How companies are benefiting from Web 2.0

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The latest McKinsey quarterly report provides results of a survey of 1,700 executives from around the world who were asked about the value that they/their companies had realised from their Web 2.0 deployments.69% of respondents report that their companies have gained measurable business benefits, which includes more innovative products and services, more effective marketing, better access to knowledge, lower cost of doing business, and higher revenues.The survey also found that the most successful companies integrated Web 2.0 technologies with the work flows of their employees, creating a ‘networked company, which also linked them with customers and suppliers.Highest on the list of benefits reported by the survey respondent was the ability to gain access to expertise outside company walls more quickly.Analysis of how companies were using Web 2.0 technology revealed use of RSS feeds and microblogs, where Twitter was the most popular, with blogs, wikis and podcasts being the most heavily used technologies, and the most effective for exchanging knowledge.The survey results indicate that a different type of company may be emerging – one that makes intensive use of interactive technologies. This ‘networked organisation’ is characterised both by the internal integration of Web tools among employees, as well as use of the technologies to strengthen channels with external stakeholders – customers and business partners.Closer inspection of the survey results reveal three aspects of management that were criticval to superior performance:

  1. a lack of internal barriers to Web 2.0
  2. a culture favouring open collaboration
  3. early adoption of Web 2.0 technologies

The report goes on to say that many companies experiment with Web 2.0 technologies, but that creating a critical mass of committed users is difficult. Successful adoption requires that the tools be integrated into the user’s work flow. Ratings by peers and online recognition of status are important factors in encouraging wider Web 2.0 adoption.Looking ahead, there appears to be satisfaction with Web 2.0 among all respondents, and that the full benefits of Web 2.0 are still being explored.

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How companies are benefiting from Web 2.0

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Stephen Dale

I’m a life-long learner with an insatiable curiosity about life. I love travel, good food, and good company. I’m happy to share what I know with others….even the interesting stuff! My outlook on life is pretty well captured in this quote from a book about the legend of King Arthur: “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” ― T.H. White, The Once and Future King So much to learn, so little time!
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