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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 http://goo.gl/ew5KF
  2. The Cloud Will Be Your Hard Drive, Despite The Record Labels’ Greed http://t.co/AqzzNNj
  3. HOW TO: Use Amazon Cloud Player With iOS Devices http://t.co/zO0J7Om

Apple

  1. Rumors: iOS5, iPhone5, iPad3…Cloud-Based iOS 5 This Fall? http://bit.ly/h47fwx
  2. Rumor: iOS 5 will be a ‘major revamp,’ won’t debut until fall http://pulsene.ws/17isK more heavily cloud-based iOS
  3. Apple Releases iOS 4.3.1 http://bit.ly/gYoOC5
  4. iPhone 5 rumor central http://t.co/poa3QEk (info graphic) http://yfrog.com/gzmzczcj
  5. Apple To Let Users Use Cloud Service To Download Songs To Multiple iDevices http://pulsene.ws/14ebq
  6. good post on post-PCness http://www.sampletheweb.com/2011/03/04/dear-apple-youre-not-post-pc-until-you-cut-the-cord/

AT&T

  1. Why AT&T Bought T-Mobile http://pulsene.ws/15Lsd
  2. One bad company buying another: AT&T buys TMobile http://tinyurl.com/6cfe8j2
  3. RWW AT&T Starts Sending Letters to Jailbroken Tetherers, Will Automatically Charge Fee http://rww.to/f1hRLx

My Blog Posts

  1. Facebook Today, Reminds Me of AOL in 1998 http://t.co/Kuu6VfM
  2. Here’s my iPad 2 first impressions blog post http://t.co/yteyHCY
  3. My Post illustrating Mobility & Ease of Consumption http://is.gd/DDukd5

CIO

  1. The 4 Personas of the Next-Generation #CIO now on #hbr http://bit.ly/en5EHK?

Cloud

  1. Great, simple explanation of Dropbox; http://t.co/2xbw4tO
  2. Cloud computing: A market for computing power | The Economist: http://bit.ly/hAlInv

Enterprise 2.0

  1. Expertise Location: The Killer App for Enterprise Social Computing http://t.co/aOnkEGR
  2. List of Enterprise 2.0 CFP winners is now available #e2conf. Congrats to the winners! http://bit.ly/e63w84
  3. good discussion w/ IBM’er on adoption The Psychology of Collaboration http://feedly.com/k/dNnqrL
  4. Excellent analogy: email vs. SocNets. :Trains, Sliding Doors and Social Networks http://tumblr.com/xhe1qji74d
  5. BT Intranet SharePoint 2010 examples http://goo.gl/tSZAS
  6. Merck looks to Facebook for employee portal, CSR effort – Medical Marketing and Media http://t.co/EpOHV71
  7. Social Business Begins by Unleashing Your Business Talent http://bit.ly/eMfjxc By @elsua
  8. The military shows the need for information sharing and local decision making http://t.co/vzXPiu9 post by @BartSchutte
  9. Challenges of transforming large, rigid org cultures into agile and aware networks: Great post: http://t.co/kVlkB8r.
  10. Awesome, Socialcast evolves the #hashtag for all people to understand – http://is.gd/0P1M5i
  11. If true other teams are running plays on field while MSFT is in locker room deciding uniform colors. http://engt.co/h739tL
  12. Good advice on social software adoption: http://t.co/tsaf2XE
  13. Video: The Conference Call http://post.ly/1gajI
  14. Social Intranet – The Intersection Diagram http://t.co/S2taO5l by @adowbor

