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July #cloudchat: The future of the collaborative company

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For this month’s #cloudchat on Thursday, July 11, from 4-5 p.m. ET, we’ll be talking about collaboration in today’s companies and the companies of the future.

Today, organizations are at varying levels of implementation when it comes to social business practices such as Twitter engagement, blogging and use of internal collaboration tools for all sorts of business issues. What will it take for organizations to balance hyper-collaboration with individual expertise and productivity in five to 10 years?

Open source projects such as Linux, OpenStack and Apache have thrived on an open, collaborative process for years, if not decades, to drive incredible innovation and societal impact. As organizations continue to embrace cloud computing as a means for collaborative business, we need to imagine the impact on work practices, corporate culture, careers, and business success. This #cloudchat will discuss the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow’s social business.

Our panel of experts this month includes:

Marcia Conner

Marcia Conner, Executive Advisor, Analyst, and Best Selling Author

Marcia advises executives in some of the world’s largest companies to unite technologies, analytics, and human power into the energy that drives best-around-the-globe performance. Often brought in as a “fixer,” she quickly aligns collaborative strategies with organization culture and amends skill shortages to radically change the speed of innovation. The tools Marcia uses surface people’s extraordinary capabilities and spark discovery in quick bursts. She has been quoted on the BBC and World News This Morning, and in The Wall Street JournalFortune, and Forbes. Former Vice President and Information Futurist at PeopleSoft and Worldwide Manager at Microsoft, she is a fellow of the Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business, a member of Telefónica’s Disruptive Council, and has contributed to Fast Company since 2005. Marcia has published three books, the most recent being The New Social Learning: A Guide to Transforming Organizations Through Social Media. She is currently working on a new book about human ingenuity.

Louis Richardson

Louis Richardson, IBM Worldwide Social Business Evangelist

In his role, Louis has the opportunity to meet with executives and business managers who have interest in leveraging social software in their organizations. Some are just starting out while others are well on their way. And in every case these conversations have provided Louis with a broad exposure to the practical and business relevant impact that social software is having on today’s businesses. While the topic of social business can be complex, Louis’ conversational and story-telling style relates well to non-technical audiences. He enjoys sharing his experiences and observations in conferences, workshops and through social communities and blogs.

We’ve moved to a new chat platform this month, Twubs.com/cloudchat! If you choose to use it for Thursday’s chat, let us know what you think. We love the user interface and think it will make chatting even more fun.

Here’s more info on how to participate:

  • What: A Twitter chat is an online conversation held at a pre-arranged time following a specific hashtag, in this case #cloudchat. You will need a Twitter ID to take part.
  • When: Thursday, July 11, at 4 p.m. ET, repeating the second Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. ET.
  • Where: The chat can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #cloudchat. Alternatively, log on and access the chat on Twubs. A recap will be posted on this blog the following Friday.
  • Why: To facilitate additional industry dialogue and provide a forum for questions, idea sharing, and problem solving. We want your input on what you’d like to discuss during future chats, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @ibmcloud with topic ideas.
  • Who: Anyone and everyone is welcome to join!

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