This is (again) a great article by Dion Hinchcliffe on the hurdles of collaboration in the Enterprise. Some key statements:

… collaboration often comes behind other urgent improvements to primary business applications …

It’s expected that unsanctioned, so-called ‘shadow IT’ will grow this year by a whopping 20%. These are end-user acquired applications and devices that are used for business purposes despite internal policies and controls against them. …

This has given rise to significant a new trend, now being referred to as BYOC, or ‘Bring-Your-Own-Collaboration‘, and is likely to lead to an unprecedented challenge in IT departments’ controlling their companies’ data and software assets. …

However, because of our modern tech-centric approach, too often collaboration is looked at as an tool-based activity, instead of a human activity. …

… Digital technology today requires a new and very different set of workforce skills, ones that are far more knowledge-centric, network-centric, and openly collaborative. These skills, which are largely almost entirely separate from the technology itself, are required to get the most interesting and exciting outputs from digital teamwork. …

Treat collaboration as a strategic skill, and create a supporting education program for modernizing the workforce.  …

Not getting ahead of — and empowering as needed — grassroots adoption of new collaboration tools, neglecting the strategic view of digital collaboration as a new professional skill, and attempting to force one master, final collaboration solution. This will put the CIO and CHRO at risk of losing control over a growing share of collaboration, … Smart leaders will provide active local enablement, with a strong safety net underneath.

via How collaboration ended up in IT, and why it may move – Enterprise Irregulars.

Is it realistic to allow Bring Your Own Collaboration? How much effort is needed to apply „strong safety net underneath“. Honestly. I have my doubts.

Veröffentlicht von StefanP.

Stefan Pfeiffer ist seit 2007 bei der IBM in verschiedenen Marketingpositionen tätig. Als gelernter Journalist hat er natürlich eine Leidenschaft für das Schreiben, die er hier im CIO Kurator, aber auch in seinem persönlichen Blog DigitalNaiv auslebt. Seine inhaltliche Leidenschaft im IT-Umfeld gilt dem digitalen Arbeitsplatz, dem Digital Workplace. Auf Twitter ist er als @DigitalNaiv „erreichbar“.

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