EBay

  1. eBay acquires GSI Commerce for $2.4 billion http://dlvr.it/Lnhjd

Experts

  1. List of Social Intranet, Enterprise 2.0, Collaboration, Engagement, and HR Technology Experts http://ow.ly/4nbeu

Future

  1. Gaming for engagement is trending… using game design in non-gaming contexts http://bit.ly/h62xXc
  2. How do you become a futurist? http://bit.ly/ik3jKx “claim you are and people either believe you or not” says @rossdawson
  3. 1373 Twitter users with “Futurist” in their bios http://bit.ly/eHnL2r
  4. [VIDEOS] The latest robots are virtually indistinguishable from people http://bit.ly/esxMLX
  5. Very cool #future “day in the life” video (Corning) http://bit.ly/e1PX0U “A Day Made of Glass”
  6. Top 10 Dying Industries: Newspapers, Photo Finishing, Record Shops make the list: http://bit.ly/gbVv2g

Google

  1. Google copies Facebook’s Like Button http://bit.ly/e1iBSY
  2. Google Announces New Service for Nonprofits http://is.gd/ZroO4B
  3. Half A Billion Blog Posts Later, Google To Give Blogger A Revamp http://dlvr.it/KGBTD

Groupon

  1. Groupon moving towards real-time location based coupons. Two buttons: I’m Hungry, I’m Bored. http://Ez.com/grpn
  2. CHART OF THE DAY: Watch Groupon Go From 0 To $25 Billion In The Blink Of An Eye http://read.bi/ea2POb

Infographics

  1. How Small Businesses Are Using #SocialMedia [INFOGRAPHIC] http://t.co/aQU16xQ
  2. The #SocialMedia World Before Twitter And Facebook [Infographic] – http://bit.ly/dQhQHP
  3. Infographic of the Day: The Next 25 Years in Emerging Tech | Co.Design http://t.co/7tkiBKB
  4. Who’s Really Scanning All Those QR Codes? [INFOGRAPHIC] http://pulsene.ws/149cx
  5. #Tablet comparison #infographic – http://ow.ly/48nMB http://yfrog.com/h06mjvaj
  6. nice info graphic on the culture aspect http://dld.bz/Mcyc
  7. Should you be on LinkedIn? [infographic] http://bit.ly/dVMvLa
  8. How Mobile Shopping Is Changing The World [Infographic] – http://bit.ly/h2UETL

