In last couple of weeks, one of the most talked about topic on the internet has been, obviously the Google Wave. After seeing the launch video and reading a lot of articles around it, this is what I feel: Google Wave is going to be a brilliant topping onto most of our existing technologies and tools. Obviously this will be in addition to Google Wave being considered as a new product, platform and a protocol. However the entire concept, that we can have all our present tools and technologies embedded into the Wave and it allowing you a single gateway to keep up with anything and everything you do on the Internet, is going to be THE difference it will make.
So in the last few posts I have been trying to put down my thoughts around how I think Enterprise2.0 is the new face to Knowledge Management. And here comes Wave that will sit on top of our Enterprise2.0 tools enhancing their functionality to higher level and extending their utility to a level which no one had imagined. So I think going forward all organizations might see KM a.k.a. Enterprise2.0 tools as part of their intranet infrastructure and all employees could have Google Wave as their desktop client/single entry point to leverage these tools.
I think, this is really going to be game-changing as rightly put by Lee Provoost in his last post about how he thinks Google Wave will cause some big ripples in the corporate world. If one carefully looks at Google Wave, you will understand how this can ease the efforts of Knowledge Management. It is like Google heard my thoughts when I said “KM is all about ensuring we have all the right information at the right time available to right people and all of this with minimum efforts”. I think Google Wave has very neatly covered the part about “with minimum efforts”. Simply because KM is about providing an environment to your people which will allow them to do what they are supposed to do but in the background capture all the critical knowledge that can be leveraged at a later stage. So no more would anyone be required to put aside any time or put in an extra effort to support this cause what they called earlier, as Knowledge Management. And hence this new era of collaboration and enterprise2.0 is showcasing the real face of Knowledge Management. Immediately there were a few articles floating around what role Google Wave will play in Enterprise2.0 and I think you must read a couple of these at least. Google Wave and its’ significance to Enterprise 2.0 by Sameer Patel and The enterprise implications of Google Wave by Dion Hinchcliffe are articles by two of thought-leaders in the enterprise2.0 space whom I have been consistently following in the recent past.
The question is: will Google Wave hit a high tide (make it THE Open source platform, open to all and benefit all) or a low tide (make everyone go back into Google and make us depend on it even more)? Whatever the case, I am still extremely excited about Google Wave and look forward to getting my hands on it! I am really glad to be part of this history-in-the-making and more than happy to contribute to it!
Nikhil Nulkar is a knowledge management consultant within Capgemini and is passionate about web2.0 and social media. Want to know what he is up to? Follow him on Twitter