Blog | Enterprise 2.0: Work Together Online.

FixedOpShop.com

We're proud to announce the launch of a major new automotive site - it really shows off some of the capabilities of the OpenEdit platform - almost 20,000 products, full e-commerce capabilities, the works.  Please check it out!

Test Ready Pro

We're proud to announce that we've just launched several best in breed exam study guide systems based on the new TestBench platform - most recently, a fire fighter study guide system for people prepping to become police offices in the United states.  You can check it out here: http://firefighterexamstudyguide.com/index.html

 

SportForge

We're working rapidly towards launching a better way to manage Sport communities online.  We're really excited about it, and the limited beta that we've been running has given us great insight into the kinds of problems that are facing provincial, local and national sporting organizations.  

It turns out that they're not so different from companies struggling with the same problems - which makes the work we've done in Social Networking  a pretty darned good match.  We're going to change the way sport organizations are managed online.  If you want to find out more stay tuned.  If you're interested in access to the system while we're still in Beta, let us know.

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You shouldn't have to sacrifice your life in order to keep group communications flowing.

The thought of taking a vacation should fill us with excitement and anticipation. Unfortunately for most organizational leaders today, vacations are accompanied by anxiety and dread. Time off would be great if you didn't return to a mad house of disorganized projects where communications are falling apart. Like it or not, keeping group communications flowing is usually a full time job and being in charge has become a curse. It's synonymous with an overflowing task list where most of your day is spent putting out fires and organizing work for other people.

How did we get here?

In an effort to make things faster, better, and more efficient, we made everything digital. While we succeeded in moving information around at lightening speed, the result is a complete mess of digital communications where conversations are disposable and information critical to group work is stuck in someone else's Inbox.

This is a huge problem. It's turning the joys of leadership into an oppressive task of communications management. Instead of making positive changes within your organization, everyone is just trying to survive. People work tirelessly. They contribute more hours of their week towards work and spend less time with family. Despite dedication and commitment, you don't seem to be able to get ahead. Frustration sets in and you start to doubt your ability to get things done.

Here's the good news. For years now we have been managing digital communications for group work using email simply because it's the one tool to which everyone has access. Fortunately, this is no longer true. High speed Internet is now common at work and at home. Within the social arena we are learning to use tools like Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, Blogs, and wikis to connect, communicate, and do stuff more efficiently. Only in the workplace do we still do things the 'old way'. Despite the advantages these tools bring, getting these technologies into the workplace has been a challenge because these free tools are open to the general public. To make matters worse, you don't own the information you post in an environment like Facebook. For most work environments this represent far too much risk. So we use email.

Until now.

What if you could own your own online workspace? What if you could stop being the funnel through which all communications must flow. You'll be able to host group conversations, coordinate the evolution of working documents, and post shared files all within in your own private online environment. You'll be able to form groups. You'll be able set your teams free and watch as work gets done.

I invite you to stop doing the same tasks over and over again. Stop sending the same emails over and over again. Let's schedule an appointment so you can find out how a FlowThink workspace can put you back in the driver's seat where you can regain control of your life.

 

Work Together. Get Stuff Done.

"People often misconstrue social networking as the latest technological fad. And while yes technology might be responsible for the features that exist, at its core it is much more a sociological phenomenon." - Kyle Arteaga and Rene Bonvanie, Serena Software


Social Networking within the work place.

  • The CIA, an organization with a global reputation for secrecy, uses a community wiki to collaborate both within their organization and with other intelligence agencies.
  • Serena Software, a company that did around $270 million in licensed revenue last year, is using Facebook as their Intranet.
  • An entire work force is graduating from high school and university. They understand social networking as a way of life rather than a new technological fad. They will not arrive at work next week and ignore the advantages these technologies provide.

A motivated and intelligent work force has arrived. They know something. You should listen.

Take a quick look around. Soak in the work force that surrounds you. The baby boomers are retiring and a new generation is taking their place. It has happened before and it will happen again. Instead of being frustrated with the 'inexperienced new hires' that need training, perhaps you should consider that they are in the process of trying to teach us a better way of working together online.

Smart, successful companies are listening to their work force and are investing in social networking technologies. They understand the value of providing every single intelligent and motivated individual within their organization with the opportunity to contribute the full breadth of their talents. If you didn't need their help then you wouldn't have hired them in the first place. With the right tools in place, your work force can share information that is critical to your success. They can work together, form relationships, and acquire a sense of ownership towards your company's mission.

Social Networking is changing the way we communicate. It creates cohesive groups that enjoy working together. Its impact is as dramatic as email and the telephone.

When you put all these facts about social networking together you will likely conclude, much the same as Forrester Research did in April of this year, that the Enterprise 2.0 industry is an emerging market that is on its way to $4.3 Billion by 2013.

A Better Way to Work Together

On 23 July 2008, IJ Solutions launched VoisinHQ. Over the past month IJ Solutions has solidified over 60 working relationships within our collaborative environment, with over 10 new working relationships forming each week.

Without a collaborative platform, how do you manage your working relationships? Can you maintain 20% growth?

Be part of the phenomenon!

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  • Do-it-yourself: Download and install Voisin yourself, free.
  • Buy Hosted VoisinHosted Voisin  is $5000 per year. Hosting, installation, setup, and support are all included.
  • Hire IJ Solutions: A team of collaboration consultants will guide you through the implementation process of a complete collaborative solution. Results are guaranteed. Contact IJ Solutions and strengthen your company's working relationships.