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Unicom Social tools seminar

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Dave Gurteen hosted another Unicom seminar on social tools last week in central London, ably summarised by Ben Wild, IBM’s Roo Reynolds and Paul Coyne from Emerald
I spoke about Collective Intelligence and shared some case studies from our work, and I very much enjoyed exposing these ideas to some experienced knowledge consultants and practitioners
For me, though, the highlight (NB: I missed day two) was Ian McNairn’s presentation about what IBM are doing with social tools inside the organisation. Key points included:

  • 26,000+ blogs inside IBM
  • 20,000+ people blogging
  • 2,300+ wiki spaces
  • 100,000 people (c. 30% of the IBM population) have used these wikis
  • High use of the IBM Dogear tool, and some interesting stories about how this is driving the dynamics of social networking within the company
  • A mature evolution of public/private blogging boundaries within the firm, which is enabling people like Bob Sutor, Mary Beth Raven and Ed Brill to share information in the public realm in a useful way.

Ian gave an accomplished presentation, and I think we could learn a lot from what is going on inside IBM with social tools.

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