“What is transpiring is momentous, nothing less than the planet wiring itself a new nervous system.
If your organization is not linked into this nervous system, you will be hard pressed to participate in the planet’s future. To be more specific, amidst the texting and Twittering and Facebooking of a generation of digital natives, the fundamentals of next-generation communication and collaboration are being worked out.
For them, it is clear, there is no going back. So at minimum, if you expect these folks to be your customers, your employees, and your citizens (and, frankly, where else could you look?), then you need to apply THEIR expectations to the next generation of enterprise IT systems. But of far more immediate importance is how much productivity gains businesses and governments are leaving on the table by not following the next generation’s lead.”
Geoffrey Moore, TCG Advisors and author of Systems of Engagement and the Future of Enterprise IT, a new Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) white paper.
Do Your Organization Leaders Think Like This?
Some organization leaders:
- Dismiss the current social technologies as irrelevant to business.
- Think that if social technology produced productivity gains, they would already be investing in them.
- Consider the proliferation of social sites, consumer ratings and services, and interactive games as digital entertainment.
- Believe that social technologies should be banned from organizational computing.
- Feel all social technologies are an incredible waste of time and resources.
To these leaders Moore says: “In a word, no. In two words, emphatically no.”
Moore asks why our organization applications aren’t as easy to implement as an Android or iPhone app. He rightfully questions why we know more about what our high school crush had for dinner than what is happening in our organization.
We need to remember:
- Web 1.0 was about web delivery of information.
- Web 2.0 is bidirectional, dynamic and about engagement.
How Organizations Historically Adopted IT Changes
In the past, most organizations were accustomed to the trickle-down effect of IT changes. Fortune 500 companies and large public agencies adopted new IT changes first. It then moved to mid- to smaller-size businesses, home office applications and eventually consumers, students and children.
IT systems were systems of record. They were about data processing. We transitioned from rows of punch cards to customer management, global information systems, financial transactions, human resources, inventory, processing orders, supply chain management, etc.
How We Adopt IT Today
Today, children, consumers, digital natives and students are leading the IT revolution. Early adult adopters and nimble small- to mid-size business follow next. It is the large institutions and businesses that are the IT laggards.
Today’s IT systems are systems of engagement which rely on collaboration, cooperation, multi-way conversations and co-creation. Groups extrapolate data from systems of record and then interoperate both synchronously and asynchronously. They use chat, collaboration tools, crowd-sourcing, video conferencing, video streams, web conferencing, wikis, etc.
Your Challenge: Adopt Or Become Roadkill
The systems of record are no longer a source of competitive differentiation for organizations. The competitive differentiation rests with those that are adopting systems of engagement.
“If you are dependent upon suppliers or distributors or partners to deliver your fundamental value proposition to your customer — if, that is, you are in the technology sector, or health care, or financial services, or consumer packaged goods, or retail, or education, or government, or energy, or aerospace and defense, or travel and hospitality, or media and entertainment, or marketing and advertising, or anything else of such ilk—then who are we kidding? You have to grab onto the new communication and collaboration systems or you will simply end up as roadkill.” Geoffrey Moore.
What is keeping organization leaders from adopting IT systems of engagement? How can employees help organizations transition to new IT systems?