iPad / Tablets

  1. 18 Million #WordPress Websites Now Available in #iPad Format http://on.mash.to/g8gY8t
  2. iPad to go on sale outside US: Apple Inc to stick to plans to roll out product this week. http://bit.ly/f3wulH
  3. BlackBerry Playbook Will Be Available In 20,000 Retailers http://tcrn.ch/feSMBw
  4. RT @MacOutfittersPA: Read our new blog post, iPad 2: First Impressions http://bit.ly/fF7zg2
  5. 7 Twitter Apps For iPad: http://bit.ly/expOJl
  6. Five ways the iPad 2 works on the buyer’s subconscious: http://cnet.co/hmQ3RC
  7. The Week in iPad Cases: The iPad 2 has landed: All your choices explained http://yhoo.it/dXANhF
  8. Apple could face iPad 2 component shortages: http://yhoo.it/i5CNIS
  9. This looks like a promising iPad app. http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2011/03/03/100-cameras-in-1-for-the-ipad/
  10. Why the iPad is awesome @TreyRatcliff shows off cool photo processing app http://t.co/75XrXU8 100 cameras
  11. Equal Time…iPad 2: The Skeptic’s Review: http://bit.ly/gZpzLV
  12. iPad 2: A Gaming Machine?: The iPad 2 is out, but is it a good gaming machine? http://bit.ly/dJfilH
  13. Dell and HP: Two computer giants prepare for a world no longer dominated by the PC http://econ.st/h3EHnJ
  14. Putting iPads To Work — my guide: http://t.co/6l96oFh by @waltmossberg
  15. How To Collaborate With Others Online Using Your iPad http://goo.gl/fb/Y8cuu
  16. iPad Essentials for the Network Administrator http://goo.gl/ZDuhg
  17. The 3 Best iPad PDF Markup Apps; – http://goo.gl/CDO1c
  18. Interesting: what is in that iPad smart cover: http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPad-2-Smart-Cover-Teardown/5089/1
  19. iPad 2 jailbroken, no ETA on public release http://pulsene.ws/158L9
  20. Backordered: Total iPad sellout – 70% new buyers: http://bit.ly/gPwzPp Fortune Article
  21. So, what’s inside the iPad 2? http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPad-2-Wi-Fi-Teardown/5071/1
  22. IPad2 offers aspiring movie makers the whole package http://usat.ly/hLjX9c via USA TODAY
  23. My hunt for the elusive iPad 2 delivers some big game http://zd.net/fc2en4 <-my story in comments
  24. Mobile Harmony: iPad 2, Android & Windows 7 http://bit.ly/hh2f2Z
  25. Maybe… Here’s What’s Coming In The iPad 3 (AAPL) http://bit.ly/hTLz0i
  26. iPad 2: Thin, Not Picture Perfect My review: http://t.co/KDziWmM #ipad2 by @waltmossberg
  27. How does apple really feel about their new Ipad2? Here is the video: http://goo.gl/j4w0J
  28. Want a 3G iPad 2 and Own an iPhone? Here’s How You Save $130 http://bit.ly/eMRVBe
  29. Original iPad Better Than Ever: Here’s why. Price and Apps http://fxn.ws/gQjhnm
  30. Unleashing creativity in many ways… How the iPad revolution has transformed working lives http://t.co/o7n8t1C
  31. Did you write a post on how to transfer your data from your first iPad to your new iPad 2? A. Yes http://bit.ly/id7wLX
  32. How To Use iPad 2 | A New User Guide http://t.co/5lTsJJD [massive post on how to use your new ipad]
  33. It’s Apple’s ‘post-PC’ world — we’re all just living in it. http://r2.ly/7c5j
  34. 10 more top 10 reasons to buy an iPad 2 http://bit.ly/i8y2LW
  35. An iPad Lover’s (Initial) Thoughts On iPad 2 http://tcrn.ch/dH7ujY
  36. iPad 2 Rollout Leads to Massive Deflation in Secondary Market http://pulsene.ws/13Rck
  37. Watch the iPad 2 March 2nd Event Keynote – http://t.co/RFKqyo0 #iPad2
  38. Steve Jobs announces iPad 2 http://bit.ly/hOzJUO #ipad2
  39. Watching the live blog: http://engt.co/dV3fmx for iPad2
  40. It’s iPad day! Faster, slimmer, 2-camera iPad said likely: http://bit.ly/gl74VG <-summary of latest rumors Wednesday, March 02, 2011
  41. To take on Apple, new tablets go where iPad won’t – http://bit.ly/fq8V1T
  42. Check out “The DVD Era Finally Ends – Thanks to the iPad” http://bit.ly/gn2ywA

Japan

  1. Japan: whatever happened to the nuclear meltdown? http://bit.ly/hzSUNr March 23
  2. Catching up on developments in Japan http://n.pr/h916CQ March 19
  3. These images are just sobering. If you need some perspective click here: http://bit.ly/gTZdVU March 16
  4. I don’t have words big enough to persuade why you should. The pics from Japan tell that story. http://ht.ly/4f4KT, March 15
  5. Cometh the hour http://pulsene.ws/15ihx by @jobsworth, March 14
  6. Amazing views of the devastation in Japan http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/japan-quake-2011/beforeafter.htm March 13
  7. Desperation and panic grip Japan (Reuters) http://reut.rs/fIBSrH “Like a scene from a disaster movie”March 12
  8. Google is helping to curate info about the Earthquake. http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html March 12

