Cloud is the new black

It seems like that, anyway I thought it cool to collect some videos and slideshares. Small wonder I begin with a video courtesy of Simon Wardley, held at OSCON ’09 (will add the video of his talk at E20SUMMIT once it’s ready) …

… and continue with slides from James Governor I earmarked this week because of this stance: “There are three kinds of economics you can’t compete with. Opensource, the web and simplicity.” Sounds about right, still my inner skeptic has something to chew on …

Looking back at the E20SUMMIT, part 3: Books and reports

Yes, right – one of my small observations at the E20SUMMIT deals with “printed paper” – and it’s importance for the advancement of Enterprise 2.0.

Gil Yehuda said at the SUMMIT that we need to choose the right words and a common vocabulary when communicating (with the C-level I think especially). It’s probably a matter of media channel too …

51j8gUn2YoL._SL500_AA240_One of the books that was discussed quite a lot was Andrew McAfee’s book “Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for your Organization’s Toughest Challenges” (Disclosure: I am going to write a detailed review soon, after all I was given the book by Andrew’s agent at HBS Publishing knowing that I’m a blogger and would probably write about it – no further arrangements have been made and I am writing my honest opinions anyway). Apparently he signed and sold hundreds of them at last weeks Enterprise 2.0 conference, the stacks look impressive for sure (see the photo by Dion Hinchcliffe who managed to be among the first in line …)

41tyESTxbUL._SL160_AA115_Next up with various recommendations from various people was Morton Hansen’s book “Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Build Common Ground, and Reap Big Results” – funny how everybody thinks this might be interesting for me 😉

I should probably check it out as well, but I may have to wait until my trip to the U.S. for Lotussphere to lay my hands upon one.

978-3-446-41800-4_299812157-86Frank Schoenefeld’s book “Praxisleitfaden Enterprise 2.0. Wettbewerbsfähig durch neue Formen der Zusammenarbeit, Kundenbindung und Innovation. Basiswissen zum erfolgreichen Einsatz von Web 2.0-Technologien” is one german language entry into this field, at the SUMMIT he said that there may be an english translation coming up … (Disclosure again: I was given the book by Frank Schoenefeld, all other rules and remarks stay the same as above …)

Last one in the list of “newly published” paperworks is the 20Adoption Council‘s first report on how to “roll out e20 in a large enterprise”. Sounds interesting too, and I should ask Susan or Gil about it sometime soon …

The 2.0 Adoption Council is conducting ground-breaking research on its members. As each member is screened for eligible membership in the Council, our data set is among the best in the business for early adoption of 2.0 technologies and practices.

[…] Who should buy this report?

  • CEOs, CIOs, and CFOs now engaged in or planning an 2.0 strategy and execution
  • Companies competing or partnering with 2.0 platform and solution vendors
  • IT managers charged with providing 2.0 capabilities to their enterprise workforce
  • Vendors developing community management strategies for their customers
  • KM, HR, R&D managers interested in how to leverage 2.0 for the enterprise
  • Venture capitalists, analysts, investment bankers, and advisors in the 2.0 consulting arena [this sounds pretty much like me, huh?].

PS. another meme I thought a bit present at the SUMMIT was “social business design”. One personal reason for this was the presentation by Jeff Dachis at the E2Conf in San Francisco I listened into the week before, another one Lee Bryant’s presentation on new forms of leadership in decentralized organizations (where he employed Dachis Group visualizations of social business design archetypes) and last reason’s Dion’s observation in both masterclass and closing note that it’s about competitive advantages (and those are the focus and goal of business model innovation and design) primarily when we deal with Enterprise 2.0.

That said I thought it cool to link to some more books on my reading list, as much from the design thinking as from the business model innovation sphere. Beginning with Design Thinking: Integrating Innovation, Customer Experience, and Brand Value by Thomas Lockwood which was recommended to me at the SUMMIT, then it’s A Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business by Hartmut Esslinger and Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and inspires Innovation by Tim Brown of Ideo up on the slate.

41l9ZH-gCdL._SL500_AA240_And last but not least it’s The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the next competitive advantage by Roger Martin where it’s time to add another disclaimer: I am going to write a detailed review soon, after all I was given the book by Roger’s agent at HBS Publishing knowing that I’m a blogger and would probably write about it – no further arrangements have been made and I am writing my honest opinions anyway (be it at my other blog Business Model Innovation and Design or here).

