Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2011

A list and commentary here from Gartner on the top ten strategic technologies for 2011.

They include; Cloud computing, mobile applications and media tablets and video.

I found it interesting how they have categorised social communications and collaboration technologies which is also on the list as follows

Social Networking: social profile management such as Facebook, LinkedIn

Social Collaboration: such as wikis, blogs, collaborative office

Social publishing: “technologies that assist communities in pooling individual content into a usable and community accessible content repository” such as YouTube and Flikr

Social Feedback: “gaining feedback and opinion from the community on specific items” such as, YouTube and Amazon

I wonder what’s missing?

“Gartner predicts that by 2016, social technologies will be integrated with most business applications. Companies should bring together their social CRM, internal communications and collaboration, and public social site initiatives into a coordinated strategy”


Top Ten Tools 2010

It was interesting for me to reflect on my top 10 tools for 2010. In previous years that I’ve participated the top 10 were obvious to me. This time I found it difficult to identify just 10. So many tools so little time!

Here they are

itunes; for syncs to my iphone and ipad as well as access to music

Tweetdeck and twitter; a great way to keep up to date, share with others and engage in conversations

Google search; to search and filter on the web

WordPress; for blogging and engaging in conversations

Facebook; for keeping in touch with family and close colleagues. Mostly use this via my mobile

igoogle; my personalised homepage where I can easily access resources I use on a regular basis as well as my reader

Mobileme; for backup of contacts &  diary as well as an extra email address

Ning; for setting up and participation in various groups. Am just exploring transfering over to since free access to ning is due to end soon

Firefox; web browser

Google groups; have used this a lot for workplace groups when other providers have been blocked by organisations

Other tools that I use regularly are googlemaps, LinkedIn, Youtube, google earth, GPS, microsoft office and outlook.

I’ve recently started using some other tools which I think by the end of the year will be higher up my list. They are Dropbox, Docs to go, pages and keynote.

Stephen Downes on A Gathering of Ideas

This is really worth reading by Stephen Downes, he talks about the meaning of the internet. Some extracts……..

“an explosion of capacity thrust into the hands of people worldwide, the instrument not only for the greatest outburst of creativity and self-expression ever seen, but also of the greatest autonomy and self-determination, and as well on top of that an unparalleled mechanism for cooperation and cohesion”

“the meaning of the internet boils down to a simple utility. One person, one voice. The freedom of each of us to form and to have and to share our own thoughts, created by us, contributed freely to the world, and a society built, not on the basis of a propagation of ideas, but rather, on the basis of a gathering of them.”

Reflections Learning and skills group conference

I attended the learning technologies conference this week in London. Another great conference organised by Don Taylor. (with his tie off!)

Here are some reflections and key points that I have taken away from the session run by Charles Jennings.

When working is learning then learning is working

The seller sets the price but the buyer/stakeholder determines the value. People have different views of what value is.

For L&D, performance consulting yields the greatest value

If HR and L&D strategy are aligned to business objectives then there will be a 250% increase in business performance

When designing, analysis is key

It’s all about trust when working with managers

Understand business challenges and respond quickly. This reminds me of Mark Oelhert‘s quotes from the conference in January. “Think big, start small, move fast”

Workforce development is too important to be left to L&D alone. Engage managers in the journey. Build strong collaborative partnerships and influence strategies and direction

The most significant learning experiences happen outside of the formal environment

L&D professionals need to understand the balance sheet, understand business, understand the technology and use performance consulting skills

The Big Question: What will Workplace Learning Technology Look Like in 2015?

The May big question is; What will workplace learning technology look like in 2015?

As much as I’d like things to move faster, I’ve found that leading change in the real world takes lots of time, empathy  and patience.  The following list is a combination of pragmatic suggestions (perhaps some are wishes!) based on my reality of working in organisations over a number of years.

There is a mainstreaming of much of the under the wire activity that is happening at the moment

Mobile learning is becoming the norm in line with increasing flexible working

Performance and outcomes become even bigger drivers in L&D and OD

More L&D professionals and departments merge with OD and rebrand themselves as business partners, performance specialists and business consultants.

The LMS is dying (but not dead!)

There is more acceptance in organisations of the need to offer flexibility and choice to learners. The pressure of PULL is taking hold

More value is placed on user generated content and awarding bodies enable this to be included in qualification routes

Social media is embedded and widely used in many organisation

There is a rise in shared HR services and this helps to drive the wider use of technology to enhance learning and performance

Face to face workshops are still offered as part of a blended solution

Wider organisational talent is harnessed and there is more collaborative working between managers and L&D business partners to find innovative solutions to business challenges

The sunshine comes out from behind the clouds but data security is still a big issue

Online performance coaching is the norm

Coaches and coachees embrace the use of informal mentors (via social media) to enhance the coaching experience

Social Media Revolution 2

Here’s a link to the updated socialnomics video.

A few stats mentioned;

Over 50% of the world’s population is under 30-years-old

96% of them have joined a social network

Years to Reach 50 millions Users:  Radio (38 Years), TV (13 Years), Internet (4 Years), iPod (3 Years)…

2009 US Department of Education study revealed that on average, online students out performed those receiving face-to-face instruction

Social Media isn’t a fad, it’s a fundamental shift in the way we communicate

The ROI of social media is that your business will still exist in 5 years