Friday, September 7, 2007

Enterprise Collaboration Session

As part of the office 2.0 conference, I was attending the Enterprise Collaboration session.

View the recorded session.
(In great quality using Veodia)

It was an interesting session as we all tried to explain what 'collaboration' is (in different context).

Beyond the shared views and the common stories about how the consumer market affecting the enterprise - the main theme was transparency and relevancy.

I was trying to make the point (I hope I did...) that there is a 'sales' phase/process for these ideas/technologies/tools within the enterprises. Unlike the consumer market, there is a need to convince a centralized organization or an executive before these ideas/technologies/tools become 'Kosher' for the enterprise.

Another point was that we make sure that the 'ideas/technologies/tools/solutions' we would like to 'create/use/embrace' have to be able to be 'industrialized' to the level in which they provide the level of service required by a customers/companies. One of the aspects is security.

Interesting enough, I agreed with Paul (Oracle) on many of the topics he presented.

Well - it was a long successful day. I hope you would have the chance to view the recorded sessions in case you were not around this week.


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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Classroom 2.0

As part of the office 2.0 conference, I am/was attending the Classroom 2.0 session.


The discussion was around the role of educators and the usage of 'web 2.0' tools by schools.

Some (interesting) comments by the panel:
  • The role of teachers is to teach students how to find information, but most important, how to validate the information.
  • There is more adoption of 'Web 2.0' technology and tools by individual educators, than the universities and schools. The IT organization are still resisting...
  • 25% of education traffic on the Internet goes to wikipedia.
  • The challenge is to keep students engage, or they will find "black market education" resources and learn from them. 'Free' resources with content which is not consider to be updated or the truth. (...truth and history are written by the winners...)
  • Content creation helps students to improve their understanding of the domain they focus on.
  • We need to stop blocking the students from using the learning tools or their choice, while learning in the schools.
  • The teachers may feel intimidated by 'losing' their role as the single source of knowledge and authority.
  • Classrooms are the places where students learn that they can do more than they thought can/want to do. Educators role is the coach and push students to excel.

As I see it, we had few discussions in parallel:
There are issues and ideas around content generation (quality, relevancy, tools, etc.), knowledge management (knowledge find-ability, clustering) and education administration (running schools and more).

There is a wide agreement that Web 2.0 'capabilities' do change the education domain.
Applying the relevant tools to the relevant tasks is necessary (dauh...).
The real challenge is to match the content development to the collaborative space while the school is not blocking it... and them to scale it beyond that school to include additional schools in the state/country and globally.


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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Office 2.0 Conference in San Francisco

I’ve been busy lately with preparation for the up coming Office 2.0 conference in San Francisco.

"...The Office 2.0 Conference is a collective experiment organized every year in San Francisco, CA and aimed at discovering the future of online productivity & collaboration. It is a unique gathering of visionaries, thought leaders, and customers using innovative online services for getting things done at the office, at home, and on the go..."

The agenda is packed with great topics and I am working with my friends at SAP on some cool demos and information we would like to share.

I am also participating in one of the panels on Friday, talking about Enterprise Collaboration.

It is going to be a great event.

Stay tune for some massive buzz in the Blog-sphere.


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