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Jon Reed of JonERP.com - Enterprise Irregular and Then Some
Jon Reed of JonERP.com - Enterprise Irregular and Then Some

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SAP Book chat and discussion

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discussing Vinnie's SAP nation book....

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Anyone who is still messing about on Google Plus, I recommend you think about shutting off your public display of +1s as shown here - http://www.androidcentral.com/google-plus-update-plus-one-history

Or, at least keep in mind that if you don't shut off your +1s, your friends who have you in their circles will see your +1s on their stream, and the only way they can actually shut that off is by shutting you off in some way entirely (they can't just mute your +1s for example). 

Also, keep in mind, when you tag names in photos, those photos will appear in the stream of anyone who has those names you tagged in their circles. And there's no way to shut that off or control it on either side (that I know of). Again, might be a non-issue but especially if you're tagging a bunch of photos at once, might be something to keep in mind. Perhaps tag sparingly...

Filtering in G+ is getting a lot better as I play around with it again, but these are a couple of flaws worth keeping in mind unless you enjoy blasting other people's feeds. :) 

Oh, and if you see any of my +1s in your feeds, don't string me up - I have now shut that down...if you are still seeing them, please let me know so I can renegotiate my terms of service with Google - lolz

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+Chris Kernaghan  and I share a passion for hacking into automation workflows to make us more productive - or so we tell ourselves

We've skirmished on the topic of productivity before: http://diginomica.com/2013/09/28/productivity-secrets-prioritization-rules-organization-drools/#.VATCePmwJ4c

Recently we had a Skype session that was intended to help him sort through some glitches in his curation workflow. (He's become disenchanted with Delicious and looking for more ease of content tagging and searching). But actually it was him giving me advice on better use of Evernote - a solution many swear by I haven't had any use for. More on Evernote in my next curation update..

Anyhow, I recommended to him that he reconsider Delicious, but look at more intentional tagging when articles enter the system (it's hard to mass edit them in Delicious later). I also recommended tag bundles, where you can easily group related tags as I have done for enterprise project failure, thereby avoiding glitches in how you tag individual pieces by putting them in one place:

https://delicious.com/jonerp/tag_bundle/project%20failure

I'm not confident in the future of Delicious but your data is exportable and I haven't found a better solution for tagging articles and sharing them publicly. In my workflow, I start in my newsreader (the awesome paid version of Newsblur), and tag/add articles, often with my own bits of commentary into Delicious right from Newsblur, which then goes out into my jonerpnewsfeed in a variety of locations including Twitter (@jonerpnewsfeed). So, my Delicious archive of about 7,000 of the best enterprise pieces is publicly searchable at: http://www.delicious.com/jonerp

Tags in Delicious have their own individual RSS feeds, so I can subscribe to some of my own tags (for example tags related to media and blog post research). 

But Chris is less happy with Delicious from a mobile app standpoint. Given that Delicious isn't built for the long haul business model-wise, I recommended Scoop.it. Den Howlett turned me on to Scoop.it and it has potential for both individual and enterprise curation and sharing. 

The free version has some good capabilities (though they are aggressive about getting you to upgrade). I'm experimenting with two Scoop.it channels: 

#ensw diversions - questionably relevant, edgy fodder to brighten your enterprise slog:  http://www.scoop.it/t/enswdiversions

and 

#ensw media disruptions - attention, monetization and whatever catches the eye: http://www.scoop.it/t/enswmedia

Since Scoop.it has an enterprise curation business model, it's likely to be around for a while and to keep improving its mobile apps (I like the mobile look and feel of the channels). 

The great thing about these channels is that it fits into my general view, which is: if I'm already tagging content, why not share it? I monitor media becuase I'm in that biz, and blog about it sometimes. The diversion stuff is more fun and funky than anything, but I feature the best of that stuff in my weekly hits and misses column on diginomica.com. So I needed a good way to organize it anyhow. 

Anything you can organize and tag publicly, it just makes it easier for sharing. 

I haven't tried to backup scoop.it, but you can RSS your channels so that works as a good collection of prior links. Search is a minor issue - there is a good search engine on a per channel basis, but you can't use it when logged into your own back end. You need to view your channel on a different browser where you are not logged in. Then you can search your channel. This isn't perfect for the tagging and searching features you would want out of a platform like this, but it's not bad either. 

