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For IT departments in particular this kind of feed syndication infrastructure provides the means toeffectively manage supply and demand of syndicated content and data.
applications of similartechnologies.Getting the maximum benefitsfrom RSS inside the firewall takesmore than simply giving users amethod to consume RSS using acorporate endorsed desktop RSSreader (in the same way that it isdifficult to satisfy the request for‘Google-like-search’ in theenterprise).Yet it is the very potential of Enterprise RSS to provide aplatform for brand newinformation and social computingsolutions that makes it soimportant. Enterprise RSSprovides the necessary supportfor the effective use of feedswithin an organisation as part of the overall enterprise informationenvironment.In fact, Enterprise RSS is anabsolutely critical element of Enterprise 2.0 “plumbing” -without it, disparate socialcomputing tools like blogs andwikis just add to the problem of the information flooded silos thatalready exist.Enterprise RSS achieves this by:
Providing tools to makecomposite feeds fromother feeds and data,including legacy systems;
Making it easy for peopleto find the feeds theyneed and the feeds theywant;
Making sure feeds areavailable, readable andbandwidth efficient;
Finding out what peopleare reading (and whatthey are not)… andfeeding this back into theEnterprise RSS system;and
Protecting users frommalicious code andsupport for secure feedsthat only authorised userscan access.While end-users are lessconcerned about some of thosebenefits, for IT departments inparticular this kind of feedsyndication infrastructureprovides the means to effectivelymanage supply and demand of syndicated content and datathrough the corporate network.And as far as the end-user isconcerned, they simply getreliable access to the rightinformation, at the right time inthe way they want to access it.Of course a major weakness of arguing the case for EnterpriseRSS based on these benefits isthat it assumes you are actuallytrying to build a Web 2.0-orientated intranet. The fact isthat the information workplacecreated by many organisations isunplanned. So if you have barelyscratched the surface of enterprise social computing or aresimply looking for more costeffective tactical approaches toinformation management, then
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