Blogs & Wikis for Enterprise Applications?

This is becoming a hot topic. Perhaps there should not even be a “?” in the title, but it is still very early in the market and adoption stages. In our newest report Blogs & Wikis: Technologies for Enterprise Applications? Lauren Wood investigates (and finds some happier outcomes than the one mentioned by Leonor!). We’ll also be covering it at our April conference in San Francisco. From our intro to Lauren’s article:

“… Most of the discussion about blogs is centered around their affect on mainstream journalism, their power as a new communication channel and voice of the people, and how this will impact society. All this is interesting, but what does it have to do with implementing content or knowledge management, or enterprise collaboration applications? IT, business managers, and even analysts can be forgiven for thinking “not much”. In fact, we have been skeptical ourselves.
But, being dismissive of blogs and wikis because of how they are most often used, and talked about, today is a mistake (PCs and web browsers weren’t considered as serious enterprise tools at first either). What is important is how they could be used. They are simply tools, and many of you will be surprised to find how much they are already being utilized in business environments. For this issue, Contributor Lauren Wood provides a straightforward explanation of what they are, describes how they compare with content management systems, and reports on some telling examples of how blogs and wikis are currently being successfully used in enterprises.”

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    2 Responses to Blogs & Wikis for Enterprise Applications?

    1. Kim Shah says:

      Hey Frank,
      How are you? Saw your blog on Wikis and blogs and thought you would find the following link interesting:
      1) kimshah.typepad.com/adventures_in_marketing
      In this blog of mine, you will see a “dynamic link” under my picture which advertises my presence anywhere on the Internet. In fact, we have worked with Socialtext to allow such links on a wiki page so that various collaborators would be able to detect presence of colleagues they mamy wish to consult in person.
      Would love to show you more, when you have a moment.
      Regards, Kim

    2. rck says:

      Actually I think, that more and more portals at least LOOK like a blog in a way or the other. A very positive aspect of blogs is that they encourage often updates from their owners.
      A downside could be that it will improve the noise ratio while not raising the signal aspect significantly. Still, I think blogs add to the overal Internet appeal and often enough are a pleasant read.
      René C. Kiesler

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