Fear of Web 2.0 is the focus of a recent post by Read/Write Richard:
enterprises have a fear of web 2.0 tools being mis-used by their employees. It occurred to me, as I’m sure it has occurred to others, that this is similar to enterprise’s fear of PCs a couple of decades ago.
That is turn reminded me of a remark by Bob Young to a bunch of academics, to the effect that we should be studying the similarity between the rise of open source in the enterprise and the earlier rise of the PC. This was at a conference shortly after Bob had left the Red Hat CEO job to start Lulu.
A table is often a good way to develop thoughts like this, so here goes.
Intruder in the enterprise
Brought in by
Cause of fear to
|Web 2.0||End-users||IT, management|
|Open source||Sysadmins, developers||Management, often including IT management||Often not visible to end users|
Four things strike me about the table:
- Fear is moving up the stack.
- Web 2.0 appears to have more in common with the PC than with open source.
- The table is grossly over-simplified.
- I’ll post it anyway and see if anyone wants to comment or build on it. If you want to take the table and build on it, please note the Creative Commons Attribution license on this blog; I point this out to encourage, not to discourage, sharing and improvement.