All these tools are free though Scoop and Newsblur both have paid versions that add significant new features. 

Looking forward to Chris' comments as he gets tries to sort his curation and tagging workflow. Meantime I need to update on how I'm going to use Evernote based on his advice....

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I recently wrote a piece on curation that included an update on "Digg Deeper," a new real-time content notification service that alerts you to new content being shared by your connections (right now, Twitter connects). 

Here's the link to digg deeper info: http://blog.digg.com/post/91454524841/digg-deeper

You can get the notifications either on your digg home page, mobile app, or email (no RSS option). Of those three, email is the best for me so I experimented with the settings. Digg's team was kind enough to correspond with me on Twitter as I tried different options. 

Mostly, I toggled between "medium" and "high" notification levels. How many notifications you get on each will depend on how many people you follow, how much in common they have in terms of interests, etc. 

Long story short, I settled on the "high" notification level. The "medium" level was surfacing content that was extremely popular on my network, but so popular that I probably already ran into it through other means. Or: I wouldn't get an alert till the end of the day when it had enough shares. I don't need another "end of day" curation tool. 

What I wanted was more of a real time alert, which can work really well if I am distracted by meetings or shows and not tracking other feeds as carefully. The current "high" setting is working very well for me - it's surfacing content being shared but before it is over-shared (usually), more in real time.

And: because the number of shares required to surface is less, it means I am getting pieces that are also a bit less predictable. In short, I'm getting more variety, and I'm getting it sooner, but I'm not getting constantly pinged either. I'm getting about 3-5 alerts in my email a day from what I can tell, which are all sorted into a folder for later review and sharing also.  I feel more on top of things with this added to my many other pings and feeds.

In sum, this has become one of my most valuable curation tools in a short amount of time. We'll see where it leads. 

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So I ran out of space in my "hits and misses" column this week for my honorable mention section. Here's the links I would have shared: 

Is the Creative Economy also in Trouble? http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2014/05/09/is-the-creative-economy-also-in-trouble/   myPOV: provocative/interesting view of economic growth versus global stagnation and the (relative) impact of the Internet economy.

How Data Visualization Solved One of Retail's Most Vexing Questions http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/05/how-data-visualization-answered-one-of-retails-most-vexing-questions/  myPOV: Using heatmaps to track customer movements inside a store and other envelope-pushing use cases for retail. Maybe a tad creepy in some cases - "creepy insight" anyone? 

Enterprise Content Marketing Research: Where Does Success Lie in 2014? http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2014/04/enterprise-2014-content-marketing-research/ myPOV: some useful data points, including problems content marketers face (big surprise: lack of time, struggles to produce compelling content, etc). Also a link to the full (free) report. 

How I Wrote Three Books in Three Years: http://www.copyblogger.com/three-books-in-three-years/  myPOV: one of the better productivity posts I have seen in a while, with good content on how research/info gathering feeds into content production.  

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So here's the replay link for the webinar where I joined Thomas Michael and Cushing Anderson to hash out/speak out on Michael Management's SAP training survey. Windows wmv file direct link: www.michaelmanagement.com/files/Webinar/2014-05-01-SAP-Training-Survey-Results.wmv

Direct link to the PDF of the survey results: 

www.michaelmanagement.com/files/Webinar/2014-05-01-SAP-Training-Survey-Results.pdf

I wrote the foreword to the survey...on the webinar we dug into the alarming side of the reserach (undertrained SAP professionals and the links to project failure), as well as the better news about continuous learning. 

Oh, and another hard look at SAP certification based on the survey data...

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myPOV: just about as spot-on a piece on outsourcing trends (what is working and what is not) as you will see. Outsourcing is here to stay but companies are far savvier about it. #ensw

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By yours truly, fresh on diginomica. Was good to compile the research since my last post on productivity. 

As in this quote from Alexis Madgrigal : "Nowadays, I think all kinds of people see and feel the tradeoffs of the stream, when they pull their thumbs down at the top of their screens to receive a new updates from their social apps. It is too damn hard to keep up. And most of what’s out there is crap."
G+ Newspick: Productivity or bust in 2014: expert tips - by @jonerp: Been a while since I hit on productivity, one of my favorite topics...here's the research and best ideas from last six months. "The vexing problem of staying ahead of tasks seems to be intensifying, not diminishing. Here's the best approaches I've seen." (via @jonerp) #ensw
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