Enterprise-y 2.0 fun and games

So I haven't been blogging as much as I should have been recently - I think real life and my day job got in the way. But in the same spirit as Billy, I have also been expanding my view of Web 2.0 and Enterpise 2.0.

Oracle Mix is a great start for an internal / external social networking site and I recommed you check it out - start with me and Billy, if you like. We'll be your friends.

I just signed up for OpenID on Billy's recommendation and used Windows cardspace to register - hitting two buzzword / paradigms in one go. So far I think it's a great way forward and I really see this being a better way to authenticate on the public web than always using the same username and password because who can remember all that stuff? I haven't explored all the functionality to make a judgement on Enterprise applications, and whether it's better, easier, or more secure than LDAP or AD.

I'm even twittering as well - although I don't think anyone except a couple of spammers cares right now. I'm not 100% sure of any enterprise value to this, but it's nice to see which time zone / city your friends are in this week. I love Bangkok as well, by the way - maybe I'll post some Thai Ronald McDonald pics here too. And we need tuktuks in New York City right now! How could they be more dangerous and dirty than most NY cabs?

I do draw the line at Facebook and MySpace, though. I was going to make a comment saying I'm an adult, so don't belong there - but then I remembered my esteemed colleague's recent post and I certainly would not want to imply he's not an adult.

Bottom line for me, though, is how can we use these tools to improve our work lives? (since that's my focus here). We are taking the lead within Oracle to incorporate these types of functionality into the enterprise with the goal of added connectivity, functionality, and efficiency. We may even throw some added fun in there too.

Comments:

Hi Roul, Regarding facebook I think it needs more development to bring it to business needs, I thought several times to use it to connect with my community work teams, but the groups and events functionalities are not good enough for serious business. though, I really like it, especially that I feel I live with my abroad friends just like old times, a friend here woke up and is making eggs for breakfast, another one is struggling to make his little daughter take medicine! It defiantly brought people back together, but in my humble opinion, it is still a social network for the society, not business, and again, that's its purpose... It's up to Oracle (and such vendors) to bring social networks features to business, with business flavor.

Posted by Ayman Khateeb on August 30, 2008 at 04:11 PM CDT #

Right facebook is great for social networking however when it comes to business the tools are still inadequate.

Posted by Enterprise Content Management System India on September 02, 2008 at 09:09 PM CDT #

I agree that Facebook is not a business tool (unless marketing is your business). However, it's not because the tools are still inadequate. The OpenSocial container framework allows nifty applications to be built and consumed within the FB experience. The connection, presence awareness and project capabilities are pretty good. The issue is one of orientation. FB is oriented to friend webs not business goals. The "projects" in FB are things like "grow my garden" or "join my cause" or "take this quiz". Contrast that to business goals such as "join my team" or "help complete this proposal" or "buy my stuff" and the differences are not that drastic. However, what is needed is a business application that provides these and other capabilities the way FB does for social relationships (friends). Oracle WebCenter does just this, with the added capabilities of compliant information management, storage, auditing, the ability to segment groups and teams you're working on, and a very robust framework for hooking up typical business infrastructure (CRM, SFA, and Fin systems).

Posted by billy on September 02, 2008 at 11:45 PM CDT #

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