Saturday, January 12, 2008

Academics butt heads over enterprise 2.0 | InfoWorld

Sounds like a timely and useful debate; see the article for more details

Andrew McAfee, an associate professor at Harvard Business School, is often associated with the phrase "enterprise 2.0," and is bullish on the impact of wikis, blogs, and other Web 2.0-era software within a business context.

In contrast, Tom Davenport, the president's chair in information technology and management at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., has been skeptical of Web 2.0 software's value on its own, and argues the functionality may not be all that new.

"A lot of things in wikis could have been done in Lotus Notes," Davenport said during Friday's debate. "Should we get hyped up about a new generation of technology when the old technology could do a lot of the same things?"

Davenport also quibbled with the very phrase "enterprise 2.0," calling it far too dramatic.

Academics butt heads over enterprise 2.0 | InfoWorld | News | 2008-01-11 | By Chris Kanaracus, IDG News Service

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