The Business Web

Tony Karrer

Simultaneously, companies like Google and Yahoo have announced their intention to compete against Microsoft Exchange by offering a version of their consumer email services repurposed for business. Gmail for Domains ([link] ) and Yahoo Business Email ( [link] ) are serious competitors to the traditional email server franchise. And, many other companies are finally delivering a wide variety of software as service offerings from Business Objects to Adobe to Skype.

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Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: IBM Opens Business Unit in Second Life

Kapp Notes

Well for one thing, IBM has just announced that it will open an Emerging Business Unit in Second Life. That's right a business unit designed to create value and wealth for the large company focused on, among other things, Second Life.

RFPs and Proposals: E-BAP-E-Learning Business Acquisition Process

Kapp Notes

Often I am asked to comment on how business is conducted in the e-learning field. How do new companies (or even existing companies) bid on new business? Here is an outline of a process called the E-learning Business Acquisition Process (E-BAP). If you are looking for a vendor to create e-learning or if you are a vendor looking to find business, this is a generally accepted process and works well in structuring the purchase of e-learning.

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Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Learning about Second Life

Kapp Notes

7, 2006 -13,788 is the total number of profitable in-world business owners at the end of November Read the article How Real Money Works in Second Life __ Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Shopping in Second Life

Kapp Notes

The process was facilitated by IBM as discussed earlier in my post IBM Opens a Business Unit in Second Life. Circuit City just announced that they are opening a store in Second Life in an article titled Circuit City Enters Second Life.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: More Second Life

Kapp Notes

You can even have people adopt genders or nationalities to see what it is like to literally “walk in another person's shoes.” Here is an article about the business implications and another article about university's who have gotten into the act.

Blogcast from Bloomsburg: Innovative Technology vs. Real World Restrictions

Kapp Notes

Dave focuses more on the technology side of the business than the instructional design aspects. David talked about Innovative Technology vs. Real World restrictions. He talked about what types of technologies people have on their computers.

The Real HCM Maturity Model

Tony Karrer

The knowledge targeting stage of HCM provides HR and training leaders a unique opportunity to connect with business leaders, understand their challenges and deliver tangible value to them. I read an interesting article over on Learning Circuits entitled HCM Maturity Model.

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Managing your RSS Feeds

Tony Karrer

2006" and "Trying Out - Nov. 2006". 2006". Other suggestions There's an old adage among small business CEOs that you never hear - "I fired that person too early." Coming back from my vacation, I realized that I needed to go through a clean up exercise again on my RSS feeds. It turned out to work pretty well for me this time around because I have been following the advice I've seen a couple of places: Controlling RSS Overload.

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Web 2.0 - Mainstream Term

Tony Karrer

So what's 2006 brought? Offers Many Opportunities for Growth, But Few Enterprises Will Immediately Adopt All Aspects Necessary for Significant Business Impact While it is straightforward to add specific technologies, such as Ajax or RSS to products, platforms and applications, it is more difficult to add a social dimension. that have a social dimension, and the result will be a slow impact on business, according to Gartner, Inc.

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Pew Survey on Blogging - Training Professionals Far Behind

Tony Karrer

It especially seems high because my experience at Training 2006 suggested that very few people in Corporate Training read blogs. We are all so busy, how much time can we spend on Scanning/Reading as a way to stay up on what's happening? Found via Joho Blog - Pew has a new report on a national survey of bloggers and blogging ( PDF Link Directly ). Interesting information: Eight percent of internet users, or about 12 million American adults, keep a blog.

