What would you say on this topic to an audience at VoiceCon Orlando this week?
That's the task ahead of Irwin Lazar and I as we talk with Eric Krapf and Fred Knight in a keynote "conversation" from 10:30-11:00am on Wednesday. The panel, called "Social Networking Meets Enterprise Communication"has this for a description:
It's no secret that world of enterprise communications is undergoing a transformation; IP Telephony and Unified Communications are changing the nature of the game. Now new forms of interaction, which began in the consumer/personal communications market -- blogs, wikis and online services like Facebook are migrating into the enterprise. Where do these social networking systems and mindset fit into the enterprise communications landscape? Join us for a discussion about what's real today and what's likely to happen in the future.
Obviously, this is a topic about which I am rather opinionated and have been writing about in my various blogs for years (including this blog, as well as on Disruptive Conversations and in my reports into For Immediate Release), so I'm very much looking forward to the session with Irwin on Wednesday.
We've already got a long list of points we can cover... and obviously won't be able to cover them all in only 30 minutes (and we've got a hard stop at 11am as what's next is a presentation with Al Gore and Cisco CEO John Chambers!). But I thought to myself - how can I do a keynote panel on the impact of social networking in enterprise communication if I don't somehow include social networking into the prep for that panel?
So here's my question for you all -
What do you see as the top one or two ways that social networking / social media will change the ways in which people communicate within enterprises?Both internally among employees and also externally between the company and its customers and partners?
To perhaps get the conversation going, here are a few of the topics that Irwin and I already have in our list:
- interest in the opportunities to improve collaboration among employees, especially virtual/distributed
- interest in the opportunities to improve collaboration with customers and partners/vendors
- concerns over enterprise usage of public sites/services, i.e. what security is there for corporate data out on these sites?
- challenges with rolling out these services internally (from a deployment point-of-view as well as business case, who owns it, integration of different systems, etc.)
- expectations of new generation of incoming workers