LuminaGroup focuses on helping our clients enable and improve collaboration within and between organizations, because this is the key element in staying ahead in the current environment. It is in fact the key to innovation...The hype is in high gear:
The key to sustained success in fostering collaboration is in understanding and leveraging the factors that make your organization unique — the culture, the competitive environment, the challenges facing your organization, the directions your clients and vendors are headed. Enabling and improving collaboration has been a key focus of LuminaGroup for many years, and the experience we have gained along the way can be put to use in your organization.
The reality is that community and collaboration are the drivers of innovation. This is not at all new, but what is new is the diversity and maturity of online tools available to support these key elements within and between organizations. This can be a very good thing, or a very dangerous thing, depending upon how prepared you are to take advantage of the opportunity it presents and to protect your organization from the risks that the improper planning and utilization of these tools can also present… The reality is that these tools, like any others, can be beneficial when used appropriately and detrimental when they are not.
Most people are using some or many of these tools in their daily lives outside of the office, for a variety of purposes and in a variety of ways. In the process they are becoming more comfortable and familiar with them, and inevitably starting to use them as part of their work routines.
For more about how community and collaboration are the drivers of innovation, see this more detailed backgrounder.
The pressing challenge for management is how to embrace and incorporate the tools most suited for YOUR organization, which can bring the greatest benefit with the least risk and least cost.
There are many newly minted "experts" peddling advice. But the reality is that one size does not fit all when it comes to planning and implementing collaboration tools for your organization. With the advent of so-called Web 2.0, and now Web 3.0, tools and technologies there is an inordinate amount of associated hype and misinformation promulgated by “consultants” and advisors who are either grossly misinformed or are beholden to a particular vendor and are simply pushing for sales regardless of how (in-)appropriate particular approaches may be for YOUR organization and YOUR requirements and YOUR goals…
So the question then becomes: How do you know what is right for YOUR organization? This is where the knowledge and skill of trusted advisors can be used to best effect. It is rare that any organization has all of the knowledge and experience present within their staff to effectively tackle these tough issues. LuminaGroup, specialists with deep experience and capability, who are also technology and vendor neutral, can provide the guidance you need.
Many of the most notable developments in IT have come from the research and education (R&E) community, including much of what we are using today in the normal course of business. Our consultants have deep ties and background in this community, and are focused on transferring the best of the tools being developed into the commercial sector. We offer the ability to be your guide through these difficult waters, independent advisors who take the time to understand your unique situation and tailor a plan to suit it.
We all know the dangers of committing to huge projects, especially those with the potential to have major impacts on the organization, without knowing and understanding the capabilities of your vendor(s). Our general approach is to start small, with a short engagement to get to know your organization, and so that you can get to know us. In this first engagement we would provide some initial advice as to broad stroke approaches that would fit your situation. This typically results in a more refined proposal which is based on an informed understanding of your requirements and goals, and which provides clear milestones and feedback to ensure that our work best suits your needs.