Martin Cleaver of Knowledge Workers Toronto answers the question “What is a Wiki?”

Knowledge Workers Toronto

Welcome, Enterprise 2.0 and Wiki Enthusiasts

Knowledge Workers: Technology – Toronto gathers regularly to discuss Enterprise 2.0 technology deployments, including (but not limited to) social intranets, wikis, adaptive workflow and social network analytics.

Today’s workforce relies heavily on technology to implement it’s methods. But beyond technologies that follow pre-ordained strategies set by executives, cutting-edge knowledge-driven organizations depend on collaboration technologies to enable collaborative patterns of work, drawing on the expertise and motivations of individuals at all levels in the enterprise.

Social Technologies are a clear example: empowering a new breed of engaged worker able to not only execute their own tasks but to lead through their network to advance ever-evolving complex goals. These empower the modern agile workforce to outwit and out-manoeuvre competitors often much bigger than themselves.

This meeting group started as the Toronto Wiki Tuesday Meetup, started in 2005. In late 2010 we aligned this meetup inside our headline brand “Knowledge Workers”. Meetings are typically on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

If you like this group and work in the strategy, people, process and methods level, check out our other group Knowledge Workers: Methods – Toronto http://toronto.methods.knowledgeworkers.org/

Martin Cleaver at Blended Perspectives has been providing Wiki Consulting services since 2001 and keenly watches developments in the collaborative technologies and practices industries.

Blended Perspectives offers:

Industry Strategy: an evaluation of strategic impacts of Wikis for your enterprise in the context of your industry.

Business Value Articulation: Which processes a wiki would best showcase the value in your firm. don’t worry, we’ll also tell you when a wiki is not the best solution.

Technical selection: vendor-neutral, we’ll help you and your internal stakeholders reason with the plethora of commercial and open source solutions in today’s market place.

Technical Implementation We’ll help you determine your infrastructure choices around hosting, inside or outside the firewall and help you integrate it. Installation, Systems administration, Plugins, LDAP, datawarehouse and embed into existing portal systems too.

Cultural adoption:we’ll help you quietly launch the service to ensure you gain credibility and mutual support processes with your internal staff; this service includes leadership messaging and participation, rewards and metrics and training and coaching.

Staffing Choices: as we move into a world where mass collaboration is increasing important, hiring the right people with the right values and skills is vital. We can help you gain these new competencies.

Wikis are a powerful class of Enterprise 2.0 application that fundamentally changes the nature of sharing information. Unlike many E2.0 applications that are still early stage, the paradigm and feature set of wikis have stablized to a point where their utility is widely accepted. As an application, a Wiki serves as a good first step toward the collaborative workplace.

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