Three items of note, coming in from the mainstream tech media. CNet, CIO Magazine and eWeek have recent enterprise 2.0 stories showcasing web 2.0 technologies at use or in trials at major corporations. I’m particularly interested in the American Express experiment:
American Express is experimenting with internal use of wikis. On its customer-facing web site, it uses RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, to deliver information, and the company’s web site invites its customers to provide feedback to influence product design, said Bob Morgan, vice president of technology strategy at American Express. We’re interested (in Web technollogies)– there’s clearly some applicability. And we want to give customers the sense of community feedback,” Morgan said.
I had an excellent chat with Indus Khaitan who’s part of a marketing group at Symantec.* Three and half years ago he launched a stealth internal blog on an old server they had in the department. He’s become somewhat of a renegade, internal web 2.0 “go to guy” for blogging and wikis today. He inspired not only his team to belly up to the web 2.0 bar, but an Executive VP who now has 700-800 readers on his blog. Khaitan has done all this under the radar of the IT department. “IT was busy on other projects,” he said. The truth is, he didn’t need IT. His department has virally caught on to the web 2.0 tools and now collaborate on campaigns and other projects. Sometimes he gets roped into helping colleagues hone their blogging or wiki skills, but he doesn’t mind. “It only takes about 15-20 minutes,” he said. He thinks the wiki is a great platform and he’s already coined a new term for its newfound popularity: the writable intranet.
These stories, in addition to forward-thinking IT groups, are how enterprise 2.0 will begin to spread virally throughout the enterprise.
*Although clearly Khaitan just got busy with web 2.0 on his own, I found it ironic that Symantec is self-described as “the global leader in information security and availability” considering some recent flak e2.0 has gotten on security issues. See Alex Barnett‘s blog post yesterday.