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JohnFeller 110000RUW6 Tags:  banking secondlife web2.0 ibm wiki rss mobiledevices communitybuilding blog myspace youtube socialnetworking google iphone qedwiki 4,589 Views
I spent the past week in Chicago discussing Community Building andMash-Ups with a half-dozen of IBM's Financial Services customers. Just as it is good to get-away from the familiar to recharge one'soutlook, this week travels were enlightening for me to get away fromthe daily stream of technology scholarship and have a look at what ourfield teams and customers read and discuss everyday. ITdiscussions may presently be more about business and less abouttechnology, but they are not about Web 2.0. Customers are awareof iPods and YouTube and MySpace, but not Mash-Ups and Ajax and Wikisand iPhones.
They ask: What is Web 2.0?, What are my company's options deploying these technologies? How do I get started?
We all pay attention when we can personnally relate to Web 2.0 (oranything else for that matter). Mash-up or Situational Apps orQED Wikis seem, at first glance, to be little more than the latestgizmo. Ditto for Community Building experiments or CEOblogs.
Mash-Ups interest customers, both IT & LoBs, as theyenvision accessing back-end data without the need for an ITproject. IT execs agree that 60% of their app-developmentprojects won't be needed for as long as the time it took to buildthem. And business execs agree that they can make plenty ofuseful decisions by mashing-up two fields of data to create a thirdfield of information. The Blog and Wiki discussions gain tractionwhen we discussed blogs as a lower cost, more personalized one-to-manymodel of communication; wikis are intriguing as a many-to-many model ofcollaboration. Both offer lower-costs for implementationand support when compared to web sites and email streams and otherelements of MarCom.
At this stage of awareness (low) and customer adoption (lower), Iam convinced that Web 2.0 is a useful topic for connecting IBM's visionfor Innovation, On-Demand (open standards & systems), and even ourSoftware Group's recent acquistions, to technology trends in themarketplace that can enable the business objectives of ourcustomers. We must be cautious in the speed of our approach ascustomers are not ready to be Second Life-like or even ready topurchase a package of Web 2.0 from one of our IBM brands.
First steps are to show customers how the tools and techniques ofpopular culture (RSS & Tagging, mobile phones, Social Networking)might relate to their businesses; then we must show them how to evolvetheir business processes to take advantage of these emergingcapabilities. Customers are interested in this approach as theysense by watching Google that Web 2.0 can level the playing field.
For developers looking for one site to get a quick glimpse of what is happening in the "Mashup" world, you should check out the newly launched developerWorks Community Space focused on Mashups .
The Mashups community consolidates information on mashup makers and utilities to createsituational applications, including information about mashup utilitiessuch as QEDwiki (IBM's Enterprise Mashup Maker) being developed by IBM's Emerging Technologies team.
Also, there is an Ajax community available which is one-stop shop for information on the Ajax programming model, includingarticles and tutorials, discussion forums, blogs, wikis, events, andnews.
Since Mashups and Ajax are closely related topics, I suggest you check out both communities on a regular basis. These communities just launched with an initial set of functions, but will continue to evolve to add more community functions later this summer. For example, these communities will offer public and private chat rooms for relationship building.
Manager, IBM Emerging Technologies Development
JohnFeller 110000RUW6 Tags:  web2.0 learning mashups communitybuilding databases wiki youtube google myspace 1 Comment 4,367 Views
I try to summarize trends or generational differences on the Internetor Web by suggesting the following at every one of my customerpresentations:
"Everyone in this room, regardless of your own age, grew-up in a worldwhere 'knowledge is power.' We studied and worked and work todistinguish ourselves from the group. This is not the perspectiveor approach of our children. As evidenced by their schoolwork andsocial behaviors, they perform in groups (History is studied withEnglish with team-oriented projects, for example). Because of theavailability of data and information via the Internet, theygrow-up in a world where 'eveyone knows' and shares with friends andfriends of friends: Google, Wikipedia, MySpace, YouTube. This next generation of workers will expect thier managers to beaffiliators, community builders, communicators, connectors of peopleand information more than directors who have the mostinformation. Now is a good time for us to enable the sharing ofinformation and ideas throughout our own organizations."
