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Friday, March 04, 2005

Blogs As Enterprise Applications

This is becoming a hot topic. Lauren Wood provides a straightforward explanation of what they are,describes how they compare with content management systems, and reports on some telling examples of how blogs and wikis are currently being successfully used in enterprises."
"Most of the discussion about blogs is centered around their affect on mainstream journalism, their power as a new communication channel and voice of the people, and how this will impact society. All this is interesting, but what does it have to do with implementing content or knowledge management, or enterprise collaboration applications? IT, business managers, and even analysts can be forgiven for thinking "not much". But, being dismissive of blogs and wikis because of how they are most often used, and talked about, today is a mistake (PCs and web browsers weren’t considered as serious enterprise tools at first either). What is important is how they could be used. They are simply tools, and it may be surprising to see how much they are already being utilized in business environments.
My Take: Blogs and WIKIs are real knowledge management at work. if we expand with a a change-control repository and integrate with a messaging framework. The net result is a powerful set of tools for knowledge management, collaboration and information integration As simple and straightforward as that.

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