2008-09-12 Corporate Wikis

There was a lot of talk about corporate wikis, measuring corporate wiki participation, and some wikis “competing” for use in the corporate area.

Oddmuse is definitely not a “corporate wiki” in this respect. I think the problem is the process of decision making: Someone starts with a list of features and goes to collect more items for that list by talking to other “stakeholders” in the company. This is what you end up with:

Corporate wikis are a waste of time

Yeah, I’m being mean. :)

Damn, I forgot WYSIWYG, blog integration, CMS, mailing list integration, bug tracking system integration, calendar integration, ... there’s so much out there!



You’re clearly right. I experienced similar behaviour in the corporate world. They are coming with a monster (sometime needing a Java client or worst a Win32 fat client) to meet all the requirements from the “stakeholders”... and at the end, no one is using the system due its complexity. Contribution must be simple and easy. Why starting a Java/large application to update one single line in a documentation? That’s inefficient and frustrating (you contribute one time... and after you avoid to use the monster). It will take time before corporation fully understand that Internet-style and minimalist Wikis is the way to go.

A good Wiki is a Wiki where you forget about its user interface when you are using it.

Alexandre Dulaunoy 2008-09-13 09:28 UTC

All we need to figure out now is how to communicat our message to decision makers. :)

AlexSchroeder 2008-09-14 00:38 UTC

Maybe we could somehow adapt RITA for this purpose?

RadomirDopieralski 2008-09-21 22:30 UTC

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