“What you need to know to make collaboration succeed in your business” with IDC’s Mark Levitt, Program VP for Collaborative Computing and the Enterprise, and my manager Christine Silva, Director, CSC Collaborative Market Solutions.
Register here http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=103497&s=1&k=F6FD6AD509F6DBCEC2CCF2D6C679AB48
Thursday 28th February
8:30am PST / 11:30am EST / 4:30pm GMT
[Before I begin I am unashamedly biased here as I'm responsible for the technical elements of this solution and it has been a BIG part of my life, and the life of many folks for the last 18 months!].
CSC have published details of their Collaborative Enterprise solution at csc.com/collaboration. What we have tried to do is understand the way people work, the way people collaborate, the way we all communicate and share information. To reflect this we’ve developed solutions reflected in a quadrant made up of:
- Instant Messaging
- Unified Messaging
- Unified Communications
- Audio bridges
- Web meetings
- Integrated audio and web meetings
- Video conferencing
- Electronic whiteboard and flipchart solutions
- Social networking
- Social bookmarking
- Enterprise RSS
- Content and document management
- Enterprise search
- Electronic team workspaces
This is all visualised much better here >> link
This solution development activity has also been a real journey for me personally. My previous roles were all focused specifically on Lotus technology. It has been great to be able to reach over into competitive products and non-competitive products that form the collaboration vendor landscape. More interesting though has been taking a different view, moving away from focusing on the architecture and engineering of collaboration products for enterprises into a view of why and how people collaborate and what tools can assist in that process. One thing is quite clear from all the work that there isn’t a single answer to any collaboration need, no single vendor and certainly no single product … Its a busy time for us all at the moment post launch and I’m spending a lot of time talking to customers, analysts and vendors about what we’ve released and about building upon these solutions into FY09 and beyond.
I had been having some serious issues with my wireless networking at home. Despite all my best efforts I couldn’t resolve the download and upload speed issues. I was seeing modem speeds! This was after I had moved my wireless router downstairs away from the bedrooms … kids etc. I didn’t want all those wifi signals quite as strong up here. Well Mrs D was really impressed by this degradation in performance, so much so that budget approval was given to purchase some Netgear XE104′s and then re-instate my old netgear router minus wireless signal. Result … tremendous. Don’t know why I didn’t do it ages ago! Who needs wireless!!!! Presently running 2 XE104′s and soon will move up to 3. Have no complaints. Still need to add a personal network name and password so any other XE104′s within range won’t join the network. All traffic is encrypted out of the box. Really impressed. Download speeds back up to the pathetic 1.6MB we can get in my village!
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Michael has published a paper on SharePoint 2007, a summary can be downloaded free, must purchase the full report. I’d also be interested in papers from Michael on competitors products.
Mary Beth Raven has posted information about moving RSS reading capabilities into the mail file in Notes (article). There is a great debate in the comment thread. My views as I have commented there are:
“Now I am of 2 minds here. To answer the specific question I prefer #2 [the image I have pasted in this post]. I’d also hope that the data can be locally cached and not required to be stored in the mail servers, however the subscriptions I would like to replicate round.
In terms of where I read feeds I choose to read feeds in FeedDemon. I HATE the existing plugin in Notes 8. Would I switch from FeedDemon, probably not. Would this be more useful for the majority of users who want lightweight RSS reading capabilities, absolutely. Is it an improvement on the plugin YES YES YES. One of the key benefits of RSS in the mail file is the ability to forward via email, without need for copying and pasting URLs.
What many people would benefit from is choice, by putting it into the template as a design element we can remove it (I assume) so that should answer the critics here.
Keep developing, I’d love to see more!!!!!”
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Well you haven’t seen many posts here for which I apologise. The reason is we have all been heads down finalising and releasing CSC Collaborative Enterprise solution. OK so that URL doesn’t show much but for CSC customers, CSCers, well anyone interested to be fair please contact me [sdownes @ csc.com] and we can take you through the portfolio.
Since release I’ve been thinking more about virtual teams, partly through customer interest, and partly because my team is growing and becoming increasingly separated in terms of distance. While the technology we use and tools offer assistance I have to agree with Melanie Turek who has written that the key is integrating collaboration tools with the processes we follow and don’t forget the human element. I’m hoping for more blogging time soon. The other reason for not blogging is my voluntary ambulance work has been busy with a number of emergency callouts generally in evenings when I’d normally have time to read / blog.