I'm moderating a discussion (debate!) between Stephen O'Grady and Anant Jhingran at Web 2.0 Expo next Thursday, April 24th, titled, "Creativity v. Control: The Debate Continues - Can Enterprises Have Both?"
Background here: Anant thinks that enterprise customers need more control in their Web 2.0 products (which I too, have witnessed w/ customer visits) and Steve believes that more focus needs to be on the creativity that each individual brings to the enterprise through new Web 2.0 style tools, and that the benefits really lies here (which I also am a firm believer of). That said, I'm not giving justice to either stance w. this, so ck out the links below for more detail.
Anant's stand is here.
Steve's is here.
I evidently get to hold the gavel (or the mic) for this debate (which is usually a show in itself, pls laugh at my jokes, but forewarning, I can be pretty damn sarcastic) but before I create my questions, I wanted to ask you guys - what are the tough questions you want to ask? Anything goes here, so let me know - how does this work in your company? Do you think it should be more focused on the creativity new tools have brought to the table, or control that IT wants over this data? Will this affect how data is freed up to be used in mashup and situational apps? If you're a CIO or IT leader, what is your stance on this?
Here's a quick session abstract:
Creativity is at the heart of Web 2.0, and has been the key factor in growing this phenomenon on the Web and throughout the enterprise for the past four years. With enterprise organizations adopting Web 2.0 (coined Enterprise 2.0), there is a new level of “control” that customers and users may want to include in their applications, while preserving the creativity of the application users and creators. But the question remains: is control stifling creativity? Will Enterprise 2.0 succeed if employees are forced to comply with certain rules and regulations of the enterprise? Who wins here, and is it possible for both to live within the enterprise ecosystem?
This topic will be presented by Anant Jhingran, CTO of Information Management at IBM, and Stephen O’Grady, a top industry analyst with Redmonk. Topics include specific enterprise and customer scenarios, examples of emerging creativity with Enterprise 2.0, and views on specific ideas around control with Web 2.0 in the enterprise. Also included in this discussion will be security, governance, and other key issues that are related to this debate. The audience will be asked to voice their opinions on this topics at the end of the presentation.