In a weblog post that I have shared over at elsua – The Knowledge Management Blog in ITtoolbox some time ago around the subject of Using Wikis in the Enterprise Intranet Tim Bartel shared an interesting link that I also thought would be of interest for the folks over here in elsua. It is actually a survey in English (Initially launched in German) that is trying to gather some further input on the business value of wikis in the Enterprise. Yes, that is what I thought myself. Very interesting.
For those folks interested in taking a look into it here you have got some further details on the subject, directly from its homepage:
“Welcome to the online survey within context of the study “Wikis in Enterprises” by the Department of Personnel Economics and Human Resource Management of the University of Cologne. Due to high demand the German survey has been translated to english to gather international data too.
A lot of enterprises use wiki technology today. Scientific research on this subject thus far has only been sporadic. Aim of the survey “Wikis in Enterprises” is the examination of the factors which work in favor or disfavor for the use of wikis in enterprises. These factors can for example be the affiliation to a business sector, the size of an enterprise, the listing or the outsourcing of IT activities. Dependencies between these factors may also lead to interesting conclusions.
The survey adresses enterprises of any size and also enterprises not using a wiki. It is held short on purpose and answering it will take only 5-10 minutes at most.
With your participation you help building a data pool allowing conclusions based on which it is possible to evaluate the use of wikis in enterprises and to compose recommendations.“
Of course, after reading such a enticing introduction, and Tim’s comments, I just couldn’t help but filling it out and sign up as well with my e-mail address in order to be able to get the results once the survey is finished. I am sure that it would be providing some interesting results that would help clarify how beneficial wikis are for the Enterprise. I know that most of us would already state how valuable they actually are already for any kind of business but I think it would be a good thing to have some hard data that could be shared with those who may be a bit skeptic thus far.
Thus what are you waiting for? Take the survey today ! It would take you 5 minutes, indeed, but the benefits of such exercise could prove to be very useful and relevant to prove, once and for all, the true value add of social software in the enterprise. It is up to us now…