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  • Is Collaboration 2.0 Business 2.0?

    Posted by David / on 01/12/2010 / 2 Comments

    Collaboration 2.0 is the adoption of a set of tools and modes of interaction based on Web 2.0 which include:
    - Transparency (blogging, micro-blogging (Twitter), wikis, location-based tools, etc.)
    - Participation: (blogging, online communities and social networks, Jams, etc.)
    - Trust in the group: put it out there and let the community decide
    - Information and Knowledge find you: you put it into the cloud and you get a valuable but unexpected response
    - Capacity to Create or Discover Something New

    Collaboration 2.0 is not only a set of technologies but an attitude or a frame of mind, a switch in ..

  • Collaboration Templates

    Posted by David / on 01/12/2010 / 2 Comments

    I have interviewed PBWorks before (they used to be PBWiki) and they are going in the right direction (in my opinion) with this template store.

    They are a SaaS service and with the new store you can use any of the pre-built apps (called Templates) for specific business needs like:

    * Advertising Campaign

    * PR Client

    * Product Launch

    * Management Team

    * Departmental

    * Branch Office

    * Handbook/Manual/FAQ

    * Competitive Analysis

    So why would this be of interest to our group?  Unlike traditional developer platforms, which allow programmers and IT personnel to create custom apps for business units, PBworks is ..

  • Creating an extended collaborative model

    Posted by David / on 01/05/2010 / 3 Comments

    The standard OSI/ISO model has 7 layers (the bottom 7) I have added 2 more layers to this model to represent the interaction of the application with the users (GUI layer) and the user using the application for interactions (collaboration) with other users.

    Since I don't know how to do a table in Groupsite. I have done my best to represent each layer.

    Layer 9- Interaction Layer - describes how a user using a collaborative application interacts with another online user

    Layer 8- GUI Layer - describes the interaction between the user and the application

    Layer 7- Application Layer - may ..

  • The Collaboration Shift

    Posted by David / on 12/29/2009 / 2 Comments

    Nothing is more appropriate with the coming of the new year than to talk about the shifts you are going to make. In the collaboration space, most of these are shifts in behavior. Behavior is very hard to change. If you don't believe me, just look at the weight loss or stop smoking industries in the U.S.. They are about $5 billion each, and their success rate is something under 5%. It is much easier to change a line of code than to change a person's behavior. Trying to get people to collaborate is like pushing on a string... you can ..

  • Have a Collaborative Christmas

    Posted by David / on 12/25/2009 / 3 Comments

    I should start by saying that I actually celebrate Chanukah, which this year ended on the 19th, almost a week before Christmas. But I am writing the blog in the spirit of the holidays.  What is Christmas if not collaboration?

    Look at the biblical story: Mary and Joseph were the R&D team, their product was the baby Jesus. The 3 wise men provided Q&A, and later his apostles were the production and distribution team. Jesus himself was in charge of marketing, and his apostles helped to create a product (the Bible), which has been one of the best selling ..

  • A First View of Viewplicity

    Posted by David / on 12/22/2009 / 1 Comment

    Click here to view my first attempt at a video podcast about Viewplicity, a new product that we are implementing on the Collaborative Strategies website not sure how to add a link in Groupsite. 

    I realize it is not my best video performance, and there were some challenges with the technology.  After all we are the beta test site.  It is 11 minutes long and I hope you enjoy it. It was recorded in Camtasia on a Mac.

    I would love feedback on what could make these podcasts better in quality or if you have any topic suggestions.

    Thanks ..

  • My Most Valuable Collaborative Lesson of 2009

    Posted by David / on 12/18/2009 / 6 Comments

    My most valuable Collaborative lesson of 2009

    I grew up in a "cowboy culture" where men are strong, stoic, and often solo problem solvers. If there was trouble on the range, you strapped you 6-shooter on and rode out to deal with it. The implication being: fix it or die trying.

    With this background, I, like many others, headed into the collaboration wilderness populated by thousands of different collaborative tools. I have made this exploration my life's work, and have literally worked on hundreds of collaborative tools over the last 20 years. So what could I, an expert on collaboration, need ..

  • Social Search

    Posted by David / on 12/15/2009 / 3 Comments

    In reading one of Bonnie's posts where she talks about information overload. There are several ways to approach this problem because e-mail is not going away.  One tool I have used to help prioritize my e-mail is called C-mail, which is a plug in to Outlook.  It allows you to prioritize your e-mails, and in not very long, learns to mark your eMails itself.

    Another approach is what I call collaborative filtering.  It is really using your friends, or crowd sourcing to help filter this enormous (and growing more so) amount of information. It works like this, if I am interested ..

  • Measuring the Value of Collaboration

    Posted by David / on 12/14/2009 / 3 Comments

    Over the course of my career this question keeps popping up. Because collaboration is a behavior, and even using new Web 2.0 technologies the benefits are often indirect and intangible, so it is a hard question to answer. Certainly the simple ROI tools that many of the web conferencing companies tout, that show how much you are saving on a meeting because you did not fly there and are using their tool, are good, but not sufficient. That ROI argument will hold for about 6 month, in the mean time you need to come up with more reasons that prove the ..

  • The Politics of Collaboration

    Posted by David / on 12/14/2009 / 6 Comments

    Anytime you change the way people communicate and interact with each other you have the potential to change not only the structure of the organization but the way people work. This is not always a bad thing, but it is the nature of people to resist change, and often the implementation of collaborative technologies within an organization can be a catalyst for change. In our experiences with clients over the last 10 years we find that change can quickly become very political (politics = management's behavior) is the most heavily weighted factor for success (a weight of 4, whereas technology only ..


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