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The Social Mobile Enterprise

Enterprise social mobility is the next big thing.

Yes, I said it. I’m going out on a limb and predicting that the next major wave of enterprise innovation will be a combination of today’s emerging social networking explosion fueled by a move to mobility in mass. It feels like a very stable limb based on all that I have been seeing over the past few years.

Let’s look at it in context. Many have written about mega trends in evolution of enterprise technology. Rawn Shah wrote an excellent piece recently outlining the move from Mainframe, to Departmental Computing, to Personal Computing, to Internet Computing, to today’s Social computing environment. I think the next in line on the same scale may be Mobile Computing.

It’s funny, as I read this list, and the traditional mentions of “Computing”, I realize that term has run its course and it really is time to retire the term “Computing” since it has become irrelevant, something reserved for calculations, tabulations, lists, etc. Ever since the Internet age, it’s really about collaboration and connectivity, not computing.

The Enterprise mobile revolution is happening. A recent Infographic by Zendesk says, of Fortune 500 companies, 80% are deploying or testing iPhones and 65% are deploying or allowing iPads. Over the next few years, every enterprise will have made major headway into allowing BYOD (bring your own device) linking iPhones, Androids, and iPads into the enterprise systems. I am convinced that the convenience and serendipity enabled by Mobility makes all the difference in driving engagement of today’s Social Enterprise systems being deployed (see my post on the Upside Down Enterprise Portal).

Mobile brings a new dimension to communications. For me it started with the Palm Pilot back at the turn of the century (I always wanted to say that) when we began to sync with our calendar and contacts to have this information right in our pocket. I remember the excitement of having my assistant schedule meetings and then watching them “air sync” right to my device, while I was on the road.

Many a corporate road warrior (including me) became completely dependent upon his BlackBerry (or CrackBerry as we called it) in the mid-2000s. The BlackBerry showed the world that it is very useful to have instant access to calendar, contacts, and now email, all in one device. An entire generation of boomers and X-ers became proficient at the thumb typing model on the excellent blackberry keyboard. Soon after getting mine, I remember discovering the browser and beginning to do simple web access activities (checking weather, flight times, simple ecommerce) with the very limited and clumsy early blackberry browser.

Then, my life changed when I moved to an iPhone in 2009. I had just heard a “future of technology” conference speaker refer to this generation of smartphones, not as powerful telephones, but as small / portable computers. The explosion of the Apple app store and those that followed for other platforms (particularly Android) quickly showed the world that these devices could become a major supplement and often a substitute for the laptop computer. I giggle to myself when I see someone walking between meetings awkwardly carrying his open laptop, trying to preserve his connectivity to the corporate wifi while changing rooms. That will be a fleeting “sign of the times”.

As corporations were finally figuring out the power of social networking platforms, they began to exploit SharePoint, Jive, IBM Connections, Socialcast, Yammer and a host of other Enterprise 2.0 Platforms. They found they could use these tools to connect a widely dispersed workforce, create rich employee profiles and online communities to meet and work. The activity stream and microblogging emerged as a way not only to communicate in quick short messages, but to also allow the system itself to inform colleagues of progress being made, milestones being met, and steps taking place along the course of a project.

These platforms are indeed game changing, but as the mobile revolution has been continuing, many of the E20 platform and tool vendors forgot that they were retooling an enterprise based on a 2000 paradigm. Many were designing with the idea that they needed to connect stationary knowledge workers who only log in from their corporate desktop or laptop. Their solution to mobility is to allow a worker to connect to the E20 platform from his / her VPN connected laptop. This severely hampers adoption. Relying only on the normal 8-5, at the desk, environment for social engagement is truly unnatural.

Each of the collaboration platform vendors recognizes the need for a mobile component and they have been working hard to create that capability. Like all transformations in technology it moves in steps. They focus most of their effort on the laptop / desktop worker and then “bolt on” the mobile capability as an afterthought.

