Have a question about intranets? Ask Jed Cawthorne. He built his first small departmental intranet in 2000 and hasn't looked back since. In his monthly column, Jed mixes his experience in the field with his curiosity about the bigger implications of the digital workplace, with a few Dr. Who references mixed in.
Who are you -- in a 140-character tweet? British information management guy living in Canada. Father, husband, fencer, sometimes photographer, always a sci & technology geek.
What attracted you to your field -- and what still excites you about it? The need to organize information in order to make use out of it, derive value from it and even gain profit from it. We certainly have not mastered this, so the ability to continue to work in the field of information management -- in its broadest sense -- still excites me; not as much as being the next Doctor would but alas, I am no actor (gratuitous British Dr Who reference!).
What’s your proudest accomplishment of 2013? Being able to beat people in my Rapier class! Oh, you mean work? Helping our technology partners as the business lead for building out our new SharePoint 2013 architecture. Oh, and being a top contributor to CMS Wire ...
What’s your goal, personal or professional, for 2014? To get an enterprise social platform deployed in my organization; not so easy within the compliance regime of a highly regulated industry like financial services.
What's an important story you will be tracking in 2014? The combination of BYOD, consumerization of enterprise IT and cloud services. Are they failing to live up to the promise or will the incessant march of new devices, services and mobile access plans force the enterprise to keep up from a privacy and security perspective? What impact will this have on enterprise 2.0 in the form of intranets, social collaboration and mobile workforces?
What’s the one New Year resolution you always make -- and always break? To lose weight -- isn't that one the standard for everyone?