Dignan and Hiner webcast: A gut check on social tools in business

In this IT Factor webcast, ZDNet Editor in Chief Larry Dignan and TechRepublic Editor in Chief Jason Hiner take on the social enterprise.

Right up there on the hype-o-meter with "Cloud Computing" and "Big Data" is "Social Enterprise." The basic idea is that the same tools that have allowed social media to improve contact and collaboration among people across the globe have the potential to transform businesses and empower employees.

It's not as easy as it sounds. There's a lot of potential, but there are also some key pot holes to avoid and some right ways to do it. That's what ZDNet Editor in Chief Larry Dignan and I are going to talk about in this month's IT Factor webcast. The official title of this month's show is "21st Century Tools for Efficient Collaboration" and you can tune in live at 2:00PM Eastern on Wednesday. The show will also be available on-demand afterward. Go here to register and then watch.

Here's the official blurb:

One of the biggest challenges facing IT pros today is how to make collaboration more efficient, effective and safe. Making the question more complicated, the pure volume of approaches that can be implemented especially with the rise of social media, from Facebook and LinkedIN to Twitter and beyond. Truth is, by now everyone understands the power of the cloud for collaborating, but just like the apps and social media it supports, there's more than one type of cloud out there. Furthermore, even the best collaboration tools in the cloud leave something to be desired. Decision makers are looking for the next step and how it can impact their organizations productivity and bottom line.