Digital Connections

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The Internet today is one of the most important sources of information with over 800 million people using it every day. But with the introduction of Web 2.0 technology, more so have begun to look to it as a resource for entertainment, a means of instant communication, an exchange platform for business transactions and a non-intrusive way to extend one’s social network.

Blogs, podcasts, RSS feeds, instant messaging and social networks such as Facebook, Linked-in, Friendster and MySpace are such Web 2.0 approaches that have burst into the Internet world in recent years, each targeting and competing for its share of audience. Companies too, in keeping up with the latest trends, and finding some of these tools useful to better customer satisfaction or to increase efficiency, have begun to incorporate these approaches on their portals.

While creators of such technology continue to churn out application after application, end-users are already appreciating the east, convenient and results it brings.

In today’s digital world, the PABX system has become irrelevant as companies such as Reuters use their own version of secured instant messaging to allow its clients to trade efficiently. On the education front, teachers in schools have begun to use portals to share and exchange teaching resources. Most amazingly, social networking tools such as Facebook has been able to re-connect people they have lost contact with over years!

In the same way, the NUS Bizalum portal has infused some of these Web 2.0 approaches so that alumni can connect, network and exchange easily and conveniently on the online platform. The E-Groups feature, for example, is able to connect alumni with similar interests together, Whether one is interested in entrepreneurship, marketing or finding a potential employer, the feature allows members of each group to discuss issues, post comments and even photos pertaining to their interest.

“I constantly update my profile on E-Groups so that alumni looking for a potential hire can see my profile and contact me if they find me a suitable candidate,” reveals current MBA student Mr Srikanth Sridharan.

Alumni can also get connected with fellow classmates who have graduated through the Alumni Directory that allows one to search for friends whom they have lost contact with.

For those who wish to keep updated on the latest business approaches, the Life-Long Learning feature allows one to learn from distinguished speakers through videos and excerpts of academic articles online. It being online also means they can access the information anywhere, anytime.

“I find the Life-Long Learning feature really good, and I look forward to more of such articles and conference-based videos,” says alumnus Mr Steven Yeo (APEX MBA 2005) who travels often.

Specially created to promote mentor-mentee relationship, the Mentor Cafe is a platform created to bridge the gap between alumni and current students. The platform also allows alumni (volunteer mentors) to provide professional and industry guidance to current students (mentees). This exchange will in turn allow students to interact with industry experts to gain real-world perspectives and complement classroom learning.

The newly developed portal will be adding even more Web 2.0 features so that alumni can look forward to a richer platform for exchange.

Adds Mr Srikanth, “With more people joining the community, I’m sure it will be the alternative venue for all past and current NUS Business School students to interact!”

Indeed, Web 2.0 has changed the way we communicate and connect today. With the many benefits it brings, end-users really have much to smile about.

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