The Social Factor: Innovate, Ignite, and Win through Mass Collaboration and Social Networking

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Harness the Power of Social Networking to Promote Innovation and Drive Growth

  • A treasure trove of strategic and tactical insights for the business leader
  • Provides relevant experience from a host of powerful case studies and compelling business scenarios
  • Secrets for avoiding costly mistakes that can cripple a social networking initiative

Millions of people use social networking sites, and companies are increasingly turning to social networking to build relationships with customers. But companies routinely miss the best opportunities to create value and promote innovation–by using social networking to build thriving communities of employees, partners, and customers.

Business leaders and strategists can drive immense value from social networking “inside the firewall.” Drawing on her unsurpassed experience deploying innovative social networking systems within IBM® and for customers, Maria Azua demonstrates how to establish social networking communities, and then leverage those communities to drive extraordinary levels of innovation. Azua offers specific techniques for promoting mass collaboration in the enterprise and strategies to monetize social networking to generate new business opportunities.

Whatever your industry, you’ll learn how to choose and implement the right social networking solutions for your unique to avoid false starts and wasted time...and how to evaluate and make the most of today’s most promising social technologies–from wikis and blogs to knowledge clouds.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137018901
  • Publisher: IBM Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/2009
  • Pages: 247
  • Sales rank: 441,637
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Maria Azua is vice president of Cloud Computing Enablement, reporting to the IBM CTO of Enterprise Initiatives. She is responsible for the technical implementation, deployment, and operations of the Common Cloud Platform offering and the external development cloud. Her responsibilities include fostering a vibrant and engaged community of ISVs, business partners, and technical communities to develop cloud computing IT methodologies and applications.

Prior to her current role, Maria was vice president of technology and innovation reporting to the IBM CIO. In this capacity, Maria focused on the development of innovative IT solutions and integration of new technologies, and created and managed the Technology Adoption Program (TAP) at IBM, which consists of more than 120,000 employees actively participating in creative innovations. She created and deployed a wide variety of state-of-the-art social networking tools and programs for the enterprise and is an expert in social networking corporate transformation. Her responsibilities also included the creation of the first IBM Green Data Center, the CIO IT infrastructure, and productivity enhancements through innovation.

Maria earned worldwide recognition for her contribution to technology innovation and her business leadership. She was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame, and named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by People en Español magazine in 2006. She holds 50 patents and 39 pending patents that span a wide variety of technologies including telecommunications, web servers, Transcoder technology, Java performance enhancements, and data analytics. Maria developed IT solutions for the largest banks in the world and is well recognized for her technical leadership in home-banking solutions.

Maria is an executive with deep technical skills and extensive experience in software development, large enterprise information technology projects, process transformation, and IT operations. She also has extensive experience managing new missions start-ups, acquisitions, application development, infrastructure transformation projects, and solution delivery and process excellence.

Maria is an active participant in community initiatives and multicultural activities and is a leader in the technical community-at-large. The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) recognized Maria with The Star Award for her contributions and dedication to the Hispanic community. She has a passion as great for social transformation as she does for IT technology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xix

Chapter 1: Dawn of the Social Age 1

Chapter 2: Social Age Organizations 17

Chapter 3: Wikis: Bringing the Crowds to You 31

Chapter 4: Blogs: Your Personal News Outlet 45

Chapter 5: Tagging and Social Clouds 63

Chapter 6: Cloud Computing Paradigm 85

Chapter 7: Social Media and Culture 101

Chapter 8: On the Shoulders of Giants 121

Chapter 9: Social Brain and the Ideation Process 143

Chapter 10: Social Innovation 161

Chapter 11: Social Economy 181

Chapter 12: Mobile Society 195

Endnotes 217

Index 233

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  • Posted March 8, 2010

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    Expert guide on how businesses can best use social networking

    Four signs that you are seriously behind the Internet-driven times: 1) You type "www" in front of Web addresses, 2) You think "geek" is a term of derision, 3) You subscribe to TV Guide and 4) You have a landline. If these descriptions fit you, then you will find Maria Azua's book eye-opening. She describes online developments such as wikis, cloud computing, crowdsourcing, widgets, social bookmarking, folksonomies, avatars and all the rest - and explains what they can do for your business. However, if you are already an experienced social networker, Azua's guide will be a review of familiar information. getAbstract recommends this book to businesspeople who are feeling mystified by the Internet - that is, anyone who needs to update his or her Web skills. Online, it's a new world. Azua's book provides a good map.

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