Due to work, I've been silent running for the last week, finishing my Enterprise 2.0 and Butler Group talks. Of course, as always happens, I find something really exciting and interesting to look at just as any spare time I thought I had evapourates.
That said, I'm going to make some observations about a couple of random topics that have come up recently:-
- Open standards do not provide portability, they provide accessibility to data.
- SaaS today is strategically weak in terms of protecting the buyers' interests in regards to monopolistic opportunism, security and effective pricing.
- Neither Web 2.0 nor Enterprise 2.0 can be described as innovations today.
- Management is not linear but complex. There are no simple methods to management.
- Organisations only exist in the interaction between people and activities. Organisations aren't real things.
- Simplifying the activities of a company to basic KPIs and dashboards is the equivalent of crippling an organisation in order to allow for easier management.
- One of the problems with Enterprise 2.0 is the lack of training for management to deal with a complex (non linear) world.
- Increasing connectivity in a social network helps increase resistance to change.
- The secret to having a successful innovation is to fail lots.
- Not having a process map of an organisation is like not having a map of somewhere you are visiting. Fine for a house, not so good for a country.
- You can't map the inside of an uncharted territory until you've started to explore it. The same is true with innovation.
- 42 is not the answer to life, the universe and how long the police should be able to detain someone without charge.
- Web 2.0 bandwaggon-jumping is the single easiest way to erode brand value online if a company doesn't do it right.
- Thinking that just because you blog it will make your organisation famous is naieve - your ability to write interesting stuff is the limiting factor PLUS how easy it is to find your writings.
[Some additions by Rebecca Caroe]