Industrialisation of Social Networking for the Enterprise

Luis Suarez

Or, to put it in other words, automation of your social networking presence. Have we forgotten that with social networking for business we are all in it for the long run? Where did we leave behind the social business transformation? And just like we commoditised email back in the day, it’s starting to look like we are commoditising social networking for business along the very same lines. . practitioner, specially, in the Social Web.

Reflections from 2011 – Focused and Purposeful Social Networking

Luis Suarez

Of particular and relevant interest to this article I am putting together over here in this blog would be item #1 on “ The Social Buzz Wears Off ” where Alan comes to share this rather shocking , perhaps, too harsh statement: “ 2012 will be the year employees start hating social software “ Goodness! I mean, we have only been having social software tools for merely 15 years and we are already starting to hate them, as end-users?

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Lead Social Business Enabler for IBM’s w3 and www Connections – Job Role and Responsibilities

Luis Suarez

Now that the word is out there, and since I have been in the new job for a couple of weeks already, I guess it’s a good time to reflect on what does the Lead Social Business Enabler for IBM’s w3 and www Connections do on a daily basis in terms of my job role and responsibilities. To name: – Create and consolidate a Social Board of Advisors to help improve the feedback mechanism for our very own Enterprise Social Software Solutions.

Social Business in 2013 – A Challenge

Luis Suarez

While I was pondering further along preparing my coming back to blogging I just couldn’t help reflecting on a good number of the various different articles that I have posted over here in the last few months, some of them exposing, quite frankly, perhaps too bluntly, at times, some of the various different challenges that Social Business, still today in 2013, keeps facing in order to provoke that massive business transformation we have all been anticipating for quite a bit.

The Illusion of Control

Luis Suarez

. The illusion of control is coming back, and it’s coming back with a vengeance , apparently, according to this article from Henry Mintzberg , who has been noticing, how, lately, most organisations seem to have put more tight-in controls within, and outside, the firewall in order to control what seems to be uncontrollable anymore (if it ever was!), workers, may have to blame ourselves for that to happen in this Social, Digital Age. We don’t need control in this Social Era , do we

BlueIQ at IBM Finally Goes External!

Luis Suarez

So, as I am ramping up the last few hours of my holidays, yesterday afternoon I found out, through my colleagues, that, after a long while, our IBM Social Software Internal Adoption Program is now ready to transcend the firewall and go external. Benefits & Metrics (With plenty of anecdotal evidence, and success stories from fellow IBMers who were facing real problems and found real solutions with social technologies). ( Note: You see?

My New Cheese – Lead Social Business Enabler for IBM’s w3 and www Connections

Luis Suarez

I know that some of you folks may be wondering about what happened back in January about who moved my cheese and why was I so relatively quiet on social networks for a good few weeks, right? In short, it’s the one that provoked the extended period of silence on the Social Web and which concluded with me deciding to *not* stand till, do nothing and wait for the pay-check at the end of the month and succumb to everything that I have never believed in, in the first place.

Open Business Strategies – Helping Someone Else Achieve Their Goals

Luis Suarez

Over the course of the last few years, there have been a good number of occasions where, when working with fellow colleagues, customers or business partners, plenty of knowledge workers kept asking me what would be the best way for them to get started with their own adoption efforts of social software, both inside and outside of the firewall, so that it wouldn’t be too painful, but at the same time they wouldn’t lag behind too much in the attempt.

2013 – The Year of Social HR

Luis Suarez

Haven’t we learned anything in the last 18 years since we had the first instances of social software tools with blogs and wikis? At least, judging from that article Jeanne Meister published earlier on under the heading “ 2013 – The Year of Social HR ” and where she gets to develop further on a good number of different social media trends that will be affecting HR over the course of the next year.

Business Can’t Succeed in a World That’s Failing

Luis Suarez

One of my favourite topics du jour is that one of the Future of Work and, more specifically, how the world of Social Networking is helping redefine it by provoking one of the most profound business transformations we have lived through in our entire history. Let’s ensure we get it right this time around with the little help and good effort from social software. If we have been looking for a purpose for Living Social, I think this is our chance.

IBM THINK Forum – Optimism, Outrageousness and Smart Sense-Making on Leadership

Luis Suarez

But what I find really fascinating from her speech is the fact of how such a traditional knowledge organisation as the CIA has always seen, and embraced, the key paramount role of knowledge creation and knowledge sharing, and collaborating through the use of social networking tools!, Thus, if the CIA has been capable of proving how critical the role of social networking is, both internally and externally, for those knowledge sharing activities, what’s our excuse?

There Can Be No Resilience Without Transformation

Luis Suarez

It has been nearly two weeks since the last post that I put over here in this blog, so I am sure that plenty of you folks out there may have been thinking I have been on holidays, or taking the typical summer break , and that at some point in time I may well be coming back to blogging on a regular basis, along with picking up my external social networking activities. The reason why all of these social networking tools are so popular with 2.0

How the Social Enterprise Defines the 21st Century Workplace – Moving To The Edge

Luis Suarez

Specially, those folks who have made the Social Web their new home. Douglas keeps questioning whether technology (And the (Social) Web) are part of the main problem we have been having over the last few years in the jobs market with having less and less of them. Or the Social Enterprise. After all, they already have their jobs , their work hours , their passion and motivation to do the work and their extended networks.

Google Plus – One50, Two50 and TheRest

Luis Suarez

The truth is that I am ready to make plenty of blunt moves on redefining my social networking presence out there on the Social Web, and I will be sharing some further insights on that regard very soon, but one thing for sure is that at this point in time my blog will remain where it is. I would probably even venture to state that perhaps it will be one of the most critical key capabilities that this new social networking site would have to offer to the whole Social Web.

