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Since most any two words can and will be put together in this world, what with us being Homo Loquens and all, it is easy just to shrug when you hear new colloquies like 'social software,' 'social networking' or 'social computing' and dismiss them as just three more inevitable permutations in a world of whirling words and phrases. But this time, trust me, things are different. I would go so far as to say that "social computing," far from being just a random word-combo along the lines of wannabe duos like "air walking," "base jumping," "text messaging" and suchlike, is that fabled "New New Thing" (a reference to Michael Lewis's invaluable book of that name, documenting Netscape's Jim Clark's serial webpreneurship in the heady days of the Internet Boom 1.0). In other words, Social Computing is about to turn the Web world upside down. Before I explain how and why, let us ju... (more)

Looking Good, Social Networks Growing With Flash

Userplane continues to extend its clients' Flash-based communication tools for use in various aspects of social networking. The company continues to embrace the world market through innovative use of its Instant Communicator, Web Chat, and Web Recorder applications. The types of clients using social networking are diverse, coming from areas not usually thought of having a need for such services. ChosenNet, an online Jewish community; LDS LinkUp, a community for Latter-Day Saints; and French language networking site, Amidami, are using Userplane's Community Suite to enhance their communication abilities. CityCrowd, an online site offering social and professional services to busy professionals, is another Userplane client, equipping its products with an ever increasing number of media applications. Userplane is using Macromedia Flash technology to make users' online ... (more)

Alfresco Gets Terribly, Terribly Social

Alfresco Software, the open source ECM play, is now Alfresco, the trendy open source Social Computing Platform for the enterprise. The content-searching REST-enabled apotheosis has been made possible by Alfresco integrating its ECM software with the "happening" Web 2.0 tools and services like Facebook, iGoogle, Adobe Flex, Skype, RSS Readers, TypePad, MediaWiki and WordPress. That way it can bring Web 2.0 social networking into the workplace, and business, in turn, can quickly tap into the "wisdom of the crowds," it says. Flex provides Alfresco's rich mashup architecture, and a way for Rich Internet Applications to be created on top of Alfresco, without the technology lock-in of Microsoft's competitive SharePoint, Alfresco sniffs. Alfresco is currently previewing its Google Gadgets for ECM, which will let businesses create, edit and manage content from within an iGoogl... (more)

Social Network Analysis Library Released As Open Source

In light of the explosion in social networking web sites (MySpace, FaceBook, Xanga) the field of social network analysis (SNA) is hotter now than ever before. A new open source library released (libSNA) helps social scientists and software developers rapidly create experiments and computer programs to understand emerging social networks. The sale of MySpace.com for $850 million to News Corp underscores the value and importance of social networks. Marketing gurus want to understand how to tap into social networks to maximize sales. Law enforcement officials want to minimize the risks that social networks pose to teens and children. Young adults in Generation Y want to get plugged into these networks. Does anyone really understand social networks? "I created libSNA out of necessity" says Washington, DC, based Abe Usher, a well-known information security expert and the d... (more)

New IFS Explorer and Excel Exporting Enhancements for IBM i

Building on over a decade of success with the database and file utility for the IBM i – Version 3.8 of the award winning Surveyor/400 is now available. Surveyor/400 is a GUI based application running on your desktop computer that makes working with IBM databases, libraries, files, and spool files on the IBM i easy. Surveyor/400 provides access to the power and stability of the IBM i on the following desktops: Mac OS X, Linux, Unix, and Windows. Work with files and database fields in a rich visual environment or jump to a 5250 green screen from within Surveyor/400. New IFS Explorer – Previously, many functions could be performed by browsing the IFS in the main Surveyor/400 window, but the new IFS Explorer allows file lists to be maintained in separate windows for an enhanced folder browsing experience. The IFS Explorer provides easier IFS navigation with a drop-dow... (more)

