One of the major denominators of Web 2.0 is ‘online collaboration’. As
Don Tapscott puts it in his book ‘wikinomics’: ‘The old notion that you
have to attract, develop, and retain the best and brightest inside your
corporate boundaries is becoming null. With the cost of collaboration falling
precipitously, companies can increasingly source ideas, innovations and
uniquely qualified minds from a vast global pool of talent’.
While offshoring has been growing in popularity over the past 10 years, the
real breakthrough is yet to come. And while Linux started about 15 years ago,
the open source movement has only started to gain momentum.
Many people describe offshoring as a ‘hype’ and believe it will start
declining. But considering the major benefits a company can achieve from
offshore outsourcing, why would it be a hype? People are merely ‘getting
used’ to working with ... (more)
Though Linux started about 15 years ago, the open source movement has only
started to gain momentum.
Let's consider what has happened recently in Netherlands. The government has
set out a task group ‘NOIV’, to stimulate open source and open standards
within the Dutch government. With the amount of open source solutions
available on sourceforge and more packages that are launched every day, it
seems an unstoppable development. Even ERP solutions, which have been one of
the major cash cows of the software industry in the past decades, can be
downloaded from the Internet.
There ar... (more)
In the wake of the economic slowdown, organizations are increasingly looking
for ways to do more with the same resources; articulate differently - to make
every penny, input and contribution count. In such situations, technologies
like Cloud Computing and Business Intelligence (BI) are becoming increasingly
important in gaining and maintaining a competitive edge. These technologies
when combined enable a variety of new analytic data management projects and
Cloud computing will change the economics of BI by making available the
hardware, networking, securi... (more)
According to a new report by Forrester Research, despite a long-term future
marked by commoditization, enterprise spending on Web 2.0 technologies will
surge over the next five years, growing 43 percent each year to reach $4.6
billion globally by 2013. The 5-year enterprise Web 2.0 forecast includes
technologies such as social networking, RSS, blogs, wikis, mashups,
podcasting, and widgets.
The enterprise Web 2.0 market, which includes the deployment of tools like
blogs, wikis, and social networking within the enterprise, was a growing
force in enterprise software in 2007 - 2008... (more)
While a lot has been said and written about Web 2.0 adoption in enterprises
and helping business grow, enabling development of innovative products by
lowering cost of doing businesses. But still the buzz continues about what
these developments and new technologies offerings mean for your company.
A recent McKinsey report, illustrates this syndrome and goes deep in
unearthing some interesting facts about how markets are morphing into Web 2.0
“conversations” and consumers are gaining greater freedom to pursue their
own interests, through online marketing. But the finding reveal that... (more)