If you're thinking about implementing a microblogging effort for your workplace, here are 12 tools to consider.
Stories by Kristin Burnham
When Twitter launched in 2006, few people could have predicted how microblogging would change online communication. Today, microblogging, or short-form text updates posted to the Web, has exploded in popularity. As a result, a number of microblogging applications for the enterprise--Twitter alternatives that do just a bit more--have surfaced.
LinkedIn announced today the release of its APIs and the launch of its "LinkedIn Platform," which will enable developers to integrate LinkedIn into their business applications and websites.
If you're one of the 63.7 million people playing the popular Farmville game on Facebook, you've probably noticed a change in how you earn points. FarmVille's parent company, Zynga, agreed last week to remove deceiving mobile subscriptions and "scammy" offers that lure players to register for services in exchange for game currency, which helps players to advance in the game.
Jack MacKay, CIO of the American Medical Association (AMA), acknowledges he's "slow to adopt" social media tools, but he has opened Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts to "at least become knowledgeable in the areas." Maintaining a presence on these sites has proved more difficult.
LinkedIn and Twitter announced a partnership on Monday that will allow you to tweet your LinkedIn status or stream your tweets to your LinkedIn profile. Twitter cofounder Biz Stone called called this "bringing the peanut butter and the chocolate together to make the perfect combination."
As you assumed the role of CIO, your workdays became more business-focused. You've probably spent more time in meetings with business execs talking budgets and strategy than with technologists talking Ruby on Rails. As a result, your core tech skills--the ones you cultivated and mastered early in your career--are getting rusty. Revisiting those skills is exceedingly important, though, and can help you build stronger relationships within your department.
Engaging stakeholders in a board game helped prioritize high-tech amenities.
Mind mapping should top your list of personal productivity tools
<strong>The Project</strong>: Deploy quick response (QR) codes to the town of Manor, Texas</a> (population 5,800), beginning with public records and expanding to historical sites, municipal buildings and police vehicles. QR codes are a type of bar code that can be read by an application available for download to most camera-equipped cell phones. Users scan the code, launching a webpage where they can learn more about the tagged item.
At first glance, social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter may seem like a great way for CIOs to waste a very precious commodity: your time. Maybe you've resisted because you're worried about exposing too much of your personal life--or just don't get what the big deal is.
Chances are, if you've survived a round of layoffs in your career, you've probably experienced a pang of longing for lost colleagues, a lack of motivation and a decrease in productivity. According to a report by The Conference Board, an independent membership organization, such reactions can be described as "survivor's syndrome."
You don't need to be a recent college grad or mid-level employee to benefit from a mentor. In fact, says Caroline Simard, director of research at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and coauthor of Mentoring in a Box, mentoring is shown to increase future earnings, promotions, job satisfaction and retention regardless of your career stage. "It's especially important now because as Baby Boomers prepare to retire, there's this whole knowledge transfer that needs to happen," she says. Here's how to find an outside mentor and get the most from that relationship.
The District of Columbia had a mess on its hands. Its streets were dirty and illegally parked cars were blocking the city's fleet of street sweepers from cleaning them up. Faced with an average of 89 illegally parked vehicles per street sweeping route, per day, parking officials were only enforcing regulations for 20 percent of the problem. Meanwhile, 40,000 pounds of oil and grease and 1,200 pounds of nitrogen and phosphorus needed clearing from roadways each month by the department of public works. Residents wanted it taken care of.
In 2007, NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG)--a manufacturer of warehouse trucks and forklifts--was using a manual system of spreadsheets and signatures to track design changes in its production line. Yet the company soon learned that its lack of an automated process was allowing for missed signatures, leading to some defective designs. Additional costs incurred from product recalls forced NMHG to explore a new option: a product lifecycle management (PLM) implementation.