SuiteWorld 2013, NetSuite's annual customer conference gets underway next week. Several of the diginomica team will be attending including yours truly. This is a show I like not least because with some 80 partners, there's a good chance of getting round to see what's on offer.
My good buddy Vinnie Mirchandani says I spend far too much time worrying about yesterday's technology. He may be right but then I worry a lot about the people and things that pay the bills, move things around, get things made and so on. However, there is a largely unseen world to which we should pay attention.
The social business moniker is a hot topic drawing a wide range of views. In this post, I am looking at 'social' from the perspective of the needs I see on the ground among practitioners in the professional services industry.
The notion of the 'social enterprise' seems to be fading. It hasn't worked as a concept except among a very small number of businesses. Instead, we are seeing competing ideas emerging. One is the 'customer company' which we will return to later. The other is 'networked enterprise,' a concept with a more expansive vision.