Derek Abdinor

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Management by Gardening

Image via Wikipedia A folksy look at putting thoughts on one of my accidental hobbies down. You’ll make mistakes until you find out what your garden is able to be You’ll lose plants through things that are out of your control. You’ll lose even more flowers as they are more delicate. But you’ll gain through windfall and pleasant surprises, so […]

How traders use social media > Dealstream

Dealstream Securities traded derivatives on the JSE Securities Exchange, specialising in listed single stock futures and CFDs. Alleged problems with its trade in CFDs led to them running out of liquidity with its clearing memberand they were pulled off the markets a few days ago. Assuming that the investment/trading community is probably griping about this topic in the Bull Run […]

Teching Teachnology for sustainability

I reckon that technology-ignorant clients are a double-edged sword. The Law states that whatever sophisticated concept you manage to run by them with no resistance, thou shalt be smitten with much rebuking about low-end things, eg: this content management tool doesn’t accept my MS Word tabs and indents! Shriek! I just want to print one piece of paper off this […]

Trawling for advice on Vignette

I recently had the need to get information on Vignette (story server) in a hurry, and followed a certain methodology which is no doubt common to many. In order: Google Vignette’s site Wikipedia Phone dev friends Twitter Post a question on LinkedIn You could seperate the first 3 into old-style information harvesting (even wikipedia), #4 into common sense, and #5 […]


Some think that loadshedding came at the right time, to force people to save power and start thinking along sustainable lines: perhaps even to get back to traditional ways of spending time together. The same has been bandied about about high petrol (gas) prices.  Raise the price, get people to drive less (less carbon, less demand, build public transport); it […]

The problem of linear governance | openaccountability

I was kindly invited by James Governor (aka Monkchips) of Redmonk, to participate in a pre-conference Wiki, OpenAccountability. James is hyper-passionate about sustainability and web2, and doesn’t mince words or dialectics; I foresee him turning his dab hand to shareholder activism in time. I posted there, thought it would fit here too… Corporate communication tends to follow a linear trail, […]

Amazon’s social network

Following on the heels (or should that be the leap that wasn’t pre-looked) of Facebook’s consumer advertising platform Beacon, Amazon has allowed its users to build up records of what they’ve bought and share it with people (friends) on Amazon. Obviously the big prize here is not accumulating friends like other social networks, but actual consumer items. Ca-swipe! Amazon is […]

Wagging the Long Tail in IT development

Serena software, developers of lifecycle management systems and the conceptualisers behind “Facebook Fridays“, embody the spirit of Enterprise social media: they take ideas from the user phenomenon of social media (w2) and apply it to the enterprise with remarkable results. They’ve adapted the retail and sociological ideas of the Long Tail into how it is relevant for the organisations’ internal […]

The first annual report blog | next 15

Next Fifteen Communications Group’s annual report claims to be the first to incorporate weblog functionality into it. ‘We have an opportunity to expand the role of the annual report,’ comments Tim Dyson, chief executive of Next Fifteen. ‘We can transform it from a relatively dry summary of what’s gone on over the last year into a means of having a […]

Tim B-L on the Net, Web and Social Graph

Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web, has a great way of putting internet terminology into focus, from his unique vantage point. I reproduce some concepts here for simplification: The Net aka: The Internet (http, nntp, ftp, email), International Information Infrastructure Era: 1980s-1990s Realisation: It isn’t the cables, it is the computers which are interesting The Web aka: World […]

Cloud computing land: IBM and Amazon

IBM announced today their version of cloud computing, Blue Cloud. This comes shortly after Amazon’s announcement of Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). “As more Web 2.0-style applications, which include lots of content contributed by end users, come online, companies will need to have better tools to handle them”, said Dennis Quan, chief technology officer of high performance on demand solutions at […]

Web 2, microblogging and the California Fires

Web 2 has always been about communication, not technology. About using all different methods of getting accurate information, collaboration, dissemination. What better time to put it to the test in an organic, non-rational, human situation: the california fires. Mashups of maps, microblogging and user-generated video are some of the uses. Remember the London bombings 2 years ag, where mobile phone […]

Facebook: 10 lessons for the enterprise (so far)

Love it or hate it, Facebook and other social media are here and they’re changing the online habits of your employees and customers. It would be churlish to dismiss social media as a fad with no impact on your organisation other than being a tool for employees to squander their billable time; at the same time, Facebook is not going […]

Digital Natives will drive Enterprise 2.0 | Gartner research

Research firm Gartner have published a report underlining what many in the Enterprise 2.0 field, and what the previous post referred to: your organisation will have Web 2.0 technologies in it, some for business and some not, whether you like it or not. This change will come from your current and next generation of workers who grew up with internet […]

Social Networks for the Enterprise |

To the corporate, social media is both a threat and an opportunity. Let’s be real here: disgruntled or sly employees can and will shift sensitive information, get out of the VW camper bus and turn off that hippie compilation tape. However, to ignore that social media allows employees to collaborate as never before, and engages thousands of a difficult target […]

Microblogging for the Enterprise

This article was first posted to BizCommunity in September 2007. A microblog is a smaller version of a blog, usually limiting posts to 140 characters. Woo-hoo, so it’s a variation on the blogging theme, but less space to make an idiot of yourself. Why then is it one of the fastest-growing applications in the history of the Internet? Is there […]