Industry Updates

Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (June 16, 2008)

The People Part of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • The 451 Group offers some eco-efficient ideas, and it’s not just the big ones of don’t travel for business meetings. Eg, set computers to power down when they are not being used, consolidate servers in the data center, cool areas in the data center where heat is generated, rather than the whole room. And then back to the meetings idea: “But IT is not just a user of energy: it can save energy too. Most organisations spend a lot of money on travel between meetings, travel that could easily be replaced by webconferencing or videoconferencing systems.
  • Doug shares his notes on how Pfizer is using Enterprise 2.0 technologies. Wikis are being used in various parts of Pfizer, eg, research, regulatory affairs (for best practices), and more.
  • Five reasons for blogging at work: visibility, communication, collaboration (“I’d like the blog to be a place where we share best practices, lessons learned, and new ideas. Since everyone is working on very different projects, there’s a tendency for each person to invent their own wheel. Maybe this will be a way to share a bit more.“), integrity, and fun.
  • Here’s a good pointer on where to use email vs. a blog: “A blog is a communication tool. It is well suited to what you need to know. Email is better for information that has a need to respond. Take a look at you email flow and think about how much of this you need to react to. Most of it is just information you need to know. But by the information being pushed into email, my inbox is acting as my content management system. A blog or a collection of blogs makes a much better content management system. It is easier to search, easier to find content and easier to add content.

The Technology Trends of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Scalix introduced Version 11.4 of Scalix, its email and calendaring offering. The big new feature is called Proxy Folders. “roxy Folders enable Scalix administrators to channel external data feeds to any Scalix-supported client of choice. This new technical capability marks the beginning of a paradigm shift that will ultimately transform Scalix from a back-end email system into a central collaboration platform and management hub through which users can access an expanding array of data, either managed within Scalix, or channeled from external sources. The new Proxy Folder facility enables Scalix administrators to set up server-side subscriptions to in-house and external feeds of news, events, and WebCal calendars, which users can access anywhere they go.
  • Dennis shares his impressions of last weeks Enterprise 2.0 Conference. Among other things, he commented on the cultural change part of the conference: “Culture figured heavily in the unconference sessions that Ross Mayfield kicked off. These for me were the best sessions of the whole event. They stimulated the most engaging conversations as delegates grappled with the real problems of implementing change. Again, this is a topic I believe is seriously under represented by those who believe that opening a blog or wiki and then anticipating spontaneous bottom up growth is all there it to it. I can say from experience that view is a recipe for failure.
  • Central Desktop released the results of a recent survey on collaboration, finding that people using its software achieved a 30% increase in productivity.

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