Industry Updates

Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (June 3, 2008)

The People Part of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • The next step beyond telepresence: holographic conferencing. Cisco’s CEO is in a video where he is “ … using halographic technology in a conference setting with two of his team. He is an Bangalore and they are in San Jose. They have partnered with a company called Musion to extend their Telepresence application to the next level. Imagine having a day where you participate in a conference in one part of the world, two or three meetings in other parts of the world and never leave your office. I also got the impression that the duo in San Jose could see the audience in Bangalore.
  • Chuck argues that lawyers need to re-think how they do business and live in a world of high gas prices. “The point, I think, is that lawyers, like others, are going to have to start comporting themselves differently. We are going to have to stop buying gas guzzlers we do not need just because they make some kind of statement. We are going to have to buy high mileage cars and hybrids. We are going to have to stop driving as much. This means we are going to have to end this stupid commuting business. Commercial buildings are the biggest source of energy use in this country. We need to start abandoning these buildings whenever possible. We are going to have to insist that courts stop forcing us to drive to and from them for no better reason than to conduct cattle calls such as docket calls and management conferences when this can be effectively and cheaply handled by technology.

The Technology Trends of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Adobe introduced, a suite of hosted collaboration services. “, which is available in beta, follows in the footsteps of Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and others in offering collaboration tools online. is a collection of five tools: Buzzword (text editing), Share (document sharing), ConnectNow (Web conferencing from Macromedia acquisition), My Files (file organizer) and Create PDF (document conversion).” Adobe Acrobat 9 includes new collaboration capabilities too, and is due to ship in June 2008. See also ComputerWorld
  • Good Technology, a division of Motorola, released Version 6.0 of its mobile messaging offering. “Good 6.0 will now allow Windows Mobile smartphone users to access corporate applications and their companies’ shared network resources over the same secure connection that delivers their e-mail. This would eliminate the need for VPN (virtual private network) software on smartphones …. The real change is the addition of the Good Mobile Connection technology, which allows smartphone users to tap into the same secure pipe that transmits their e-mail to access files and applications behind the firewall.
  • Quest Software will be showing off Version 5.0 of its Notes to SharePoint migration tool at TechEd next week. There are five big capability areas, including target planning. “In addition to helping you see where you came from, our console will help you see where your are going. You can browse your existing SharePoint 2007 infrastructure and develop a plan for new Sites and Sub-Sites that need to be created and new lists and libraries that are to be populated with migrated Notes data.

Insights on Being Productive and Effective as an Individual

  • Beware of people who use tiredness as a proxy for effort. “If you really do not have enough time then narrow your practice field, move home, stop the commute, get rid of the big office and staff, and try to simplify your life. Go to bed for crying out loud. Unless you have newborn or very young kids at home you should not get to play the fatigue card.

Other Noteworthy Insights

  • The University of Sussex is hosting a workshop on Shareable Interfaces in September. “Shareable interfaces are designed to support co-located collaboration. They include technologies such as interactive multi-touch whiteboards, walls and tables, tangibles, single display groupware or multiple personal devices used to interact with a shared representation. These technical innovations provide both opportunities and challenges to educators and designers who aim to design systems to support co-located collaborative learning.

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