"The consumerization of the enterprise trend will start to infiltrate corporate IT"
Dion Hinchcliffe's review of Enterprise 2.0 in 2006 sums up the progress made this year and highlights some of the cultural issues inloved here. I agree with R/WW and Dion that we'll continue to see the technologies and trends of the consumer web bleed into the behind-the-firewall space. Specifically, more lightweight development and web orientated design patterns (such as REST) will rise in popularity amongst the professional developer community in the coming year. Devs are lazy - they really do want to do more with less and do it quicker.
Here they are together with Ed Yourdon's analysis:
IBM’s blogging policy, published in mid-May 2005. What’s interesting about this policy is not just that it was not just developed by members of the corporate communications and legal teams, but that it evolved over a period of ten days, as a collaborative effort on an inhouse wiki.
Sun Microsysystems’ blogging policy — ummm, not immediately obvious when this was published, but I suspect you can track it down fairly easily (I’m writing this on a 6-hour plane flight, with no Internet access). I like this one because it consists of ten simple, straightforward, no-nonsense guidelines.
Yahoo Employee Blog Guidelines — this page contains a link to a downloadable PDF file with the actual guidelines, along with some breezy, chatty commentary and “guidelines about the guidelines” from a handful of Yahoo! bloggers.
Groove’s blogging guidelines, as discussed by Ray Ozzie, who is now Microsoft’s Chief Scientist. One of the interesting issues raised in this set of guidelines is the need for all employees in a company to suspend blogging during SEC-mandated “quiet period,” such as the period immediately before an IPO.
Charlene Li’s sample blogging policy, from Forrester Research — written in 2004, this is not a “real” policy, but merely a short bullet-list of half a dozen guidelines to keep in mind. If you’re not ready to drag the legal department, the corporate communications department, and the HR department into a series of committee meetings about your company’s blogging policy, this might be a reasonable place to start.
P.S. Ed Yourdon has done another post which gives more examples and more information. Again, useful stuff.
There are a number of contributors include Ruth Ward from Allen & Overy, Charles Christian, Editor of Legal Technology Insider and myself.
Also, I quite liked this analysis from Tim Travers of Travers Associates who wrote about the Google, YouTube and MySpace Generation "With more graduates from this generation joining law firms as trainee solicitors and young qualified lawyers, and also becoming consumers of professional services in their own right, the gap between fluent technology users and technology luddites will become ever greater within the same organisation. As one of my former firm’s managing partners might say, adopting McKinsey principles learnt from Harvard Business School professors, “how does this gap affect the organisation’s alignment of its structure, strategy, systems, style, staff, skills and shared values?”
Every year Time nominates its person of the year. This year that person of the year is you.
The Editor of Time writes why that is so "It's a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It's about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people's network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It's about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes. "
Also look at these slides which which were prepared by Lee Bryant and Ruth Ward which gives a case study view on the A& O experience of working together to create blogs and wikis for communities and projects at the law firm.
We have got to know each other on the back of our blogs.
As I have just qualified as a mediator I was particularly delighted to meet Diane.
The three of us had a very interesting discussion.
Some of the issues we covered included:
1 A danger that some law practitioners who want to set in mediation practices face is that they can just try to focus on mediation when they need other sources of income, not just the physical mediations.
2 Within the United States which has a far more developed mediation culture, there is more emphasis on providing mentoring with the new mediators than I have experienced here in the UK. I also explained that I had to take an exam to qualify as a mediator in the UK.
3 I brought up the issue of technology and expressed my concern that new technologies such as software could make role of the mediator redundant. Diane and Steve were not that concerned and felt that you would always have a need for a human being mediator. One of the reasons for this may be the intuitive nature of mediation.
P.S - Both Diane and I expressed a preference that the less we knew about the case, the better for doing mediations. In other words we do not want lots of papers prior to doing a mediation.