Enterprise 2.0 Boot Camp Post-Mortem

The very first Enterprise 2.0 Boot Camp, which set up shop yesterday at Oracle HQ, is now history. Although the "recruit" attendance was not what we expected - there were a lot of no-shows, perhaps to be expected on a Monday - the feedback was excellent.

Ajay Gandhi, previously from BEA and now a senior member of Oracle's Enterprise 2.0 team, provided a nice, balanced introduction. We had two very good overviews of corporate blogging, an introduction to social media strategy from our own Marius Ciortea, a wiki primer from Stewart Mader (formerly of Atlassian), and perhaps best of all, a deadpan delivery of "Enterprise 2.0: How You Will Fail" from the illustrious Bex Huff (an Oracle ACE Director). The latter was a source for some particularly good quotes, such as my favorite: "Where there is lack of shared purpose, information sharing leads to chaos." Amen, my friend.

More color is available at the Boot Camp wiki; we expect all presos to be available there shortly.



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There were some surprises. First of all, despite the fact that we explicitly targeted LOBs as recruitment targets, most of the people who showed up were in IT. I was also surprised to see virtually all of Oracle's global advertising team there - I'm not sure why exactly, but kudos to them for playing.

The working group was small, but it was active, with plenty of questions pertaining to privacy/security (one recruit from a bank was particularly discouraged by these challenges) and metrics/measurement. We're all in the same boat, folks.

All in all, a good time was had by all. Will we do more? Yeah, I think we will.

Comments:

I'm glad you enjoyed my talk ;-) I promise to have it up on slideshare tomorrow, and I'll update the wiki...

Posted by bex on July 29, 2008 at 04:06 AM PDT #

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