Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Take on Building the Enterprise Social Graph

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On Monday, Forbes published an article called Building the Enterprise Social Graph with the subtitle In the next decade, we will learn how to build a social graph inside our businesses. What will it mean?

The subtitle surprised because it talks about the next decade. Sure, there are still a lot of enterprises that haven't adopted Enterprise 2.0 methodologies to transform their business, but are we really a decade away? Maybe I'm spoiled because we've had our internal social graph available for years now as part of Atlas. But I thought I'd also seen some stats that claim a lot of Fortune 100 companies have deployed some sort of social software behind the firewall (but couldn't find them).

Anyway, I do like how the author, however, points out how quickly starts stating that:

The internal social graph inside companies will be quite different and far more useful than existing public counterparts

And this resonates very well with me. Out of my typical 8 hour day, I spent probably 6.5 hours using our social platform inside our firewall. That's where I search for people and content. That's where I discover new experts to follow. That's where I collaborate with other colleagues all over the world. I barely spend any time on my personal social network within Facebook.

The Forbes article also presents an interview with IBM's VP of Social Software, Jeff Schick. Here's a demo of IBM's enterprise social graph tool which mines data to map relationships:

To read the full article, click here. Would love to hear your thoughts.

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