Top Ten Benefits of CRM

Dear Lee, I have worked in sales for the past fourteen years and have seen fads come and go. The latest is CRM that, my company has forced upon me. Isn’t CRM just another way for my company to act like BIG BROTHER to watch and monitor my every move? Stan, Tx Dear Stan, Would you board a commercial airline if you knew, 1) the plane was lacking a navigational system, 2) you would be flying to the busiest airport in the world without the aid of an air traffic controller or radar, and 3) the pilots would not have any radio contact to direct their take off or landing approach? Most likely not. CRM is not a fad nor is it a way for your company to act as BIG BROTHER! CRM is a navigational tool that, when used properly it will increase your profitability, productivity and enhance your customers buying experience. I believe that what you are really asking is, what is in it... (more)

CNO - Chief Networking Officer

In this article, we will discuss the paradigm shift that the modern world offers the global corporate market. Several challenges and opportunities are found embedded in various scenarios. Among these we can highlight the evolution in today's corporate world of a new business model. They could be called "virtual, agile and global networking enterprises".   A new business expertise is required; Business Network Management. The architect of a Business Network Management project is the CNO - Chief Networking Officer, someone with leadership responsibilities focused on the future. We are walking at large steps towards the society of knowledge, communication and entertainment. Knowledge is power that enables decision-making. Proper communication is what connects people in engaging and meaningful discussions. Entertainment is a common factor of interest to all people regard... (more)

Chief Networking Officer: The New C-Level Position

 From CNO Journal The Chief Networking Officer (CNO) has gained much interest as more companies and executives  have become open minded to challenging the corporate hierarchy structure. The CNO as defined in Wikipedia  by my partner Octavio Pitaluga is right on target.  The definition of the role, however, is in the midst of being clearly defined and I also have my additions/thoughts to the role.  I also believe that the CNO role will be greatly influenced by the company he/she is in, its short and long term goals and efforts, current C Executives forte or lack thereof, social/virtual media efforts, et al… This ever-changing and always evolving role ,I believe, fits right in with those entrepreneur types who, like myself, are driven by being a contributing force to many different layers and projects.  Relationship management skills needs to be assumed natural for th... (more)

Women CNO – Chief Networking Officer

Scenario: We live in the era of communication. The Internet has come to stay as well as all forms of technology that will integrate around it: cellular, broadband, digital TV, web 2.0 etc. .. New economic models are emerging and there is a rapid change in how people interact. Little by little companies are becoming more aware of the importance of each of the networks of people and businesses that revolve around your business. We envision that the face of the company on the Internet will evolve from a web-site to an online social network where all selected virtually partners will be located. Business Networks Management: drawing below summarizes this simple but powerful concept. All enterprise is surrounded by several networks and their respective actors. All necessary resources for organizations and individuals reach their goals are found in people, ie, in the very ... (more)

CA Names Don Ferguson Chief Technology Officer

CA, Inc. announced that Don Ferguson has been named chief technology officer, reporting to Ajei Gopal, executive vice president for CA's Products and Technology Group. Before assuming the position of CTO, Ferguson was CA's chief architect. "Don is one of the IT industry's most accomplished and respected technologists," said Gopal. "As CA's chief architect, Don has helped establish CA on the leading edge of innovation in virtualization and cloud computing. He has been instrumental in ensuring the superior quality, integration, architecture and functionality of CA's award-winning products. In his new role as CTO, Don's knowledge, experience and vision will help drive CA to new levels of innovation and technological leadership." During his 18 months at CA, Ferguson has played a key role in the development of new products and in enhancing CA's product portfolio with the ... (more)

So You Want to Be a Consultant

I’ve been consulting successfully for over 20 years now. That makes me an old-timer in many folks’ perceptions. Friends and associates often come to me for advice on how to start their own consulting business – mostly around how to position themselves as an expert in the market. Here’s the advice I give: Focus. The first inclination for any new consultant is to try to ‘do it all’. After all, you’ve dabbled in a number of different aspects of your field, right? Wrong. In my experience, the best way to be successful is to focus first on a narrow set of skills and areas where you can add the most value. You need to evidence your experience and success in a few key areas to get started. So focus on the areas where you’re strongest and most well-known by associates and peers – where you can have the most compelling references. You can always expand over time. Evidence yo... (more)