Dion Hinchcliffe

Dion Hinchcliffe is an expert in information technology, business strategy, and next-generation enterprises. He is currently VP and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research as well as Chief Strategy Officer at 7Summits. A veteran of enterprise IT, Dion has been working for two decades with leading-edge methods to bridge the widening gap between business and technology. He has extensive practical experience with enterprise technologies and he consults, advises, and writes prolifically on social business, IT, and enterprise architecture. Dion still works in the trenches with clients in the Fortune 1000, government, and Internet startup community. He is also a sought-after keynote speaker and is co-author of several books on 2.0 subjects including Web 2.0 Architectures from O'Reilly as well as the best-selling Social Business By Design from John Wiley & Sons (May, 2012.)

Dion's Current and Past Clients: AIIM, AOL, Alcatel-Lucent, Best Buy, CBS Interactive, JackBe ING, Intuit, Microsoft, Nexplore, Qualcomm, T. Rowe Price, Techweb, The World Bank, 1105 Media Reply Italy, O'Reilly Media, LG CNS, LMI, Accenture, 2BeWise, 4Sports LLC, Gucci, IBM, Incubeta, Kapow Technologies, Mansueto Digital, Near-Time, nGenera, Swisscom, Sys-Con, Viscape, Coca-Cola, McKinsey & Company, Hasbro, CDW, IDG

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Twelve best practices for online customer communities

Twelve best practices for online customer communities

One of the more significant Web 2.0 trends in business this year has been the advent of the Web-based customer community, where groups of like-minded individuals focus around a brand or a set of product and services come together and interact online. Far from the cynical marketing ploy that it can sometimes seem, customer communities often sprout up on the initiative of passionate customers. Successful examples of this include XMFan around XM Radio, HDTalking for Harley Davidson, and IKEAFANS on IKEA products.

July 25, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

The app store: The new "must-have" digital business model

The app store: The new "must-have" digital business model

Amazon announced today that it was opening up its Kindle reader device to 3rd party applications to be distributed later this year in the Kindle Store.This news was just one more in a string of announcements from platform vendors large and small that they're getting the message: The app store model that Apple has proved so successfully with the iPhone is becoming the next frontier when it comes to next-generation software distribution that creates clear value for both customers and companies alike.What will then mean for software distribution models of the future? You can bet they will look a lot like the Apple App Store...

January 21, 2010 by in Enterprise Software

Why social business is different - Part 1: Reusing stored collaboration

Why social business is different - Part 1: Reusing stored collaboration

Enterprise social media is often touted as a more modern and capable way of communicating that is inherently more open and transparent. Yet it's the ability of these tools to keep collaborative alive and thriving over time that provides much of the value to businesses looking to retain worker knowledge, train up new hires, and get the level of reuse that they ought to from their hard-won organizational experience.

April 25, 2011 by in Enterprise Software

The social Web in 2010: The emerging standards and technologies to watch

The social Web in 2010: The emerging standards and technologies to watch

The emergence of Facebook, Twitter, and the rest of the social Web as a global force in the last several years has done a great deal to highlight their potential to fundamentally alter the way we communicate and collaborate both at home and in business. However, despite the movement of social computing into our daily lives we're all clearly on a long journey together as the technologies themselves emerge from infancy.The state-of-the-art today when it comes to the social computing environments that surround us now -- in our browsers, mobile devices, and elsewhere -- underscore how much more we have left to do to make these new modes of digital conversation and discourse become mature, efficient, safe, and truly useful.Fortunately the Web doesn't stand still and there continues continues to be rapid research and development when it comes to the mechanics of today's online social universe. There are many new efforts under way to refine and improve the world of social media, some of which we'll explore here and many which are just beginning...

January 20, 2010 by in Enterprise Software

The Facebook imperative for enterprise software

The Facebook imperative for enterprise software

Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, the well-known CRM and cloud computing company (and now soon-to-be social software vendor) wrote a guest post on TechCrunch late last week making the case for “why enterprise software should take its cues from Facebook and become more social.” What then does this mean for the future of IT and what impacts will social computing ultimately have on the enterprise.

February 28, 2010 by in Enterprise Software

As customer engagement evolves, Social CRM poised for major growth

As customer engagement evolves, Social CRM poised for major growth

With the Social CRM industry expected to top $1 billion in revenue in 2012, it's growing faster that just about any other segment of social business. Yet the classic challenges of dealing with newly empowered customers but slow-evolving enterprise processes are likely to mean plenty of lost opportunity. To catch up, how can companies better re-conceive the way that they will engage with the customers?

September 9, 2011 by in Enterprise Software

Finding the right person within your organization

Finding the right person within your organization

Understanding who knows what inside today's modern organizations can be an exercise in frustration, especially when you're trying to get things accomplished in tight timelines. Social software that delivers insight into the community can help by making it easier to find the right person. SAP's Scott Lawley explores how, by leveraging community connections and interactions, a series of expertise dimensions can be measured, computed, and put to good use to improve collaboration.

August 19, 2011 by in Enterprise Software