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So long and thanks for all the fish #SWCONF

The first Social Workplace Conference held by Crexia and chaired by Jon Ingham has come to an end and what a conference.

David Christopher on stage at #SWConf 2011There's nothing like leaving a conference feeling inspired, not only by some of the speakers presenting their own case studies but by some of the delegates as well.

Going on first is always a daunting task (it's a little like the comedian who goes on first to warm up the crowd for the other comedians), but it did give me the chance to sit back and enjoy the other presenters.

For the first part of my presentation people were clearly thinking "my, how that Lee Bryant has let himself go. He used to be so slim..." until they realised that we had a dodgy clicker that wouldn't change slides.

Unfortunately the speakers hall was only half full when we first started due to London traffic issues, and atmosphere was a little reserved. But as people started to arrive the atmosphere improved greatly and the two tweeting walls worked a treat to capture questions and share highlights.

7 Steps to Social Adoption (click to enlarge)There were a few ripples of laughter at my Social Media in Business: It's just a bunch of tools right? Slideshare where it highlighted that the IT department recognised the need for a social networking platform and deployed it quickly. I really cannot fathom why people thought that was funny (ahem!)...

Unfortunately I didn't get the opportunity to talk more about Open Collaboration to truly engage employees through passive contribution to projects. Maybe next time.

Lee Bryant from Headshift was next on the stage talking about humanising social technologies, followed by Benjamin Ellis from SocialOptic who talked about many things including gamification. Benjamin certainly knew how to interact with the crowd and was probably my favourite speaker of the day.

Martin Couzins from itsdevelopmental grabbed myself and Benjamin just before lunch to do a quick duo interview via his iPhone which was actually a lot of fun.

After lunch we had the outspoken and flamboyant Elizabeth Lupfer from Verizon who was wearing the biggest heels i have ever seen and which probably contributed to her nearly falling over before reaching the stage. Elizabeth talked about "The House that Social Built" which was a different perspective to approaching social.

There were a couple of panel sessions either side of Jon Mell (whom did a great job providing a social insight to IBM) which did seem a little disorganised and confusing, reinforced by some of the faces of the panel. However there were some great points made, particularly the first panel on Social Media and Employee Communications.

However the fact that Jenni Wheller was on this first panel was of great disappointment to many of us.....we had lost our ferocious wall twitterer. This meant it left some of us with sore thumbs trying to tweet on our smart phones attempting to fill the twitter void she had left.

If you want to view the keynote presentations then you can view them on Slideshare:

Finally, I did meet some fantastic people at the conference which I do hope to stay in touch with and whom will hopefully be able to attend the Social Hangout event I will be hosting shortly in Reading.

Apart from the 3 hour drive back (which would normally only take an hour) it was a phenomenal day and a big thank you goes to Vic Okezie of Crexia and Adam Britten for all their hard work in setting up the event. I'm looking forward to the next Social Workplace Conference now in May 2012.


OIC 2009 Presentation & Cheesy Video

Thank you to everyone who attended our session at the Online Information Conference 2009 this week. It was good to see such a good turnout, and I hope our talk on adoption gave you some food for thought.

If anyone would like to contact me directly for support and advice on adoption within their business then feel free to use my contact details on the left.

The video we showed and the presentation can be found below....

Disclaimer: The products represented here are for illustration purposes only to display the Web 2.0 concept and are not a true representation of Oracle's E2.0 products.


Download Presentation: Social Media: Winning the Hearts and Minds

Thank you again for your attendance and feedback.


Online Information Conference 2009

Come and see us at the OIC 2009 at the Olympia in London on Dec 1st, where we will be presenting on the social media adoption strategy we are applying in Oracle EMEA.

Date: Tuesday 1st December 2009
Time: 12:15pm
Track: The social web: Transforming the workplace
Topic: Social Technologies: Winning the hearts and minds
Whitepaper: Click to download

The presentation will focus on:

A. Individual adoption – Early Adopter Plan
How to develop and deliver a plan for introducing early adopters to social technologies, and a framework for them engaging with other like-minded individuals.

B. Team adoption – S.L.A.M Programme
How to develop and deliver a programme remotely, that focuses on the "change in mindset" required to embed adoption to a new way of working, without increasing headcount.

In this session we will also cover:

  • Social Business Communities – the pillars to delivering a successful adoption programme
  • Case Studies – helping the social technology buy-in of sceptics
  • Solution Finder – a user generated solution helping individuals to find the right social tools(s) based on their role or specific activity
  • Social Cycle of Innovation – utilising the "wisdom of crowds" concept to solve key business challenges

The learning points of this session will be:

  • How the Oracle EMEA Roadmap to Social Adoption is changing the way its employees connect, colaborate and innovate
  • How to use the collective intelligence of your employees to identify and overcome the change barriers to social technologies
  • How to develop a scalable adoption programme for your own business
  • That social technologies is about People…

Feel free to download our OIC 2009 Exhibition Whitepaper.

Hope to see you there.....