The game is changing again. It is time now to create environments that recognize the following facts:

  • Workers are mobile, even in their office
  • Workers collaborate 24×7
  • Firewalls are going away
  • Workers will continue to bring their own devices to work
  • Tablets will not go away
  • Laptops will become much less relevant (like Desktops have)
  • Knowledge work is being distributed to external partners

The next generation Social Mobile Enterprise solutions must be designed to allow:

  • Mobile access to all corporate services and information assets
  • Cloud based storage accessible to all business partners
  • Mobile connectivity among the workforce in the same office and across timezones
  • Mobile / Social stickiness through “Gamification” engagement models
  • Mobile / Social connectivity with equal access for employees, contractors, and business partners

What do you think? Are you also seeing this trend? Can you give some examples of what your enterprise is doing or planning in the comments below?

(By the way, this post was authored on my iPad and edited only iPhone. Only the final upload, graphics and hyperlinks were done with my laptop.)


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Fully Curated – Tweets from the Month of March

I often hear that people enjoy the articles that I share.  I’ve even been hearing the term “curation” recently.  I know it was a big month for tweets and decided to take a little time to pull together a list of what I curated from my twitter feeds during the month of March.    Here it is in one place…a month full of tweets.

Amazon Locker

  1. Amazon faces backlash over music locker service
  2. The Cloud Will Be Your Hard Drive, Despite The Record Labels’ Greed
  3. HOW TO: Use Amazon Cloud Player With iOS Devices


  1. Rumors: iOS5, iPhone5, iPad3…Cloud-Based iOS 5 This Fall?
  2. Rumor: iOS 5 will be a ‘major revamp,’ won’t debut until fall more heavily cloud-based iOS
  3. Apple Releases iOS 4.3.1
  4. iPhone 5 rumor central (info graphic)
  5. Apple To Let Users Use Cloud Service To Download Songs To Multiple iDevices
  6. good post on post-PCness


  1. Why AT&T Bought T-Mobile
  2. One bad company buying another: AT&T buys TMobile
  3. RWW AT&T Starts Sending Letters to Jailbroken Tetherers, Will Automatically Charge Fee

My Blog Posts

  1. Facebook Today, Reminds Me of AOL in 1998
  2. Here’s my iPad 2 first impressions blog post
  3. My Post illustrating Mobility & Ease of Consumption


  1. The 4 Personas of the Next-Generation #CIO now on #hbr


  1. Great, simple explanation of Dropbox;
  2. Cloud computing: A market for computing power | The Economist:

Enterprise 2.0

  1. Expertise Location: The Killer App for Enterprise Social Computing
  2. List of Enterprise 2.0 CFP winners is now available #e2conf. Congrats to the winners!
  3. good discussion w/ IBM’er on adoption The Psychology of Collaboration
  4. Excellent analogy: email vs. SocNets. :Trains, Sliding Doors and Social Networks
  5. BT Intranet SharePoint 2010 examples
  6. Merck looks to Facebook for employee portal, CSR effort – Medical Marketing and Media
  7. Social Business Begins by Unleashing Your Business Talent By @elsua
  8. The military shows the need for information sharing and local decision making post by @BartSchutte
  9. Challenges of transforming large, rigid org cultures into agile and aware networks: Great post:
  10. Awesome, Socialcast evolves the #hashtag for all people to understand –
  11. If true other teams are running plays on field while MSFT is in locker room deciding uniform colors.
  12. Good advice on social software adoption:
  13. Video: The Conference Call
  14. Social Intranet – The Intersection Diagram by @adowbor


  1. eBay acquires GSI Commerce for $2.4 billion


  1. List of Social Intranet, Enterprise 2.0, Collaboration, Engagement, and HR Technology Experts


  1. Gaming for engagement is trending… using game design in non-gaming contexts
  2. How do you become a futurist? “claim you are and people either believe you or not” says @rossdawson
  3. 1373 Twitter users with “Futurist” in their bios
  4. [VIDEOS] The latest robots are virtually indistinguishable from people
  5. Very cool #future “day in the life” video (Corning) “A Day Made of Glass”
  6. Top 10 Dying Industries: Newspapers, Photo Finishing, Record Shops make the list:


  1. Google copies Facebook’s Like Button
  2. Google Announces New Service for Nonprofits
  3. Half A Billion Blog Posts Later, Google To Give Blogger A Revamp


  1. Groupon moving towards real-time location based coupons. Two buttons: I’m Hungry, I’m Bored.
  2. CHART OF THE DAY: Watch Groupon Go From 0 To $25 Billion In The Blink Of An Eye


