Blogging was where we began, and how we built our company so we have preserved this archive to show how our thinking developed over a decade of developing the use of social technology inside organisations

Lee Bryant

Co-founder and Director

Lee Bryant co-founded Headshift in 2002 to focus on the emerging area of social software and social networking. He has been playing with words and computers since the age of 10, and has a strong belief in the empowering potential of the internet. He is also a board member of a social enterprise, Involve, and a trustee of the Foundation for Science Technology and Culture.

Recent posts by Lee Bryant

  • We are Dachis Group London :)

    Headshift is changing its name to Dachis Group London as we complete our integration with the global firm. This will bring new opportunities for our clients and partners.

  • Sharing the Social Business cake

    Some of you may have received some slices of our cake via some kind of paper-based medium (imagine!), but we wanted to share the whole thing with you to say thank you for helping us take social business mainstream in 2011: We have big plans for expanding Dachis Group’s European operations in 2012, and you… read full post

  • Social Business Transformation in Legal and Professional Services

    More and more legal and professional services firms are now focusing on social business ideas as a route to greater operational efficiency and closer client relationships. We have a mature practice in this area, and here is how we might help.

  • Can IBM Connections provide the missing social layer for Sharepoint intranets?

    Sharepoint dominates the corporate intranet platform market, but still lags on social features. Could SharePoint + IBM Connections provide a short-cut to a social intranet?

  • The Social Business Index is open

    The Social Business Index launches to the public today. This is the first Dachis Group service based on our Social Business Intelligence as a Service (SBIaaS) platform and we think it is a big step towards providing companies with benchmarking and performance data for their social engagement efforts.

Recent comments by Lee Bryant

  • Commented on Social Business Transformation in Legal and Professional Services

    "Thanks. Yes, I agree - this is largely about adoption, not technology, but you need both to succeed. I also agree that clients are becoming more and more frustrated with the pace of change in law firms, and this is an issue driving them to look more closely at social technology."

  • Commented on Can IBM Connections provide the missing social layer for Sharepoint intranets?

    "Thanks all for the responses. @Rich: this is, I think, a common IT dept point of view, but it is also also (arguably) self-contradictory. How can IT be agile if they opt for a single (trailing edge) platform?"

  • Commented on Take your SharePoint implementation to the next level

    "Very interesting spread of reactions. Thanks. I should emphasise that my intent was not to point the finger just at IS/IT - the problematic way in which centralised purchasing decisions are made is an organisational issue and not just an IT issue. In response to Alistair, I would say this: 1. When IT balance the needs of "users, budget, support & management, previous investments and compatibility with overall strategy" guess which one of those gets squeezed every time? Yep: users. Also, with respect, do IT really understand user needs better than the business? Which brings me to... 2. The process of IT eliciting requirements is a key problem here in my view. If I want a porsche and go to many IT departments, they will dutifully note down my requirements ... "wheels, paint, an engine... etc" and then give me a grey Skoda that ticks every box but is a fundamentally different product. Especially with social tools, it is impossible to represent their value in a spreadsheet of features. That is why many IT departments believe that Sharepoint does wikis and blogs, but in reality the experience is not good enough to meet the need. I don't claim to have a pithy, smart answer to this problem, but I think we should start by NOT having IT gather requirements in the way they have done in the past. 3. How many times have you heard of users crying out for Sharepoint in an organisation, compared to wikis, blogs, Yammer, Socialcast, etc? Not many, I would wager. 4. If you think the wiki feature in SP2010 is "just fine" then I would be interested if you use it on a day-to-day basis, or indeed whether others you know use it. It is quite simply not a wiki - it is a list of editable pages (see point 2 above ;-) I think where we agree is that neither of us is 100% pro- or anti-SharePoint and you probably cannot get all the necessary sharing and social features from one product. But most of all, I appreciate you taking the time to share your views on this, so thanks."

  • Commented on Take your SharePoint implementation to the next level

    "Thanks for the feedback. @James: Actually, I think in most cases I have come across, IT depts have known of the existence and quality of Jive, Socialtext, et al, but they have made their choice anyway. @Trudi: the problem with doing this 100% in the cloud is that such systems can end up separated from internal, securely held content and information that people need to access. Also, with cloud solutions, clients have even less control over UX."

  • Commented on Social Business Summit roundup

    "Hi George, Firstly, I am delighted that you can make it. As you know, we think your work on collective intelligence is very good and ahead of its time :) Regarding the structure of the event, we considered various online add-ons for the event, but these rarely achieve critical mass, so we are instead focusing our efforts on a good old conversation on the day. During the day's sessions we will have some time for traditional discussion, plus we have a participative Jazz improv session to loosen people up and get them collaborating, and finally we have swapped out a talk for a discussion panel in the afternoon, where we will try to involve the whole group as much as possible. There *should* be some time for BOF-type meetups around the event, since it finishes quite early, and we also have an after-party where the conversation can flow more freely. To be honest, our goal here is not transactional (the ticket price will not cover our costs) but rather to simulate conversations that continue in some form after the event. Look forward to seeing you - it's been too long!"