The Corporate Blogging Question#

I've hardly been home at all this week so David scooped me: I've just started working as a .NET consultant and technical coach for the Belgian Compuware .NET team today! Thanks for the warm welcome, David, and a big thanks to the rest of the Compuware team as well! I'm looking forward to working with you all! As it goes, I already have one anecdote I'd like to share with the blogging community here.

As it happens, Irene Dawson, the Senior Vice President of Compuware EMEA, was at the Belgian office today for a visit and a talk. There was room for some questions at the end of her talk and there was a tricky one in there: "what's the corporate policy towards blogging?". Good one, I might add. Who knows, maybe I'm already violating it here ;-)

So forget what you know from your "little" inner circle here on the big semi-organised chaos that we call the "internet", but blogging still isn't known to everybody out there in real life :-) So as she was trying to assimilate the meaning of this new word, my new manager pointed her at me on my first day to quickly explain blogging to her on the spot. I think I managed to get some of its intricacies into her mind but a little preparation would've been nice though ;-) So I'll be explaining her the meaning and issues some more in detail through email; any definitions and precedents to help set the stage are welcome. Robert Scoble's Corporate Weblog Manifesto is already on the list but I'd like some more diverse viewpoints actually...

Anyway, I'd heard a lot of nice things about Irene so it was great to meet her at last (she's a very warm and vibrant person) and she'll probably remember me as "the blogger" or something, but it was fun nevertheless :-) I guess it's one way to meet your Senior VP on your first day...

Thursday, January 20, 2005 7:09:00 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Good luck @ Compuware!
Thursday, January 20, 2005 9:46:31 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Jelle won't need luck, Jan :-)

Congratulations Jelle! See you at the dinner tomorrow!
Thursday, January 20, 2005 9:50:43 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Good luck at your new job Jelle!
Thursday, January 20, 2005 10:26:05 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Thanks guys :-)
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