Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (May 20, 2008)

The People Part of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • The US Military are big users of virtual work technologies, because face time can be matter of life and death, not merely cost. “Turns out Army commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken measures to reduce travel. “One of the first things I did here was set up a collaborative network to offset the fact that we couldn’t travel easily or safely,” Lieutenant General Jim Dubik explained in an email to me. “Needless to say, doing so contributed hugely to the coordination of our work.” Dubik is Commanding General of Multinational Security Transition-Iraq. Dubik’s work follows a decade-long history of Web 2.0 and other media experimentation in the US Army.” See also Roger Farnsworth (Cisco).
  • Microsoft released new SharePoint planning services for its business partners, for the purpose of helping customers with SharePoint deployments. “The SDPS pilot program is open to Microsoft partners with competencies in Information Worker Portals and Collaboration, Enterprise Content Management (ECM), or Search specializations. Partners also get access to SharePoint deployment plan templates, architecture design guidance documents, and SharePoint server farm deployment guidance.” See also PCWorld

The Technology Trends of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Tungle released a new version of the Tungle meeting coordination service that adds BlackBerry support. “With Tungle’s new BlackBerry interface, professionals checking email on their BlackBerry device can receive a Tungle meeting invitation with a link. A click on that link launches a WAP browsing session to the Tungle scheduling site, formatted for their device’s display. Once there, users can update their availability. After the meeting is booked, the user will receive a meeting confirmation, formatted for their BlackBerry calendar. All – without having to open their laptop.
  • Microsoft expects that 50% of Exchange mailboxes will be hosted by Microsoft within 5 years.
  • Outsmart will release SmallWorlds, a 3D virtual world tool that runs completely within a browser. “SmallWorlds differs from other virtual worlds, such as Second Life, in that it runs in the browser. Virtual worlds that target the upper teen and adult market tend to be download-based, says Green. But SmallWorlds, aimed at the 13-plus demographic, hopes to reach a bigger market by not requiring any downloads.
  • Presdo is a new service to help with setting up meetings with people, albeit with a twist. “You kick off a meeting by typing into a plain English description of what you want to do, such as, “Get lunch on Monday with Joe,” or, “Set up book club meeting with Jack, John, and Claire at Sparky’s Diner.” Then you get a screen showing what the system thinks you mean. It guesses at the times and dates, and you enter in missing information like e-mail addresses. It also helps you find and map locations for meetings.” See Presdo.

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