Industry Updates

Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (September 10, 2007)

The People Part of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Developing CQ … Stephen talks about how to build collaborative intelligence in business teams. “A new book, “Teaching an Anthill to Fetch – Developing Collaborative Intelligence @ Work,” provides a practical outline for developing collaborative intelligence within business teams. This book is also about treating people fairly and employee motivation.Stephen Joyce
  • Building Your Virtual Team … Aliza outlines how freelancers can build their own virtual team. “We’ve talked about Advisory Boards who help support you in business and Dream Teams who help you manage aspects of your business, but what about Virtual Teams who help you do the work? When you find that you are landing the clients but are getting overloaded – or they are requesting services that you personally cannot provide – it is time to identify your Virtual Team. Work It, Mom!

The Technology Trends of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • US Launch … Huddle released its hosted Web 2.0 service in the US. “ instantly creates a network of secure collaborative workspaces, bringing together the right people for the right project on either side of the firewall. Permissions control who sees and has access to what content. Employees can become part of a single Huddle or multiple
    Huddles without additional passwords. Key features of include: Combination intranet, extranet, FTP & team collaboration tools; Connect internal & external teams into secure environment; Enterprise 2.0 document and knowledge management; Project calendar and task tracking; Whiteboards, team and collaboration features; Automated workflows, reminders and alerts
    ” and more. Available immediately. prnewswire
  • New iPaqs … HP announced five new iPaq devices. The 910 is targeted at the Blackberry segment of the market. “For business users, the 910 includes a full QWERTY keyboard, Windows Mobile applications, and the Enterprise Mobility Suite, which is a set of hosted management applications. It also includes software compatible with Cisco’s unified communications protocols, CCX (Cisco Compatibility Extensions). The display is a 2.46-inch TFT screen.InfoWorld, InternetNews
  • Collaboration in Healthcare … Irving reviews where collaboration tools can improve productivity in the healthcare sector. “Another very interesting research project involving collaboration and patient empowerment is taking place at MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence. The project’s title is self-descriptive: Harnessing the World’s Collective Intelligence to Cure My Cancer. It aims to establish social networks, each focused on a specific disease, and link together a worldwide network of people, information sources and tools. It will then use a variety of raw data, clinical practices and basic medical research to make predictions and recommendations for individual patients. As more data is gathered, as the tools get better and as people learn how best to work with each other, the predictions and recommendations should improve.AlwaysOn
  • Office 2.0 Conference Review … Dan reviews last weeks Office 2.0 conference and its focus on changing the way people work. “While the conference is labeled “Office 2.0,” it is really goes beyond the idea of Web-based office applications. It’s really about “Work 2.0,” changing the way people work, especially with collaboration technology as a foundation, beyond having a group of people in different locations working from Starbucks and sharing documents.ZDNet

Insights on Being Productive and Effective as an Individual

  • Ask Questions of Yourself … Mark extrapolates a team effectiveness idea to a personal leverage point. “Constantly asking yourself questions that will push you toward doing the things that are important in life is a good way to stay focused.Productivity501
  • Upgrade Slower … “How often do you change your tools — meaning personal productivity software — instead of using what you already have? I do that way too often. It’s a bad habit, a way of avoiding the real issues of getting organized and getting things done by distracting myself with the tools instead.Tim Berry

Other Noteworthy Insights

  • A Microsoft iPhone? … It’s thinking about it. “Microsoft is rumoured to be evolving its Zune multimedia player — its rival to the iPod — with new features out by the holiday time at the end of the year, though Mount declined to confirm this on Tuesday. But a hybrid product melding Zune, which so far has had lacklustre response from consumers, with Windows Mobile features is not completely unrealistic for the future.Computerworld

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