Software Will Replace You

Alchemy of Change

It doesn’t matter who you are – software is going to take over more and more of what you do. Marc Andreessen just did that for me with Why Software is Eating the World. When we capture those good ideas and best practices in software though, something important happens.

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Why Our Software Needs Social Context

Alchemy of Change

We live in a time when we do a much of our work with others in an online environment, which is why I’ve argued recently that we need our software to get much more emotionally intelligent. Healing Software’s Split Personality.

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Vuuch - Social Software for Manufacturing

Michael Sampson - Currents

Vuuch is social software for organizations making products : " Vuuch is an enterprise social system. Vuuch can be used with any kind of product: from manufactured goods to software and financial products. Collaboration Software

Enterprise Collaboration and Social Software – Your Perspective

Michael Sampson - Currents

When people ask me for input on their collaboration and social software choices, I always ask if they have purchased / read / analysed the report from The Real Story Group on this topic. At RSG, we have been tracking the enterprise collaboration and social software market for close to a decade now. Collaboration - Social Collaboration Software

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Stop Runaway Software Development Projects - The BrainYard

Michael Sampson - Currents

My latest article for The BrainYard has just been published: Stop Runaway Software Development Projects : " Software development projects have a long history of running over schedule and budget. Collaboration Collaboration Software

Social Software Market Keeps Growing

Portals and KM

billion in 2016, according to IDC's "Worldwide Enterprise Social Software 2012-2016 Forecast." These include: concerns about return-on-investment, security, regulatory compliance and intellectual property protection, as well as the involvement needed from IT departments to deploy and integrate the software. For social software to really work and provide value, the integration with enterprise apps is critical. million, followed by Jive Software ($65.3

Research: Social Software Appeals More to Older Workers

Portals and KM

Paul Leonardi, a professor of communication at Northwestern University conducted a carefully controlled experiment to determine the extent, if any, that social software can improve employee content discovery and relevant expertise location.

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Year-End Thoughts On Enterprise 2.0 Social Software (Part 2)

Collaborative Thinking

& Social Software , I wanted to provide a background context on some of the areas where Enterprise 2.0 Social Software lacks definition. is about when it comes to use of social software. Emergent Social Software Platforms remain ill-defined as well.

Real Story Group: Enterprise Collaboration and Social Software Market in 2016

Michael Sampson - Currents

Real Story Group released its 2016 briefing on the state of the enterprise collaboration and social software marketplace, and a blog post with some highlights. Collaboration Software

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Online Community Software | Leverage Software

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Leverage Software Who We Are What We Do Client Stories Community Contact Us (415) 946-6164 Leverage Your People Leverage Your Employees Leverage Your Channel Leverage Your Citizens Leverage Your Customers Take The Tour!

Moxie Integrates with Collaboration and Communication Software

Michael Sampson - Currents

Moxie Software announced new integration options between Employee Spaces and various other enterprise collaboration and communication tools, including SharePoint, Outlook, Skype (for presence availability), and Atlassian Confluence, among others: " Microsoft SharePoint Integration. Moxie Software has built bi-directional integration between Microsoft Outlook and Employee Spaces. Collaboration Software

Free questionnaire and software to analyse team's beliefs versus HPTs

The Bumble Bee

I have written quite a lot about the importance of a team's beliefs on their performance and have published some modest research into the beliefs which differentiate 'high performing' teams from other teams. Until today I have not published the questionnaire which underpinned this research.

Newsgator Integrates Social Software into Core Work Process

Portals and KM

SharePoint is not really social software but a system of record, in this case, documents. Getting employees to make productive use of the social capabilities requires more than installing software.

Year-End Thoughts On Enterprise 2.0 Social Software

Collaborative Thinking

is more about how social software is used by people vs. what the social tool actually is. Social Software still needs a definition: Unfortunately, we (the industry at-large) use the term but I'm not sure we're all on the same page when it comes to what the terms means. There are a lot of people who equate social software to specific tools, specifically: blogs, wikis, tags, bookmarks, and social network sites (e.g., Social Software

Personal Management Software destroys internet authenticity and democracy

The Bumble Bee

The Guardian reports on the growth in "Persona Management Software" which individuals use to engage in web conversations using multiple identities on forums and social sites. The most disturbing revelation is that the US Air Force have tendered for such software.

