A business networking position in a company or other organization

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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)

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)

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)

Introducing the CNO Position into Large Corporations

I agree with my business partner, Roger R. Mussa, when he said that smaller companies and start-ups can get the biggest, most-immediate impact by adding a CNO. The smaller and the more flexible the organization is in order to adopt a new leadership style, the better it is for a CNO position to be quickly deployed at the early stages. However, it does not mean that it cannot be done in more complex, mature and global corporations. It certainly can. As a matter of fact, it very much depends on the leadership level of that specific organization at that moment. On the one hand, if the leadership is old-fashioned and typically top-down with a “just-do-it-or-you-are-fired” style, then it is better not even investing that much given that this kind of company may not survive in the long run, regardless of how well positioned they are today. Unless, a dramatic change in to... (more)

Heidrick & Struggles Creates the 'Rentable CEO'

Heidrick & Struggles, the big headhunter, says it's seeing "clients in need of immediate access to top talent who can step into short-term situations and solve problems quickly, or provide operating insights and advise" so it's setting up what it calls a Chief Advisor Network to fill the bill. Heidrick says it's got a "select group of proven C-Suite and senior executives" who can come in and deal with situations like turnarounds, the sudden departure of C-Level folk or a new market opportunity. It's launching the network in the U.S. and teaming with existing practices in Europe and Asia. Dr Lauren Doliva is the partner running it. ... (more)

Social Networking Tip For Programmers – and Everyone Else

Set aside one hour daily for active marketing: Software developers love to spend days and nights coding great stuff. Focusing on marketing, sales and customer activities is not quite as exciting. Put some discipline in place. A good starting point is to devote one hour per day of your time to work exclusively on marketing. And I don’t mean read the Web to learn about SEO. Spend one full, active hour contributing to forums, pitching to people, e-mailing journalists and other key influencers that may be interested in what you do. Does your web site have a success story from a real customer? Did you follow-up with the people you met at those meetings? The first week, send at least two e-mails a day to people you have never met. By the third week, your goal is to receive one e-mail a day from people you don’t know. Once you figured it out, just scale. via Good Programme... (more)

Eric Schmidt On Transparency & Open Immigration

Google's head, Eric Schmidt, recently shared his views on a series of topics at the Aspen Ideas Festival. He addressed how "old" institutions are inefficient and in particular governments. His solution is transparency because as he puts it, "many bureaucrats know what they are doing is not effective". Schmidt goes on to question why the US attracts foreign students and then kicks them out, a significant impediment to retaining the brightest minds from around the world. Finally, Eric touts the excitement that instant translations tools and photo identification being created by Google will offer. Check out this brief 6 minute interview to learn more. ... (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)

Young CNO - Chief Networking Officer

Chief Networking Officer Journal on Ulitzer We began the saga of the CNO - Chief Networking Officer publishing an article in national magazine in 2007 when we set all the responsibilities and the process of implementing business network management in organizations. Then, we analyzed the CNO as a career opportunity for executive women and senior executives. We will continue to discuss the CNO with focus on executives in early career stage. This is a subject that matters to any professional who wants to develop new skills, amplify the network, including those who operate in Human Resources arena. Everyone knows the tale of John and Mary. Let´s consider a more modern version of it. John is the best student in class, but is somewhat introspective. His top grades come from maths and physics. He is apparently shy, but very observant and with a strategic/analytical thinking... (more)

Social Media ROI by Erik Qualman

I have been following the quite interesting work of Erik Qualman (@equalman) on his blog Socialnomics, where he presents a number of evidences that social media is one of the most important phenomena that happened in recent years worldwide. His video above is transcripted as follows: 1. Over 300,000 businesses have a presence on Facebook and roughly a 1/3 of these are small businesses. 2. Gary Vaynerchuk grew his family business from $4 million to $50 million using social media. Gary’s eccentric personality and offbeat oenophile knowledge have proven a natural path to success with his Wine TV Library. 3. Vaynerchuk found first hand that $15,000 in Direct Mail = 200 new customers, $7,500 Billboard = 300 new customers, $0 Twitter = 1,800 new customers. 4-5. Wetpaint/Altimeter Study found companies that are both deeply and widely engaged in social media significantly su... (more)

Announcing GoAnywhere Gateway

Linoma Software, developers of the GoAnywhere suite of secure managed file transfer solutions, is now offering a new reverse proxy server product GoAnywhere Gateway. In addition, Linoma is announcing a major release of its GoAnywhere Services file transfer server. The combination of GoAnywhere Gateway and GoAnywhere Services provide an enterprise-strength solution for secure file sharing and data automation, while allowing customers to comply with regulations such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOX and GLBA. All components of the GoAnywhere secure file and managed file transfer suite are VMware Ready. Customers typically install GoAnywhere Gateway onto a server in their DMZ (demilitarized zone) or public network. Trading partners will connect through GoAnywhere Gateway to designated FTP, FTPS, SFTP or HTTPS resources in GoAnywhere Services, which would be located in the private ... (more)