Well, after I’ve finished my little series on E20SUMMIT learnings, part 4 coming soon.

Looking back at the E20SUMMIT, part 2: Wave

Enterprise 2.0 SUMMITSo, I am in the midst of collecting and reviewing some of my learnings from the E20SUMMIT last week – let me start with Wave (after focussing on the people of the E20SUMMIT in part 1 here), and we’ll see how many parts will follow. While this Wave at conferences evaluation may seem not really focussed on Enterprise 2.0 at first it offers some insights and learnings for the ongoing discussions of adoption and organizational readiness.

What do I mean? i think that during the SUMMIT both on-site and remote participants showed deep understanding of the usage of Wave for a conference backchannel – we’ve seen mature usage, ie. nobody misinterpreted the master- or the subwaves as a forum, as twitter substitute or as “facebook wall page”. People chose the channels that were most effective and they were professional at this.

Contrast this with the one wave that was filled during the BarCamp Hamburg (search for it with tag:bchh09), the two days after the SUMMIT – here the public wave evolved into a wild hodgepodge of close to 300 blips, together with added videos and stuff – all in all, an excellent example of what happens when geeks playfully explore a new thing 😉

wavelogoI assume that the difference is the result of provisioning of some pre-filled waves and an initial stucture – much like scaffolding a wiki this prepared and leveled the playing field, made it easier for new wavers to enter the E20SUMMIT wave space, find their way around and contribute in a meaningful way. That said, it’s probably an insight for our expectations regarding our employee’s readiness and competencies in using innovative collaboration infrastructures – even geeks on the cutting edge of the social web (like BarCampers typically are) aren’t grokking and mastering the new collaboration approaches easily. Scaffolding seems to be an essential element of enabling them (and their much less geeky colleagues). As such it’s a part of the “implementation effort” (in quoting signs because as we’ve learned at the SUMMIT implementation means different things to different people), I collect and systematize under the notions of “kennen-können-wollen-sollen”, ie. “know about it – master it – want it – be obliged (and ordered to)”. Scaffolding supports all four areas, and consequentially enabled the sustainable growth of the E20SUMMIT waves …

Looking back at the E20SUMMIT, part 1: People

Enterprise 2.0 SUMMITOK then, it’s about time to look back on last week’s E20SUMMIT – and as community manager of the event it’s natural to start with the people that made this event special. This includes the team behind it all, ie. people that have worked to make this real (and who have already announced the date for the E20SUMMIT 2010, so save the date Oct. 26-28, 2010).

But even more importantly, this means the community that gathered in Frankfurt. I think we’ve had both lots of fun and an insightful conference. It was great to have you on board, thanks for your attention and interest and see you next year!

From my personal perspective I can say that I really enjoyed this get-together of the Enterprise 2.0 community in Europe. Add to this some global scale thought leadership (Dion, Gil, Oliver, Kjetil, Lee and Simon – that’s you) and it was poised to be a great conference. The field of Enterprise 2.0 as a whole is still evolving and this was the first time I’ve met Gil Yehuda and Oliver Marks in real time, though I’ve been following their writings since long and we’ve connected virtually before.

This is true for a lot of the people present in Frankfurt too – even for the community manager there’s a lot of first-time meetings (sometimes based upon a history of long-time blog reading and/or Twitter connectivity) and new-found blogs and friends. This includes folks like Rickard and Gustav from Sweden (see their blog), Torill from Norway, Mario (blog) and Massimo from Italy and Sean from London (who happened to be both in Varese and in Milano for Emanuele’s Enterprise 2.0 conference – yes, just like me and now we’ve met in Frankfurt for the first time, crazy, huh?).

PS. Let’s not forget the people who followed the conference from remote, eg. on Twitter or on the live-stream. It’s been quite a crowded back-channel at times, thanks to people like Susan Scrupski, Ana Silva oder Robert Lavigne from Toronto 😉

Upcoming: DNUG Herbstkonferenz, FOSWiki Community Camp, Webmontag Stuttgart

Diese Termine stehen genau in dieser Reihenfolge an – leider sind die Orte aber verschieden weit, so dass gerade das FOSWiki Camp in Hannover am Wochenende noch auf der Kippe steht. Ich versuche es einzurichten kann aber nichts versprechen …

