Yep, I'm lovin my Leica :)
Security vendor Clearswift says "employees pose security risks by discussing work issues on social media Web sites" - reported in Business Week this week. They have advised companies to review or implement security policies and procedures around web 2.0 applications after a survey found that
Shocking. Lets all stop blogging immediately. Err, no.
When I talk on the tube or down at my pub I pose a security risk as I don't know if it's a journalist sat next to me or a competitor. Granted the web poses a wider risk as more people are out there than at my local pub (though my local gets pretty busy with team Foxton's on a Friday) but I think people are likely to exercise more constraint with their keyboard than they are in the pub. Loose lips sinks ships and all that.
The advice provided is companies should have policies and I agree with that but it's hardly revolutionary. My policy would say "be smart" and engage your brain before talking company business anywhere - be that in the pub or on the web. I would also have a policy that says "do talk about your work" as word of mouth marketing is the most powerful but seems to be a dying breed.
Alex at Melcrum has a more balanced view of the report that is well worth a read.
That was the quote that stuck in my mind today from our Partnering for the Future roundtable in Cambridge. I'll not attribute it here but I suspect the owner may own up anyway :)
We had a great day of listening and learning from 11 partners who had strong views around Web 2.0, Web 3.0, skills, the creative industries, transparency at Microsoft and much more. I'll be summarizing soon but our team (including UK MD Gordon Frazer and Partner Director Scott Dodds) left in no doubt that we can do a tonne more with the help of this group and their friends. They're our brand ambassadors.
More to follow soon but the main thing I left with was we need to hang out with these folks more often and listen. We have much to learn.
if you want a quick view of what Expression is all about, check out the video. Probably worth downloading as the bitrate here is pretty high for smooth streaming.
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I've been listening and watching the whole Open XML debate for a while now and decided it was high time to chime in and ask you to offer your support. Here is my very simple recap of things - apologies for the paraphrase but this is the deal.
If you agree, please show your support at http://www.microsoft.co.uk/openxml/ - it only takes a few moments.