Scott responded to my recent post on enterprise RSS with a good comparison of my writing compared to that of a more business focused writer. My post was really a rallying call for IT organisations to sing the benefits. Scott has done a good job of reminding me of the main focus – information. Now I’d like to expand on the thoughts about information made in his post and Craig’s post.
Information, and more importantly knowledge, and the application of that information and knowledge is the key to enterprises becoming more innovative. We collaborate to innovate, we need knowledge and information to collaborate.
I collaborate based on information I fundamentally know and maybe have read or trained to learn. RSS allows me to focus my reading in terms of subscribing to things that either interest me or are relevant to me. The importance of this information is paramount to me, I need the latest up to date information and I need to be able to read and spot trends to predict strategic outcomes. The one tool that allows me to do that is an RSS reader, I really can control my reading, control the information and update my knowledge as time goes by.
Enterprise RSS offers this benefit firstly to more people, even in the information worker space I know many who don’t use RSS readers, the second benefit is being able to understand information flow within the enterprise in addition to having a further communication channel.
So I hope this balances my last post with my reflection on the information challenge and how RSS helps. Does this make sense or am I rambling? I’ll shut up now as I think I may be moving into ramble mode 🙂
p.s. don’t forget the enterprise RSS day of action.