Zugesagt und gebucht ist dagegen die Teilnahme an der DNUG Herbstkonferenz 2009 in Fulda. Auch wenn ich nur am letzten Tag da sein kann zieht mich die Community immer wieder an. Und die Diskussionsrunde (der sicher mehr ein Workshop sein wird) mit Thorsten Zörner, Lars Basche, Henry Walther, Stefan Pfeiffer und mir zum Thema “Zwitschern, bloggen, “YouTuben”, Poken – Q&A Session” gibt uns die Gelegenheit die Eignung von Social Web Instrumenten für kleine und große Unternehmen auf den Prüfstand zu stellen …

Am 23.11.2009 erlebt dann der Stuttgarter Webmontag eine Neuauflage – gefunden via Harald, der dann auch der aktuellen Stand der Stuttgarter Coworking-Initiative vorstellen wird. Lange ist es her dass sich die Stuttgarter Social Web-“Gemeinde” getroffen hat (das letzte Treffen war doch eher informell). Wie immer eine Gelegenheit zum sozialen Netzwerken und zum fachlichen Austausch. Anmeldung hier im Wiki.

Webmontag Stuttgart, am 23.11.2009 um 19.00 Uhr
in der Hochschule der Medien, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Nobelstraße 10

Mid-stage evaluation of live Waving at E20SUMMIT

wavelogoI think our little experiment turned up some pretty good conversations and real-time collaboration success stories. Not all of the prepared waves got filled extensively, but that’s ok. Not all of the attendees are bringing their laptops to a conference, and among those that have, not all are on Wave. So I am pretty satisfied and think that this is an excellent add-on and complements the “behind the scenes” doumentation in the wiki, the live-blogging and -tweeting around the E20SUMMIT (and of course the provisioning of the presentation slides).

Enterprise 2.0 SUMMIT – Day 2

Enterprise 2.0 SUMMITToday’s the second day of the E20SUMMIT conference, after yesterday’s full information blast (I counted over 500 tweets alone during the afternoon), it’s going to be a “social” day today, not least because there are three open space slots reserved for the afternoon.

These Open Spaces combine and bring together the people of track 1 and 2, ie. those that focussed on the strategic implications of Enterprise 2.0 and those that were looking for hints, lifehacks and experiences in the “Best Practices” track.

But before we’re venturing into the discussion space there are three more talks and panels on the slate, I am sticking to track 1 again, just like yesterday:

08:30 – 09:25 Discussion: Organizational Schemes for the Enterprise 2.0

The assumptions are sweeping – the next generation of co-workers that grew up with social tools will want a “social environment of work that reflect(s) the social context of the Web” (Gary Hamel). Social and enterprise experts will discuss the controversial question of how future work places will be organized.

Discussion: Dr. Peter Schütt, Leader Knowledge Management & Social Networking Solutions, IBM Deutschland, Mark Masterson, Enterprise architect, troublemaker, CSC Computer Sciences Limited

09:25 – 10:10 Discussion: Collaborative Infrastructures & Unified Communication

There is a strong connection in the underlying themes between cloud computing, unified communication and collaborative infrastructures. How this fits together will be addressed by this panel discussion of industry experts.

Discussion: Kai Gutzeit, Head of Google Enterprise DACH, Google Germany GmbH, Martin Buhr, European Business Director, Amazon Web Services, Simon Wardley, Software Services Manager / Cloud Computing Strategist, Canonical Ltd. Moderator: Wolf Ingomar Faecks, Managing Director Germany, Sapient GmbH

10:40 – 11:35 Enterprise 2.0 is more than Wikis & Blogs: BPM 2.0, BI 2.0 & CRM 2.0

Moderator: Mark Masterson, Enterprise architect, troublemaker, CSC Computer Sciences Limited

Then, the first open space is set to start, with the goal of collectiong issues and recommendations of the participants re: Enterprise 2.0. It’s called a “Market of Ideas” on how to proceed with the initiation, implementation and adoption of Enterprise 2.0 projects. Let’s see how that works out, we’ll have time to reflect this first round at Lunch I guess.

In the afternoon, there will be two more open spaces:

13:00 – 14:30 Open-Space: Enabling Enterprise 2.0 – Roundtable discussions (ie. we will work in small groups)
15:00 – 16:00 Open-Space: Enabling Enterprise 2.0 – Presentation of Results (ie. we all will need to track down a designated presenter)

Shouldn’t be too hard, I assume that we’ll develop some cool ideas this afternoon, definitely looking forward to the discussion open space ..