Industry Updates

Daily Report, Nov 21

Team Collaboration

  • Zimbra Threat to Microsoft? … Autumn argues that Zimbra is close to its goal of creating an email program to challenge Microsoft Exchange Server. Bill Gates says publicly that he’s not worried by Zimbra. Autumn replies, “Perhaps Microsoft should worry, though, with the rise many other companies that are piecing together software to create a new program following Zimbra’s example. The companies are created and manned by software hobbyists who will work for little or no pay, they just enjoy surfing the net. The programs are then sold commerically online, saving money in marketing and sales, as opposed to Exchange’s newest program which took 400 Microsoft employees years to create.WebProNews. See also the InfoWorld interview with Satish, and note page 2 where he says “If you’re using SharePoint, we still don’t have integration with SharePoint. We’re not particularly looking to add it. We’re not hearing from the market that it’s a big need.
  • LiteScape on WebEx Connect … LiteScape announced LiteScape OnCast, a solution on the WebEx Connect platform. “LiteScape enhances the value of IP-based networks by facilitating collaboration with an IP Telephony broadcast solution that interacts with desktop directories and calendars to provide quick and simple access to network directories across multiple locations and clusters. Together with WebEx Connect users will experience unprecedented access and control over both their contacts and online collaborative sessions.” That notwithstanding, exactly what they do remains murky. LiteScape, with coverage at eWeek
  • Slow Adoption of Microsoft 2007 … 67% of’s 12-strong CIO Jury IT user panel will wait more than two years before switching to Office 2007. 33% have no plans to upgrade.
  • SharePoint By Stealth … A survey of UK companies by Quest found that whilst 38% of respondents were currently using SharePoint, only just over half had a formal management policy in place. They warn, “Like instant messaging, for example, the benefits on offer will see smart end-users inside organisations utilising this technology without their IT department being overtly aware. Companies that fail to embrace and manage SharePoint correctly will therefore find themselves with a major content management|dev


  • Managing Your Priorities … Dr. Maxwell lays out three ideas for focusing energy and priorities: (1) spend 80% of your time on work where you are the strongest; (2) 15% where you are learning; and (3) 5% where you have to. Michael reflects on the power of those ideas in his work. Black Belt Productivity
  • Make It Important … “Little” things like people’s names are critically important. Make the effort to remember them. “Get their name. Tell your brain that this deserves your attention…that the information coming in is very important. Dale Carnegie said that each person’s name is the best sound they can hear!Jason’s Blog
  • Four Time Management Ideas … Shawn outlines the 7 reasons he thinks people constantly claim to “not have enough time” … and then gives a four-part strategy for wresting control of time. (1) learn a task management method; (2) understand your priorities and work out where they fit into the big picture; (3) get into a community of practice so you can improve; (4) periodically close down communication channels and focus. Anecdote
  • Four Accelerants to Goal Achievement … Dave discusses four common accelerants used by people to achieve goals: (1) people, (2) technology; (3) experience (yours or anothers); and (4) time (but only in a negotiation process. Career Intensity. Gary adds some thoughts on negotiations and the leverage of time.
  • GTD and Mindmaps … Eric discusses how to use mind maps (paper-based or software-based) as you focus on achieving results through David Allen’s Getting Things Done system. Organization and Methods

Knowledge Management

  • Canonical KM Issues … Very nice summary of the perennial / canonical issues in the KM space: (1) how to speed learning, increase awareness and share experiences; (2) how to help groups learn from failure; (3) how to discover opportunities and gaps in knowledge flows, improve personal networking and find experts; (4) how to encourage informal learning, knowledge sharing of effective practices, and stimulate innovation; (5) how to improve competitive advantage, agility and adaption by make staff more aware, sharing small insights, and build on incremental improvements; and finally (6) how to find sources of tacit knowledge and put that to work. Knowledge-at-Work

Other Cool Stuff

  • Difficult Clients as Career Goodness … Because they force us to (a) listen so as to understand, and (b) test our assumptions in their world. A List Apart
  • PDF Generator of Cornell Note-taking Lined Paper … Set your sizes, and click “Get PDF”. Very cool.
  • Not Cool … Web 2.0 Ouch … iRows, the online spreadsheet company, is closing down on December 31, and its founders are moving to Google. There’s a bit of an “ouch” for customers, however … “When iRows closes, all data from user spreadsheets will be deleted. IRows details how customers can transport their spreadsheets to Google Spreadsheets. Customers won’t be able to transfer charts, however, because they aren’t supported by Google Spreadsheets.InfoWorld

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