Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (September 26, 2007)

The People Part of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Trust = Critical Ingredient … Trust is the critical ingredient to the performance of virtual teams is trust, and it’s hard for 4 reasons: lack of face time, networked individualism, high reliance on email, and missing social context. Anne Zelenka

The Technology Trends of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Presensoft IM Caller ID … Presensoft introduced a system for verifying identity in IM sessions. “Presensoft IM Caller ID prevents identity hijacking and guards against information leaks by authenticating both internal and external IM users. Only Presensoft IM Caller ID protects the integrity of IM correspondence by verifying the identity of each user.” Available immediately. Presensoft
  • Business Uses of Social Networking … “The trick for businesspeople interested in using social networks and for IT departments that need to monitor and manage access to them is to steer clear of the time-wasting stuff while leveraging the collaborative potential. An InformationWeek Research survey earlier this year found that social networks were used by 48% of companies responding. Uses include viral marketing, recruiting, peer networking, and even emergency coordination and communications.InformationWeek
  • Yuuguu … Yuuguu released a free web conferencing tool. “Yuuguu … enables users to see, share, and take control of each other’s computer screens and applications. Users can ask anyone to securely share their computer screen in real time, whether they’re on a PC or Mac platform – and without having to download or install any software. Colleagues just need a browser and Internet connection to participate.” Available immediately. prnewswire
  • Wiki + ??? … Stewart tends an answer to the question of whether wikis replace or complement other tools. “ … in some cases it will replace and obsolete other enterprise tools, but in other cases it will coexist and work alongside – even in complement with – those other tools.” He gives two examples of coexistence. Atlassian
  • Near-Time Widgets … “I am excited to inform you of a major Near-Time update that provides integration with widgets and other Web services. This will enable you and your team to create “user generated solutions” on the fly. A widget is a micro-application that you can embed in your Near-Time wiki or weblog. Collaboration2.0
  • Visto Mobile 5.7 … Visto released Version 5.7 of its mobile platform for mobile carriers. “With a focus on greater choice, accessibility and enhanced user experience, this latest offering delivers “anywhere access” to Internet-based email accounts such as AOL, Gmail, MSN Hotmail and Yahoo!Mail as well as calendar and contact information.Visto
  • Notes 8 Trial … 60-day trial downloads of Notes and Domino are now available. Ed Brill

Insights on Being Productive and Effective as an Individual

  • On Time Management … Prof Randy from CMU shares his thoughts on time management. A good overview. Two great points: “You don’t find time for important things, you make it …. and Everything you do is an opportunity cost.Alice
  • Small Steps … Feeling overwhelmed and wondering if your days count? “Do one high value task a day …. What’s high value? Something that moves you one tangible step closer to where you want to be. Call it your goal, purpose, current initiative, or concern, but think vector, not just speed.Matthew Cornell

Other Noteworthy Insights

  • “Most Significant Development” … Jessica is seeking input on “the most significant developments over the last 10 years in collaboration.Jessica Lipnack

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