On changing the culture, On collaboration, On social media, On the CIO role

Did your boss get social media? Three bullet points to get him there

Recently there was a case in Norway (the first in our country that I know) where profiled Norwegian blogger Vampus tweeted “cleaned out my desk and ready for new challenges”. She was just internally reorganized in her company, and most certainly did not quit – at least not by communicating to her boss via Twitter.

The handling of the case by her management was an interesting one, where we should learn. I just posted at the Norwegian collaboration blog about what to learn if you are a manager or CEO, and here is the executive summary so to speak:

  1. Create good guidelines for your employees (and yourself) on what is allowed and not to write online. Ask employees already blogging what it should contain and use common sense.
  2. If in doubt when you read an online post from your employees, ask them what they meant by it, especially if something can be interpreted bad for your company, it may be ironic or “to the point”.
  3. Be aware of what one as a company want to acheive by having profiled bloggers employed and discuss expectations already when interviewing for employment. If already employed, make sure you give good guidelines as in bullet 1.
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On collaboration, On enterprise SaaS, On outsourcing

Projectplace flies high on SaaS model

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I am referring to Swedish SaaS Company Projectplace International AB, which proves the Enterprise SaaS model absolutely viable. I was flying home from Tromsø the other day and read an 8 page insert to SAS inflight magazine Scanorana (a nice advertising media by the way).

More than 300 000 projects are currently run on projectplace. I have used it in a project – it works great, but I think it provides less flexibility than for instance a well set up Sharepoint site. However a couple of nice features extend those of Sharepoint, being the time and issue registration features.
I have had several skeptical comments to SaaS, but obviously it works very well for Projectplace. I do not think they have higher security than username and password. That seems to be enough for the projects mentioned above, so perhaps it is enough for Innovation also, ref Induct Softwares SaaS model?

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On collaboration, On enterprise SaaS, On outsourcing

Yammer – Free enterprise Twitter as SaaS

Steria Norway is testing collaboration with Yammer – so far we are satisfied and a need is uncovered. It is a great example of enterprise software as a service solution featuring what seems to be good enough enterprise security by reducing visibility by others to only those with same mail domain.

Other than that it is a better version of twitter with file attachments, no post length restrictions and better group functionality.

Our community likes it. However, one needs to assess how it adds value to a projectized organization like Steria. Can it be too much collaboration?

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