and SQL Saturday crowds together...

The Need to Separate Social from Marketing

I just returned from Boston and the E2 Conference (formerly known as Enterprise 2.0), a new event under the brand that focused entirely on the category of social computing technologies. I’ve been meaning to attend one of the annual e2conf events in Santa Clara, CA, but they always seem to...

The Yammerization of Enterprise Collaboration

If you feel like you are under full-scale assault from the marketing militia in Redmond, just you wait – with the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (#WPC13) just weeks away, what we’re experiencing now will feel like light summer rain compared to the tsunami approaching. And to be honest, I don’t...

Does a LinkedIn Recommendation Lose Value Over Time?

I occasionally get requests from people I worked with as a peer, or who worked for me directly sometime I the past, asking for a recommendation for their LinkedIn profile. For many of these requests, I am happy to do so. If I have maintained a strong connection with you...

Klout Is the Most Interesting Company on the Planet, and Here’s Why

I just finished reading Return on Influence by Mark Schaefer (his blog), which focuses a good portion of its pages on the rising importance of social scoring and, specifically, the Klout platform, and its potential impacts not only to corporate and professional marketing, but on the way we capture, analyze,...

The Maturity Model of Social

In a CMSWire article today entitled The Social Networking Phenomena is Coming Apart at the Seams, Virginia Backaitis discussed a recent Forbes.com article in which the health of several social technology-based companies are examined. In my opinion, Virginia’s comments are misdirected, to some extent. It’s not that these failing (or...

Measuring the Echo Chamber

In management and operations, we track and measure and rank a number of metrics and key performance indicators. Inevitably, as people begin to understand the metrics by which they are measured, ranked and compensated, they begin to alter their activities in an attempt to improve their status – against the...

Tracking the Influencers

I had a conversation with a friend a few years back who had become a stock broker and made millions – just out of college. Clearly, this friend has a gift for that kind of thing, and so I asked him what a typical day looked like. He told me...

Reality Check on Office 365

In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft is “all in” on the cloud. What that means to you and to most companies, especially as a SharePoint customer, is a good question. It just depends. As with all-thing SharePoint-related, cutting through the marketing hype is much easier when you have a clear...