Category: Functionality

Search: it’s all about beating Google

Despite Google’s wobble in the stock markets earlier this week, it remains the company other software developers want to beat when it comes to search. Today’s Silicon.com newsletter has two stories: Microsoft talks up ‘Google-beating’ search engine (promised in six months) and Oracle unveils ‘Google trouncing’ business search (targeting a loop-hole in Google’s array of …

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ISO27001 certification (2)

Last week, following BIW’s hosting infrastructure achieving BSI certification, I discussed ISO/IEC27001 and Cadweb’s claims regarding compliance. Someone at Cadweb either read the BIW news release or this blog, for this evening I notice that Cadweb’s page on legal admissability has been updated to refer throughout to "BS 7799 / ISO 27001" (a format used …

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The email argument (2)

Further to my discussion of the email challenge in Monday’s post, I read Silicon.com’s leader, Living with info overload, yesterday with interest. It says: "the issue is not only how to monitor digital communications … but also how to search and archive the millions of emails we send and documents we create each day," before …

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Collaboration consolidation (3): Citadon targets Constructware users

It’s taken just over a week, but at least one US competitor to the combined Autodesk/Constructware offering (see previous posts) is trying to tempt any disaffected customers away. Citadon is offering a "Special Migration Program for Constructware Customers and Partners". Citadon aims to help firms "respond to business challenges" resulting from Autodesk’s recently announced plan …

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ISO27001 certification

Soon after my earlier post "The perils of vendor questionnaires", I started updating BIW’s website in connection with the issue of compliance with international standards (I link the two items as standards compliance frequently features in vendor questionnaires). Updates were necessary as British Standard BS7799 Part 2 was superceded last October by a new global …

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The perils of vendor questionnaires

The NCCTP recently considered a questionnaire produced by the DTI-funded Avanti project (the questionnaire itself was apparently based on similar ones issued by a couple of major UK contractors as invitations to tender, ITTs) to get basic information about UK extranet vendors, their hosting, and system functionality. One outcome would be the publication of this …

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The email argument

So ubiquitous has email become that many people cannot imagine working without it. Indeed, it has become such an integral part of everyday corporate life that it has now become widely regarded as business-critical (witness the increasing use of Blackberries and similar devices by those who simply cannot bear to be out of email contact). …

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Autodesk, Asite and Aconex PR push

It seems hardly a month goes by without Autodesk adding another press release to its Buzzsaw UK/Ireland news page. The latest talks about a PFI schools project in Exeter with Mowlem, and comes hot on the tail of an almost-monthly series of news stories about PRP, Broadway Malyan, Waterman Group, Kajima and an Irish motorway …

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Collaboration consolidation in US: Autodesk to acquire Constructware

At this morning’s NCCTP marketing meeting, Nathan Doughty (Asite/Free Collaboration) and I talked about today’s news regarding Autodesk’s $46m acquisition of US on-demand extranet provider Constructware (see news release; something also picked up by AEC bloggers Ralph Grabowski and Randall Newton). Since the merger-mania of the post-dot.com bust era, this is perhaps the first major …

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Technology for Construction

Lachmi Khemlani’s latest AEC Bytes newsletter discusses a recent US show, Technology for Construction, which included various conference sessions. Project collaboration came up as a topic (albeit renamed by the participants as "ePM, standing for electronic project management" – another abbreviation to add to the list!), and it seems US experiences are generally very positive. …

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