Industry Updates

Team Collaboration Report, Jul 11

Notes on Linux
IBM announced the imminent release of the Lotus Notes client for Linux desktops. From Ed Brill:

The requirement for IBM Workplace software deployment has been removed — and what IBM will ship is a stand-alone Lotus Notes on Linux client. No Workplace server required for provisioning, no separate deployment of the Workplace managed client required. It’s Lotus Notes, running on Linux. Initially, support for RHEL 4. SUSE Linux Desktop will follow. There are features that won’t work — no integrated Sametime (coming in “Hannover”), smarticons, color printing, a couple of others — but for the vast majority of use cases, Notes for Linux is now a viable alternative.

For Notes shops who want to shift away from Windows desktops, this is a major step ahead.

Source: Ed Brill
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Apple Mail and MindManager 6 Mac
Mindjet announced a number of free AppleScript add-ons for users of MindManager 6 on the Mac, including Mail to Map:

The Mail To Map sample script demonstrates how MindManager can represent information from other applications in new, and helpful ways …. The script examines the mail messages in Apple’s built-in e-mail client (often known simply as “Mail” or “Mail.app”) and builds a map based on the contents of the currently selected mail messages in Mail. It collects a list of the senders for each e-mail in the selection and creates a main topic for each unique sender. For each e-mail sent by that person, it adds a subtopic that includes information about each e-mail that the person sent.

Others include Map to OmniOutliner, and OmniOutliner to Map.

Nice work!

Source: Mindjet Blog
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NewsGator Roadmap
NewsGator’s founder and CTO, Greg Reinacker, recently posted about NewsGator’s past and future:

  • The past 16 months … cross-platform RSS readers, mobile editions, an online sync platform, an enterprise server, and a private label program.
  • The future … moving away from techno-babble to something that more people understand (“we’re really rethinking the way we present information to the user, and the way users discover new information“), more integration between the desktop clients and the online platform, additional platform support for NewsGator Mobile (currently Windows Mobile only, with Java support coming), more analytics and API capabilities in the core platform, better collaboration capabilities in the Enterprise Server, and better analytics in the Private Label Platform for giving feedback to content producers.

Mike has thoughts at TechCrunch.

Source: Greg Reinacker’s Weblog
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Orchant on OneNote 2007
Marc Orchant writes about using the forthcoming Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 application to organize and share information.

I believe that one of the secrets of truly effective information management is establishing a single place in which you can collect and organize all your information, act on it, and share it with the people you collaborate with. Microsoft Office OneNote® 2007 provides just such an environment, and many of the enhancements and new features introduced in the 2007 Microsoft Office release make that environment more powerful than ever.

Marc writes about using multiple notebooks, searching text in images with OCR, integration with Internet Explorer and Outlook, and shared notebooks for team collaboration.

Source: Microsoft
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PleaseTech Blog
David Cornwell, CEO of PleaseTech (previously Kcentrix), the developers of online review applications, has launched a personal blog about life at PleaseTech. His first post looks at the history of PleaseTech. He also announces a forthcoming product called PleaseApprove, for the review and approval of email messages.

I haven’t met David, but he spoke on the “Solving Document Chaos: Collaborative Document Construction the Productive Way” panel I organized at the Collaborative Technologies Conference in Boston this year (you can get his presentation here (PDF), and I’ve written about his products at Shared Spaces. David and the team are doing some great work.

Source: David Cornwell’s Blog
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David on Wiki + RSS as Collaboration Platform
David Berlind summarizes his recent thinking about the emergence of wikis and RSS as the new collaboration platform for the enterprise. He says:

“When you strip collaboration down to its bare essence, you have people, you have some record of their collaboration (eg: documents), and generally, there’s some way of letting those who are collaborating know when something has happened or is about to happen (notification). The problem was, and to a large extent, still is that there are different and proprietary systems and protocols to technologically support all the activities associated with collaboration.”

I think wikis and RSS are important developments, but I do not believe that they address the range of collaborative capabilities that enterprise users need. When I put it through the 7 Pillars framework I get Pillar 1 (good support), Pillar 2 (poor support), Pillar 3 (poor support), Pillar 4 (poor support), Pillar 5 (poor support), Pillar 6 (poor support), and Pillar 7 (some support). Mmmm.

Source: David Berlind
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Other News

  • Bug in WebEx … Security researchers disclosed a critical bug in WebEx’s client software for web conferencing. WebEx has issued a patch, and claims that 95% of its customers have been updated. ComputerWorld
  • CIO Unconvinced by Office 2007 … The CIO of Bartercard says that his company is far from convinced about the business benefits of Windows Vista and Office 2007. On Office 2007 he says: “Office’s new features may actually be more of a hindrance than a help …. it does not have a major feature that is attractive to [Bartercard] …. there’s nothing that can’t already be delivered on Office 2003“. But he did like Groove, for sharing of SharePoint workspaces. In that regard, he needs to read Barry’s summary of Groove 2007 for offlining SharePoint. Good to get someone speaking their mind. ZDNet
  • ActiveCollab as Free Alternative to Basecamp … A developer in Serbia has released ActiveCollab, a free alternative to Basecamp. It is designed for inhouse deployment, not as a Web-based service. TechCrunch
  • Visualizing Threads in Email … Visualization of email content is an important area of current and future development, as I wrote in my CXO America article earlier in the year. Information Aesthetics reviews Thread Arcs, an approach that IBM is working on.
  • IM as a unified collaboration platform … Ephraim at InfoWorld asserts that “IBM hopes instant messaging will become the central portal for enterprise communications”, but I think it is more that IBM wants presence and availability to become that central portal.

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