WikiLeaks showed the world the kind of damage you can do with collaborative software. Wikipedia has shown how the attempt to create a trusted source of informatoin can lead to serious doubts. We’re about to show how wikis can transform enterprise IT conversations.

For years I’ve had this idea of using wikis to ask leading questions of CIOs or IT managers and having them edit each other’s responses. There are so many areas in the industry which lack proper definition — cloud computing, services-oriented architecture and “innovation” come to mind — that creating a portal which is a deliberate work in progress could be both engaging and useful. That’s the idea behind our newest portal, the CIO Canada Brainstorm Centre.

Here’s how it works: Articles will be posted to wiki pages in the Brainstorm Centre. Readers will be able to edit the articles with their own additions, corrections or suggestions, with moderation from IT World Canada’s team of editors and writers.

The goal here is not to come up with a “final answer” but engage in a collaborative discussion process among business leaders, LOB managers, decision makers and C-Level executives in Canada’s enterprise and mid-market firms.

Updates to the wiki articles will be promoted in our blogs and newsletters to drive traffic and keep the momentum going.

The first series of wikis in the Brainstorm Centre are focused on such areas as “The role of a municipal IT leader is –,” “CIOs can increase innovation in their organization by –” as well as articles on enterprise architecture and more.

We’re also seeding the conversation about IT management by featuring an ongoing series of “5 on 5” slideshows where five senior IT decision makers answer five key questions. First up: A look at the differences – and similarities – to managing IT in public vs. private sector environments.

Visit the CIO Canada Brainstorm Centre today and help us define the future of IT management.

 



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