I was exchanging e-mails with my daughter the other day and she told me about a magazine called Campus Technology and how she thought it might be good for me to review due to Awareity’s successful solutions for schools and colleges.
My daughter is a very smart young lady and she is the one that told me I needed to start blogging too… so I clicked on the web link she provided to see what types of stories they covered. When I landed at the Campus Technology web page, I went straight to the current issue to see what types of stories were available to review online.
Looking down the list of featured articles, I saw one called To the Cloud and Beyond and saw it was a virtual roundtable of experts weighing in on the evolution of ‘worldware’ – from desktop software of two decades ago, to today’s Web 2.0 and social ‘cloud’ technologies, and on to the discipline-specific tools of the future.
Wow…this looked really cool so I clicked on the link to read the full roundtable discussion and was glad to read that these experts were talking about some very important issues that I believe are critical to the success of schools, governments and organizations of all sizes as we move into 2009 and beyond. They were talking about how “Web 2.0 is not on the desktop – rather, it is in the cloud” (Colleen Carmean from ASU) and how if the goal is to “cultivate and develop citizens who can be productive knowledge workers in different areas, setting out to solve problems of society, we have to go beyond the simple ability to interact and communicate easily and efficiently with each other. We need to have tools to solve problems that have specific foci. That’s why we’ll begin to develop ‘disciplineware‘, which, alongside other worldware, will leverage Web 2.0 technologies in the cloud.” (Phillip Long from University of Queensland Australia)
The next question made me laugh out loud (or should I type LOL here?) because the moderator then said “That sounds great, Phil, but is this just a futurist, pie-in-the-sky type of thing? How will the rise of disciplineware come about?”
I laughed in a comforting way because Awareity has been ahead of the curve for over 5 years developing our Next Generation Knowledge Management solutions provide disciplineware, accountabilityware, transparencyware and much more.
So thanks to my lovely daughter, I think I need to immediately contact President Obama to let him know that we are “the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things” and we can help President Obama deliver on two of his promises we keep hearing over and over… accountability and transparency in federal government.
Anyone know how I can contact President Obama so we can get started sooner than later??