We preach about the importance of planning in almost every article concerning preparation for the future of the collaborative enterprise, but this week we're considering just the opposite: not having an in-depth strategy is a strategy in and of itself. 

Enterprise 2.0: Is No Strategy a Type of Strategy?

"I’m not implying or suggesting that organizations close their eyes, select a collaboration platform and then wish upon a star," wrote Jacob Morgan of Chess Media Group. "However there is something to be said for 'doing' rather than planning. Organizations need to understand and be prepared for the bit of uncharted territory that is going to come from these new emergent collaboration initiatives."

  • Instead, Morgan suggests considering a handful of points, including: 
  • Failure, to a degree, is inevitable
  • Over focusing on metrics is useless
  • Ad-hoc teams are essential
  • No matter which way you slice it, these initiatives are going to take time

In the end, every organization will approach enterprise collaboration differently, but perhaps these points will get you and your team to the finish line without any unnecessary stress tagging along. Check them out in full here

Socialtext 4.6 Enhances Intranets with IBM Lotus Sametime & Google Analytics

Socialtext (news, site) breathed new life into its platform this week with the release of version 4.6. The refresh further socializes intranets with the addition of instant messaging support for IBM and Microsoft programs, as well as Google analytics, and enhanced support for rich media:


Crocodoc's HTML5 Viewer Lends Document Collaboration to Yammer

Crocodoc (news, site) launched what it calls the world’s first embeddable HTML5 document viewer and annotator, aiming to oust Acrobat, introduce a full-fledged document collaboration platform to Yammer, and fundamentally change the way people work with documents.

The cream of the release is HTML5. Being built entirely in the latest revision of the standard affords the software several very neat perks, including readability via modern browsers and mobile devices, document annotation, collaborative highlighting, drawing and note taking.

The new partnership with Yammer simultaneously highlights the company's enterprise-y angle. An accompanying widget enables Yammer users to view any kind of supported document — whether it’s a Word doc or a PDF — and collaborate in real time from within the microblogging platform.

“It’s not really rocket science,” said Ryan Damico, CEO of Crocodoc. “We just wanted to make something that just works.”

Interested? Learn more here

Cisco Eos Woos Media, Claims Facebook and Twitter are No Longer Enough

Cisco (news, site) is hell-bent on providing the next big platform in the enterprise space. Accordingly, the company's latest release dresses up Cisco Eos (a hosted SaaS platform for managing social entertainment) with features that deliver advanced video experiences, better mobile functionality and content management capabilities:

  • Deliver high quality video to any device: Multiple bit rate encoding allows content managers to upload media into Eos in almost any format and manage multiple versions of each asset. Dynamic streaming detects user bandwidth and switches between video file renditions to ensure playback at the highest quality possible.
  • Reach audiences on multiple platforms: HTML 5 video delivery and Flash 10.1 support in the Cisco Eos video player allows brands to reach audiences on most mobile devices.
  • Grow your audience and analyze trends: Content is easy to share from Eos-powered communities to other social destinations, like Facebook, via built-in sharing features.
  • Easily upload and organize multiple media assets: Bulk media uploading makes it easy to upload professional content and assign it to one or more sites across a brand’s portfolio. Content mangers can now add multiple media items – such as audio and video files – in one operation and publish it to the site automatically.

Box.net Adds Enterprise-Grade Security to iOS App

Box.net (news, site) has added enterprise-grade security to its mobile content management tools for iPhone and iPad devices:

  • Locking and automatic logout: This feature gives users the option to log out when the application is closed. Users can also set up a four-digit passcode to protect access to Box content.
  • SSO Login: This feature will connect Box apps with a user's PingFederate or Google Apps for enterprise accounts for a more seamless and secure user experience. 

"Supporting the explosion of mobile devices — and specifically, tablets — is one of the top priorities of every enterprise IT department, and with these iPad and iPhone app updates we're addressing the security needs of the world's largest organizations, while also enabling new and exciting use cases for the mobile worker," said Box.net's CEO Aaron Levie. 

The update also came along with new multimedia functions, which you can check out here

Telligent Hooks its Enterprise Communities with SharePoint 2010

Telligent (news, site) has announced that its platform now integrates with SharePoint 2010 beta. Notable capabilities include:

  • Modify SharePoint documents inside Telligent Enterprise including check in/out, editing, versioning and more.
  • Connect Telligent Media Libraries with SharePoint document libraries maintaining security context between the two. Once linked, documents within the Media Library are automatically copied and maintained within SharePoint.
  • Consolidated activity streams ensure a single point of reference for what is happening across communities and SharePoint 2010 sites.

Telligent points out that this is only the beginning of the integration with Microsoft's latest technologies, and will serve to lay the foundation for integration with Microsoft Lync Server 2010 (also known as Communications Server). More on that here