Sunprise 2.0

Time to give an update. Lot of things happened. Sun announced a major restructuring back in November 2008 and I am very positive that we will come out of this as a much stronger company.

Although times are difficult we keep momentum with our Enterprise 2.0 strategy. It is really worth going to Peter's blog and have a look at what happened mainly with our internal collaboration tool SunSpace. Formerly the main users were our technical presales employees and it was known under the name CE 2.0. 100 days after launch in July 2008 we had a dramatic increase of registered users to 20000 Sun employees. Actually now we are at more than 25000 (which is more than 70% of all Sun employees). Sun Space is a socially-enabled community, part Facebook, part wiki, part forum and part document-sharing destination. It allows users to create their own social networks and profile pages, then join communities on a range of topics. But it is a lot more than these simple words can describe, a lot of interesting widgets and features, Peter described them extensively.

This is exactly the tool we are now using with our global HR Business Partner community. We created a place to share best practices in a structured way. In my opinion one of the most important things in our world of knowledge workers today. We developed an initial best practices taxonomy out of which someone posting a new practice needs to choose where to fit their own. Then a template helps to put some standard and structure around each of the practices posted which makes the process very easy. Finally attachments and/or links can be added.

The benefits really are obvious: enabling reuse of knowledge shortens our „time to client“, learning is fostered as is building our global community of HR Business Partners. We even have it in our job descriptions: „Collaborates across the function to effectively leverage in-house expertise in aid of solving client issues“. On top of all that people will learn to use new technologies! We are actually in the middle of rolling this out officially and starting to drive participation. I am just about to join the community leaders community....We're really taking a big step ahead in direction of HR 2.0!

Read this entry from Peter for a summary on Sun's Enterprise 2.0 activities. It is worth having a brief look at the white paper „The Estuary Effect“ which describes what we are doing from blogs, wikis, forums to socially enabled communities.

I also want to reference my former blog entries on the value of social networking for the enterprise and for HR (including a brief presentation) and Enterprise 2.0/HR 2.0.


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