Industry Updates

Daily Report, May 1

Team Collaboration

  • Jabber MomentIM 5.2 … Jabber released Version 5.2 of Jabber MomentIM, its instant messaging client for Windows desktops. New features: stacked tabbed interface, message prioritization, and user defined hotkeys for messages, among others. There’s an advanced plug-in pack available separately, featuring Microsoft Outlook integration, transcript review, and quick conferencing, among others. Available immediately. Jabber
  • Jive Clearspace 1.0 Review … Tom reviews Clearspace 1.0 from Jive Software, a next-generation team collaboration application. “Clearspace users can work together using collaborative wiki documents or other documents — such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDFs — that are managed through versioning and workflow. Real-time notification capabilities allow users to see who is currently editing a document, as well as when they have finished and released it.” Customers believe that email has reduced by up to 75% as a result of embracing Clearspace, and the remainder is “much more purposeful“. Intranet Journal
  • Quest Shut its New Zealand Office … Quest Software shuttered the ex-Aftermail office in Wellington, New Zealand. Some developers will be offered US-based jobs. Stuff
  • IBM Express Advantage Program … IBM added new offerings to Express Advantage, its global program for mid-sized businesses. New additions include IBM Lotus Complete Messaging Express Starter Pack, and IBM Lotus Complete Collaboration Express Starter Pack, among others. “The Lotus Complete Messaging Express Starter Pack makes it faster, easier and less expensive for mid-market companies to deploy secure and reliable e-mail, calendaring and scheduling, document libraries, blogs, Voice Over Internet Protocols (VoIP), instant messaging, point-to-point video and Web conferencing. The IBM Lotus Complete Collaboration Express Starter Pack includes all these capabilities and adds online team rooms and support for thousands of existing third-party Lotus Domino applications — many of which are designed to support core business processes for mid-size companies spanning a wide variety of industries.BusinessWire, see also Ed Brill
  • Microsoft Groove Server … ComputerWorld provides a coherent overview of the Microsoft Groove Server (made up of three components … Manager, Relay and Data Bridge), which is used by organizations to create their own internal Groove network rather than using the public alternative. ComputerWorld

Productivity

  • On Managing Projects … How does a freelancer balance project quality and speed. Here’s Peter’s approach: “ … every time I receive an inquiry about a new project, I ask myself if there’s any way to make it very nice in the stated time table. If the answer is negative, I don’t take it. Usually I try not to run more than two projects at once, but sometimes when some old ones are still in the workshop, the situation gets more complicated. [In such cases] I set a priority for the projects. The only tip I can give: ‘ less is more’.Behance
  • 5 Simple GTD Systems … Leo outlines 5 simple and effective GTD tools that focus on the key aspect: you only need lists. The five are Simple GTD, Moleskine, Hipster PDA, Tadalist, and Todoist. Zen Habits

Other Stuff

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