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Resistance Is Futile. You Will Be Assimilated!

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 21 December 2007



Resistance Is Futile. You Will Be Assimilated!
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 91
Posted DateFriday 21 December 2007 10:40 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
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Read this post by Oscar Berg on Enterprise 2.0 and the shrinking IT department. Read it the once through - its a good article on how IT needs to focus on the business:
There really are no IT projects, only business projects with more or less IT involved.
And then re-read it but as you do replace the word IT with KM. It still makes sense - in fact very good sense. Oscar concludes by saying that
Enterprise 2.0 is about making IT an inherent part of all business.
Expanding this a little I would say:
Enterprise 2.0 is about making IT and KM an inherent part of all business.
This actually makes more sense than I first thought as for many organizations KM and IT are almost indistinguishable.

I think we could include HR in this argument too! Enterprise 2.0 will challenge the power of KM, IT and HR departments - not to mention many traditional command and control managers. Some will embrace it but I fear most will resist. This is really not the right metaphor but it causes me to chuckle. In the words of the Borg:
"Resistance Is Futile. You Will Be Assimilated!"
But seriously, Enterprise 2.0 and KM 2.0 will change the power structure of organizations for ever! It will take a little time but this is going to happen, so best embrace it early then fight it.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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