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Jumping on the web 2.0 for intranets bandwagon
I find it rather strange how many people I meet through my intranet work who are saying things like ‘oh we need blogs, we need a wiki too’ but don’t really seem to understand what they need them for. Intranet Managers are often fighting a battle with intranet users and senior managers coming into work and saying ‘well last night my daughter introduced me to this blog thing on the internet and I want one’ etc. Some people seem to be so wrapped up in the trend they aren’t clear what problem they are trying to solve.
In searching around for comment on this I was pleased to find many of my colleagues are also saying that web 2.0 tools are not necessarily the answer and we must understand the problem first. As intranet managers and developers we have to be able to describe this need to the enthusiastic Senior managers and advocates in our organisation who really just want to launch the new toy and see what happens.
Toby Ward’s web site article Enterprise 2.0 vs. Intranet 2.0 clearly describes how intranet managers need to ensure their house is in order before jumping on the web 2.0 bandwagon;
“Is this important for your organization? Should you be embracing enterprise 2.0? Yes and no. Firstly, if you’re without a comprehensive communications plan, that includes a comprehensive intranet plan (intranet blueprint), that is well executed and managed, you have bigger priorities (this includes about 85% of all corporations)”
Using the right tools for the right job
James P. MacLennan short article is a useful review of one such challenge. he talks about the the implementation of web 2.0 tools in his work and the need to define the differences between Announcements, Blogs, Discussion Forums and Wikis
Jane McConnell’s post Enterprise 2.0 – to be or not to be? Depends on how you approach it… has a great 5 step plan to help understand if you really need web 2.0 in your organisation. In summary it’s all about …
- Understanding the users and organsational needs
- Defining the functions they require to support these needs (NOT the tools)
- Review what you already have – could it do the job just as well?
- If web.2.0 can help, start small and fast
- Integrate the tools well and communicate communicate
Jane also discusses the 3 question technology test, which again, in my view is great practical advice..
"These questions may also be a simple way to formulate the value of 2.0 when you need to explain/justify/prove ROI to senior management.
1. Does it let people perform an action they could NOT do previously? (= new function)
2. Does it let people do something faster or cheaper than previously? (= easier to use, cheaper to implement and maintain)
3. Does it bring an added value? (= tangible or intangible benefits previously not attainable)"
This slightly challenges a previous blog entry here from Sam Marshall Web 2.0 inside your organisation – where to start?, who supports those organisations out there who are just trying the tools and seeing how they take off. But hey, what are blogs about if it’s not to encourage debate….