A blog looking at business communication, knowledge management, scripting tools, OS technology news and other things of interest to mobile tech workers. As I find interesting news this will also contain pointers to thoughts related to configuration managment, change management and general software development.
I just installed the new version of PyDS, 0.70 ... and got my Blogmark working ... I love it! Great job Georg. PyDS just keeps getting better and better.
And I got the search working!! That is so cool! Check out the search tool to the right! Also noticed that the ping settings now stick between invocations of the PyDS server! This is a tremendous release. Thanks again Georg.
My experience in introducing social software tools to my organization is that success is completley tied to solving real problems. You can just add wikis, blogs etc on top of an already overloaded organization. It needs to have an immediate impact on important problems. If life doesn't get better, the tools won't get used. George Seimens has thought about this too and here is his list of important factors in getting social software/ knowledgeware used to potential:
Nature of tool – How complicated is it? How different is it from how work is being done now? Complexity is proportional to adoption and intended task.
People – Is the targeted user willing to adopt and explore new processes? Will it save time? Will it result in increased productivity? Will it help them better do their work? Will it improve their sense of competence (or will it reduce competence due to frustrations)?
Environment of use – Does the tool/initiative solve real problems for the end user? (or only management)? Do people have to alter their work habits to use the tool? Can they do their job without it (if they can, most won’t adopt it)?
I may not catch it but I just heard the 'preview' discussion on NBC's Today show. Seems like it will mainly be a 'what parents need to know' thing because this is 'mostly teenagers' doing online journals ... Oh well. I guess any coverage is good coverage in the mainstream press.