Social Business in 2013 – A Commitment

Luis Suarez

Before we move further on in trying to address the final conclusions I shared on a recent blog post under the heading Social Business in 2013 – A Challenge , I thought I would go ahead commenting further first on that third piece from that recent CMSWire article that I published earlier on, where I talked about perhaps one of the most important, key concepts for Social Business to thrive in 2013 and beyond: A Commitment.

Building a Solid Library of Use Cases

Luis Suarez

. You may still remember how a while ago I put together over here a couple of blog posts, where I was talking extensively about the Social Business Adaptation Framework I’m currently using when working with clients in their various different change initiatives as part of their own Social Business journey. That’s why the third pillar of the Social Business Adaptation Framework I keep using all the time has always been about building a solid library of use cases.

2013 – The Year of Social HR

Luis Suarez

Haven’t we learned anything in the last 18 years since we had the first instances of social software tools with blogs and wikis? At least, judging from that article Jeanne Meister published earlier on under the heading “ 2013 – The Year of Social HR ” and where she gets to develop further on a good number of different social media trends that will be affecting HR over the course of the next year.

Social computing in knowledge-intensive workplaces

Harold Jarche

Ross Dawson discusses a Gartner report on social software, looking at some particular forecasts for the next three to five years out: 20% of businesses using social media instead of e-mail by 2014. 20% of businesses will use social network analysis by 2015. 70-95% of IT dominated social media initiatives will fail through to 2012. I’ve highlighted the last point because it’s time to look at social media as a connecting force in the enterprise.

The Future of Open Business At Stake

Luis Suarez

and Social Business, the social evangelists, were starting to become rather scarce and very rare to be seen out there on the Social Web. They thought that people would find it difficult to navigate if it didn’t follow the familiar patterns “ I guess nowadays it’s what most people would be calling Collaboration, but this time around happening through social software tools. “ Don’t let people try to tidy up your internal use of social too soon.

The Soft Skills of Collaboration and The Social Enterprise

Luis Suarez

Use It To Drive A Successful Social Business &# where she comes to confirm what a whole bunch of us have been saying all along for a while now; that for an Enterprise to succeed in living social culture is going to play a key role at the same time that online communities will continue to be the major drivers of social software adoption, both inside and outside of the firewall. Nothing to do with social computing tools alone, really.

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Community Management Fundamentals – Where Do I Start?

Luis Suarez

Knowledge Management, Collaboration, Learning, Social Computing within the Enterprise, Productivity, Work Life Integration, etc. So today I am putting a remedy to that and will start sharing the odd blog post from now onwards on what I strongly believe it’s one of the major drivers of social software tools adoption , both inside and outside of the firewall. Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning Personal KM Social Computing

Google Plus and Twitter – How They Work for Me Hand in Hand

Luis Suarez

I am back to making active use of one of my favourite social networking tools out there, where I have been spending a large chunk of time over the course of the last four years and counting. It’s now my top favourite social software tool out there on the Social Web, as I tried to reflect on a good number of different blog posts over the course of the last few weeks; something that didn’t happen for plenty of other social tools out there when they first launched.

The Hybrid Experiment

Luis Suarez

As you would well remember, I returned back from my holidays a couple of weeks back and so far it’s been massively hectic , in a healthy way; still pretty much under control, incredibly excited about what lies ahead for the new year, and really looking forward towards another special year, just like 2010 was, in the area of Social Computing and Enterprise 2.0 (Yes, the less and less time you seem to make for your own blogging efforts and general engagement with social tools.

Reflections from 2011 – A World Without Email – The Documentary

Luis Suarez

Not only am I going to provide an account on what’s happened in the last few months of living “ A World Without Email “, but also I am going to be sharing a good number of insights on what’s happened around me, out there on the Social Web, and how other folks have been thinking, and taking action, too!, I know how at this point in time you may be wondering whether I would believe, or not, if email could turn all around and become a whole lot more social.

Why Corporate Training is Broken And How to Fix It

Jay Cross

Training departments are no more at fault than bankrupt companies like Blockbuster Video, Borders, Silicon Graphics, Nortel Networks, Circuit City, Bethlehem Steel, Smith Corona, Polaroid, Wang Labs, or Underwood Typewriters. What worked twenty years ago doesn’t work well in the social, always-on, networked world of business we now inhabit. The social revolution of the 1960s gave rise to the concept that learning is individual. Social & Collaborative Activities.

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Mastering the Art of Collaboration Through Conversation

Luis Suarez

And I don’t mean that in the sense of just cultivating, building or nurturing your social capital skills per se, even though we all know they are the key to success for the 21st century organisation , as my good friend Valdis Krebs once wrote about, but I was mainly referring about work related conversations themselves. If anything, it’s those very same networks that will work really hard to ensure you are up to date on whatever you may have missed out that may be relevant to you.

How to Use Employee Engagement to Boost Your Business

Luis Suarez

Over the last couple of years there have been a good number of really insightful , and very helpful, blog posts that have caught my attention on what , to me, is still one of the most important topics within the corporate environment and perhaps well beyond as well, without not necessarily even being related to social networking alone per se : Employee Engagement. It’s what the Social Web has managed to unleash and awaken from all of those years.

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Communities and Networks Connection Hotlists

Nancy White

Now that we are a couple of months into the “signal sharing&# of the Communities and Networks Connection , I wanted to share the top posts people have clicked into on the site (courtesy of the magic of Tony Karrer ). The following are the top posts in March from featured sources based on social signals, with a few annotations from posts that I found useful. Social Media ROI: Measuring the unmeasurable? Future of Social Networks by Charlene Li - Elsua , March 20, 2009.