Industry Updates

Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (March 25, 2008)

The People Part of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • What’s the difference between groups, networks, and collectives? One view: “Groups are cohesive and often have formal lines of authority and roles; Networks connect distributed individuals; and Collectives are machine-aggregated representations of the activities of large number of individuals.
  • Novell released the results of a research study that it commissioned IDG to undertake on the business value of collaboration software. “The study, commissioned by Novell, surveyed 100 senior IT executives on their experiences with and plans for collaboration software. A full 80 percent said it is of critical or high importance that individuals in their companies have the ability to collaborate securely within and beyond organizational boundaries, but fewer than half said their current collaboration solutions are extremely or very effective in enabling collaboration among individual knowledge workers or among teams and virtual teams.” And also: “According to the IDG survey, companies are particularly interested in ensuring their knowledge workers use collaboration tools to increase organizational innovation, productivity and efficiency, with 67 percent of respondents saying it is of critical or high importance. And 52 percent say it is of critical or high importance that their knowledge workers have access to next-generation collaboration tools and software like wikis, blogs and online team workspaces, which are all part of Novell Teaming + Conferencing.

The Technology Trends of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Exstream Software has signed an OEM license with Day Software. “Day Software said that as per the terms of the agreement, Exstream will bundle Day’s technology, CRX Repository, Communique or CQ Workflow, and CQ User Interface with its Dialogue and Dialogue Live products, allowing customers to build content-centric interactive applications regardless of location, format, or language.
  • eXpresso Corp. offers an online service for collaborating on Excel spreadsheets. “We looked carefully at all the features and determined how to transform Excel for the 21st Century – for the way businesses work today. Teams are spread out. They are all over the country, sometimes all over the globe. And with email inboxes so clogged these days, it’s nice not to have to constantly search to find the latest document. Those are the kind of simple problems we set out to solve, making Excel easier to use by distributed teams and easier to collaborate within. We did not set out to replace Excel, but we did intend to make it better for businesses.
  • NextPoint introduced the UCX Platform for unified communications, featuring interoperability, tools to migrate from legacy systems, instant messaging, and more. Available 2Q2008.
  • IntraLinks announced that 15,000 clinical trials have been managed through its secure online hosted collaboration service. “Typically, life sciences companies manage clinical trial documents and share safety documents (like MedWatch and CIOMS forms) and send information to investigative sites via inefficient and non-secure distribution channels such as mail, e-mail, fax and overnight courier. However, as the clinical trial study process grows more complex, new methods of distribution are critical.

Insights on Being Productive and Effective as an Individual

  • Nicholas suggests five productivity fallacies: (1) letting efficiency smother our ability to be effective, (2) making decisions that reduce our need for action, (3) using “time spent” rather than “value delivered” as our measuring line, (4) doing the trivial many rather than the vital few, and (5) reading and studying too much about productivity rather than getting on with it.
  • There are situations when absolute perfection is required, and others when “good enough” will do. Do you know and practice the difference? “One reason people become perfectionists is that they’re afraid of making even the smallest mistakes — which is, ultimately, self-defeating. Mistakes are the stuff of personal growth, and making the right mistakes can help you build a firmer foundation for any project. Embrace mistakes as part of the process of getting to good enough.
  • Mike outlines an approach to using a BlackBerry effectively for productivity. He thinks it is great for some aspects (email, fast and simple, calendaring) and poor for others (capturing thoughts when out-and-about).

Categories: Industry Updates