Chief Strategy Officer at 7Summits, Inc., Dion focuses on the topics of strategic online communities, workforce collaboration, digital transformation, Social Business, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), open business models, and next-generation enterprises. His thought leadership can be found on ZDNet, On Web Strategy, InformationWeek, ebizQ. He is a judge for the famed CIO 100 Awards each year and works with the leadership teams of Fortune 500 and Global 2000 firms to drive successful digital change. He co-authored Web 2.0 Architectures for O'Reilly as well as the best-selling Social Business By Design (Spring, 2012) from Wiley.
By Dion Hinchcliffe on January 5, 2016
It goes hand in hand with another key principle that sets digital strategy well apart from many other traditional ways of achieving organizational objectives. One of the counterintuitive lessons of digital and social business is that the network itself can and should do the majority of the work, if you’ll only build a little social […]
By Dion Hinchcliffe on November 23, 2015
Communities make just about everything we do today in our organizations better. That was essentially the message at FeverBee SPRINT last week in San Francisco, a confab of several hundred online community practitioners sharing lessons learned and best practices. To be sure, we have sometimes been able to do what digital communities make possible in […]
By Dion Hinchcliffe on November 19, 2015
Once almost exclusively the domain of open source platforms like Drupal and Joomla, the platforms for online community have evolved and matured significantly over the years in the technologies they use, the features now considered standard, and the organizations that actively provide them. As I’ve explored in this column for nearly a decade, businesses are […]
By Dion Hinchcliffe on November 10, 2015
For most of IT history, the choice to build or buy new software has been the purview of those that actually had a choice. Simply put, most business users of applications have not possessed the technical abilities necessary to develop the solutions themselves. So the business-side has long had to place their fate in the […]
By Dion Hinchcliffe on September 15, 2015
I’ve been taking a close look at what’s over the enterprise horizon for much of the year as the pace of technology change continues to accelerate, as most experts have long predicated and which will only continue. New platforms, technologies, product, services, and models are appearing at a constant pace these days. Many topics that […]
By Dion Hinchcliffe on August 4, 2015
With digital transformation at the top of the agenda for many organizations, the winds of change are in the air in tech departments. Here are some vital currents in the industry that IT leaders should keep in mind this year.
By Dion Hinchcliffe on August 3, 2015
Despite major up and downs throughout its occasionally turbulent six year lifetime, Bitcoin has managed to get farther than just about any other alternative currency, grabbing the interest of VC investors and an actual investors alike. About 14 million Bitcoins have been digitally ‘mined’ so far, leading to a total market capitalization of over $4 […]
By Dion Hinchcliffe on July 31, 2015
It’s now clear to me that we must take bold new steps if we are to truly improve the state of workforce collaboration in most organizations. As the majority of us are doing it today, digital collaboration is largely stuck in the doldrums. The known issues are numerous: The tools themselves are either too complex, […]
By Dion Hinchcliffe on July 29, 2015
While the bring-your-own-X trend has swung back and forth in IT, applications have long been more challenging to lock down than devices. Collaboration is now one of the most significant areas where user-led IT is growing.
By Dion Hinchcliffe on July 13, 2015
In the early days, online communities were typically fairly informal discussion sites created by a groups of enthusiasts on some subject, or they were slightly better-organized forums put together by activists passionate on a topic, often around political issues or an open source software project. In those nascent days very few businesses were involved in […]