Direction of eLearning - Emergence or Big System

Tony Karrer

that pointed me to some presentations at alt-i 2 -lab 2006 that look at where the eLearning interoperability standards are going in the future. Enterprise IT on the other hand, attempts to provide significant support for processes and business rules. I ran across a post by Dave Boggs - More Standards In e-Learning? This is an interesting topic because it highlights a schism that is echoed in the larger world of IT: Enterprise IT (Big Systems) vs. Emergence (see Enterprise 2.0

Q&A - eLearning Standards Especially SCORM

Tony Karrer

6, 2006: Judy Brown has left her long time position, but the good news is that she is writing a blog - SCORM Watch. Included are: the business case for SCORM; overview of SCORM including kinds of SCORM learning objects, online or offline learning objects, and organizing and sequencing learning objects; organizing learning objects and SCOs; implementing SCORM-compliant learning objects and SCOs; and packaging SCORM-compliant content.

Rise of the Prosumer

Tony Karrer

Found via Donald Clark - Strategy + Business interview of Alvin Toffler author of Future Shock around his new book Revolutionary Wealth. While the focus is on the impact on economics, the discusssion of the rise of the "prosumer" is very interesting. It goes right along with the questions around eLearning 1.3 and eLearning 2.0 where some content creation is pushed to the SME and the end-user

Impact of a World of Loosely Connected Individual Relationships?

Tony Karrer

tools were forming a network of individual relationships, today I ran across a post by Dave Pollard - Social Networking in Business: An Update where he lists out a series of tools that create links between people much as I was discussing. After posting yesterday eLearning Technology: Web 2.0 Tools, Networks and Community (Individuals vs. Collective) - where I discussed how my use of Web 2.0

Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools - A Summary

Tony Karrer

All professionals (including learning professionals) are extremely busy. Background Over the past six weeks, I've been leading a course: Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 / eLearning 2.0 Approaches Course Description: The purpose of this course is to give you an opportunity to learn about collaborative learning by participating in collaborative learning. This course is designed to teach how to design and build collaborative learning experiences using Web 2.0 / eLearning 2.0 approaches.

Common Questions and Some Thoughts Around Blogs and Blogging

Tony Karrer

I have noticed that many of the current corporate/business blogs try to cover all the bases i.e. covering news, books, tools, articles, best practices, personal news etc. Or "speed dating" at a business function (which he did I've had a brief blog conversation with Quintus Joubert - eLearning Blog: Blogs: Engaging the reader. It started when he questioned the blogs cited on Gabe's list of top 19 eLearning blogs as ( eLearning Blog: Top 19 eLearning blogs ).

IBM Taps Employees for Innovation Using Blog Like Tools

Tony Karrer

On ComputerWorld, ran into an article IBM: Tapping Employee Brain Power you may find the print version easier to read (and on one page).

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Why Wikis Are Conquering the Enterprise

Tony Karrer

Couple of thoughts from the article: adoption is coming mainly from project managers and department-level executives not senior management (and, of course, corporate learning was not mentioned) "In almost every big corporation, some group is already using a wiki," said Andrew McAfee, associate professor of technology and operations management at the Harvard Business School.

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Incredibly Cool! Vision of Future of Application and eLearning Development

Tony Karrer

He basically showed how a business-user would be able to wire together an application. Last week I moderated an event on Web 2.0 where we had speakers from IBM, Google, Microsoft, Sony and others talking about what it really means (especially for corporations). One of the most interesting things was the Enterprise Mashup demonstration by Rod Smith at IBM. This is very similar to what I discussed back in March - Promise of Web 2.0

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Beyond iPoding

Kapp Notes

Drexel's University's LeBow College of Business has 150 online students all over the world enrolled in its MBA program. Could this be adaptive to the sounds of machinery or failing harddrives or any other sound that is important in a manufacturing or business process. Click on the link if you'd rather listen to the podcast of this post, Beyond iPoding , you can find it here. don't need an iPod to listen, just your computer.

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Personal and Group Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools

Tony Karrer

They want to define an eLearning strategy that will look at (a) the business needs of their company and internal clients, (b) their performance and learning needs, (c) their learning strategies, and (d) what they need to do from a services, technology, process and people perspective to support this strategy. In order to accomplish this, they need to learn quite a bit about where things are today in their business and in eLearning and where they are going in the future.