Location Based Services

  1. Neiman Marcus Launches Nationwide SCVNGR Challenge http://tinyurl.com/4gjruko

LinkedIn

  1. Introducing LinkedIn Today http://t.co/Ya7SBrC

MySpace

  1. Amazingly, MySpace’s Decline Is Accelerating http://bit.ly/dHtTFh

Mobility

  1. Want to Engage Senior Executives? Think Mobile. http://bit.ly/gbvCjl
  2. Nine Powerful Apps That Convert Your iPhone Into A Knowledge Hub http://bit.ly/frB3Nk
  3. The Judge Group Launches Mobile Website – March 16, 2011 (Phila) http://ow.ly/1bNwaX
  4. March 28, Phila, Mobile Health Forum http://t.co/FbPKijK
  5. 90% of the world now lives in a place with access to a mobile network http://goo.gl/KaTzL
  6. Hmmm..I need to give this a try… How to build location based app in five minutes, with no coding http://bit.ly/dRQdw4
  7. AT&T Confirms Mobile Hotspot Support for iPhone http://bit.ly/fcxKKq
  8. The 10 Most Innovative Companies in Mobile: http://su.pr/25JI2F
  9. My fav so far is instagram… 22 Ways To Tweet Photos & Images from your iPhone: http://bit.ly/ieWmWv
  10. How Mobile Shopping Is Changing The World [Infographic] – http://bit.ly/h2UETL
  11. http://ow.ly/4pnph Smartphone use is expected to increase by 50% in 2011

Salesforce

  1. Salesforce buys Radian6 / http://tcrn.ch/eXxCsC
  2. Salesforce.com buys Radian6, an excellent move! Details http://bit.ly/gDETbH

Social Business Summit

  1. RT @joningham: My post on John Hagel session at #SBS2011 http://bit.ly/ijsN27
  2. All the tweets, pics and posts from Social Business Summit Austin: http://jimworth.pbworks.com/w/page/37688605/Social-Business-Summit-2011
  3. Reflections on Social Business Summit 2011 – Syndey and Austin http://t.co/wJ0clCl http://yfrog.com/h48b5rp
  4. Social Business Summit 2011 first half round up http://dach.is/gmghEB
  5. 2011 Social Business Summit Review http://bit.ly/fjciuO
  6. Social Business is Here: Review of the 2011 Social Business Summit Austin http://t.co/z3Atf0C by @andyjankowski
  7. Curated #sbs2011 tweet stream, courtesy of @keepstream. http://dach.is/gohoQv
  8. check out #sbs2011 to see great feedback on Dachis’ first summit in Sydney. Join others near you: http://bit.ly/70rO2V

Social Business

  1. Career path of the social business professional – Being Peter Kim http://t.co/FbkXTZV
  2. Watching the rise of “Social Business” over Social CRM, Enterprise 2.0. http://yfrog.com/h48t3dj http://bit.ly/hAIkwQ

Sunday Series

  1. Sunday Series: “Absolute Truth” Click the 3/21 message: http://feeds.harvest.org/ANB or direct to mp3: http://bit.ly/fwqQdt by @greglaurie Sunday, March 27
  2. Sunday Series: “Raising The Dead” Click the 3-13 message: http://bit.ly/efUfoz Or direct to mp3: http://bit.ly/e8gptp Sunday, March 20
  3. Sunday Series: How Close Are We? Click the 3/06 message: http://bit.ly/f8lYKw or direct to mp3: http://bit.ly/fcxmxy @bridgefm Sunday, March 13
  4. Sunday Series: “From Thunder to Love” Click the 2/20 message: http://bit.ly/getBcM Or direct to mp3: http://bit.ly/faVuYx Sunday, March 06

SXSW

  1. 2011 Insights from @bobpearson1845 http://bit.ly/hdPLxn
  2. RT @ShannonPaul Blog post – My Takeaways From SXSW Interactive http://bit.ly/ey0sq9
  3. SXSW 2011: Great for Networking, But No Technology Breakthroughs http://t.co/zqN2P0n
  4. Zappos spreading the #Happiness story w/ new #brand. at #SXSW http://bit.ly/dQNQOS
  5. At each SXSW a new technology gains early adopter attention, one contender is groupme http://t.co/tblUkoc

