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SAP using Gravity September 30, 2010

Filed under: Enterprise 2.0 — calvynpark @ 10:05 AM
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I was searching through case studies about examples of well known companies that are widely using enterprise 2.0. Getting to know SAP is using Gravity, which is a Google Wave “gadget” that can added within Google Wave client. It collaborates  business process modeling functionality of SAP Business Process Management in a wave. The SAP Business Process Management is actually a netweaver component that helps customers model, execute, and monitor business process based on common process model. Using the SAP netweaver moreover compose your process steps, define business rules and exceptions.

To define more in dept what Gravity actually meant, it is a prototype developed by SAP Research in Brisbane, Australia and SAP NetWeaver Development providing real-time, cloud-based collaborative business process modeling within Google Wave. Google Wave generally is a software application that consists of real-time collaborative editing.

This is one of the snapshots that what Gravity actually does.

Talking about analytic, flexible business-oriented process modeling, and collaboration platforms makes great combination. Every business process starts with conversations, and get improved through analysis and collaboration. When company’s high levels hear about “social networking”, it sounds to them like an expensive, time-wasting alternative to the company picnic, but it’s really about just about making the existing conversations and interactions of employees quicker, easier, and more productive. The Gravity prototype is clearly a great first step in that direction.

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Save money and meet people while traveling! September 29, 2010

Filed under: Enterprise 2.0 — calvynpark @ 6:53 AM
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I have ever encountered one of the best experience of my life by doing couch surfing. It is a social website where travelers log in and request for couches they want to crash in and also to meet other travelers. You will never feel bored when you joined couchsurfing and also traveling alone.

If you are a member of the couchsurfing community, you can post anything, whether is meeting up, going on trips, catching a coffee etc. or you can comments on posts that were posted by other couchsurfers. You are able to join the community in which ever town/ city you are in. It is a chance for you to meet the local people as well! For instance, I joined the Brisbane group to meet other couchsurfers from Brisbane.

Couchsurfing has its own wiki page as well. Users has to create account to collaborate ideas and edit the pages/ contents of an article. Any users can search for information about couchsurfing and also about places of interest to travel through the wiki. There are upcoming news and also newsletter about what is happening around in couchsurfing and also the experiences and life stories that are being shared by couchsurfers.

Here is a video how to use couchsurfing site.

It is actually http://www.couchsurfing.org

For my experience, I know couchsurfing through a friend when I was studying abroad in the US. I was traveling along California alone and wanted to save money and also to meet other travelers. So I just tried to couchsurf. My first one was at Los Angeles. My host actually brought me to places where only locals know. It was a really fascinating experience to be really frank! In San Diego, my host borrowed me his car so that I can go around while he is working during the daytime, what a shock! I was staying at a family house in Las Vegas. They were really sporting and also kind to make my trip such a memorable one. How thankful am I to join couchsurfing! It’s a lifetime experience and definitely I’m going to do it again in Australia!

 

Companies use Facebook = ? September 24, 2010

Filed under: Enterprise 2.0 — calvynpark @ 7:14 AM

Questions that had been popping into my head recently were what did I always do before Facebook? What was I always doing before instant messaging or email? What was I doing before even got introduced into the Internet world?

I had been sort of addicted into social networking, suitable example will be Facebook. It kept me updated and also keeping in touch with families and friends where I am studying abroad at the moment. It is simply an essential Web 2.0 technology to keep both parties connected. Corporate companies have been making use of social networking within their company’s communication. I did on a case studies few weeks ago on Serena Software. The company had adopted Facebook as the company’s intranet.

Within3.com is a social networking site for scientific practitioners. It works as a platform where medical journals can be discussed. Saverio Gentile, a visiting fellow in the neurobiology laboratory at the National Institute of Environment Health Sciences had been using Within3. Gentile using Within3 to work together with his newfound colleagues discovered a possible mechanism that can explain why nicotine receptors work the wrong way when associated with congenital myasthenia gravis, a hereditary disease that causes severe muscle fatigue.

Within3 offers various kind of aspects, such as focus on health professionals, regulatory and compliance safeguards, participation and value. This social networking site had bring it all together. As I had watch the videos of how Within3 works by taking a tour on its website (yeah will be interesting to check it out), it works almost the same as Facebook with the walls, comments and sending message functionality.

One of the comments that are given by Alison Dargie, a marketing manager from a children hospital in Boston. “Immediate response to the launch of our community was excellent and has helped our clinicians find each other, communicate and collaborate in a secure environment. We are pleased we can offer this innovative platform to our faculty and alumni…” she said. So by this means necessary, I think that using social networking technologies for medical companies will be a ultimate connections tools within a metropolitan area to connect medical faculties and also clinics as well.

 

Miss out on live matches on tv? September 20, 2010

Filed under: Enterprise 2.0 — calvynpark @ 11:30 AM
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I came through this amazing soccer highlights website, which is footytube that provides the latest soccer highlights all around the world. Don’t be afraid if you think you miss yesterday’s game because this website provides several videos that you can actually watch like Youtube, Daily Motion, Sapotube etc.

As a big fan of soccer, this is one of the most essential soccer sites for me as I frequently type in this website and actually watch some of the videos. Besides watching, I am able to see the game’s statistics and also the how the team perform with the chart that is roughly plotted out. With every video that you are watching, you also can comment on it and also see what other people thick about that game.

Footytube maintained it own blog which blog most of the soccer articles and also any related sources about soccer. This is part of Enterprise 2.0 which interact between internet users. It is certainly an essential site if you are a die hard soccer fan!

footytube version 2.0 logo
 

Using Wiki really helps?

