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Web 2.0 Journal By Tom Hopkins In business situations, when you are trying to reach the person who has the authority to make decisions regarding your product you are very likely to have to go through one or more people before reaching that person. For the sake of efficiency, there will likely be a receptionist and/or assistant who takes the initial calls for the decision-maker. It’s important that you realize most assistants are taught to protect decision-makers. Or, shall we say, screen calls so the decision-makers only speak with the [...] ... (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)

Social Computing Will Turn the Web World Upside Down

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)

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)

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)

Is President Obama a Chief Networking Officer?

The power of politics. The power of the web! The web will convert people into relationships in the CNO’s network .  If nurtured properly with win-win propositions, this network will become your power partners. The management of social capital is a critical role of the CNO.  Follow my drift?  This is exactly what President Obama’s campaign did very well. President Obama has been credited with being a pioneer when it comes to the Internet and moving it to the mainstream of political life.  Grass roots marketing and the use of the Internet by the Obama campaign helped overcome a huge lead by Hillary Clinton early in the nominating race. One aspect, the online presence and site had easy-to-employ tools, allowing those interested in finding out more, helping out, being present – virtually and contributing financially, etc.  Making people feel like they were “making a 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)

Social Media is Redefining PR

"Social Media" vs "Traditional PR" discussion which was fueled by two recent blog posts by SYS-CON Media founder Fuat Kircaali; "Is the PR Business Extinct?" and "Will PR Firms Survive The Social Media Avalanche?" continues. Publicity is the act of getting “ink,” but true PR is the strategic crafting of your company’s story, according to Jack Hadley, corporate storyteller and founder of Cowork Utah, a social media workspace in Orem, Utah. Snapp Conner PR hosted the recent clinic in which Hadley shared his strategies with members of the Utah Technology Council (UTC). Hadley noted that according to marketing guru, Seth Godin, only a few companies have a publicity problem, but nearly every company has a PR problem. “Social media is further blurring the lines between PR and marketing,” Hadley said. “Social media is a phenomenon that is creating new mediums great PR fi... (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)

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)