I can barely control my indignation when I read articles about Google Plus as
a tool for “social collaboration”. These articles sometimes come from
writers I respect. I guess we have a difference of opinion on this. Here are
my reasons why I think Google Plus is not a tool for social collaboration
1. You can’t paste horns on a dog and call it a bull
The last I remember, social collaboration was supposed to be about learning
from the design concepts of social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, and
adapting them to a business environment to spur productivity and
collaboration. The key phrase here is “learn from design concepts and adapt
them”. Google Plus is an out and out consumer tool in fierce competition
with Facebook. Can anyone show me even a single change made to Google Plus in
Google Apps to make it adaptable to business? Surely there is s... (more)
We tend to get carried away in the mood of the moment. As enterprise social
networks started to pick up, weren’t we a little too quick to grab our
shovels, prepare tearful eulogies post the “death of intranets” in the
manner of “intranets were great BUT…..”, and start to drag the intranet
Not so quick.
Admittedly, intranets have had a rocky past, suffering from adoption
problems, never quite delivering their promise. However, the objectives where
sound, and lots of companies which thought through their intranet
implementation, did have great success. Social software on th... (more)
Collaboration, or the act of working together, is universal across business
types and industries – education, healthcare, real estate, government or
any other. However, each industry has its own specific language for referring
to things, and puts different emphasis on different collaborative
The purpose of this series is to use a simple visual format to describe how
cloud collaboration technology could be useful in your industry.
The first infograph is about cloud collaboration software in the healthcare
and wellness industry – hospitals, doctors offices, laboratories,... (more)
Overuse tends to a suck a phrase of meaning, and the same may be said of
“collaboration”. As an executive, you’ve probably been inundated with
articles on “collaboration software” and its business possibilities. But
it seems to mean different things at different times. Sometimes it means
email, other times document sharing with Google Drive, and still other times
managing projects with Basecamp. And when the social network Google + was
launched, you were told enterprise collaboration was forever changed.
You probably experienced what may be described as information induced
This post would qualify as a part of the “back to the basics” series.
While cloud based business software has gained mainstream adoption over the
past couple of years, many companies are dipping their toes in it for the
first time, and are still asking the “why” questions.
This post answers the “why” for intranet software. Why should my company
implement an intranet at all? How will it benefit me? Here’s why.
1) Productivity. An intranet is the “home” for employees (ideally) and
the intranet desktop is probably the first thing they see in the morning. An
intranet which gives empl... (more)