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Rogue Technology Runs Amok @govloop

A recent Lawson/Forrester Report tells us among other things that we must accept “rogue technologies” to stay on top of our business in 2009.

I AGREE. Do you feel like a rogue? From the article:

2009 Trends To Watch In Human Resource Management

“The following technology and business process-driven trends will be evident in HRM in 2009:” (this is the first thing on the list)

“• Web 2.0 will become institutionalized. Social technologies are critical to reaching and
connecting with the younger workforce, infusing and retaining knowledge, and turbo-charging
programs such as alumni relations and mentoring. Fifty-five percent of HR decision-makers
agree that this innovation is very important, but 51% believe that their current tools and
process capabilities are below average. This means that HR pros will start to augment
their transactional process-based apps by institutionalizing today’s rogue social technologies.

(Italics added)


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Good stuff – the trick is whether by “institutionalizing today’s rogue social technologies” whether it will kill the spirit and value created in the first place. One of my friends had a successful rogue listserv for alumni of a gov’t program that when they tried to institutionalize it, it lost the spirit and value. Hard to say – it’s an art, not a science.

Mark Danielson

I agree Steve, the word institutionalizing is pejorative. I think that many HR folks are unaware of tools available. Haven’t had a chance to understand and work them7 into the program of good practices.

Barry, I laughed out loud when I read that last sentence. I have to admit, I thought the full article was good, but funny in it’s seriousness. So serious. I like Steve’s comments on art and spirit, that ephemeral great thing we are searching for in a place. Made me think of Joel Kotkin’s The City. Idea book.

Ed Albetski

I agree with the trend of comments. The “rogue” social networks remind me of how much fun I had in the late 80’s and early 90’s using the old dial-up computer bulletin boards. The computer BBS, remember those days? Once the World Wide Web went commercial even the Internet became a lot less fun. Social networking has captured young peoples’ imaginations. I hope the plot to lobotomize.. er, institutionalise them fails.


I love the idea of being rogue. However, like all good things, once they become mainstream, well, they become mainstream. But something new will take its place – hopefully even more spectacular rogue technology.

Paulette Neal-Allen

Ed, sure the ineternet now isn’t as fun as the old dial-up connections were… but it’s a lot more useful. I think that, just like the internet did, social networking will survive and thrive and evolve into something we can’t really picture right now. It won’t be as fun, probably, but it will be inconcievable that we could live without it. 🙂