Last week’s news that HP
is launching a social network for the IT crowd raises interesting questions
about the utility of a Facebook-like environment for serious career networking
and problem solving. The new site, called 48Upper (named after an HP building) aims to sweep aside old
prejudices. "We have lived with the stereotype of being introverted,
pessimistic loners for too long," declares the site.
With a nod toward users of HP’s own system management tools,
the site includes collaboration, the "friends" concept and ways to
share knowledge. One big advantage such an environment may offer is the chance
for IT pros to seek out answers without having to hop around from
one vendor’s Web site to another in search of discussion forums where maybe,
just maybe, someone will respond.
The site also promises to have plenty of levels of privacy
to assuage concerns that people prone to oversharing might reveal company
For another take on the concept and HP’s execution of it, here’s
an analysis from IT Business Edge.
Are you ready to join "the first Social Collaborative IT Management
solution to fully embrace social networking and the power of the community
directly within the processes that run IT?" Take a look at the site
preview and decide.
— Don Willmott