Author Archives: Ruven Gotz

About Ruven Gotz

Ruven Gotz is a Director with Avanade, Microsoft’s Global Partner. As a Microsoft SharePoint MVP with over 20 years of IT industry experience, Ruven has spent the past nine years delivering award-winning SharePoint solutions for a wide range of clients. Working as a Business Analyst and Information Architect, Ruven is able to apply his eclectic education and varied experience in Psychology, Computer Science, Economics, Software Development and Training to get to the heart of complex problems. Ruven is a great communicator who is able to discuss technology concepts in language that is relevant to his audience, whether they are from IT or business. He has become a leader in the use of visual tools to help his clients and team members achieve shared understanding of problems and goals and shared commitment towards implementing a successful solution. Ruven recently authored “Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture” (Apress) Ruven lives in Toronto, Canada. On Tuesday nights in the summer, you’ll find him racing his 24’ sailboat ‘In the Groove’ (NOTE: Ideas and opinions on this blog are my own: I am not representing my employer.)

Who has time for Enterprise Social?

People say to me: How do you find time for yet another source of information? Keeping up with the enterprise social stream (in my case, Yammer) on top of email and Lync messages, not to mention personal social media just … Continue reading

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Understanding Enterprise Social Networking: Tapping into Collaboration and Knowledge Management

Enterprise social networking is not about “Facebook for the enterprise” and it’s not about using Twitter and Facebook for communicating with your customers. What it is about is enhancing your knowledge management and collaboration solutions by giving everyone access to … Continue reading

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Give and Take: Who loses, who gains?

I met a friend for a drink the other day, and we were discussing how we share our presentation materials. I said “I just send people my whole presentation – or make it available on” I do this because … Continue reading

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Intrigued about Dialogue Mapping? Check these videos

People who have seen me speak, or read my blog before know how much emphasis I place on visual tools for reaching shared understanding. The evolution of my practice with visual tools, from mind mapping to Dialogue Mapping was prompted … Continue reading

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Using MindManager for IBIS Dialogue Mapping

If you don’t know what Dialogue Mapping is, you have a bit of reading to do. I’d recommend Paul Culmsee’s excellent series of blog posts on the topic. Or, go back to the originator, Jeff Conklin and his Cognexus Institute. … Continue reading

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In the trenches with Windows Phone 8

I’m writing this post on the plane, flying home from the SPC12 conference in Las Vegas. When I used “in the trenches” in the title, I mean that particular bit of hell we’ve all been in: Crammed between the window … Continue reading

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Access-Ability? Waiting for insight at SPC12

My history with building business solutions goes way back to MS-Access 1.0 (“Cirrus”). Although it was meant to be a PowerUser tool, I found that I could employ it to build powerful (but not large-scale) business solutions relatively inexpensively. I … Continue reading

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A New Chapter Begins…

Hi friends and followers, today I want to tell you about a new chapter in my life: I am changing jobs once again. I never expected to be writing this only a year and a half after joining Navantis and … Continue reading

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Greenlight! My book is out.

Update 2: People looking to download the files mentioned in the book can find them here: Update: To buy this book (Book/Kindle/Other), please see the links in the side bar over there → If you are responsible for any of the … Continue reading

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The Happiest Place on Earth

(Thanks to Marcy Keller for the JumpShot at Disney) I’ve just returned from the SharePoint Conference in Anaheim. This conference was a great experience, even though there is no way it could live up to the previous conference when SharePoint … Continue reading

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