Category: Collaboration

Sep 23 2005

Why not Sharepoint?

Earlier this week someone asked me about using Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services to create an extranet (apparently, his IT department had proposed this as an alternative to them using an external application service provider, ASP). I expressed some reservations, mainly focused around two areas: first, support for common architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) file formats …

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Sep 22 2005

Avanti reality check for extranets

One of the sessions at yesterday’s Constructing Excellence conference was an update on the DTI-funded Avanti programme. I have watched this initiative with some interest, particularly as it has incorporated the PIX Protocol into its outputs. I contributed to the Protocol on BIW’s behalf, but I haven’t (yet) become directly involved with the Avanti project. …

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Sep 19 2005

Information management policies

Nearly half of UK-based businesses do not have a document and information management strategy despite the explosion in volumes of corporate data being generated and the new pressures imposed by Sarbanes-Oxley, etc, according to the latest research quoted by infoconomy.com A survey of IT professionals found that although awareness of the importance of effective information …

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Sep 19 2005

Broadband growth

I was updating some stats recently regarding uptake of broadband in the UK. According to Ofcom’s 2005 UK communications market overview: There were over 6 million broadband homes in the UK by the end of 2004 – over 90% more than at the end of 2003 – and over 7.5 million by May 2005 There …

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Sep 19 2005

Real-time collaboration

Through silicon.com, I found an interesting white paper from Web-Ex. While not focused on construction collaboration or extranet technologies, it had some interesting points to make about employing an externally hosted solution. In passing, I was struck by a new abbreviation. The paper quotes research by the Service and Support Professionals Association and Tech Strategy …

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Sep 16 2005

The “Software as a service” Age

I notice Bill Gates is reported as saying the "software as a service" age is here. Nothing new in such an announcement from Microsoft. Some of their products have now moved forward a bit, of course, but also Microsoft is looking over its shoulder at ASP businesses such as salesforce.com. If you’re interested in knowing …

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Sep 15 2005

Welcome to the Extranet Evolution

Welcome to the "Extranet Evolution". Why did I choose this title? Well, the term "Extranet Evolution" forms the subtitle of my recently published book on ‘project extranets’ or – as I prefer to call them – construction collaboration technologies. ("Construction Collaboration Technologies: The Extranet Evolution" is published by Taylor & Francis, and it is so …

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