Future of Media - Implications on eLearning

Tony Karrer

George Siemens blog pointed me to an article in Strategy + Business - The Future of Advertising is Now. This article focuses on how advertisers are finally beginning to shift their focus from traditional media towards online channels (and are behind the curve). But, it reminds of that we are likely behind the curve as well

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Better Discussion / Debate in Learning

Tony Karrer

how you can make a true impact on human performance and business performance. Mark Oehlert post: I long for this kind of debate in our learning circles. talks about something that definitely stuck a chord for me. In particular, he laments that as he was reading a discussion in a different domain and "working on the team picking out sessions for the 2007 ASTD conference " he found himself wanting to have better discussion and debate in our world of learning. Mark - I do too!

ADDIE Not Relevant?

Tony Karrer

I understand where they are coming from, but I would point out one really important thing - and in fact, when you are in a service business it's the most important thing. A service business is ultimately all about mutually setting expectations and meeting those expectations with your client.

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Does the discussion/debate do any good?

Tony Karrer

Many of them talk about: We need to focus on business outcomes and performance - not butts in seats. I just saw a great comment from Mark Oehlert around my post: Informal Learning - Harold Tells Us Where To Put It - Now What. In the comment he says relative to discussing Informal Learning: P.S. Can I just say that I love this debate and think that it is serving our industry well and that we need more of this and we need it at conferences, up on stage in front of thousands of people.

Training - Serve Them Coffee! Meetings - Don't?

Tony Karrer

people who gulp down lattes at business meetings may want to reconsider how the drink is affecting them, the authors suggest. The research is in: Drinking coffee makes you more open-minded. Found via - Knowledge Jolt.] The important findings. Previous studies have show that consuming caffeine can improve one's attention and enhance cognitive performance, with 200 milligrams (equivalent to two cups of coffee) being the optimal dose.

Informal Learning - Let's Get Real - Part II

Tony Karrer

Let's me define "works" for most of my projects - changes human performance in a way that achieves desired business outcomes. I've received quite a bit of input on my blog post Informal Learning - Let's Get Real. I feel like many of us are in the same boat. We want to figure out what the process and mechanisms should look like when we are going after Intentional Informal Learning.

Better Questions for Learning Professionals

Tony Karrer

I think the challenge of the right questions today is also because we are in the midst of a fundamental shift away from course as the unit of learning, a shift towards on-demand and at-work learning, a dramatically different technical landscape, a move towards business results and performance as the focus.

Intermediate Factors in Learning

Tony Karrer

are generally not that useful in telling what impact we are having on what matters to the business. The key to almost every engagement for me is understanding how human performance drives the business. Yes, the client hires me to improve business results which is always ultimately around Revenue or Cost. In Measure Intermediate or Final Factors , Brent responded to my posting: Technology: Intermediate Factors in Learning.

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Breakthrough eLearning: Year-End Reflections

Breakthrough eLearning

And the end of 2006 is also the end of eLearn Campus fourth year in existence.

SimWord of the Day: Business Process

The Learning Circuits

Business processes can be around transforming ideas, money, people, and products, delivering a service, branching to alternative processes, or triggering an action. Some business processes are core, and presumably unique, while others are tangential. Business processes can be ongoing (infrastructure), or triggered by an event. Business process can be simple or complex, and need to be connected to other business processes, sometimes through paths.

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Informal Learning Blog » Northeastern study of business blogs

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

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Breakthrough eLearning: How to Grow Your eLearning Business

Breakthrough eLearning

Because of this, investments were made in the resources (primarily human) needed to grow the eLearning business.

Blogging to Build Your Business

Experiencing eLearning

I recently gave a presentation to the Online Network of Independent Learning Professionals about blogging to build your business. I started blogging in December 2006 as a tool for my own professional development. At the time, starting a business wasn’t even on my radar.

Informal Learning Blog » The business environment of informal learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Informal Learning Blog » Conversation as a Core Business Process

Jay Cross's Informal Learning