Harvard business blogs

I did an interview about blogging a while ago for Information World Review.

One of the things that got left out of the final version was a list of blogs from outside the library world which I read from a work point of view. Here are the blogs I listed. I limited it to four, as there is only so much reconfiguring going on ....

  1. Edge perspectives with John Hagel. A blog about how networks reconfigure organizations.
  2. Bubblegeneration. A blog by Umair Haque about how networks reconfigure strategy.
  3. Software as services. A blog by Phil Wainewright about how networks reconfigure applications.
  4. Rough type. A blog by Nicholas Carr about how networks reconfigure computing.

Now, Nick Carr covers lots of things, but his big message is about the 'big switch' to 'utility' computing. Just as we no longer have individual power generators, he suggests, so will we cease to rely on local computing capacity. We will begin to rely on computing capacity in the cloud. Phil Wainewright covers developments among companies providing 'applications on demand' or 'software as services'. We have seen less discussion of this trend in libraries in recent years than we have of that other game changer in software, open source. It is inevitable however that libraries will also follow the general trend here and source more of what they do from shared services on the network. Bubblegeneration is elliptical, dogmatic and provocative. Hagel posts occasionally, and is reflective and suggestive when he does.

Now Carr is an ex-editor of the Harvard Business Review and Umair Haque pointed the other day to his new blog within the Harvard Business Blogs, styled a collection of 'discussion leaders'. These include well-known names such as Gary Hamel and knowledge management writer Tom Davenport.

It is an interesting investment by the publishers of the Harvard Business Review, and another interesting example of how organizations who want to 'lead the discussion' are developing network venues.

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Feb 26, 2008


This is the first time I've seen the concept of utility computing raised around here. Am surprised to hear it hasn't been seen as THE trend, as OCLC must see itself as a provider of Open Source software to (and content between) global library-centric communities, so it IS attempting to be a utility.

Doesn't this sound like Questionpoint; "No, what you'll need is the ability to place these devices (and their content) in locations around the world, and have them operate as a single entity: a single global name space, and - more importantly - the ability to ingest content from anywhere, and move content to popular places depending on traffic and interest ..."

Notice the last bit - "änd interest". If interest drives the traffic, then the problem for a data centric .org is responding to it. Once this agreed upon then one has to admit that it's not the data driving the changes. It's the (two way) communication. Or more geberally, the data networks are conforming to support the communication networks.

E.g. Just imagine what might happen if, rather than pointing to these blogs, you might share a forum with these writers, where you could ask and answer questions. I know I'd be interested. One result; the networks would reconfigure to a changed behaviour, focussed around the interests of a global group.

And as for this group