Industry Updates

Daily Report, Jan 11

Team Collaboration

  • Cross Browser Support for SharePoint 2007 … Telerik released r.a.d.editor for SharePoint 2007, a rich text editor for SharePoint 2007 that enables users on non-Microsoft browsers to gain a full-fidelity experience. “This Web-based rich text editor extends the web content authoring environment of Office SharePoint Server 2007 by providing cross-browser compatibility (i.e. with Netscape 7.1+ and Mozilla 1.3 browsers) and support for the Macintosh platform (i.e. Safari browser). This special edition of Telerik’s market leading editor offers the same functionality as SharePoint’s native rich text editor and is provided by Telerik at no cost to all registered customers of Office SharePoint Server 2007.” Available immediately, in beta. Microsoft ECM Team Blog
  • Glance for Mac … Glance Networks released a Mac version of Glance, its desktop screen sharing solution. The new release enables Mac users to host Glance sessions, rather than merely join them. Pricing is $49.95 per month, for up to 15 guests per session. Glance
  • CoSign and NextDocs … Algorithmic Research, makes of the CoSign electronic signing solution, and NextDocs, a document management provider focused on life sciences businesses (eg, those needing 21CFR11 compliance), announced a joint solution. “The new solution will drive down the cost and complexity of compliance by reducing or eliminating printing, copying, faxing, mailing and archiving associated with manual paper-based processes. In addition, approval process is accelerated because documents are securely electronically signed and routed, enabling collaboration across corporate, technical and geographic boundaries.Genetic Engineering News
  • Scalix 11 … Scalix released Version 11 of Scalix, its email and calendaring server for Linux. New features: Web services, rich Web client, Mobile Web client, support for cached mode in Outlook, and better management and administration. Available immediately. BusinessWire
  • Train for Collaborative Behaviors … Yes, the technology is neat, but training is essential to get a return on collaboration technology investments. “The most important line item for improving collaboration, however, doesn’t involve tools. Whether it’s poorly planned phone conferences or e-mails that pile up unread, you lose productivity assuming people know how to use the tools you give them. Don’t be one of those companies that spends too little on training in 2007. Facilitators, coaches, and trainers can prove pivotal in helping people collaborate effectively.CIO India

Mobility

  • iPhone … Steve announced the Apple iPhone, a combination device that includes a mobile phone, a widescreen iPod and an Internet communications device. For release in the US in June 2007 with Cingular, and further geographies afterwards. Apple. Rod shares his initial thoughts, Russ (from Sprint) asks will it really push forward the mobility revolution? (why EDGE networking and not others? Why button-less?), Scott considers the implications of calendar sharing, and Tom charges that Steve/Apple failed to reinvent the telecoms industry as it should/could have. Michael Gartenberg thinks that it will put a lot of pressure on other handset makers.
  • OggSync 2.0 Public Beta … OggSync announced the public beta of Version 2.0 of its FreeWare and Pro versions for over-the-air synchronization of mobile devices with Google Calendar. The Pro versions includes various automatic sync options that the Freeware version does not. OggWare
  • RIM and Yahoo! … Research In Motion and Yahoo! announced that Yahoo! Go 2.0 is available on RIM BlackBerry devices. Yahoo! Go 2.0 includes Yahoo! Mail and Messenger. RIM

Productivity

  • Notes on OmniFocus … Merlin highlights some of the notes about the forthcoming OmniFocus GTD application from OmniGroup for the Mac OS X. There appears to be a good mix of “current items” and “roadmap plans”. 43folders
  • Beware Negative Phrases … “There are some negative phrases we’ve heard so often at work, that we may suddenly find ourselves saying them. They represent a frame of mind that is cynical, despondent, helpless and victimized. Research shows that what we say reinforces what we think. Say something often enough, and it becomes how you see the world. That’s why we have to watch out for these pessimistic phrases. If you ever find yourself saying them, stop and ask yourself if it actually represents the truth or if maybe it’s more of an automatic verbal uttering.” Alexander lists some phrases to avoid. Positive Sharing
  • Minimize Unproductive Time … Jose shares his thoughts on productivity in an academic environment, using a mindmap and all! He measures productivity as “published papers”, but notes that others things that fall into unproductive time (ie, not working on publishing papers) still have to be done. On this unproductive time, he writes “So what is a good solution for this conundrum? I propose to do some time boxing: set a time quota for productive time a day (or week) and do the same for unproductive time. The trick to end your day with a feeling of having achieved something is to be sure you have fulfilled your time in the productive area. I’d also recommend to do a large chunk of the productive tasks before entering the gray area of unproductive time (because that way you will not feel guilt). For example you could allocate 2 hrs without interruptions first thing in the morning to your most ‘profitable’ activity (e.g., writing the revision of that paper that needs to be resubmitted!), and then indulge in some unproductive, but pleasant aimless browsing.Academic Productivity
  • Craig on Success … Craig reflects on how we in the Western world have defined “success” … “Apparently success is about accumulating things which have significant financial value. And when we’ve accumulated a lot, we should do our best to accumulate more, because then we will be more successful. And if we have the most stuff amongst our friends and colleagues, then we are the most successful.
    ” He then does a masterful job of demonstrating how wrong this is as the sole measure. He advocates that “happiness” is what most people really want. Craig Harper
  • Now … “Now” is more important than the amphorous future in the world of high-tech, as evidenced by the positive reaction to Steve’s speech yesterday and the yawn to Bill’s. “Steve Jobs keynotes are always about today. Bill gets up and talks about products (Vista, cough) that might come out in 2-3 years. Steve talks about products that are often available in 2-3 weeks …. Now is powerful. SproutIt
  • Beware Collection with Processing … Easy accessibility to information can lead to information overwhelm and “hypertext sickness”. Some strategies to avoid this are noted: stop, turn off the Internet, explore what you already have, store you findings somewhere, use an IT tool that helps you to make sense of the information, or go dead tree. Academic Productivity

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