Using Social Software to Increase Business Performance

Portals and KM

The Deloitte Center for the Edge has issued a new paper, “ Social Software for Business Performance” that discusses how companies can leverage social software to improve business performance in the short-term and transform it in the long-term. It states that early adopters of social software have the potential for gaining financial benefits. It claims that social software has unique capabilities to address current operating challenges and improve operating metrics.

Avoiding Bias In Social Software Design

Collaborative Thinking

Interesting point in this article, however if the design of IBM's social software is over-reliant on use cases within its own workforce, the risk is that those traits unique to its own culture and operation are passed onto clients of Lotus Connections (user experience, etc). Tags: Social Software

New Mobile Software from IBM for Connections

Michael Sampson - Currents

IBM announced the availability of mobile device support for IBM Lotus Connections , with apps available for BlackBerry, Android, and Apple devices (shown above): " With today's news, IBM is delivering its industry leading Connections social networking software for mobile devices.

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Working Smarter … (IBM Lotus Software)


Remember that short video clip I shared not long ago under the title " Smarter Collaboration Your Way (Video from IBM) " that reminded us all of how social software, and its enterprise adoption, is all about making us work smarter, but not necessarily harder?

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Software success in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

The BBC posted an article on software success in Ghana. (I Guido Sohne, a Ghanaian software developer (through his blog I learned he has some German blood somehow) developed the software for this system. I copied the picture from there).

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Green Chameleon » Social Software Guides

Green Chameleon blog articles how-to guides events publications book videos about Social Software Guides Max Kiesler has published an extremely useful list of 40 downloadable open source social software applications (thanks Maish ).

Making webinar software more open

Digital Habitats

I’ve always found webinar software like WebEx , Elluminate , or GoToMeeting to be constraining and, because they try to be a “total solution&# they don’t play well with other uses or software. Yesterday I noticed an interesting webinar format that solves one of the persistent boundary and participation problems that I see with this kind of software. Interesting to see them innovate by using webinar software in such an open way.

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CIO Dilemma - Social Software vs ERP

Governance in a Networked World

The bigger issue appeared to be how CIOs deal with the fact that their clients merely "tolerate" the existing ERP/CRM/BI enterprise apps but are really excited about the social software stuff. This is part of a post I made to a recent discussion on Communities vs Social Processes.

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2010 Update on IBM Social Software Efforts: Part One

Portals and KM

Last week I attended an IBM media event where they conveyed a number of their recent efforts in social software. I think they are innovators in the social software space, both for enterprise and Web use.  Jeff Schick, VP social software, answered this comment.

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Moxie Software and Microsoft Partner to Enhance Customer Service Capabilities

Portals and KM

I recently spoke with Tara Sporer, VP of Marketing at Moxie software and Nikhil Govindaraj, VP of Products, to discuss the significance of these moves.

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Moxie Software Adds Better Mobile Support to Customer Spaces

Michael Sampson - Currents

Moxie Software added better support for mobile devices to Customer Spaces, a customer service application: Moxie Software™ is extending its powerful Knowledgebase that crosses all channels of communication to mobile platforms. Moxie Software’s Knowledgebase is now optimized for Apple’s iPad and iPhone, as well as for Android and Blackberry devices. Collaboration Software

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Semantic Software Technologies Explained and Examined

Portals and KM

I have been reading a very interesting and comprehensive report, Semantic Software Technologies: Landscape of High Value Applications for the Enterprise by Lynda Moulton of the Gilbane group. Lynda wrote that she deliberately chose title of this study to refer to semantic software technologies not simply semantic search technologies. She added that the end point of any semantic software is to improve finding and interpreting content, a search activity.

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Enterprise Social Software Will be Pervasive by 2016 - Perhaps

Portals and KM

The Forrester report, Social Enterprise Apps Redefine Collaboration , predicts that enterprise social software twill become a $6.4 If social software is outside the workflow and not integrated with traditional apps then it is facilitating coffee room conversations. Billion market in 2016. Juan Carlos Perez provides a nice summary of the Forrester report.

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Year-End Thoughts On Enterprise 2.0 Social Software (Part 3)

Collaborative Thinking

& Social Software (Part 2). & Social Software. and social software) - in no particular order : Cisco Stumbles Early But Regains Composure & Sets The Stage . Jive : Jive Social Business Software (SBS) 4.0: Social Software Previous posts: Year-End Thoughts On Enterprise 2.0 & Year-End Thoughts On Enterprise 2.0 & There are a few vendor events that stood out in my mind for 2009 (related to Enterprise 2.0

IBM Rational Offers Collaboration and Innovation within Software Development

Portals and KM

IBM Rational is an open software development platform that supports sharing and interactions among software and systems design and development teams. Gina began by noting that software development is a very social business and collaborative is key for success.

