[Mediawiki-l] Thoughts on Sales Pitch

Ittay Dror ittayd at qlusters.com
Sat Jan 13 20:07:47 UTC 2007


here are my points:
* a wiki allows creation of documentation in an easy way. writing documentation in a manual document means concepts need to be described in a linear stream, which is not easy. doing it in a CMS system is cumbersome. in a wiki, you write a concept and if it relates to another, you put in the text [[another concept]]. then, when you submit, you click on the resulting link and describe the related concept.
* plugins and templates allow you to create a standardization of your documents and ways to easily create it.
* it allows a reflection mechanism - see what documents relate to a given one for example. in this respect, i recommend the semantic mediawiki extension

Dr. Nancy Dailey wrote:
> My "elevator speech" to executives and leaders in companies about the use of wikis tends to focus on the pain they feel about knowledge sharing, knowledge transfer and problem solving. I'm an applied sociologist (not a technical person:) who helps people adopt/integrate technology solutions into their daily work life. 
> 
> Example... I have a media research client who has a core group of baby boomers who have been with the company for 30-40 years. These folks are the brain trust of the company and they're ready to retire. They are launching a wiki to try to capture all that knowledge and not let it walk out the door. It's a low cost option to pilot a new way of solving a complex problem. If it doesn't work, they can always go back to MS Sharepoint (which hasn't worked real well for them in the past). 
> 
> Your sales pitch should aim 1) to solve a problem executives see as a priority; 2) show how the return exceeds the perceived and real risks; 3) how it may help the corporate culture, not hurt it, and 4) most importantly, how it will help the bottom-line.
> 
> Hope this helps. I learn a lot about wikis from reading the emails. Thank you!
> Nancy Dailey 
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