Filed under: Enterprise 2.0 — calvynpark @ 7:00 AM
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Wikis have been one of the most popular information platform that I have used to search for articles and also information about almost anything that I wished to find. What I understand from the meaning of wiki, let’s just take Wikipedia for instance, it allow users to collaborate their own ideas and then edit the articles that they want to. Its downside is that the information that is being edited by anyone that uses the wiki might be false or not accurate enough for other users to know what is the truth.

Moving on to actually use Nokia’s wiki. It is actually a forum that is setup by the Nokia. Wiki is one of their section. Any sorts of Nokia’s surroundings, such as latest phones, software, development platforms and more can be search through in its wiki. There are also featured articles that are on the site navigation for internet users that visit the website can see what is the latest updates by Nokia. For example the latest article is on the 19th September 2010 which featured GStreamer on Symbian OS that is edited by Xharada.

There are also some recent videos about Nokia’s technology. These are several example of videos.

Nokia World that was held recently that was an exhibition and introduction to all the new Nokia’s products.

The advantages of Nokia’s wiki is that a user have to create its own account to edit any sorts of information on the website. This by mean that the wiki cannot be edited publicly, unlike Wikipedia. Another upside of the wiki of Nokia is that registered users are able to comment on the wiki to have a thought on the article that have been visited. This is really effective because maybe the user that commented on the particular article has a better understanding or more knowledge on the source that they are searching for.

One of the pitfalls that I found when trying to use the wiki is that there are too many source about one particular source that I need to search for. Some of them are not really exactly the source that I wanted to look for. It is more like a search engine to me other than like a wiki search.

Nonetheless, I think Wiki should be used by corporate companies to enhance their workforce and, at the same time meets employees’ satisfactions. This is really important to improve companies productivity and to achieve goals that they are looking for.

 

Companies use blogs! September 8, 2010

Filed under: Enterprise 2.0 — calvynpark @ 6:25 AM

Nokia had established its company’s  blog site for people or loyal customer to comment on their products, services, future technologies etc. Digging through what Nokia covers other than just dealing with telecommunication gadgets, it blog is being collaborated with different rolls. One of my favorites is Nokia Conversations, dealing with of what Nokia’s products and services, what are the future technologies that will be implement. Probably Nokia are seeking for user’s needs and blog plays the important role in what they want to fulfill user’s requests.

This telecommunication company did not post up on selling their products and services, but display their findings about future technologies. William Yau, a senior design specialist shared his thoughts on his dream device on the blog.

Future technologies that will are currently undergoing testing are for user to see what is going to to be implement in the mere couple of years. Consumers as well can brainstorm out their personal opinions to what they think will make the company better and more advance. Example on the terminal mode action for Nokia phones and Volkswagen car.

Corporate blogging of course has its own downside. One of the most common one that I could think of with is bloggers’ conflicts. With harsh comments and unpleasant discussion will led to horrible unsatisfactory view for a company. Besides that, employees of the company perhaps will leak out confidentiality of the company and it may create a bad image on the company. Some of them will criticize on the products that they think is useless and non-beneficial before the product is even being officiate out yet.

I am able to follow Nokia on Twitter to see what is currently being updated. These tweet on what are the latest articles about the company and its surroundings. It is great where consumers and employees can get their first hand information on these micro blogging and straight away know what is being updated rather than linking the company URL to check what’s new.

Nokia twitter can be followed over here

References that I searched on:

1. Pitfalls of Coporate Blogging http://www.buildify.com/corporate-blogging-pitfalls/

2. Nokia Conversation

3. Nokia Blogs – there are several blog rolls that linked with Nokia.

 

Legal Risking Organizations August 23, 2010

Filed under: Enterprise 2.0 — calvynpark @ 6:11 AM

Following the case studies on Minter Ellison Lawyers, the firm came up with managing legal risks in the use of social networking site by universities in one of their newsletter.

When it comes to social networking, Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, Twitter and other Social networking sites (SNS) are covered. Universities being occupied by thousands of students, social networking obviously will be very popular to connect each and everyone. Following legal risk is being involved with the  seemingly growth in social networking, these are a few examples of risks being encountered.

Copyright infringement is vital in the context of social networking sites. It is common for user to personalize their profile page, uploading photos and editing information about themselves. Unfortunately, some user may infringe another person’s copyright if the user post such material without the other user’s permission. The university should use SNS site as educational tools and only upload contents to its own SNS without any violation of rights. For universities that operates its own social site, which students and staff are allowed to use a third party SNS on campus may be considered to have authorized copyright infringement. To further mitigate this risk, universities should educate their staff and students about  their copyright-related obligations and implementing and enforcing computer usage policies which specifically prohibit copyright infringement.

A university may be exposed to a claim of defamation with the comments posted on the university’s SNS third party. It affects the university’s reputation if the comments that were being posted on the sites were harsh and rude. Outsiders will think that the comments are true and have bad impression on the university. University will be legally responsible for any of the defamatory comments that are published onto the its SNS unless there is a cover up for it or in another word, defense.

Privacy exposed may categorize as a legal risk for SNS in the university. Students, staff and employers post detailed personal information to their peers and friends. Their information have a greater chance for the university to access to if they fail to comply their profile privacy settings. The university will be able to see whatever the students or staff have posted on their personal details and then take action if there is necessary. There are cases where universities expelled students and denied them to obtain a degree because information posted by the students of Facebook. Mitigating this risk is to remind the users of social networking site to comply the privacy settings to prevent the public to access on to those personal information. However, if universities need to collect and store personal information, it must comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988 and other applicable State or Territory privacy legislation which regulates the collection, storage and use of personal information.