Industry Updates

Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (August 31, 2007)

The People Part of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Pros and Cons of Telecommuting … Janelle outlines the pros and cons of telecommuting. Pros: working from home (work/life balance), choosing your own work hours, not having to commute, and not having to spend money on office clothes. Cons: voice strain (depending on the role), volatile pay, and difficulty in separating work from home life. Make Money from Home Blog
  • Online Meetings for Team Cohesion … Retravision is using regular web conferencing meetings to enhance team cohesion within its widely distributed IT teams. “Our productivity has improved because we can work on documents in real time, share ideas and get things done in the sessions.ComputerWorld NZ
  • Telework for Wounded Warriors … Some soldiers hurt in the line of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan are being offered re-training for employment in IT fields in the private sector. “This academy is a pilot project which prepares disabled veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq for job opportunities, by helping them to hone their IT skills and providing them with a marketable credential in the employment area and CISCO certification.” Part of the idea is that they will be able to work from home or a telework center, given their complex needs. A Soldier’s Mind

The Technology Trends of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Bright Future for Collaboration … Coleman Parkes recently surveyed more than 400 CIOs and IT directors in North America and Europe about their views on collaboration and communication within and beyond the enterprise. “Less than half of U.S. and Canadian enterprises surveyed are satisfied with the impact of current collaborative and communication technologies, including email, intranets and video conferencing. However, nearly all of these companies see significant benefits in the new wave of collaboration and communication technologies and, over the next two years, plan to invest in such technologies as enterprise search tools, virtual workspaces, and voice over IP (VoIP).TMCnet
  • Connectbeam and Intel … Connectbeam announced a joint agreement with Intel, for the packaging and offering of the Connectbeam Appliance as a turnkey solution from Intel. “To introduce Connectbeam’s software appliance to a broader audience, Intel will open its Channel Marketplace to Connectbeam and will enroll it as a member of its Software Partner Program. In addition, Intel and Connectbeam are jointly developing promotions for distribution partners outside the Channel Marketplace, and Intel will promote the Connectbeam Application Appliance at trade and consumer shows. Intel IT will also participate in creating a Connectbeam case study.Connectbeam, BusinessJournal
  • All About UC … Jeff summarizes the key themes regarding unified communications from the recent VoiceCon conference. “The key to achieving value from UC in the enterprise, agreed many VoiceCon attendees, is the ability to embed UC directly into business processes. For example, with UC capabilities built in, an account manager can not only identify, but also get in touch with a colleagues or customers directly through He or she can see if the person they need to talk to is online, figure out the best way to get in touch with that person, and with a click of a mouse, do just that. The bottom line: UC is all about improving communication effectiveness. SearchSMB

Insights on Being Productive and Effective as an Individual

  • GTD for Writers … Antony proposes “Getting Things Written” (GTW), as a way of implementing GTD if you are a freelance writer. “GTD isn’t designed for people like me. It’s for people who have to carry out many small-to-medium sized tasks during any given day, including the acquisition of new tasks at arbitrary intervals, all of which must be quickly acted upon, delegated or deferred. It’s for people who do lots of different things, in interrupt-driven environments and situations, and need to keep track of them all.Antony Johnston
  • Time Management Tips for Writers … “Time is not on your side.” Michael outlines the first three steps to regaining your time as a writer (and links to resources to help with each): (1) find out whether you are a time waster, (2) track your time, and (3) set goals. There’s more to come. CopyBlogger
  • What’s the Foci of Time Management? … Jason shares a mindmap from a recent workshop when he asked the attendees “what are you managing when you’re managing time?” “The truth is, we’re managing all this, and more! I think it’s appropriate that we remember just all that goes into making things possible. We’ve got to focus our attention, move toward successful outcomes, and celebrate our wins on a regular basis.Jason Womack
  • Future Hope … Having something to look forward to is a key to happiness. “Anticipation is a key stage; by having something to look forward to, no matter what your circumstances, you bring happiness into your life well before the event actually takes place. In fact, sometimes the happiness in anticipation is greater than the happiness actually experienced in the moment – that’s known as “rosy prospection.” Everyone should be able to pull out a calendar and see at least a few fun things scheduled in the future weeks. The Happiness Project

Other Noteworthy Insights

  • Adobe Office? … Adobe is contemplating competing with Microsoft with an Office suite of tools. Wired
  • This is So Unjust … Eric gets one before me. Eric Mack
  • Leopard = Refinement … Hadley writes about his experiences with the forthcoming Leopard upgrade from Apple: “I have used the beta of Leopard extensively (and legally I might add) and for the most part it falls within the refinement area. It is faster, smoother, and the OS details are more consistent. It has spaces (which is nothing new), a horribly-rendered title bar image-thingy (which makes me think someone hired a UI designer from Redmond) and some other stuff I can’t remember right now. But what it doesn’t offer is anything really new, and this is a shame.ZDNet

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