Anywhere – preview of new book from Yankee Group

Anywhere - Yankee GroupI got a note from the Yankee Group about a new book ‘Anywhere: How Global Connectivity is Revolutionizing the Way We Do Business’ by Emily Nagle Green (twitter: @emilynaglegreen). I downloaded the sample chapter and I must admit, I was quite impressed. The concept behind the book is how we will all be impacted by this massive, intelligent network that surrounds us all, worldwide, and how that will impact all forms of business.

We’re going to have to wait for January 2010 for the book to come out, but the PDF sample chapter is worth the read. One of the things that technology analysts do well is build frameworks and tools to help people position themselves and to work out what they should do next. The Anywhere Questionnaire and Readiness check is a good example – I know I’ll be using it!

Incidentally, I was thinking as I was writing this that the Anywhere concept would be a great starter challenge for a time-limited Idea Central event (Idea Central is the technology from my firm, Imaginatik). The book and tools frame up the business challenge, and then companies could ask its employees – and possibly external stakeholders – about that these concepts would mean for them. A nice way to use global collective intelligence… to work on global collective intelligence.

4 Responses to “Anywhere – preview of new book from Yankee Group”

  1. I find that this is state we seem to be slipping into–some forethought in large firms about how to manage the dispersion of people–but not that much. What we’re finding on the innovation frontline is that the more clever you can be about finding and knitting together resources on quick and ad hoc basis, the faster and better the outcomes. But always feel behind the curve rather than ahead. Mark– agree with your thoughts on using events to pull in more ideas via Idea Central. Transparency of the process is the best way I’ve found to get momentum in large organizations that would otherwise bog down in internal process.

    • Transparency is one of those mega-drivers. It is a fundamental philosophical change to the way people operate, as individuals, as groups and as a firm.

      Speed of transfer of information is another one of those mega-drivers. Knowledge (ok, information or data) can now move so fast as to make it unstoppable.

      And scale. There are so many people sharing so many things, all at the same time. The scale is unimaginable. That just makes it hard to comprehend. It just ‘is’ and now we have to make sense of it.

      Thanks for the comments, Jon!

  2. Hey Mark,
    I enjoy your blog but I was a little taken aback when I saw the title “Anywhere – preview of new book from Yankee” in google reader (the last word was truncated).

    As a company with a headquarters in Boston make sure you are sensitive to Red Sox fans these days. I was worried you may have been endorsing a book by Alex Rodriguez or something.

  3. LOL! I had not realized the error – and I guess the Yankee Group themselves must have had the odd bump in the road as they are also Boston based.

    That reminds me that I also have to do is remember to be careful when talking about football teams in England. 🙂

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