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2010 Update on IBM Social Software Efforts: Part Two

Portals and KM

Jeff Schick, VP social software, mentioned that IBM Research has done a study on the implications of using social and infusing collaboration into commerce experience. They are connecting social with IBM commerce software.

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Optimizing Social Software Design with Conceptual Graphs

Making CommunitySense

Today, I gave a presentation “Optimizing Social Software Design with Conceptual Graphs&# at LIRMM , Le Laboratoire d’Informatique, de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier: Abstract. The design of these systems includes the communal specification of communication and information requirements, as well as the selection, configuration, and linking of the software tools that best satisfy these requirements.

Kapow Software - A New Approach to Application Development

Michael Sampson - Currents

When building applications that integrate data from multiple systems, Kapow Software offers an alternative to manual coding or relying on poorly-implemented APIs : " In my books and workshops on collaboration, I talk about the technology being "at most 10% of the equation" when it comes to success.

Will Social Software Replace Email in an Enterprise 2.0 World?


dates back to around two years, more precisely a few weeks after I started this initiative of living " A World Without Email " Most of you know how I have been using social software for much longer, yet things changed when I kicked off that experiment.

Supporting Economic Recovery Through Software Innovation

Portals and KM

Software innovation goes way beyond the high tech industry as more products are increasingly computer driven. Mike Gilpin at Forester looked into this issue and recently offered the report, How To Foster Software Innovation To Exploit The Economic Recovery. They interviewed experts in a dozen organizations that excel at software innovation and recorded the important process, organizational, cultural, geographical, and staffing practices that promote software innovation.

Social Software is Enabling the Old “to-do” List to Make a Comeback

Portals and KM

I recently read an IDG article, 'To-do' software makes comeback, welcomed by enterprise IT , that covers how social task management applications are on the rise. This new breed of apps is a great addition to the social software suite.

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iRise - A Collaborative Approach to Building Agreement for Software Development

Michael Sampson - Currents

I recently spoke with iRise, a developer of simulation software for software development, about its approach to improving software development.

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Share2011 - On the Exhibition Floor - with Quest Software

Michael Sampson - Currents

Quest Software is exhibiting on the show floor at Share 2011. For more, see Quest Software. They are showing some of their SharePoint related tools: - Migration tools, for moving from SharePoint 2007 to 2010 and Office 365. Also supports Exchange Public Folder to SharePoint.

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Looking at Middle Management’s Role in Business Software Decisions

Portals and KM

In December 2010, inlevel conducted a research on " Middle Management as Business Software Influencer."  Software tended to be sold to senior business management and CIOs. However, because of increased access to the Web, greater use of cloud applications and simpler applications, a growing number of software purchases do not require senior level support nor need to involve IT.  How do they get information on software now?

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Social Software Survey

Portals and KM

Social Software Research initiative and are fans of my book, Net Work. I have been talking on and off with Christian Gray after almost meeting him in person at KMWorld and SLA conferences. He and his colleague Mike Reid have started an Enterprise 2.0 You can access a survey that they are launching just now from their invitation page.

Standards Can Help Put Social Software to Work

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million on social software globally in 2011, and will spend almost $4.5 is the involvement needed from IT departments to deploy and integrate the software. He also points the need for social software to be part of the enterprise application architecture and connect with traditional work apps in a central way. I see open standards as one of the critical success factors for social software to enable social business.  Customers spent $767.4

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Build your unique business development system using only free software

The Bumble Bee

This is the first in a series of 4 articles where I will share with you how you can build a sustainable business opportunity generation system using only free web-based software and some inside knowledge.

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Social Media Analysis Site Offers Directory of Software Firms

Portals and KM

It recently added a growing directory of software vendors. Social Media Analysis, run by Nathan Gilliatt , is a useful site covering the “business of monitoring, measuring, and understanding social media.” It has news, reviews, acquisitions, investments, and a job board. As the site states each company in the directory has its own page with the following information: A link to the company's main website. A link to the company's Twitter account.

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