"Facebook for the Enterprise" is that really necessary?
By vince.casarez on Dec 19, 2009
Don't get me wrong, I think for connecting with friends, family, and old school chums, there's nothing better today. But when it comes to providing employees or partners within your company, do you really want them checking out your latest family vacation pictures?
I know that Facebook has recently added a whole slew of permission based capabilities to shield you from this pending embarassment, but security isn't the issue. The question is: does your company really need another website where your employees can be distracted from their daily tasks? I do understand the need for employees to be engaged at the office and that they need a "break" every now and then, but if you are driving employees to yet another destination in the company, then where should they go to get their job done? And more importantly, what are new employees to do?
I think the promise of enterprise portals has always been a bit of a holy grail. It is supposed to be the single place where employees go to get everything they need to know. At Oracle, we've seen this morph into more of a destination for employees to go to get work done. They obviously need to get access to the processes and tasks that they do on a daily, weekly basis. But they also want it to be a destination where their personal interests are addressed. This is where things like Mashups come in. Users that choose to should be able to add elements, gadgets, portlets, components, or widgets directly to their page. And we are now seeing a distinct need to allow them to develop their personal/professional network of experts within the Portal as well.
We don't believe it needs to be another destination to drive them away from their work tasks. We believe it should be another feature or element that pulls them in to the portal and delivers the information, experts, processes, and support to get their jobs done.
Let's face it, if you need a distraction, they are out there. But if you need to get your work done, the last thing you want to do is to navigate to ten different sites to find the needle in the haystacks. When you really need to find that needle, you want to search through one haystack if possible.