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December 30 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Larry Hawes and the Challenges of Implementing Enterprise 2.0 in Today’s Corporations

Many of our readers have asked us confidentially about strategies to gain Enterprise 2.0 acceptance in the corporation.  While every company is different (refer to Moore’s Crossing the Chasm), there are some that more difficult than others.   I asked Larry Hawes of Gilbane to help us respond to the requests by answering a few of our questions.  He agreed.   As more and more companies are exploring Enterprise 2.0 ...
December 29 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

The Enterprise 2.0 Report Card for 2009

Despite a lackluster economy Enterprise 2.0 has emerged stronger and better prepared for 2010.  In fact, most Enterprise 2.0 solution providers saw increased year over year revenue growth. Yet Enterprise 2.0 ROI value is still in question and vendors are not equipped to counter the arguments.  Expect vendors to close that gap in 2010.     <Click to Enlarge> Sources: Adoption 2.0 – State of Enterprise 2.0 Q4 ...
December 28 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Debunking the Debunkers: Open Source Myths

All societies and businesses that have survived longer than a few decades have created folklore, stories, and myths.  As the culture evolves, these myths tend to get embellished and enlarged.  So it is with Open Source.  I read a recent New York Times article about open source to be full of errors, perpetuated myths, and just plain wrong.  “But like most open-source companies, MySQL’s sales, tied to support deals, never ...
December 24 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Competing with Pirates

One story my University Professor used to teach about the limitations of a corporation’s executive team was about a ship in the middle of the ocean. On the ship was a rough, brawny captain who was rather myopic and hard of hearing.  The captain and crew followed the principles of majority rule on decisions about navigational direction. They had a very skilled and capable navigator who knew how measure ship speed and triangulate the stars on ...
December 18 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

5 Open Source companies that will rule the post-ERP world

It was promoted as the final showdown.  During the preceding months there had been vicious campaigns run against the other.  Brutal, ugly propaganda campaigns aimed to persuade the judges.  The event was the Columbian Exposition. Westinghouse and Tesla stood on one side, equipped with the alternating current system. On the other side Thomas Edison and General Electric were trying to retain their current title by promoting direct ...
December 14 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Top 10 Best iPhone Apps for the Enterprise

I am constantly in search of iPhone applications that make my job easier.  Especially if they involve enterprise functionality.  Unfortunately, my research has revealed very little in terms of value despite there being over 100,000 apps on the App Store.  There is a big opportunity for Apple to build a corporate focused app store for those wanting enterprise level apps.  Meanwhile, below is the best of what I’ve been able to find ...
December 11 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

The Tiger Woods Redemptive Guide to Enterprise 2.0

Admit it you screwed up.  They finally caught up to you.  One or two times and it may have been forgivable.  But twelve people?  Are there more?    You once were admired for your style, your performance, your polish.  You were the star of the show.  But now the past has caught up with you.  Maybe it's time for a new approach.  A reinvention.  Can this teach us anything? Maybe you’ve ...
December 11 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

SharePoint 2010 vs. MindTouch the Battle of the Platforms

My first exposure to SharePoint was in 2003. I worked at A.T. Kearney and one of our clients was using it to manage their documents.   One’s first experience with SharePoint inevitably influences future views. It shapes your perceptions of the tool. If your experience was positive then you generally view SharePoint as a powerful addition to your business.  If it was negative, then it’s viewed as a nuisance and rarely used.  The ...
December 10 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Jive Software vs. MindTouch a Guide for Decision Makers

I’m frequently asked what the difference is between MindTouch and Jive Software.   The short answer is that Jive is a social business construct where MindTouch is more of a business application platform.  Jive solves very specific business needs while MindTouch can solve a variety of business needs but typically needs customization for complex applications.  Before I go any farther, let me state the obvious.  I’ve only met ...