It’s always pretty cool to hear of Kiwis doing good things (other than Andy Lark who we hear about all the time :-)). Troy Wing is a Kiwi, CTO for Forcelogix and a blogger to boot.

In his post today Troy enters the debate about Web 2.0 for enterprise, and whether social networking, IMing, WIkiing etc etc have a place in enterprise of if we should ban private use of these things by our workers during work hours.

Quote of the day is from Chris Scalet, senior vice president and CIO of Merck & Co. Scalet, senior vice president and CIO of Merck & Co., noticed that as his daughter studied, she simultaneously listened to her iPod, sent text messages and browsed through pages of the Facebook social network.

“How she will work in the future will be very different from how we work today,” Scalet said. “She is going to expect [collaboration] tools … to be able to work. What scared me is that we don’t think that way today as corporations. We think as baby boomers [about] this very traditional, structured, formal [work environment].”

Web 2.0 is partly here, partly coming, the way of the future and not in any way a passing fad. Understand it or welcome irrelevance and obsolescence.

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

  • Thanks for the nice words Ben, hopefully we can meet up when I’m back in NZ for Christmas.

  • Interesting observations by the SVP of Merck – there’s an incredibly interesting study being done at Kansas State university about the rise of the ‘digital native’ entitled “Digital Ethanographies” – see some of the great videos on You Tube about how Gen Y’ers and beyond will want to work. Its far from the structured, contrained content-filtered environment that still is the norm in work environs today.

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