Linux News: Wikis: When a Wiki Goes Corporate

Linux News: Wikis: When a Wiki Goes Corporate: "Wikis are finally becoming a useful tool for collaboration and information sharing in the workplace. However, like all business tools exposed on the Internet or corporate intranet, IT managers have to view their deployments with a stern eye regarding who can use them and what corporate information may be at risk.

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Rather than the one-way communication offered by corporate blogs, enterprise wikis facilitate conversations between multiple people within -- and sometimes outside of -- an organization. Enterprise wikis can be used as an efficient way to organize collaboration. Be warned, though, that keeping it running will take some work, and you may not always get what you expect.

Helge: The conversational company.

The concept of a wiki, named for the Hawaiian term 'wiki-wiki,' meaning quick, has been around since the mid-1990s. In its purest form, it's a cleverly designed software application that enhances collaboration. Current versions of the software function much like WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) publishing programs such as the classic Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Webroot AntiSpyware 30-Day Free Trial. Click here. Latest News about Microsoft Publisher. Users need no coding skills to enter or edit graphic and text displays.

Helge: I've been experimenting.

Unlike the corporate blog, which is one-way communication, a wiki is interactive and simple for non-technical employees to use. Another key reason for its rise to fame is the relative lack of expense associated with using wikis for corporate information management. Many wiki products are community driven as open source projects."

Helge: Buliding the community is always a challenge.


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