Friday, July 18, 2008

U.S. Air Force lets Web 2.0 flourish behind walls

United States Air Force logo, blue and silver....Image via WikipediaU.S. Air Force lets Web 2.0 flourish behind walls
Blogs, wikis and personal profiles promote information sharing, but some fear they could jeopardize operational security
July 17, 2008 (IDG News Service) The U.S. Air Force is using Web 2.0 technologies to better support its missions despite wariness about security, a civilian technology official of the service
The new techniques, including blogs, wikis and personal profiles, are coming out of an initiative by Air Force Knowledge Now (AFKN), a resource provided on the Department of Defense (DOD) intranet. They're helping service members and civilian employees find the information they need more quickly and are now being shared with members of the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines, according to Randy Adkins, director of the Air Force's Center of Excellence for Knowledge Management said last week.

IMHO, this article nicely points out the benefits, as well as the concerns about the use of Web2.0/Social Media capabilities in organizations. There is easy sharing, connecting to other experts and a more collaborative approach to working online together, and there is need for the building of social networking and sharing awareness.
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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Next step up for Social Networking software ?

Graphic representation of a minute fraction of...Image via Wikipedia"Content management software vendors eye social networking
Content management software vendors are pondering social networking features and are expected to collaborate or acquire so-called white label networks to make their enterprise apps more social."

Could this be the start of another round of consolidation, as well as the standardization and commercialization of Social Networking software ? Content Management vendors will likely purchase some of these companies to complete their offering, make them scalable and integrateble - all good things with regards to the utilization of social networking within business environments.
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