E20 SUMMIT is starting off with a new date!

We are living in a world of changes and constant adaption – sometimes the plans defined yesterday are no longer valid today as the environment has changed. This is also the description of what is happening to our conference plans and actions every now and then – and has happened this summer for the planned Enterprise 2.0 SUMMIT in November. After some troubles with our planned location we were faced to find a new one with Paris going on vacation and the options on finding appropiate opportunities in terms of price and available spaces running short.

Therefore we had to take up action and move the whole conference to February – with already settled speakers, sponsors and first registrants for November. Therefore we want to announce now officially: The next Enterprise 2.0 SUMMIT will be held on February 7 & 8 2012 – and we are very much looking forward to organize a path paving, first conference for 2012!

And in order to be more concrete than before – we already defined the main topic as well as sessions for this event:

We see the state of Enterprise 2.0 and Social Business adoption within the enterprises at a key stage. In quite a lot of European organizations E20 initiatives have mostly proved some business value to the organization – but often limited to only parts of the organization. The adoption to social tools and socially enhanced processes have not been realized Enterprise-wide. Project leaders are realizing that new competences like engagement and community management, new kinds of analytics and only an extension to more critical business processes will substantially secure and leverage the value of social processes. According to this perception of the situation we see the key challenges in “doing the things right” in regards to the Enterprise 2.0/Social Business project (meaning assuring the most effective actions to secure the project excellence), in still providing some parts of the management with appealing new case stories to argue with practice excellence and in identifying the future trends on extending the social idea towards the whole enterprise. These three building blocks (project excellence, practice excellence and future excellence) are the key ideas for the upcoming Enterprise 2.0 SUMMIT. To catch everyone’s attention we have defined the phrase “Defining and Building the Collaborative Workplace” as the guiding key theme for the conference. You can find the detailed session draft at http://www.e20summit.com/conference.html.

We are also happy to annouce the confirmed participation of first cases from Alcatel-Lucent, St. Gobain, Lyonnaise-des-Eaux as well as WWF. Also our advisory board with practioneers of SwissRe, Cegeka, Deutsche Bank and Danone will actively take part at the conference. Further we are in the final talks for our keynote speakers to be announced shortly.

As a peer conference we are looking forward to an intensive exchange already prior to the event (just comment on this post, on the schedule draft or on our Facebook page!). We have planned again some interactive roundtable discussions that are planned to be filled with “hot project issues”. We like to encourage everybody to help us identify and discuss these topics during the next months. To get things started we are just setting up a first E20 Meetup in Paris on Wed, Sept. 7, at 8pm in Harry’s Bar (see this Facebook event page).

So as everything is said about the E20 SUMMIT we are eager to read your comments about it – and only also have to announce the relaunch of our “Enterprise2Open” blog at this new location.

  • Kristin Over-Rein

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