Wednesday, August 20, 2008

If no-one has the answer ...

... where are the good sources of information?

Well, the problem with information sources in any emerging field is usually one of independence. Whilst many sites may talk about the subject, there is always the danger that you are being led to a specific conclusion: buy our product, research report or consultancy services.

As with most things in life, you should always take advice with a good pinch of salt unless there are compelling reasons to believe in the independence of the source or you have some personal trust relationship with the source.

Whilst there are many experts in the field, these are the people that I most strongly trust the opinions of:-

Enterprise 2.0: Euan Semple, Jenny Ambrozek, Andrew McAfee and Dion Hinchcliffe.

Cloud Computing: James Urquhart, Jesse Robbins, Artur Bergman and Rich Miller.

Social Media & Networks: Suw Charman-Anderson, Tara Hunt and Gavin Bell.

Future Technology: Tim O'Reilly, Matt Webb, James Duncan and Cory Doctorow.

This, of course, is simply my view. It's neither right nor wrong but instead a reflection of those things that matter to me.

Your view is probably completely different but then that's the beauty of freedom, participation and expression in the Internet age. No-one has the answers to an uncertain future and you have to decide where the good sources of information are. Don't let others make those decisions for you.

That said, there are some good people out there trying to bring you independent resources for information on particular subjects. Two of my favourites include the E2.0 portal by Simon Oxley and Nick Barker and Enterprise 2.0 Open by Bjoern Negelmann et al.


Anonymous said...

A wonderful set of blogs! Some familiar names, and some ones that are new to me. Thank for sharing.

swardley said...

Hi Benjamin,

Good to hear from you and thanks for the comment.

This list is simply a group of people that I listen to carefully on a number of subjects. It's not exhaustive in anyway and in the normal course of the day, I read a much wider range of blogs.

I created this list to simply show that I only have "my list" of what I think is important and people should develop and share their own lists.

Obviously with E2.0 / Cloud etc becoming hot topics, then there has been a mad dash for thought leadership with groups creating all sorts of "authoritative" sources of information.

I'm a great believer that the community should decide and not be told and that every individual has the right to have their voice heard.

I'd also like to see other people put up lists for whom they listen to on subject matters.

Anonymous said...

Simon, thanks for including the enterprise2open blog in this list, we really appreciate it!

You're right on the spot - quite a lot of people, groups and organizations are trying to offer "thought leadership" in the field of Enterprise 2.0 lately. And while I basically welcome the buzz and recognition, I am afraid that too often it's more about "answers", "solutions" and "systems" than it is about asking the right questions.

May well be some kind of consultant's "deformation professionelle", i.e. always trying to figure out "authoritative answers" - when we should rather focus on teaching by asking smart and well-guided questions, i.e. follow Socrates' method ...