Category: Functionality

Dec 01 2005

Why do insurers overlook the advantages of extranets?

Reading Silicon.com today, I was struck by a leader article: Insurers must account for disaster recovery, which argues that insurers fail to reward those businesses which take a responsible attitude to data back-up and security. Apparently, when it comes to insuring businesses with multimillion-pound liabilities, insurers often pay little or no regard to where and …

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Nov 30 2005

Autodesk announces new version of Buzzsaw

Just found a boring news release on PRnewswire announcing new Autodesk Buzzsaw functionality. It's not going to change the UK construction collaboration technology market – just about everything highlighted in the release is already offered by competing solutions from other vendors. The new Buzzsaw functionality focuses on automating business processes, and includes: increased breadth of …

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Nov 26 2005

RICS e-tendering guidance note: a review

Just over two weeks ago (11 November), I spoke to the East Midlands branch of the RICS about e-tendering. This is currently something of a hot topic, following the publication of an RICS guidance note in late October and a small flurry of articles about the guidance in magazines such as QS News (I particularly …

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Nov 24 2005

Be Valuable: The Saxon report

Yesterday, I went to the London launch of the report “Be Valuable”, written by Richard Saxon, and published by Constructing Excellence. It was a fascinating event, not least because it highlighted the all-too-often blinkered or short-termist view of construction commonly applied by construction professionals. Instead, Richard urged us, why not look at how the built …

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Nov 23 2005

IT perils for SMEs

The UK construction industry is hugely fragmented, with the vast majority of active UK firms classified as small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Even if we ignore the large number of self-employed sole traders, there are still tens of thousands of construction businesses employing just a few people, and according to two news items I’ve read …

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Nov 23 2005

Office email: a waste of time

If you’ve read my book, you may recall that I was a little critical of over-reliance on email as a means to communicate within project teams (p.24). On Silicon.com today I read that "email is a productivity killer in the enterprise". Research by Mirapoint showed that nearly a quarter of all emails in corporate inboxes …

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Nov 21 2005

AEC document management from Version One

Thanks to BuildingTalk, I found a release on Version One, a UK-based document management and imaging software company promoting the utopian ideal of the ‘paperless office’. Its main product appears to be an internal DM solution, but it also offers e-commerce fax, email and funds transfer solutions, and document authorisation. Some AEC suppliers are listed …

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Nov 16 2005

Bide your time on MS Vista

Don’t upgrade to Microsoft Windows Vista until 2008, says IT analyst Gartner, according to a Silicon.com news report, describing the views expressed in a research note entitled Ten reasons you should and shouldn’t care about Microsoft’s Windows Vista client. While Vista holds out the promise of improved security and better search capabilities, Gartner points out …

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Nov 15 2005

NCCTP Conference, London – impressions

Having been involved in the organisation of today’s NCCTP conference in central London, I am slightly biassed, but I think it was the best event of its kind that I have been to. More than 90 people came to the Radisson Hotel in Portman Square to learn more about construction collaboration technologies (AKA extranets) in …

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Nov 08 2005

Cadweb say “Death to folders!”

There are new developments afoot at Cadweb. Its latest news release quotes extensively from an Economist Technology Quarterly article which predicts the end of the nested directories of folders and files familiar to many computer users. Instead, it seems we will have built-in powerful search engines, ‘tagged files’ and ‘smart folders’. With version 7 of …

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