Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (October 1, 2007)

The Technology Trends of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Microsoft Office Live Workspace … Microsoft introduced its roadmap for software as a service, with a number of new and upcoming online services. Office Live Workspace is targeted at individuals and teams: “Users can organize documents and projects for work, school and home online, and work on them from almost any computer — even one not connected to the company or school network. They can save more than 1,000 Microsoft Office documents to one place online and access them via the Web.” There is also a set of hosted services for business customers, including Exchange, SharePoint and Office Communications. Microsoft, with coverage at eWeek
  • AT&T Acquired Interwise … “San Antonio-based AT&T acquired privately held Interwise, of Cambridge, Mass., for $121 million, both companies said. Interwise offers VOIP (voice over IP), Web and videoconferencing services both for on-premises and hosted deployment, along with a hybrid of on-site and hosted services, which AT&T said it will offer alongside its own networking, VOIP, conferencing and collaboration services, as well as its MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching)-based IP network for businesses.eWeek, WSJ, ZDNet (“Office Live Workspace is a password-protected SharePoint workspace, hosted by Microsoft. It’s a place users can store and access documents for “work, school and home,” Microsoft explained. Users will be able to e-mail drafts of these Web-based documents to multiple people. Those without a desktop version of productivity software handy will still be able to view and comment on stored documents via a browser.“), and NYTimes
  • ReviewBasics Update … ReviewBasics released a new version of its online reviewing tool. New features: enhanced author portal, new reviewer portal, free-hand pen tool, filtering capabilities, new preferences availability, and comments control, among others. Available immediately. ReviewBasics
  • SharePoint and Outlook … Overview of connecting a SharePoint document to Outlook. “Here we’ll focus on the new Document Library syncing capability that allows you to easily access, preview, search, and edit your SharePoint document libraries in Outlook.” The post includes details about editing offline. Outlook Team Blog

Insights on Being Productive and Effective as an Individual

  • Daily Scratch Pad … Rather than writing to do reminders on just anything, have a designated pad. “I used to scribble down quick notes to myself on whatever piece of paper that was lying around. This caused problems for several reasons: later, I couldn’t find what information I needed; I often couldn’t read my writing or figure out what a note meant; and often I accidentally tossed something I needed, or was reluctant to toss a note because I didn’t know if I needed it. Now I have a scratch paper for the day.The Happiness Project
  • Manage for Outcomes, Not Time … “I believe outcome management demands we appropriately direct our focus on present conditions, possibilities and actions. Take a look at what you have to manage, and identify some piece, or some pieces, of the puzzle that can be wrapped up by the end of work today.Jason Womack
  • Get More Sleep … Sleep more, be more happy. “According to one study, a bad night’s sleep was one of the top two factors that upset people’s daily moods (along with tight work deadlines). Another study suggested that getting one extra hour of sleep each night would do more for your daily happiness than getting a $60,000 raise.The Happiness Project

Other Noteworthy Insights

  • 3 = Enough … “Three we can handle. Three is manageable and memorable and actionable. Give me three things and I can find a place for them in my brain. Each of those three things can probably have three subthings if you like. And then, at least for now, that’s it.Seth Godin

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