Sunday, August 20, 2006

Enterprise 2.0 who will be creating the enterprise applications of the future?

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I was playing around with Dapper this afternoon again and then went looking for people talking about Enterprise 2.0 applications being 'built' by users and not traditional hard core developers. In this instance i am defining a user as potentially being a web content manager or web designer, a information professional in the 'library' or even early adopters within the enterprise who like to play with technologies (like me). What i think is interesting- and especially because i work for a company that does a lot of custom work around delivering relevant content to end-users- is what is being defined as Web 2.0 Applications the "Users" own the data on the site and can exert control over the data.

In a recent EarlyStageVC post, Peter Rip comments on Gartner's acknowledgement of Web 2.0 as a real IT trend and he goes on to write about Web 2.0 in the Enterprise-his blog always has interesting posts about Web 2.0 in the enterprise which i have pointed to before and this includes the comments his readers make on his posts. Peter writes:
So Enterprise 2.0 as a platform shift is mostly about the enabling technologies. Web 2.0 rode the back of Open Source and Moore's Law to crack the economic barrier in building web based services. What followed were technologies for making applications richer (AJAX), easier to build (Ruby on Rails), and easier to integrate (REST and RSS).

Another interesting post on the same subject just posted this evening by Dion Hinchcliffe titled "Enterprise 2.0" as the example that proves the rule.

Dion writes:
And let's not forget that the real trend in all of this is likely an larger one that is represented by the move from push-based systems of control to pull-based systems of control. One implication of this is that the freedom and potential of these new models for business and IT is a real threat to those in charge of the old models. And while neither model in its pure form will likely provide the ideal results, a workable hybrid that delivers the goods is the likely outcome.

Rob Boothly of Innovation Creators who has been blogging about Web 2.0 in the Enterprise for a while also posted on the end user push to create "Who Killed the Corporate IT Department"
In an Enterprise Web 2.0 world, companies selling web based business management and business productivity tools can and will circumvent Enterprise IT departments, and start selling directly to the end user.

I am starting to run into these 'Web 2.0' application creators and it certainly is going to make my day job interesting in the following months- as a company i think we are prepared to meet the needs of this new 'user-base' and i look forward to engaging my clients as they figure out how Enterprise 2.0 is going to impact them.

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