Industry Updates

News Updates (December 8, 2009)

Google Wave for Business … Dipanker takes a punt on some of the scenarios where Google Wave will be useful in a business context. “Wave helps employees collaborate in simplistic way. Today many corporates use Microsoft Share Point as Document Management System. If you’re working with a document in SharePoint, you have to “check it in” and “check it out,”. Thus, it makes hard for multiple people to contribute in real-time. But Wave provides the ability to select groups and individuals who they want to share content with in a much more easier way. Because the content is Web-based, they can update it in real-time.More

TANDBERG on Telepresence Futures … TANDBERG announced its T3 Custom Edition, a future offering that takes the power of telepresence out of the boardroom. “Today TANDBERG introduced the TANDBERG T3 Custom Edition, a customizable telepresence solution that shatters that image, bringing that same in-person experience to engineers, fashion designers, and educators who want to collaborate naturally with suppliers, buyers and students in a flexible workspace. This growing demand for high-quality video outside of the boardroom is just one trend driving telepresence innovation … More

Constant Disruption … Pop-up windows to notify users of something new slow down overall work, according to a recent research study. “You might imagine the messages which appear on your computer screen for only a few moments do not affect your work. But researchers say that even brief pop-up messages interrupt what you are doing and break your train of thought. The Cardiff study, Now Where Was I?, found that they add time to complete a task as computer users try to remember where they left off. For real concentration, the authors suggest turning off e-mail and instant messaging – and getting on with work. Psychologists discovered that even when interruptions last only a few moments, people still lose more time as they try to rediscover where they were.More

Good for Android … Good Technology announced that its wireless messaging offering is now available for Android-based devices. “The Good for Enterprise user experience on Android devices is customized to be as intuitive and familiar as the desktop, minimizing IT intervention and reducing support costs. The offering prioritizes tasks most important to the business user, such as composing email and scheduling appointments, making them easily and seamlessly accessible. Good provides secure email, calendar and contacts through a single application, so users can easily multi-task just as they would on a desktop. Enterprise data is encrypted and isolated from personal data, which makes it easy for IT departments to secure and control access to corporate resources without compromising corporate policies. This includes the ability to wipe enterprise data remotely without impacting the user’s personal data or applications.More

Yahoo Email at $30 … Yahoo will charge law enforcement agencies $30-$40 for getting access to a user’s email account and messages. “The “Yahoo Compliance Guide for Law Enforcement,” which has been posted online despite the Sunnyvale, Calif. company’s efforts to get it removed, features detailed how-to instructions for government authorities seeking private user data. Internet companies cooperate with the authorities all the time. But there’s something unseemly about Yahoo’s guide, which puts a price on users’ privacy: $30 to $40, in the case of a user’s email account. The bounty is legal — federal law requires law enforcement agencies to reimburse companies for costs incurred responding to such requests. The document also details what kind of information Yahoo keeps on users of services like Flickr, Yahoo Groups, and Yahoo Chat, and how long that information is retained.More

CalConnect in February 2010 … The next CalConnect Roundtable is on February 1-5 in Irvine CA. “CalConnect XVII, consisting of both a regular and a Mobile CalConnect Interoperability Test Event, and a CalConnect Roundtable (Members Meeting), will be held in Irvine, California, on Monday-Friday, February 1-5, 2010, hosted by The University of California at Irvine. The IOP Testing will take place all day Monday and Tuesday February 1-2, and Wednesday morning, ending at noon on Wednesday February 3. The Roundtable will begin with lunch at 12:30 on Wednesday the 3rd, and last through early afternoon Friday the 5th. An optional Introductory Q & A about CalConnect, intended for first-time attendees, is scheduled at 11:00 on Wednesday the 3rd. More

37signals Accounts … 37signals is getting ready to roll out a new single sign-on service across Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack and Campfire. “In a couple weeks we’ll be launching an entirely new username and password system for Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, and Campfire. We’re calling the new system 37signals Accounts. We’ve been working on it for over a year, and it’s more convenient, powerful, and secure than the current system. A big upgrade all around. The new 37signals Accounts system also lays the groundwork for a variety of enhancements you’ve been asking for. We’ll be working on these in 2010.” There’s a transition program starting December 13 to migrate users to the new approach. More

Virtual Team Processes … Carl shares strategies for using virtual teams more effectively. “According to a 2009 study by MIT’s Sloan School, well-managed virtual teams can potentially outperform teams sharing a location. The benefits of virtual teams include: (1) Integrating diverse knowledge and skills to drive innovation, address complex tasks more effectively, and make better decisions, (2) Reducing costs due to eliminating overlapping functions and sharing of best practices, (3) Sharing knowledge about different products and markets, and (4) 24/7 productivity by teams working across global time zones. To achieve these potential benefits, however, leaders need to overcome liabilities inherent in the lack of direct contact among team members and managers. Team members may not naturally know how to interact effectively across space and time. They need strong team skills such as setting goals, sharing responsibility for getting things done, and providing mutual support. And they need smart leadership to make sure they can leverage those skills in a virtual working environment. Without team skills and effective leadership, a virtual team can become ineffectual and dysfunctional.More

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