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Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Harnessing The Web Transformation

Get ready for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston June 9 - 12. where attendees will get an up-close look at how SaaS and Cloud Computing, Search 2.0, and social networking in the enterprise are reinventing the way companies do business.

In the constantly changing world of technology, companies need to be aware of developing trends, and they need to adapt and evolve their business practices to embrace technologies such as Web 2.0.

Enterprise 2.0 Conference Resources

•   Enterprise 2.0 Conference News

•   Enterprise 2.0 Conference Web Site

•   Enterprise 2.0 Conference Registration

•   Enterprise 2.0 Wiki

•   Enterprise 2.0 Facebook Group

•   Enterprise 2.0 Blog

•   Enterprise 2.0 Conference Newsletter Sign-Up

As Steve Wylie, General Manager and Conference Director for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, points out, "businesses are under constant pressure to improve the way they work, enable better communication and easier access to information. Enterprise 2.0 represents the tools, technologies and best practices that arm businesses for this challenge. Being an early Enterprise 2.0 adopter offers a clear competitive advantage to any business facing these challenges," he said in an interview.

The Enterprise 2.0 Conference, scheduled to begin on June 9 and end June 12 in Boston, is the largest and most important gathering for people who are ready to reinvent the way work is done, Wylie said.

In keeping with one of the conference's central themes, social networking, a demo pavilion will afford attendees " the chance to test drive the latest social computing tools and technologies at the pavilion," said Wylie. And the "unconference" portion of the event will offer attendees the opportunity to become the presenters themselves.

Four Goals Of The Enterprise 2.0 Conference

Wylie explains that "the Enterprise 2.0 Conference explores the integration of Web 2.0 technologies in business, from both strategic and tactical perspectives. This annual conference focuses on the tools and techniques that enable Enterprise 2.0 but also addresses the organizational and cultural requirements for successful adoption."

At its very foundation, the conference is broken into four distinct parts: community, education, leadership, and solutions. The conference aims to encourage all those in attendance to communicate with each other and learn about successes and challenges, through networking and stimulating case studies from surprising pioneers.

Perhaps most important, the Enterprise 2.0 Conference also offers a series of tutorials and sessions to educate attendees and help make enterprises more agile, connected and responsive. With the help of its keynote and plenary program, the conference also deals specifically with leadership. By inviting industry visionaries and key experts, those in attendance are offered a unique view of how to take the lead in business.

And at the Demo Pavilion, attendees are able to see the latest technology in action and help others get a sense for where the future of the enterprise is really headed. But at the very center of the Enterprise 2.0 Conference is its focus on Web 2.0 and how companies can adapt in the changing online world.

"This annual conference's mission focuses on the tools and techniques that best leverage the technical, productive and social aspects of IT and workgroup environments to build a cohesive collaboration strategy and empower a connected workforce," said Wylie.

And perhaps that is where the Enterprise 2.0 Conference really shines. As the world becomes more online-focused, companies are being forced to adapt. And with the advent of Web 2.0 properties that have proven to be extremely successful in creating communities and tying those communities to business models, organizations need to be keenly aware of how to be more successful in that constantly changing environment.

"Businesses have a unique set of requirements that must be addressed when looking at how to leverage Web 2.0 technologies," Wylie asserts. "Harnessing the power of Web 2.0 in a business context is a critical distinction and a core theme for our conference."

Even though companies are forced to change business models or adopt new strategies out of outdated plans, they're also forced to compete with each other. With the success of Web 2.0 properties, more and more companies have found reasons to jump on the bandwagon and become part of that phenomenon. Due to that fact, companies are now being forced more than ever to get in on the action as soon as possible and harness the power of Web 2.0 to adequately address the changing times. And as Steve Wylie explains, timing is everything.

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