  1. How Small Businesses Are Using #SocialMedia [INFOGRAPHIC]
  2. The #SocialMedia World Before Twitter And Facebook [Infographic] –
  3. Infographic of the Day: The Next 25 Years in Emerging Tech | Co.Design
  4. Who’s Really Scanning All Those QR Codes? [INFOGRAPHIC]
  5. #Tablet comparison #infographic –
  6. nice info graphic on the culture aspect
  7. Should you be on LinkedIn? [infographic]
  8. How Mobile Shopping Is Changing The World [Infographic] –

iPad / Tablets

  1. 18 Million #WordPress Websites Now Available in #iPad Format
  2. iPad to go on sale outside US: Apple Inc to stick to plans to roll out product this week.
  3. BlackBerry Playbook Will Be Available In 20,000 Retailers
  4. RT @MacOutfittersPA: Read our new blog post, iPad 2: First Impressions
  5. 7 Twitter Apps For iPad:
  6. Five ways the iPad 2 works on the buyer’s subconscious:
  7. The Week in iPad Cases: The iPad 2 has landed: All your choices explained
  8. Apple could face iPad 2 component shortages:
  9. This looks like a promising iPad app.
  10. Why the iPad is awesome @TreyRatcliff shows off cool photo processing app 100 cameras
  11. Equal Time…iPad 2: The Skeptic’s Review:
  12. iPad 2: A Gaming Machine?: The iPad 2 is out, but is it a good gaming machine?
  13. Dell and HP: Two computer giants prepare for a world no longer dominated by the PC
  14. Putting iPads To Work — my guide: by @waltmossberg
  15. How To Collaborate With Others Online Using Your iPad
  16. iPad Essentials for the Network Administrator
  17. The 3 Best iPad PDF Markup Apps; –
  18. Interesting: what is in that iPad smart cover:
  19. iPad 2 jailbroken, no ETA on public release
  20. Backordered: Total iPad sellout – 70% new buyers: Fortune Article
  21. So, what’s inside the iPad 2?
  22. IPad2 offers aspiring movie makers the whole package via USA TODAY
  23. My hunt for the elusive iPad 2 delivers some big game <-my story in comments
  24. Mobile Harmony: iPad 2, Android & Windows 7
  25. Maybe… Here’s What’s Coming In The iPad 3 (AAPL)
  26. iPad 2: Thin, Not Picture Perfect My review: #ipad2 by @waltmossberg
  27. How does apple really feel about their new Ipad2? Here is the video:
  28. Want a 3G iPad 2 and Own an iPhone? Here’s How You Save $130
  29. Original iPad Better Than Ever: Here’s why. Price and Apps
  30. Unleashing creativity in many ways… How the iPad revolution has transformed working lives
  31. Did you write a post on how to transfer your data from your first iPad to your new iPad 2? A. Yes
  32. How To Use iPad 2 | A New User Guide [massive post on how to use your new ipad]
  33. It’s Apple’s ‘post-PC’ world — we’re all just living in it.
  34. 10 more top 10 reasons to buy an iPad 2
  35. An iPad Lover’s (Initial) Thoughts On iPad 2
  36. iPad 2 Rollout Leads to Massive Deflation in Secondary Market
  37. Watch the iPad 2 March 2nd Event Keynote – #iPad2
  38. Steve Jobs announces iPad 2 #ipad2
  39. Watching the live blog: for iPad2
  40. It’s iPad day! Faster, slimmer, 2-camera iPad said likely: <-summary of latest rumors Wednesday, March 02, 2011
  41. To take on Apple, new tablets go where iPad won’t –
  42. Check out “The DVD Era Finally Ends – Thanks to the iPad”


  1. Japan: whatever happened to the nuclear meltdown? March 23
  2. Catching up on developments in Japan March 19
  3. These images are just sobering. If you need some perspective click here: March 16
  4. I don’t have words big enough to persuade why you should. The pics from Japan tell that story., March 15
  5. Cometh the hour by @jobsworth, March 14
  6. Amazing views of the devastation in Japan March 13
  7. Desperation and panic grip Japan (Reuters) “Like a scene from a disaster movie”March 12
  8. Google is helping to curate info about the Earthquake. March 12

