Monday, March 30, 2009

Extracting value from EA

I think by now most companies know that investments made to Enterprise Architecture are paid back after time. What most companies don't know unfortunately is how to extract value from EA. Here's a great report I came across on CIO Index that provides guidance on this tricky topic. This is definitely a must read for all architects.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Twitter commercial accounts on the way

eWeek reported today that Twitter has announced that they will soon offer commercial accounts for an extra fee. This is just one step in what Gartner predicts that 80% of social software platforms will include enterprise blogging features by 2011. For the full story, read the article here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Social Networking Within the Enterprise

Blogs, wikis, social networks is all the latest buzz, but has the enterprise truly caught on? The Burton Group recently conducted a study investigating whether companies are really using web 2.0 technology. Their in-depth research also helps businesses understand the business, organizational, and technical factors to consider when formulating social networking strategies and initiating internal projects.

Read the Burton Group Report

Friday, March 20, 2009

Business Process Management (BPM) - Leveraging Competencies and Streamlining Processes to Achieve Operational Excellence

This morning I came across this white paper written by IBM in which they go over a study of 354 end users which believe that their organization as a whole are at "process ignorance" rather than "process excellence" or "process acceptance". Take some time to view this 22 page white paper as I'm sure you'll find it informative.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Twitter now fastest growing social network

According to a new article at Read Write Web, Twitter had 7 million unique visitors in February of 2009, as opposed to 475,000 in 2008, which is a growth rate of 1382% over the year. Surprisingly, the largest age group using Twitter is between the ages of 35-49. The article also states that 62% of the users access the application from work. Read the full article here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Financial Services in Germany Lead in BPM and SOA

This latest post on eBizQ discusses how financial services are ahead of many different industries in terms of SOA and BPM adoption. Since banks and other insurers are using SOA and BPM to achieve flexibility, agility, and transparency to drive overall business growth, the financial services industry will bounce back quicker than most.

The results come from an AG-sponsored survey of German operations which 64% of the financial companies surveyed viewed IT as a strategic resource. These results are monumental in the case of BPM, but what are similar results here in the US?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Mobile work force increases

According to eWeek, the number of people using their mobile devices to access content using their mobile phones increased to 22.4 million. There were 63.2 million users who in January 2009 who accessed some kind of information with their mobile phone.

Monday, March 9, 2009

What are your collaboration rules?

Brett Young recently posted his collaboration rules at his blog Collaboration Tech. I thought they were worth sharing:

1. Capture once.
2. Process once.
3. Resist printing.
4. Don't use email to collaborate, use it to communicate.
5. Send links, not attachments.
6. Store in a searchable, likable repository.
7. Be a sharer, not a hoarder.
8. Use real time communication, instead of voice mail or email, to reduce cycle time.

For an indepth look at these eight tips, read the blog here.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Hirewall: The digital way to manage the hiring process

Over at Read Write Web, they feature a new software that could help a department simplify the hiring process. The software ensures that the best candidates are seen for the jobs and that they are seen by the right people. By breaking down the hiring process into simple steps, and using email as reminders, this software helps ensure that the right candidates are interviewed for the job.

Hirewall Launch Video from Tim de Jardine on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Software AG Launches AlignSpace Social Network for BPM

According to PCW Business Center, Software AG's business is helping applications talk to one another, but now it wants to get people talking -- about BPM (business process management).

The company is branching out from its existing businesses of legacy application integration, SOA (service-oriented architecture) governance and BPM to build a social network, It hopes enterprises will use the network to discover information about their business processes and then automate those processes effectively -- perhaps using Software AG's tools.

For those of you who use BPM, will a social network increase your awareness or ability to spread the word about BPM? We'd like to hear your thoughts.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Effective Enterpise Communication Tools

I recently came across this presentation from Oscar Berg on The Content Economy in which he gives us a positioning model for different communication tools used in the enterprise like forums, blogs, and email. Each communication tool in the presentation is positioned differently, so which is the most ideal for use in your enterprise?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sponsored conversations on yoru blog -- a good idea?

In a recent article written at Read Write Web, Marshall Kirkpatrick disagrees with a recent Forrester report that says it's a good thing to engage in conversations on blogs that are sponsored. He states that it isn't that much different from advertising, and that the new industry should not be overrun with this type of advertising yet. For more of his opinions, read the blog post here.

What do you think? Do you write a blog? Will you write about a topic on your blog if a company sponsors it?