Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Team Workspaces

I spent some time exploring eRoom today, and I wasn't all that impressed. Maybe I need the full client instead of the web client. SharePoint Services, while better than the prior version, still hasn't done much to impress me yet either. And while Groove's feature set looks impressive, it's architecture gives me pause.

While I have more looking to do at these products and perhaps others in this space, I am sorely disappointed. This is clearly a big corporate need. Why can't somebody deliver a tool that just knocks your socks off?

Monday, March 29, 2004

Real speak v. Corporate speak

Robert Scoble is one of those Microsoft employee bloggers that I was talking about at our meeting today. Right on topic, he lists 21 items in his corporate weblog manifesto.

(via Doc Searls, who makes some excellent points around blogs being places to "think out loud")

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Real-Time Conferencing

The definitive guide to "real-time conferencing" technologies.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Push Buttons

RSS buttons are everywhere.

You're probably noticing that, now that you're "hip" to this blogging thing the kids of today are all talking about. ((grin)) Go ahead then, push a button when coming across a source from which you think you might like to see/hear more. It's simple - to sign up or sign off - takes seconds.

Thinking outside the box becomes the norm when fresh ideas are served up daily to one's desktop.

Lastly, the most effective social networks may begin 'cyber' - but they always make time for interaction on the physical plane. For example: 3 days of cutting edge tech and open bar ... just $99!

Get out more, it's a big old world.

Monday, March 22, 2004

TeamSpaces: Experience it yourself!

Look at me! I'm contributing....collaborating...whatever.

I've taken the liberty of signing the team up for an eRoom teamspace. The fine folks at Documentum are going to set up our own little teamroom and grant all of us permission and rights to it. You should recieve a note later this week when it's set up. The advantage of this approach is that one of their SE's will help us see some of the options and functionality that you gain from using an effective teamspace tool like this.

I'll keep you posted, but this should be something new for us to try out. For me, this area is where I see the real business value of collaboration coming from.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Social networks need a purpose

Some insightful commentary on social networks can be found on this post by Dan Gillmor. And yes, I meant on, and not in, since Dan didn't have much to say other than he didn't see the point. His informal social network that comments on his postings, on the other hand, did bring some light to the subject matter.

Most did see little value also, although they attempted to explain why. They seemed to work best when they had a purpose or mimicked your real life social network. Perhaps the best noted that Dan's online social network consists of those who comment on his blog. Hmmm, blogs with comments as social networks. I guess I'll have to figure out how to make that work here, or at least post a feedback email...

Thursday, March 18, 2004

The World Is Your Oyster

I have been saying for two years (to my small circle of friends), "there is no perimeter."

Finally, it seems as if this paradigm shift is gaining credibility across the greater community of computer security professionals.

Now then, had I chosen to blog the concept, it may've sped up market acceptance of this realization by months or years.

We'll never know how viable our pet theories are unless we blaze a public trail.

Expose your deep thinking to peer review, win valuable prizes!

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Screaming collaborative need

Remote sites + BU aligned = huge need for functional sharing

For instance, a plant person supporting a given application really needs a means to work together with her counterparts at other facilities that support the same application.

I'm sure you can think of others...

DMOZ Rules!

"The Open Directory Project (DMOZ.ORG) is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors."

I am fascinated by self-organizing systems. And by maps.

Oh look, here comes one now.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

Getting CollabuTech into your feed reader

The URL for the update feed is <>, in case you were wondering.

Usage monitoring

Automated tools like feed readers which scan the web for new information on a regular basis are cause for corporations to rethink their web usage and monitoring positions. Some companies assume that web traffic indicates interactive use. So, if a company monitors the number of requests coming from a workstation with a feed reader running in the background, that assumption will lead the company to believe that that person is nearly continually surfing the web and is perhaps a subject for further investigation.

The truth, of course, is that the person using the feed reader is gathering information much more efficiently than someone surfing the web. The person using the feed reader may be busily incorporating the information gathered from the feed into his documentation or even off at a meeting as the monitoring system indicates that he is continuing to surf.

Corporate monitoring strategies and tools need to evolve as the technology does, or they become completely ineffective.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

RSS Hits the Tipping Point

Chad Dickerson at InfoWorld reports that requests for InfoWorld's Top News Feed now exceed requests for the front page.

Doc Searls has an excellent commentary tying this report with some others, including Dave Winer's RSS/Atom peace offering.

By the way, Malcolm Gladwell's book The Tipping Point is a must read. Fascinating and extraordinarily well written.