Not familiar with who the W3C is? In their words, The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web.” This is the organization that tries to define industry standards that make integrating computer systems possible. Without them, the world wide web (www.) would not exist.
As Lotusphere 2012 is all about Social Business, the timing of this report is appropriate. The report provides some great insight into the future of social business from the viewpoint of the jam participants. A few points:
- Only 18% of the participants Social Business is just marketing hype. I don’t hold much faith in the longevity of their businesses. But that also means 82% of those surveyed see Social Business as a real part of business today. That is important if you are in the business of Social Business. That means opportunity.
- Only 7% of the participants have only one identity on the web. Does that mean we all suffer from dissociative identity disorder? I hope not. Does it mean we don’t trust the world enough to let our whole self be seen by everyone? Perhaps at least to some degree. For example, many people don’t use the same identity on LinkedIn as they use on Facebook because they don’t want their employer or prospective employer to know about their personal life. But it may also say something about how people play many roles in their lives and that one identity cannot represent us appropriately. You see this in twitter profiles all the time: “CIO, whitewater kayaker, father”. This becomes relevant because it’s the commonalities you share outside of business that make the strongest bonds for doing business. It’s the fraternity effect, as I call it. For Social Business to be most effective, it will need to be able to handle our split personalities.
- The report reveals how we treat our constant-connections of mobile phones so differently from all other devices. Not just that technology must accommodate this in many ways including partial data wipes that remove corporate data while leaving personal data untouched. The implications go into the usability features of the devices themselves too. Think “It’s not business, it’s personal.” for a mobile phone, but “it’s not personal, it’s just business” for the desktop.
- The respondents also see value in social technologies in how they can handle exceptions to processes more effectively than structured forms. This will shine most in a crisis. If you are familiar with Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, you can see how this could fit in. Imagine a natural disaster hits the headquarters of a company. While their computer systems will survive if they properly setup a co-located data center, layers of leadership may not be available. Social technologies are inherently flat organizationally, allowing people at all levels to communicate directly with the people they need to in the most effective manner.
- An interesting point that will play out in the near future is the response to the survey question “I want social tools integrated with my other applications”. This is exactly what IBM is doing with IBM Connections and the Social Edition of Lotus Notes coming soon. 65% agree. I expect those that disagreed probably just couldn’t envision such an integrated world. They probably don’t realize that they already have that in places like facebook (if they use it.)
If you want an idea of where social software is going, this report is a worthwhile read.
Witness to a Murder
Sun, Sep 21st 2014 11:14p David Hablewitz Taking a diversion from the usual technology-related topic to share a bit of what most people will never see, Sunday morning, 5:30 AM, the first day of Fall, 2014. My internal alarm clock wakes me up. It is still quite dark outside. Charlie, our rooster hasn’t even woken up yet. That reminds me of something […] [read] Keywords:
How Your Learning Mindset Can Cost Your Job (and how to avoid it)
Mon, Sep 1st 2014 6:13a David Hablewitz It’s Labor Day (U.S. Holiday) A great day to write about work. If you work in a computer-related profession you can never stop learning if you wish to remain employed. And that trend is spreading across professions like wildfire as the benefits of technology influence almost every profession. But not everyone is cut out for a lifetime of success through learning. In a recent article published by Salman Khan, the creator of KhanAcademy.org, he wrote about Learning Mindsets:
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WARNING: Google Apps for Business Terms of Service
Sat, Aug 30th 2014 2:12p David Hablewitz These are the terms of service you are agreeing to in your Google Apps Business account. See the text highlighted in RED. Does this agreement concern anyone?
(Taken from Google Business TOS https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/terms/ )
Your Content in our Services
Some of our Services allow you to upload, submit, store, send or receive content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.
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How to get Sametime Video Chat in SmartCloud
Sun, Aug 24th 2014 11:12p David Hablewitz The maintenance window is over and SmartCloud Sametime chat now includes audio and video. Some details to know:
First, the feature is accessible only via a browser or via the mobile app. It is not available in the Notes embedded client (yet). Also, all parties in the chat must be logged into SmartCloud. That makes sense. If they weren’t, you couldn’t chat with them either.
Once logged into https://collabserv.com website, logged into Sametime, open your contacts list. You wi [read] Keywords: notes
New easy way to get your IBM software downloads via SmartCloud!
Tue, Aug 12th 2014 4:14p David Hablewitz OK, you’ve seen my article giving a detailed review about how bad Passport Advantage website was for many years. It took awhile to get fixed. But for the most part, much of that has improved dramatically since – and at least partially because of – that article. But downloads are still a bit of a pain. That is, until now!
If you subscribe to SmartCloud Notes, you can get to your downloads in Passport Advantage directly from the Apps – Downloads and Setup menu. It [read] Keywords: ibm
Bothell City Council exposed for avoiding due process to build a new $47 Million City Hall without a Public Vote
Wed, May 28th 2014 12:12a David Hablewitz If you live in the City of Bothell, you will definitely be interested in watching what happened at the City Council meeting on May 20th
It is long, but you need to watch the first 20 minutes and again at about time stamp 2:54:00.
After watching it I am certain you will be motivated enough to visit the next City Council meeting in person and let them know how you feel about what they are planning to do with your money. The next meeting is Tuesday, June 3rd at 6:00 PM at City Hall.
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