Last week, the press was abuzz with reports that Facebook is preparing to launch Facebook at Work and latest reports state that the “career social network” is now due to be unveiled in January. According to the rumours, Facebook at Work will allow you to chat with your colleagues, collaborate on documents and connect with professional contacts. As I mentioned in WIRED last week, although it has had a positive impact on enterprise technology generally due to its intuitive interface and simplicity, there’s certainly some work to be done before Facebook is enterprise-ready.

Why? Well one of the key reasons is the fact that Facebook needs to get IT onside and convince departments worldwide that its security measures meet their requirements. The way in which Facebook stores, shares and handles consumer data has been thrown into the limelight on numerous occasions and it may have a tough time trying to win over the hearts and minds of enterprises. There are also many services out there that already enable teams across and within organizations to work together on content and these services have been built with enterprise and government organizations in mind. Trust isn’t built overnight, but let’s see what the future holds.

IBM also unveiled plans to revamp enterprise technology – namely email – with the launch of IBM Verse. IBM states that Verse is “a vastly different approach to enterprise email, by integrating the many ways employees connect each day” and providing one view of calendars, contacts, discussions and more. The death / reinvention / reimagining / revamp of enterprise email has been a topic of debate for years. The bottom line is – although it is a great communication tool – email simply isn’t a collaboration tool, but what is interesting is IBM’s use of predictive technology, which is becoming more prevalent in the enterprise. People don’t want to be bombarded with a fire hose of irrelevant information on a daily basis. They need to be able to access and work on information that is relevant to them and now technology should be doing some of the work for us, surfacing content when we need it.

Lastly, Managed by Q, which aims to ease office management, has secured $1.65 million seed funding. The company installs a complementary iPad into an office space, which is loaded with Q Software and FaceTime-based customer support. Anyone in the office can schedule deliveries, cleaning or other office-related maintenance tasks at the press of a button. It’s clear that tablets are on the rise in the workplace and this shows that the devices aren’t just being used to enable people to work on the move, but are becoming more central to office management. Technology really is at the heart of change in the enterprise.

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