From a ZDNet blog: Web 2.0 for the enterprise: Wisdom of the employees I read (bold emphasis is mine) … and you should watch the vid clip that’s there too:
It’s a major cultural shift for organizations governed by centralized command and control to allow usage of bottom up, lightweight, less costly, distributed, collaborative Web tools that offer more flexibility and less rigid work flows. Over time, the new generation coming into the workforce, who have grown up digitally, will force that cultural shift
For me, this can’t come soon enough.
And from Collaboration Loop: State of the Enterprise: Wikis, Blogs, RSS
Enterprises by and large have not adopted these tools, with only 23% of enterprises using blogs, 37% using wikis, and 23% using RSS (most of which use RSS for external communication via their corporate web sites rather than for internal collaboration). You could look at these numbers two ways depending on your perspective. One, the adoption rates are fairly low given the hype, and two, the adoption rates are fairly high given the newness of these applications.
I’m really trying to be a ‘glass-half-full’ kinda guy … but it is getting tough. A real, top-down, authoritarian culture still exists; and it – the culture, that is – is starting to feel a bit threatened. Okay – not to be melodramatic … but here’s what happening with me …
At first these Web 2.0 techs were looked upon as some misbehaving child in the corner – ‘awww, isn’t that cute’ … with very little real attention being paid to them, perhaps in the hope that they would just disappear for lack of ‘official’ sanction or support.
Now, however, management/leadership are starting to take notice because it’s just not going away. From the same Collaboration Loop post:
… tools such as wikis were often brought in outside the control of IT, with individual users or business groups signing up for one of the many free or hosted wiki services currently available via the web
Seems like some folks are getting pretty tired of waiting for the command-and-control management to authorize and support Web 2.0/E2.0. And I’m sure that this has put some IT folks in a bit of panic … if folks are using tools outside a corp network or firewall.
There may be a backlash in this where management/leadership, under advice from IT, put some pretty draconian restrictions to access such web services. (I’m hoping this won’t happen, but there does seem to be some kind of showdown in the making here).