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Forrester: Social networking will be biggest enterprise 2.0 priority by 2013

Interesting article. The customer relationship is finally being driven by the customer and community:

http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=8555

August 28, 2009 at 4:43 pm Leave a comment

Twitter Postings: Iterative Design (by Jakob Nielsen)

Jakob Nielsen posted a great article about Twitter posting design. Rather than just posting a link to the article, I thought I’d replicate. Remember to visit his site (it has lots of good advice on there)…

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August 24, 2009 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

Social media is the future of SEO

The social web and search results support each other and are inexorably linked.  It goes beyond a mere passive connection, the two create an active, virtuous cycle growing more powerful daily.  Adam Singer at thefuturebuzz.com views the cycle as:

The Social-SEO cycle

See the full article here:

August 20, 2009 at 2:46 pm 2 comments

Top 5 Enterprise Architecture Tweeters

Architecture & Governance magazine has featured 5 must-follow Enterprise Architects that you should follow. See the list below and don’t forget to go and see the full article:

Dion Hinchcliffehttp://twitter.com/dhinchcliffe

Dion helps lead the industry by evolving the thinking for next-generation businesses in various social media including ZDNet’s influential Enterprise Web 2.0 Blog and the Web 2.0 Blog. He is extensively published in leading industry periodicals and journals including the Microsoft Architecture Journal, AjaxWorld Magazine, SOA/Web Services Journal, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Social Computing Journal. His thought leading work has been covered in BusinessWeek, CNET News, Wired Magazine, CIO Magazine, and many other well-known periodicals.

Gene Leganzahttp://twitter.com/gleganza

Gene is an analyst at Forrester Research. Gene provides research and advisory services that address the needs of Enterprise Architecture professionals. Gene has been researching best practices in making enterprise architecture programs effective since 1999 and focuses on helping clients implement a pragmatic approach to EA that has clear value to business and IT leaders.

James Governorhttp://twitter.com/monkchips

James is Principal Analyst and founder of RedMonk. He leads coverage in the enterprise applications space, assisting clients with application development, integration middleware and systems management issues, as they relate to operational and business process optimization.

Hugh Evans: http://twitter.com/enterprisearchs

Hugh is the founder and CEO of Enterprise Architects – a strategic EA consulting firm in Australia.  He leads the Enterprise Architects executive team driving the business strategy execution and developing customer & partner relationships. Hugh holds directorships with several successful technology companies, with a particular interest in Web 2.0 and social media.

Andy Blumenthal: http://twitter.com/totalcio

Andy Blumenthal is the Chief Technology Officer at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Previously, Blumenthal served as the Chief, Office of Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance at the U.S. Coast Guard and as Chief Enterprise Architect at the U.S. Secret Service. Blumenthal is a visionary IT and business thought leader. For over 20 years, Blumenthal has developed leading-edge technology solutions for premier organizations in both the private and public sectors, including the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Treasury, the Dreyfus Corporation, and IBM.

Surprisingly not found in the twittersphere are EA analysts from Gartner.  Of all of the analysts covering EA from Gartner (listed here: http://www.gartner.com/0_admin/AnalystCoverageAreas.jsp#Enterprise%20Architecture), according to Gartner’s own list of analysts on Twitter, only Nick Gall (http://twitter.com/ironick) is active. Now that is funny!

August 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

Designing web interfaces

A great little (well it is actually very long yet comprehensive) video presentation that helps frame thinking on designing web interfaces:

August 18, 2009 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

World map of social networks

A map of the world, showing the most popular social networks by country, according to Alexa & Google Trends for Websites traffic data* (June 2009). A great little starter reference (warning check all the facts and feedback on the orginal page (click on map):

August 18, 2009 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

Social Media Revolution

A really great summary of social media facts presented in this compelling video:

All facts and figures can be found at Socialnomics

August 18, 2009 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

Gartner Social Software Hype Cycle

Keeping a finger on the pulse of where social is likely to go is important. I find these Gartner Hype Cycles to be seful however it is important to look at the specific situation that the business you work with is in. I do find it strange that blogs and presence (whatever that is deemed to be here – seems a little too broad) are the only ones in the ‘Plateau of Productivity’…Image taken from Spigit

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Gartner Social Software Hype Cycle 2009

Here are the five stages of the hype cycle:

1. Technology Trigger

The first phase of a Hype Cycle is the “technology trigger” or breakthrough, product launch or other event that generates significant press and interest. A “technology trigger” is breakthrough, public demonstration, product launch or other event generates significant press and industry interest.

2. Peak of Inflated Expectations

In the next phase, a frenzy of publicity typically generates over-enthusiasm and unrealistic expectations. There may be some successful applications of a technology, but there are typically more failures.

3. Trough of Disillusionment

Technologies enter the “trough of disillusionment” because they fail to meet expectations and quickly become unfashionable. Consequently, the press usually abandons the topic and the technology.

4. Slope of Enlightenment

Although the press may have stopped covering the technology, some businesses continue through the “slope of enlightenment” and experiment to understand the benefits and practical application of the technology.

5. Plateau of Productivity

A technology reaches the “plateau of productivity” as the benefits of it become widely demonstrated and accepted. The technology becomes increasingly stable and evolves in second and third generations.

August 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment


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