As promised, here are some of my favourite quotes from the Enterprise 2.0 Summit this last October in Frankfurt/Germany:
“E2.0 is not about Web 2.0. It is about a new version of the enterprise.” (Richard Collin) This reminds me of my Ignite talk last March.
“Serendipity is critical because innovation is critical.” (Richard Collin) » I love the concept of serendipity.
“[on corporate culture] Don’t try to change the culture ahead, it takes ages.” (Cécile Demailly) » The difficult task of managing change.
“The context in which we work conditions how we adopt these new behaviours.” (Bertrand Duperrin) » The importance of context became very evident throughout the conference.
“Social software can help level the play [between different local offices and especially for those further from the headquarters] .” (Mike Thompson) » Very important for multinational companies.
“[on the archetype of adoption through exploration] People need time & a shared context to explore the platforms and appropriate these into existing practices.” (Alexander Richter & Alexander Stocker) » Once again the importance of context.
“If you have great tools but not the people, you’ve got nothing.” (Luis Suarez) » Oh yes!
“The major driver for social software behind the firewall is communities.” (Luis Suarez) » So it seems…
“Silos will still exist. Just need to understand if they have to. Some have, if they deal with sensitive info.” (Luis Suarez) » The importance of understanding that openness is a continuum and not an “all or nothing at all” deal.
“We are still in the realm of adoption of tools and we should be [going for] the goal of business improvement.” (Lee Bryant) » Really important to focus on this. Technology only goes so far as to act as an enabler.
“[the case of BASF] The variety of communities that came up could never been expected.“ (CheeChin Liew) » Emergent outcomes at a manufacturing company. So interesting!
“[the case of BMW] 90/10/1 rule is only true in a plain Internet scenario. Participation is much higher (50/30/20)…” (Stephan Oertelt) » Interesting…
“If you can’t impact business processes, you can’t impact business value”. (from the Workshop on E2.0 in business processes)
“Human motivation can be a huge driver of business performance.” (Lee Bryant) » Yes, this is my firm believe.
“We need to help people. People need tools to help them cope with the information overload.” (Lee Bryant) » Focusing on the value for individuals.
“We should not reform the silos. We need to create a connective tissue where work gets done , then we weave parallel networked structures on top and eventually silos would disappear.” (Lee Bryant) » Interesting concept!
“Fundamentally all business software will become social so E2.0 as a technology concept will disappear.” (Lee Bryant) » Near future or longer term? I think the later.
“[on the importance of socializing data] That’s a great source of value now.” (Lee Bryant) » As a Competitive Intelligence responsible I highly relate to this concept. Socializing data helps to give context to “static” information.
Hope you liked this selection (which actually turned longer than expected 🙂 ).