News Updates (October 19, 2009)

Collaboration and the Intranet … A few analysts argue that the intranet is the natural home for collaboration tools. “Intranet managers should not only incorporate UC tools — video, wikis, blogs, micro-blogs, social networking, social bookmarking, document sharing — into their intranets, they should also discourage practices that “undermine” the intranet, according to Toby Ward, CEO of Prescient Digital Media, a Toronto-based intranet consultancy. “Email essentially undermines the intranet [when] people still largely use email to share information or content,” he said. “It renders the intranet useless.” Use of mass email distribution lists, or “broadcast emails,” should be limited to crisis communications — a message from the CEO or time-sensitive company-wide news, Ward said.More

SharePoint Interoperability … A number of Microsoft business partners formed a new interoperability body for add-on products for SharePoint. “The purpose of the SISA standard is to simplify the integration and increase the interoperability of SharePoint Products. Products that are designated as being SISA compliant will have the ability to exchange information, processes, and tasks between two or more different SharePoint systems or components on a standard platform.More
www.sisastandard.org/

SharePoint Costs … Stephen is worried about the total cost of ownership of SharePoint. “CFOs are you paying attention. I am not sure you will read this statement and agree with me, but this means to me, “Hockey stick costs ahead now and forever more.” Complexity, burgeoning demands for storage, hunger for CPU cycles, maintenance, and technical support costs are part of the SharePoint package. Want to estimate these costs with confidence? I don’t. The cheerleaders for SharePoint are often engineers who have a job because SharePoint is a complicated beastie. What this article makes explicit is that a deal for SharePoint today means uncontrollable costs tomorrow and then the day after.More

Tandberg T1 … Tandberg released an update for the Tandberg T1 small group telepresence system. “The new and improved T1 is designed for executives working at satellite offices and requires about 50% of the space of a TANDBERG T3. Pricing is $139,000 for the base model which includes the camera, screen, table, and touch screen interface. The environmental buildout including acoustical wall treatments and nordic blue background adds $36,000.More
Tandberg Press Release

More on Google Wave … Chris think he knows why Google Wave is doomed to fail. “Here’s why: Google Wave is one of those classic cases of engineers developing for engineers. The creators started with a mission to solve a problem that plagues all of us: e-mail overload. Their solution was to create a new service that’s a thousand times more complicated and overwhelming. They created Google Wave because they could. And rather than solving a problem, they’ve made it worse.More

Google Wave … is a Platform! … Perhaps Google Wave isn’t a tool at all, but rather a “platform” that will challenge Microsoft. “But that’s not why it’s such a big deal. The real importance of Google Wave is how it will change where people do their work, and how that, in turn, will impact Microsoft. Today, productivity tools are essentially synonymous with Microsoft Office; Word, PowerPoint, Excel – these brands have become synonymous with what they do, and most people can’t imagine creating documents using any other tools. Corporate environments are also rife with SharePoint servers for collaboration – in fact, one of the problems IT administrators and compliance officers find is that they can’t even keep track of the number of SharePoint instances in their environment. If Wave is as successful as Google hopes, all of that changes, and Microsoft’s stranglehold on productivity applications dissolves like sugar in water. Wave would get people used to working within a browser rather than on a desktop, and after a while, using Google Apps, spreadsheet and presentation tools will become as natural as using Microsoft’s tools on the desktop seem today.More

Other Items
– The Times Online on the rise of the virtual workspace.
– Android 2.0 includes native support for Microsoft Exchange.
– More on Glasscubes, from CMS Wire.

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