Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
With Ajax and all things Web 2.0 permeating the corporate world more and more each day, it’s important to look at what kind of effect it’ll have on your company and how you need to prepare yourself. Some think that just deciding to use Ajax/Web 2.0 is enough, and others want to plan it all out down to the last XMLHttpRequest. There are two new articles that talk about the merging of Ajax and business today – one from ZDNet and the other from the Pathfinder blog.
In this new article from Dion Hinchcliffe on ZD Net, he asks the question “does every organization need a Web 2.0 strategy?” He talks about an article that gave Web 2.0 a top spot for technology trends, making it easy to see that it will have a large impact on the future of online business. There are several key topics mentioned that businesses will have to look into, and Dion recomments that they start looking into them now. He even breaks it out into a list of what to worry about when so as to get the most for your money (Software as Service, Enterprise Mashups and WOA, Enterprise 2.0, and Collective Intelligence).
The post on the Pathfinder blog takes a little bit different stand, noting that a lot of the companies out there involved in Web 2.0-related business just aren’t taking the steps they need to to really work out a business model. Coming more from the backsite of the ZD Net article, Dietrich notes that building a business based on a Web 2.0 idea just isn’t enough any more. So far, the only paths most sites have taken have either been either “let the user make the content” social networking sites or online services (that don’t seem to last long).
There are some up and coming ideas that might show promise, but overall, businesses are still stumbling through the Web 2.0 world – whether it be in converting existing operations or building from the ground up.
Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:41 am