TED

  1. Topsy’s “Selinah”, 1 of 10 amazing “Ads Worth Spreading” from #TED: http://www.ted.com/initiatives/aws/selinah.html
  2. Target’s “Kaleidoscopic”, 1 of 10 amazing “Ads Worth Spreading” from TED: http://on.ted.com/8yFb
  3. Intel’s The Chase, 1 of 10 amazing “Ads Worth Spreading” from TED: http://www.ted.com/initiatives/aws/the_chase.html
  4. TED Ads Worth Spreading: If You Only Watch 10 Ads This Year Make It These http://www.ted.com/initiatives/aws
  5. RT @jordanayan Rode in Google’s new self-driving car at #TED a highlight of the conference http://budurl.com/TEDcar
  6. Here is a link to a detailed story on the amazing kidney printing demo at #TED2011 – http://budurl.com/TEDkid

Trends

  1. No one uses the phone anymore http://bit.ly/fuJngc
  2. Entire movies compressed into single barcodes http://ow.ly/4au4T
  3. “Google before you tweet” is the new “think before you speak” http://bit.ly/newtruthisms
  4. Something to do with those old books  Masterful sculptures made from large books. http://bit.ly/eOicoL

Twitter

  1. Best practices for the “retweet” http://t.co/xQyjDr7
  2. 10 Memorable Tweets From Twitter’s Five Years in Existence: http://abcn.ws/eryfvf
  3. How do you explain what Twitter is to someone that’s never used it? http://bit.ly/gp6vo4
  4. YES!!! Finally got my Twiter https option!!! Everyone should enable it!! http://bit.ly/dLPrFB http://tnw.co/ech1SY
  5. Captures reasons why I prefer Twitter to Facebook – http://t.co/PxNPpB2
  6. How to do Twitter in 15 minutes a day http://ow.ly/44nz8
  7. Paper.li is my fav so far… 4 Ways to Read Your #SocialMedia Updates as Newspaper http://bit.ly/ibgVEs
  8. Very Cool: try VisibleTweets – looks great on a large screen! Eg: http://bit.ly/hV0Dvx

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Mobility Brings Ease of Consumption

You’ve probably seen the commercial for the NFL Network where the hi-tech fan goes through his day glued to the content from the NFL Network while seamlessly switching between all his consumption devices: TV, Tablet, Laptop, Smartphone, and then back to the TV when he returns home.  I went through something very similar this week, but without all the dazzling special effects.

My story does not involve the NFL, but rather The 2.0 Adoption Council.  This group really rocks.  It’s a great collection of Enterprise 2.0 / Social Business peers that have become good friends in the 18 months that I have been a member.  One of the many benefits of membership is the ability to have direct access to some of the best minds in the industry.  They are called Guru Sessions and take place regularly through a teleconference line.  That could be a good topic for a blog post, but that’s not where I’m going with this.  It’s just the context.  Read on.

My schedule did not allow me to join the last two guru sessions that typically take place on Tuesdays at 1pm. First of all booking gurus like Andrew McAfee, Shel Israel, Don Tapscott and now Chuck Ganapathi, SVP of Products at Saleforce.com discussing the rollout of Chatter is no small feat. To have an opportunity to have a private briefing with these leaders in our industry is very valuable. It is insight we could never get from our normal channels. Quite frankly, it gives each of us a totally unfair advantage within our companies as we position ourselves to be the leading authority in our organizations on Social Business, Enterprise 2.0, and general state-of-the-art collaboration issues.

The approach is simple. Line up an expert, prepare a few questions, keep a back channel open for conversations and collaboration during the session, and most importantly, archive the conversation for those who could not be there live. I am one of those who really is enjoying this replay capability.   When I think back on it, the sequence of events is quite remarkable. Now, with a variety to tools, unheard of at the beginning of the internet revolution, I can get unprecedented access to some invaluable content.

