Enterprise 2.0 is here to stay



Fellow marketers, I’ve been away for quite some time, focusing on some quality time without a computer (can you believe that?). I’m back, energized and ready to roll!

I wanted to open it up to a new topic, here on Marketing 2.0, that is keeping my team busy for quite some time now: Enterprise 2.0.

I’m sure you heard the buzz word before and maybe took a more in depth look at it. But I guess for those working in the IT industry and already involved in the Web 2.0 phenomena it’s the natural question to ask ourselves: what are the Web 2.0 attributes, social behaviors and underpinning technologies bringing to the enterprise? Is this only about taking blogs, wikis, RSS feeds and what have you, to your intranet? Or is it a more profound paradigm shift that will finally unleash the expected new enterprise species of the new millennium?

You bet some of our gurus have been writing and pitching about it as the yearly Enterprise 2.0 conference can attest. Let’s hear some of the most visible. First of all, spend about 10mn to view this introductory video on ZDNet Web 2.0 for the enterprise.
You can then take the direct and simple view of Andrew McAfee’s Enterprise 2.0 definition:

Enterprise 2.0 is the use of emergent social software platforms within companies, or between companies and their partners or customers.

Of course what Andrew develops beyond that definition is more complex but is basically centered around a new stage in knowledge management. But I am more in sync with Don Tapscott‘s views about it. If you did not read at least one of Don’s best sellers, I encourage to start with Wikinomics. To give you a feel for it:

The rise of pervasive, networked IT is fostering new business strategies and designs that enable firms to create differentiated value, lower cost structures and therefore increase their competitive advantage. A new model of the firm is emerging – the Enterprise 2.0. Firms that embrace this model succeed and compete well. Those that do not decline.

If you’re now thrilled and ready to spend 40mn or so, listen to Don’s pitch at the Enteprise 2.0 conference. It’s fun and enlightening.
Finally, and to close this first post about Enterprise 2.0, I found Fred Cavazza’s in depth post What is Enterprise 2.0? about it very useful to provide a solid 360 view.
Stay tuned for more, Enterprise 2.0 is here to stay.

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