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Big Bang- what happens when employees bring their technology to work…

November 26, 2011

If you work for a big company or a small one, odds are that the drumbeat is growing stronger in support of adopting your favorite home hardware (phones, tablets)  and web apps at work.  In the last five years it’s clear that consumer tech has dramatically benefited peoples’ lives exponentially more than business tech.  And now employees are demanding that they be permitted to use these tools at work. Fact is, whether they are permitted or not, employees are moving forward.  The drumbeat will soon be a Big Bang.  Launch Pad is privileged to be witnessing this Big Bang first hand in its advisory work with a soon to be released social collaboration tool (called Kona) that will be be a powerful ally in helping people get things done at work, at home, and everywhere else. In recent days I have come across two pieces that formally describe the phenomenon behind what I call the Big Bang.

Here is a thorough assessment of the emerging social enterprise space by McKinsey & Company.

Our fifth annual survey on the way organizations use social tools and technologies finds that they continue to seep into many organizations, transforming business processes and raising performance.  Executives say that their companies are using them to increase their agility and to manage organizational complexity. Many believe that if organizational barriers to the use of social technologies diminish, they could form the core of entirely new business processes that may radically improve performance.

And here is the second complements of Silicon Alley Insider:

Enterprise computing is at the convergence of two big trends.

Cloud computing means that companies no longer need to spend millions of dollars buying their own hardware and software and running it themselves. Instead, they can outsource these functions to bigger companies who know how to run enormous data centers far more efficiently, and pay only for what they need.

Cloud computing has already revolutionzed the startup world — look at all the startups running on AmazonWeb Services. But in the last year or two, it has become commonly accepted in big companies and government agencies as well. Today, every IT department expects to move some functions to the cloud. It’s only a question of which ones, and how fast.

Consumerization means that the power has shifted from IT departments to employees.

Employees are bringing their smartphones and iPads to work and insisting that IT departments support them. Trends like social networking and gaming are changing how enterprise software is designed and used. And workers, used to slick and responsive online apps like Facebook and Gmail, will no longer accept ugly and complicated software feels like it was made for robots instead of people.

If you want to learn more about Kona, the exciting new way to get things done, click here to see an introductory video and sign up to be notified when it’s available to the general public.

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