I want to tell the story so that other early adopters can visualize an approach that I think is indicative of the future. The example I mention is time shifted consumption of the Guru Session content, but you could apply this to any webinar or online event you attend (or miss).

This is what I did. If you are also one who is too busy to catch a session (or any webinar / teleconference for that matter), you can do the same thing too. But like most adoption issues, we often need a little nudge to get us over the hump. Let this be your nudge. This is how I did it last Wednesday.

1. Pay attention to schedule of upcoming sessions (generically, webinars, teleconferences, events and the like), see if I can attend and take part if at all possible.

2. When I cannot attend, monitor the back channel (Socialcast in the case of the council, Twitter hashtag archive for public events), look at the flavor of the questions and answers to decide if it is good to hear the archive.

3. Notice the link to the playback archive, click the button and begin to listen (in my case over coffee the next morning at 5am through my iPad). The MP3 link typically plays immediately in the native quicktime player.

4. Cut and paste the URL of the replay and email it to myself for later listening.

5. Later in the day, while commuting to work, plug my iPhone into the aux jack in my car, Open my email (on my iPhone), click the URL for the replay, listen while driving.

6. When I get to the parking lot at work, put on my blue tooth headset, pop the phone into my pocket and walk into work (while still listening to the reply).

7. Throughout the replay when not driving, glance down at the backchannel discussion in the community (Socialcast in the Council’s case, Twitter in the generic case) and follow along in real time with the comments for context.

8. Get into the office, continue listening, log on to the desktop version of the backchannel and continue following along in real time.

9. Write a blog post while finishing the session to let everyone else know how valuable this is. (the sessions and also the ability to consume on multiple platforms).

It’s like the recent NFL Network television commercial in many ways.  The spot is really a sci-fi fantasy, but using the tools available now, today’s reality is getting incredibly close.

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My 21 Personal Productivity Discoveries in 2010

It’s January 1, 2011 and as I read all the reflective posts, it has me thinking of the new technology that I experienced in 2010. Before we all forget what a big year it was and dive right into 2011 innovations, let’s take a moment to reflect.

For me, it was all about the Social Web, Mobility, and of course, the iPad (the only device to make the list). What an impact these innovations have had! I’m not an analyst or a app vendor, and have no agenda to promote any particular technology. I simply seek out technology to simplify my connection with others and to make my day more productive .
2010 was a year of experimenting for this “Early Adopter”. This day, one year ago, I had no idea I would discover and incorporate the following into my regular routine. I bet many of these tools were (or maybe are) new to you as well. I’m sure there are some I missed and many that I have yet to discover.  So please suggest more through comments or Tweets.
MyWi (iPhone hotspot)
Twitterrific twitter app
WTHashtag.com tweet archiving
Pbworks.com simple wiki
Google analytics stat tracking
Google reader RSS reader
Socialcast community microblogging
Instapaper cloud based bookmarking
Goodreader PDF/PPT reader for iPad
Quora crowsourced Q or A
Posterous blogging
Barcamp unconference approach

Ustream personal broadcasting
Eventbrite event registration
iPad tablet
Angry birds timedraining game
Pulse RSS reader

Pandora personal radio
Foursquare location based service
Gowalla another take on location based services
OK, they are not all productive (Angry Birds, Foursquare and Gowalla) but those that aren’t, do break new ground and are enjoyable (for a season, at least). 

The really neat thing is you told me about all of these innovations. I learn about them by keeping up with the conversation on the Social Web. I’m sure I will think of others that I forgot. But just looking at this list of innovations I didn’t even know about 12 months ago is a bit overwhelming.

I wonder if this pace of innovation will continue into 2011. I can only imagine what next year’s list will look like on New Years Day, 2012. It’s going to be a great ride.  Let’s take it together.

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Coming to Grips with a Social Way of Working

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Over the past years, I’ve come out of my shell. Having been in IT and also online for many years (CompuServe and before), I’ve come to really embrace my online activities and a new way of working and interacting with peers, colleagues, and friends.

