Thanks to the Dave Winer at Scripting News for this. Its a pointer to an article at the Guardian Unlimited about some interesting software that I think is going in the right direction when it comes to blogging and business. It is the internal "publishing" angle that I think might motivate people to relinquish their iron grip on knowledge and publish information internally.
The article points to blogging software from Traction. And I quote:
The most interesting thing I saw at the Boston conference was a demo, squeezed in during a coffee break away from the throng, of a blogging package devised by Traction Software, a small US software maker. It was different because Traction exists primarily to share information internally.
The key elements of blogging were present and correct in Traction's package: it was easy to use, information on the web pages it built was presented chronologically, there were lots of hyperlinks to information, and you could quote and comment.
But there were also the kind of features vital for work in a business of any size: the ability to set levels of access for different users, to make something public or to keep it private, to put flags and categorise entries so they relate to different bits of workflow.
It was refreshing to see a package which saw weblogs not just as an online confessional - an extension of the way consumers use the technology - but also as a tool that could make work a little easier and more rewarding.
This I think is where we might profitably focus our "free cycles" when thinking about blogging and corporate culture. Now if I could get my own organization to try something like this ....
I'll post additional links to Traction info as I find them here:
Thanks to Adam Gaffin for pointing me to his piece featuring Verizon's use of Traction (and the State of Connecticut's use of Manila).