by Sakib Khan on August 14, 2009
Google Wave, Google’s latest offering is indeed creating quite a wave in the technology world. Armed with groundbreaking and innovative features, the Wave is set to alter the conventional communication practices.
If you haven’t heard about Wave yet, here is an abridged version of the keynote presentation.
At first glance, Wave might seem like yet another social media dashboard, but that will be a big mistake. For starter, Wave is not just a product, it’s a protocol and it has all the potentials to replace the traditional email protocols like IMAP, POP3 or SMTP. It could indeed be a killer app.
But having said that, Wave is still in development phase and none can say for certain ultimately how much impact it will make. However what we do know is, it will be open source and given the large fan base of Google, it may very well be the de facto standard for net based communication.
So what does it have to do with HR?
Well, one of the key issues that HR will have to come to terms with in coming days is workplace collaboration. Organizations becoming flatter, businesses spreading around the continents and there is an increasing need for organizations to be flexible, adaptive and agile in the face of uncertain business environments. To survive and thrive in such unpredictable territory, greater collaboration among employees, employers, shareholders, customers, suppliers and various stakeholders is imperative.
But creating a collaborative culture is not a walk in the park. It’s a continuous journey that demands major shift in the mind-set of all concerned and new ways of managing work. And for that to happen, it requires necessary tools – tools that enable collaboration.
And this is where Wave comes into play. The importance lies not only on Google Wave as a tool, but also the benchmark it sets. It introduces a new way of collaborative communication that is real time, flexible, robust and readily accessible – something collaborative work culture thrives on.
But as I have said already, Wave is still in development phase and not yet available for the masses. The good news is, Google has announced to send out 100,000 invites from September 30. So if you want to be part of the early testers of Wave, sign up here for updates.