Industry Updates

Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (October 4, 2007)

The People Part of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • A Culture of Collaboration … On collaboration: (a) start with the culture (a “collaborative mindset”), not the tools, (b) HR isn’t involved enough in technology for collaboration, (c) we’re in the age of collaboration (“The 21st century is likely to be the age of collaboration because many of today’s problems are complex, often demanding cross-disciplinary expertise. Collaborative technologies are also in demand by companies that have global staffs and greater numbers of employees who telecommute.“), and (d) most technology initiatives take a few years to bear fruit. CIO Today
  • New Office Layouts … “Although people still spend approximately two-thirds of their day working individually, more so now than ever, businesses are relying on teamwork and creative collaboration to generate success. As this collaborative approach to business continues to grow, the landscape of the typical office is evolving to reflect this change.” But for those that can’t be in the same place, is enough being done? Imperial Valley News

The Technology Trends of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Michael on Notes 8 … “I work for a company that runs Notes, so I was thrilled to be able to move to a new version that seems a lot more modern than anything IBM has offered before. Notes 8 is the biggest change in the product in years, giving the produce a much more modern, more standard user interface.PCMag (see comments from Peter O’Kelly)
  • Good 5 … Motorola released Version 5 of Good Mobile Messaging. “Good Mobile Messaging 5 (Good 5) vastly improves the mobile email experience both for business users and IT professionals by helping mobile users get things done more easily, providing greater personalization, and strengthening security and manageability. The new release also incorporates all of the security capabilities previously available separately though the company’s Good Mobile Defense product.” Available immediately. Motorola
  • PostPath Adds Mobile Device Support … PostPath added support for Blackberry and ActiveSync devices to its email server. “With native support for BES and ActiveSync, PostPath 3.0 supports the vast majority of handheld devices on the market today. BES support enables feature-rich high performance for Blackberry devices including Pearl and Curve. ActiveSync support enables users of Palm/Treo, Motorola Q, Symbian, Nokia, Windows Mobile, Helios, Blackjack, and High Tech Computer (HTC) devices—and ultimately Apple iPhone users—, to access email, calendar, and other information on the PostPath server.PostPath
  • Office Communicator Mobile … Microsoft released a Mobile client for OCS 2007. “Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile is a unified communications client for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. Communicator Mobile runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 or 6.0 software for Pocket PC and smartphone devices. Peter de Haas
  • Quickr Demo … New demo from IBM showing the capabilities of Lotus Quickr. IBM (hat tip, Alan)

Insights on Being Productive and Effective as an Individual

  • On Doing “Nothing” … “Are you focused on how busy you are to the exclusion of small windows that you get to do work. Often I work with clients who want more time; more time, they claim, to “do nothing.” Now, I hear what they are saying, however, it is my professional opinion that, in fact, it is not “to do nothing” that they want more time for.Jason Womack
  • Eliminate Busywork … Thoughts and ideas about overcoming busy work. “Busy-work is work for the sake of work. You aren’t doing anything meaningful, just doing things to appear busy. Although few people do this intentionally, I believe that an unreasonable proportion of what we do simply doesn’t matter. It exists only to fill time.Scott Young

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