Location Based Services

  1. Neiman Marcus Launches Nationwide SCVNGR Challenge


  1. Introducing LinkedIn Today


  1. Amazingly, MySpace’s Decline Is Accelerating


  1. Want to Engage Senior Executives? Think Mobile.
  2. Nine Powerful Apps That Convert Your iPhone Into A Knowledge Hub
  3. The Judge Group Launches Mobile Website – March 16, 2011 (Phila)
  4. March 28, Phila, Mobile Health Forum
  5. 90% of the world now lives in a place with access to a mobile network
  6. Hmmm..I need to give this a try… How to build location based app in five minutes, with no coding
  7. AT&T Confirms Mobile Hotspot Support for iPhone
  8. The 10 Most Innovative Companies in Mobile:
  9. My fav so far is instagram… 22 Ways To Tweet Photos & Images from your iPhone:
  10. How Mobile Shopping Is Changing The World [Infographic] –
  11. Smartphone use is expected to increase by 50% in 2011


  1. Salesforce buys Radian6 /
  2. buys Radian6, an excellent move! Details

Social Business Summit

  1. RT @joningham: My post on John Hagel session at #SBS2011
  2. All the tweets, pics and posts from Social Business Summit Austin:
  3. Reflections on Social Business Summit 2011 – Syndey and Austin
  4. Social Business Summit 2011 first half round up
  5. 2011 Social Business Summit Review
  6. Social Business is Here: Review of the 2011 Social Business Summit Austin by @andyjankowski
  7. Curated #sbs2011 tweet stream, courtesy of @keepstream.
  8. check out #sbs2011 to see great feedback on Dachis’ first summit in Sydney. Join others near you:

Social Business

  1. Career path of the social business professional – Being Peter Kim
  2. Watching the rise of “Social Business” over Social CRM, Enterprise 2.0.

Sunday Series

  1. Sunday Series: “Absolute Truth” Click the 3/21 message: or direct to mp3: by @greglaurie Sunday, March 27
  2. Sunday Series: “Raising The Dead” Click the 3-13 message: Or direct to mp3: Sunday, March 20
  3. Sunday Series: How Close Are We? Click the 3/06 message: or direct to mp3: @bridgefm Sunday, March 13
  4. Sunday Series: “From Thunder to Love” Click the 2/20 message: Or direct to mp3: Sunday, March 06


  1. 2011 Insights from @bobpearson1845
  2. RT @ShannonPaul Blog post – My Takeaways From SXSW Interactive
  3. SXSW 2011: Great for Networking, But No Technology Breakthroughs
  4. Zappos spreading the #Happiness story w/ new #brand. at #SXSW
  5. At each SXSW a new technology gains early adopter attention, one contender is groupme


  1. Topsy’s “Selinah”, 1 of 10 amazing “Ads Worth Spreading” from #TED:
  2. Target’s “Kaleidoscopic”, 1 of 10 amazing “Ads Worth Spreading” from TED:
  3. Intel’s The Chase, 1 of 10 amazing “Ads Worth Spreading” from TED:
  4. TED Ads Worth Spreading: If You Only Watch 10 Ads This Year Make It These
  5. RT @jordanayan Rode in Google’s new self-driving car at #TED a highlight of the conference
  6. Here is a link to a detailed story on the amazing kidney printing demo at #TED2011 –


  1. No one uses the phone anymore
  2. Entire movies compressed into single barcodes
  3. “Google before you tweet” is the new “think before you speak”
  4. Something to do with those old books  Masterful sculptures made from large books.


  1. Best practices for the “retweet”
  2. 10 Memorable Tweets From Twitter’s Five Years in Existence:
  3. How do you explain what Twitter is to someone that’s never used it?
  4. YES!!! Finally got my Twiter https option!!! Everyone should enable it!!
  5. Captures reasons why I prefer Twitter to Facebook –
  6. How to do Twitter in 15 minutes a day
  7. is my fav so far… 4 Ways to Read Your #SocialMedia Updates as Newspaper
  8. Very Cool: try VisibleTweets – looks great on a large screen! Eg:

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iPad 2: You Only Have One Chance to Make A First Impression

My 7 year old son is sitting next to me. He just woke up and came downstairs to grab my iPad 2 from my hands. His first words…”Oh cool, you got iMovie”

That’s OK, he can play with it for now. I have been up for 2 hours and can take a break to write up my first impressions. I’m typing on my laptop because writing a blog post on the touch screen keyboard is just too slow for this seasoned touch typest. But that’s OK. The iPad is not designed to replace a laptop. It’s another animal all together. As Steve Jobs said it is part of the Post PC class of devices.

