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IBM’s Smart Work Global Jam – Towards the Smarter Enterprise

We are only just starting to savour the really good flavours left behind after the amazing IBM’s Lotus Knows IdeaJam (Which I talked about over here not long ago and which my fellow colleague, and good friend, Ed Brill, wrapped up quite nicely under "Thank you for participating in the Lotus Knows IdeaJam") that here we are again with IBM making its way into putting together the next massive online collaborative Jam event: Smart Work Global Jam.

Goodness! Indeed! No time for some breathing space and here we are again about to embark on what promises to be quite an event for 2009! There are already a number of conversations going on with regards to this subject and we are still a couple of weeks away from when it would kick off: 16th to 18th September 2009. You will find all of the various details over at the Smart Work Worldwide Videocast and Global Jam Web site and, as you may have noticed, the Jam itself will not be the only event taking place.

To kick things off, on September 16th, James Surowiecki (author of "The Wisdom of Crowds") and Jon Iwata (Chief Marketing Offer at IBM) will be doing a live videocast where they will be introducing the Jam itself with three thought-provoking statements that I am sure are going to create quite a stir. To name:

  • "A typical organization loses 5.3 hours per employee per week due to inefficient processes impacting how they work
  • The time we spend just looking for the right expertise and information to do our jobs adds up to two hours in a typical day
  • Two-thirds of people believe there are colleagues who can help them do their jobs better…but they don’t know how to find them"

Wrapping up the overall theme of that live videocast with this rather inspiring quote:

"Smart Work is about creating a collaborative and connected business environment that empowers people, embraces change and ultimately increases productivity"

Not sure what you would think folks, but that quote and the three statements mentioned above are clearly various pain points within the corporate world that more and more Enterprise 2.0 and social software are helping out address and fix quite nicely and certainly provoke that knowledge workers continue to work smarter and not necessarily harder.

As you may have seen already, I am pretty excited about the Smart Work Global Jam, not only because it will be another priceless opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge, i.e. bouncing ideas back and forth, with other knowledge workers on issues that surely affect the way we do business on a daily basis, but also because this time around that excitement is ever increasing from yours truly by reading further on what would be some of the various topics that will be explored in detail and which will include the following ones (I have highlighted in bold the ones I am surely looking forward to participate in accordingly and you will see what I mean, if you have been reading this blog long enough … ):

  • "Government – How can technology help government encourage broader participation and facilitate business growth?
  • Healthcare – What new possibilities to make health services more affordable, accessible, and personalized are taking shape as people, data, and processes become more connected?
  • How can collaboration help business process management evolve to drive optimization for all parties involved?
  • How do we maximize the talents of the @generation while transferring knowledge and optimizing our ways of working across generations?
  • What does the future of teamwork look like as teams become more global, virtual, dynamic, and comfortable with technology than ever before?
  • What will work look like in 2020? What ideas can we apply in surprising ways?
  • What opportunities will emerge as we harness newly possible input and output from mobile people beyond the traditional boundaries of our organizations?"

Not bad, eh? Like I mentioned above, if you come to think about some of the challenges, pain points, growing pains, issues that Enterprise 2.0 is currently facing within the corporate world, you would have to agree with me that some of those are very well represented on those themes that the Jam will be covering. And that’s why I just can’t wait for it to get started! There is just so much to share, discuss and learn from one another!

September 16th to 18th 2009 cannot come up soon enough in my opinion! If you are interested in participating, like I am sure I will be able to do myself, although perhaps not at the level I would hope for since that timeframe will collide with another business trip to mainland Spain, as well as a few days off on vacation (But I am sure I will find plenty of spare moments to chime in accordingly … hehe), you can do so by going ahead and registering for the event here. Further details on the Jam can be found, again, over at this link and I am surely looking forward to perhaps share some further details on the event as time goes by…

But, for now, how about if I go and throw this questions … Are you ready to jam? I surely am!

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