News Updates (October 13, 2009)

Google Docs Shared Folders … Google added a new shared folder option to Google Docs, its online document authoring and collaboration tool. “Today, we are happy to launch one of the most requested Google Docs features — the ability to share folders. Shared folders make it easy for a team of people to collaborate on projects that require multiple documents, spreadsheets or presentations. If you have a group of items you want to share, all that you have to do is put them into one folder and share it. Once you’ve shared a folder, all of the items in the folder will be accessible to the group.” Google also added the ability to do multi-file uploads. More

What If SharePoint is the Problem? … Stephen comments on an article about user adoption of SharePoint, and wonders how deep the real problem goes. “n my opinion, the discussion of user acceptance of certain SharePoint-based applications may point to a deeper and more troubling set of issues within the architecture of SharePoint itself. A developer may like what he or she has built. But users who ignore the service are making clear that something is off base. I am not sure training or an interface can do much if the problem resides within the deeper core of the SharePoint suite.More

Snow Leopard Eats Guests … If you are running Snow Leopard, be warned about logging in as a guest. “Snow Leopard users have reported that they’ve lost all their personal data when they’ve logged into a “Guest” account after upgrading from Leopard, according to messages on Apple’s support forum. The bug, users said in a well-read thread on Apple’s support forum, resets all settings on the Mac, resets all applications’ settings and erases the contents of critical folders containing documents, photos and music.More

SharePoint for Collaboration … Sadalit offers some numbers on the use of SharePoint for collaboration. “This month, my company surveyed our clients and associates about their use of SharePoint, now that many of them (58% of respondents, to be exact) have been using the product for over two years. I’ll be presenting the data at a webinar for the SLA next Wednesday (8/26/09). Registration for the webinar is closed, so I wanted to share some of the key data points here: (a) 75% report that collaboration is happening within their SharePoint implementation; (b) 62% say that SharePoint has improved collaboration within the organization; (c) 71% state that SharePoint is facilitating knowledge capture and knowledge management; and (d) 37% are capturing or leveraging email within the SharePoint implementation. In addition, the data shows a significant increase in the use and acceptance of social computing tools within the organization.” Please note that the research is from August 2009. More

Research & Markets on UC … Research and Markets released a new report on UC. “This report examines the competing claims of different types of vendor to provide the ideal starting point for deployment of UC, and considers possible migration paths and styles of UC architecture, with particular emphasis on fixed and mobile voice systems. It identifies the first steps that will offer quick wins for most enterprises as they look to cut costs while aiming for a strategic move to UC. It provides forecasts of the number of users and of spend on TDM, VoIP and FMC services for business voice in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the UK and Europe as a whole to 2014 for organisations of 20–500 and 500+ employees. More

Research & Markets on Collaboration … Research and Markets released another report on enterprise collaboration tools. “Collaboration means working with people through ‘shared spaces’ that may be Internet service based, enterprise server based, or connected directly by using peer-to-peer technology. Collaboration means working within and across locations, such as home(s), hotels, and offices; it also means working across and within different businesses, organisations, workgroups, and projects; and it also means working across and between different IT regimes, business processes, and corporate policies. Enterprise Collaboration systems enable the information worker to create, find, organise, and share documents and data among all of the different desktops, devices, servers, and services to which he or she has access.More

Collaboration 2.0 Conference … SDForum is holding a one-day conference on collaboration, in San Francisco on October 30. “This full-day event will be held on October 30, 2009 at The Techmart, Santa Clara, CA. Attendees will hear from business leaders, academics, gurus and top investors on the investment and opportunities created through online collaboration. More

Email is Dead … The Wall Street Journal argues that email is dead, and is being replaced by newer tools. “We all still use email, of course. But email was better suited to the way we used to use the Internet—logging off and on, checking our messages in bursts. Now, we are always connected, whether we are sitting at a desk or on a mobile phone. The always-on connection, in turn, has created a host of new ways to communicate that are much faster than email, and more fun. Why wait for a response to an email when you get a quicker answer over instant messaging? Thanks to Facebook, some questions can be answered without asking them. You don’t need to ask a friend whether she has left work, if she has updated her public “status” on the site telling the world so. Email, stuck in the era of attachments, seems boring compared to services like Google Wave, currently in test phase, which allows users to share photos by dragging and dropping them from a desktop into a Wave, and to enter comments in near real time.More

Samsung and Sybase … Samsung and Sybase announced plans to connect users with Samsung smartphones to enterprise systems. “The collaboration centers on Samsung Mobile’s commitment to deliver high quality, full-featured and enterprise- ready mobility smart phones that bring the power and capabilities of an office computer to a mobile device. As a provider of one of the industry’s leading enterprise device management platforms, Sybase will allow enterprises to extend information securely, making it useful for people anywhere. Samsung Mobile’s smart phone devices are designed with full feature sets and include QWERTY keyboards with turbo scroll and responsive touch screens such as the Samsung Propel Pro™, Samsung Jack™, Samsung Epix™, Samsung Saga™, Samsung Omnia™ and the recently announced Samsung Intrepid™. These devices are designed so mobile workers can send and receive emails, view and update their calendars, read documents and access the Internet, no matter where they are. Moreover, enterprise users will have fast and easy access to corporate information and resources when running mission-critical applications.More

Other Items
– Sidekick users on T-Mobile are not happy with the recent failure.
– Mike Gotta has notes from Oracle OpenWorld day one.
– mvision thinks the planned Cisco-TANDBERG acquisition is a good thing for mass adoption of video.

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