I tweeted about it recently referencing this HBR blog post: 10 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Online Life.

(note: originally posted July 16, 2010, and refreshed Dec 4, 2010)

It’s true, my online life and my off line life are merging and the online aspect makes my off line aspect more fulfilling. Enough of that “navel gazing”, lets talk about what has changed in my daily activities.

Mobile is the “Tipping Point”
First of all, I do everything on my iPhone or iPad. I was a blackberry user for many years and watched my social circle expand greatly when I switched to the iPhone 3Gs about 14 months ago. With a powerful mobile device, the 10 items listed below can be done very frequently throughout the day. Without a “smartphone”, you’re limited to finding time to fire up a computer on a wired LAN connection or locating a wifi hot spot and laptop to engage in social media. It’s just too much trouble.

News is Targeted to me
1. Twitter is my central information source. I’ve stopped watching local and national news. I’ve stopped reading newspapers. Occasionally, I read the local page in my local paper, but other than that, most everything I see, I’ve already seen in twitter. I’m selective who I follow and look for people who have something to say that I find interesting and engaging.
2. I get my weather from my iPhone / iPad Weather Bug app. Often, I don’t even check the thermometer outside when I wake up. I just check the Weather Bug app on my iPhone for the current temp and forecast.

Communities are “Where it’s at”
3. I use Socialcast and Yammer all the time for several important communities. At work, it’s part of a large network of 4000+ employees all around the world. Within a peer group (20Adoption Council) Socialcast is the platform for very active conversation throughout the day with others who think like me all over the world. Google Groups and Yahoo Groups along with a couple of private email lists still feel like communities, but they are losing importance.

Email is much less important
4. I use gmail for my personal mail and make a point to keep it completely separate from my company mail. My day job mailbox is squeaky clean with only company business. Anything personal goes to gmail.
5. Most of my gmail is made up of lingering e-newsletters and notifications of what is happening on my social sites. Very little actual 1:1 communication happens there any more. When it does, I often miss it
6. I text a lot, but still keep it within my current 200 message monthly limit

Professional and Personal Networking
7. I make a point to connect with nearly every professional I meet on Linked In. I started there about 4 years ago and have seen that network recently exceed 850 connections.
8. Facebook is great and I use it regularly to keep up with non professional contacts (family, friends, people who my family would join for dinner, you get it). I keep that very personal and generally closed. I have about 100 “friends” there, and stay away from the high school reunion crowd. That was a long time ago…Why would I want to share my personal life with them now?

Location Based Enjoyment
9. I enjoy experimenting with Foursquare and Gowalla right now, but limit my “friends” there to people I’m comfortable with knowing my whereabouts.

Central Document storage with Crowd based Authoring
10. I’ve been using Google Groups, Google Docs, and Yahoo Groups for some time now for controlled online sharing. These are good, but I see them being replaced by crowd friendly tools. I’m really liking my recent experience with a consumer wiki tool from PBWorks. I have found it very useful for crowdsourcing links. See what I mean at my E20 Wiki Workspace.

There you have the basics. The reality is most of my communication throughout the day is on my iPhone or iPad through Twitter, Socialcast, gmail, Foursquare and Facebook. I check into my corporate email now on my iPad, but am not tied to it like I am my personal feeds. I find I am more and more comfortable sharing my thoughts and ideas with trusted colleagues. This steady stream of information can be intimidating, but I’ve come to a point where it’s OK to miss something even if it was a message addressed directly to me. If it is important, it will come again.

Willing to Foot My Own Technology Bill
It may go unsaid, but I’ll say it. My personal technology and productivity tools are much more powerful and flexible than those provided by my corporate employer (or any corporate employer for that matter). I don’t mind. In fact I prefer it that way. I like the flexibility and much prefer using my own tools just like I enjoy driving my own car and dressing in my own clothes when I come to work.

What do you think? Does this resonate with you? Please share this post (RT) and add your comments below.

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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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