JohnFeller 110000RUW6 Tags:  ibm mashups web2.0 searchengines communitybuilding apple iphone mobiledevices youtube google 4,288 Views
1. Mobile Search with related advertising opportunities remains the investment rage amongst Google, Yahoo,
and Microsoft. Apple's iPhone campaign fueling this fire (stock up 80% since announcement in Feb. 2007).
2. How to get started, not Why is the theme of the customer discussion. A shift from the spring due to notable
F500 investments such as News Corp acquisition of Dow Jones (parent of the Wall Street Journal) and Microsoft
offering $300mm for just 5% of Facebook. Agreement that there is something to this notion of Community Building
or Social Networking. Starting inside the enterprise to harness collective wisdom of employees, with a goal
of improved innovation, is compelling. Existing business processes and right mix of staff are inhibitors to taking
advantage. Is the benefit in early adoption or fast-following?!
3. Not much of a wow factor in related tools: blogs, wikis, feeds etc as judged to be the basics but not project justifiers.
4. Positive reception to IBM's own related experiences: Jams, Think Place, Technology Adoption Program, and
quantity of internal blogs, wikis etc. A concerted offering would be valued by marketplace.
5. Mash-ups of enterprise data could be a big winner; need cohabitation story with portal capabilities.
6. Appear Bigger than You Are via Web 2.0 (YouTube, Community Building) is an attraction to mid-market customers.
7. Mid-sized firms attracted, increasingly so, to hosted apps by likes of Google (e.g. Google Pack, NetBooks)
8. Web 2.0, as the friendly face of service-enabled architectures (SOA), is not yet obvious to customers and to sellers.
Remains a tough, internal sell from IT to its business sponsors.
9. Information Security is top of mind, well beyond a traditional IT control point: 'If I move outside of enterprise
with Web 2.0, how would I handle InfoSec and legal hurdles?'
10. Not much Web 2.0 budget in '07 and being budgeted for TBD projects in '08.
I grew up in New Orleans where parochial school children enjoyed two entertaining annual holidays:
- the well advertised Mardi Gras, a Tuesday day-off in mid Winter
- the Wednesday after Halloween to celebrate All Saints or All Souls Day
The headlines are occupied by the rise of oil, the fall of the dollar, the kick-off to the presidential
race (so far it's been preseason) and the finale to the sub-prime collapse.
Amidst the dour mainstream news, consider the escalation of the Microsoft vs Google campaign which
should influence our own 2008 planning:
- Microsoft invested $240mm investment in Facebook (1.6% stake) last week and Google countered immediately
with an open standards alliance, Open Social, including LinkedIn, Ning, and Orkut (Google's own social network).
Google does not want Facebook to become the operating system of social networks. Quick aside:
News Corp.'s 2006 100% acquisition of MySpace for $580mm looks brilliant.
Are we blindly returning to Act II of the dot-bom? I think not and I believe that Social Networking
or Community Building as promoted by Facebook and others could be adopted by our own kinds of enterprises
to better connect our widely dispersed knowledge bases: employees, customers, partners, supplier in the spirit of
'What if we knew what we all knew?!'
Right now I have eleven (11) applications opened to manage my work inside and outside of the firewall: email, sms,
two types of instant messaging, two browsers, plus the associated tools for calendar, address book, word processing
and a mobile phone. I would value a workspace where I could link all of my activities to 'connect those who know
with those who need to know, regardless of their employer. I see a Facebook-like model helping me to achieve this.
Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, is quoted in Monday's NY Times: "One of the things to say, very clearly, is that
social networks are very real. If you are of a certain age, you sort of dismiss this as college kids or teenagers.
But this is very real." Google closed over $700 today, up 54% YTD.
'Start small, grow fast, get involved' might be a productive way to explore the potential of Social Networking
or Innovation Networking in 2008. No holiday required. cperrien