Wednesday, March 28, 2007

LinkedIn for Businesses

Does it make sense to have a global directory service for B2B like LinkedIn for end users? Does anything such as that exist? What does it mean to bring all business contacts into a connected service on the web?

This service should expose business attributes, contacts for particular business functions, etc. and allow a self-maintaining model which allows companies to keep track of their partners and important contacts within that. Enterprise businesses are so fragmented with disconnected systems and cannot even create a common partner directory within the company. If it is not maintained by partners themselves, there is no way any company can maintain up to date information on their partner and contacts.

Who can pull this off?! We will see.