Reflecting Surface

There is an interesting article on ReadWriteWeb about “11 Things Startups Should Know about Enterprise 2.0“.

I will not paraphrase it here but number 11 taps into some of the conversations we have been having about the tensions between the silo nature of the enterprise and the open nature of social media.

As a CIO I would say that the most difficult thing for startups to do is to be able to show that they can solve my problem. I like examples, real world examples, and so you get the chicken and egg situation where sales depend on having a proven solution but getting that proof requires someone to have bought the product/service in the first place.

This is why we need to be smarter around innovation and risk. Too often my world takes an engineering approach where we expect every solution to be a Forth Bridge and we assign process and overheads accordingly. There are times when this is absolutely right but not every problem is the Forth Bridge, agility and innovation require us to be smarter.

We also need to become much better at sharing experience and knowledge amongst ourselves. Things like Digital People are a start as is GovBarCamp but we need to be more radical. Perhaps we need a Government 2.0 Unconference? Hmm…

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He’s Frank

No, not or even.

This Frank is our attempt at trying to pull the world of work together. I suppose you could call it a portal but I do not really like the portal concept, work portals tend to be either overloaded or underfunctional. Too often they provide a nice frontend but the second you click on anything the horror emerges and it’s hello VT52 all over again.

Most enterprise systems tend to the user hostile, after all how would consultants make their money if systems were easy to use and implement? So how do we square the circle and come up with an enterprise front end which is user friendly, powerful, simple and drives usage?

Hence Frank. At the moment Frank is ideas and some bits of technology and demonstrators but we aim to go PoC in mid-September and I plan to document the journey here.

Oh and the name is not an acronym, we hate acronyms, it is in memorium.