Industry Updates

Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (June 20, 2008)

The People Part of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Kyle argues that IT professionals lack the insight and skills to move people off Microsoft Office, because they don’t have a clue how people actually work. “You know more about different technology alternatives to Microsoft Office than you know how your own people work — and not just with Office, but how they work …. Understanding how a remote account representative, or how a research engineer actually works with technology is difficult. What questions do you ask? How should you ask them? And should you just focus on what they do at work? What about how they use technology (some of which you gave them, namely Microsoft Office) at home?
  • Kevin argues that you are either in or out with Enterprise 2.0 (and particularly with wikis) … you embrace openness from the beginning or not at all. There is no middle ground.

The Technology Trends of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Jabber released Version 5.4 of XCP, its enterprise IM platform. “The industry-leading, highly scalable, interoperable, and extensible presence platform now includes personal eventing capabilities, greater security for authenticating users, native compiler support, and several improvements to make installing components even more efficient.” Available immediately.
  • Frost and Sullivan, a research firm, thinks that telepresence is the way of the future.
  • Sprint Nextel announced Sprint Mobile Email Work, for wireless email on non-PDA devices. “Sprint worked with SEVEN to create Sprint Mobile Email Work, which allows customers to access Microsoft Exchange Server 2000, 2003 or 2007 accounts, or IBM Lotus Domino accounts. The service features an easy, one-time setup process: Sprint Mobile Email Work is preloaded on the Instinct, so customers simply select Email on the main Menu to get to Sprint Mobile Email, then click the Work tab and enter their server information, user name and password. Emails are then pushed to the user’s phone as they arrive in their desktop mailbox. Users can read, delete, respond to and compose new emails. All changes made via the Sprint phone are automatically synchronized with the user’s desktop mailbox.

Insights on Being Productive and Effective as an Individual

  • Chuck’s found a great article and diagram on napping, and how to do it properly.
  • Charlie released an updated edition of his Weekly Productivity Planner forms, for paper-based forward planning. “The Weekly Productivity Planner serves as your task manager for the week. It doesn’t get into a lot of detail and doesn’t focus on time – rather it gives you the global view for the week and let’s you focus on the structure of the week.” He outlines his ideas about how the new design features can be used effectively.
  • Where do you find the time to do great things (like blogging)? You give up lesser things. “The issue is not a question of insufficient time but priority. Things low down our priority list don’t get done. But we don’t say “Oh that’s not a priority for me” we simply answer – “I don’t have enough time”. Our priorities, typically, reflect the value we see in doing something. If we don’t perceive the value in blogging as greater than other things then we won’t do it. Its the same with knowledge sharing.

Other Noteworthy Insights

  • Cool new Leatherman … the Skeletool. I wonder if they are here in NZ yet?

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