I unboxed my new 32GB White wifi unit last night at 6pm. Here’s how it went.

  • It came fully charged
  • I plugged it into to iTunes and was automatically asked if I wanted to restore from my iPad 1 (16GB wifi) backup.  The restore took about 15 minutes, but no apps came down.
  • I had to manually select all the apps and do another sync.  This time it took about 20 minutes.  I went to eat dinner and came back about 6:45.
  • All passwords needed to be re-entered (mail accounts, app store, etc.)
  • By 7, I was up and running.  Most frustrating was that my app icons were all over the place.  I needed to manually set them back where I wanted them.  There was no real rhyme or reason to the app location on my iPad 1, but over the last 11 months, I had built up about 6 pages of apps and just become accustomed to where they were.  I guess the discipline of cleaning this up was really necessary.  So no big deal.
  • I tried to call a few friends with FaceTime.  I got through to my iPad buddy Nate who was setting up his too (read his post).  In about 5 seconds I saw him with his 3 year old son and we had a nice chat.  We had nothing really to talk about so we hung up.  I called two more, but got no answer.  Later that evening my iPhone buddy RB called me back…that is really cool.  I like FaceTime.
  • The camera is nice, but remarkably coarse and low quality, especially in low light.  It works, but I expect this will be one of the upgrades when the iPad 3 comes out.  For now, coarse front camera is better than no camera…kind of like the early camera phones.  The back camera is better, but you need good light, not the ambient light at my house after dinner.
  • Yes, it is fast.  I’m not sure if it is 2x as fast or 9x the graphics, but if Steve says so, it must be true.
  • I really miss my standard Apple iPad case.  The store did not have any accessories, so I’m using the iPad “au natural” with no case.  I’m not sure I will go with the standard “smart cover”.  (See the review here.)  I really like to cover the back, it prevents slips when I set it down and also makes it easier to hold.  There is a reason they put a textured cover on a book.  I would never read a metal slippery magazine.  I really don’t get where Apple thinks we will all do that.  Back to the case, I put my iPad 2 in the standard Apple iPad 1 case and it looked like a skinny kid in his father’s suit.  Even with the baggy fit, I may use that case until I can buy one with the same function that fits the slimmer offspring.
  • Speaking of kids, my 7 year old is all over this iPad.  He is making some incredible music with Garage Band and already working some videos with iMovie.  Both are incredibly powerful applications, perform well on the iPad 2 and bring pleasure immediately in their simplicity and ability to create a slick media product.  That’s $9.98 I don’t mind spending.
  • It’s not about the device, but about the media and the content.  I reloaded Murdoch’s “The Daily” and caught up on the news…There is plenty of it today with the horrible devastation in Japan.  All my content feeds work well….web browsing with safari (I didn’t even notice any of the improvements), tweeting with twitterrific, gmail, and a new app called Zite.  It creates a custom magazine based on my tweet reading habits (kind of creepy, but it looks promising)

Well, that’s what comes to mind right away.  I’m an experienced iPad user who is eager to stay on top of the technology as it evolves.  It’s a good experience that just got a little bit better.  In time, I’m sure I’ll have plenty more to say, but this is one happy Early Adopter.

Now if I can only get it back from my son.


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2 Months with my iPad

Welcome to all the new Global iPad owners.

Here is what I’ve learned since I got mine as an impulse buy on the US launch Day, April 3.

My favorite apps / ways of working:

Twitterrific for tweets
Weatherbug for weather
Instapaper for saving tweets
Amazon Kindle app for my books
Facebook on the safari browser
Yammer on the browser or iPhone app
Google maps
Gmail as the default mail client
Netflix for watching the instant queue
Planets for sky gazing

What are your favorites?


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