Category: Functionality

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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Nov 07 2005

‘old DOS trying to do new tricks’

I liked John Naughton’s article, Pitiful spectacle of an old DOS trying to do new tricks, in yesterday’s Observer newspaper – not least for the witty title, but also for his analysis of Microsoft’s ‘On Demand’ vision announced last week (see my post). He mentions Harvard academic Clayton Christensen, who looked at why successful companies …

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Nov 04 2005

Firefox penetration continues

A BBC report describes how the Firefox browser is continuing to make inroads into MS Internet Explorer’s domination of the web browser market. Latest figures suggest a global average of 11.5% of web surfers are using the open source browser. In the US, 14.1% of Americans use it, but only 4.9% in the UK. Tweet

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Nov 04 2005

Flexible working not taking off in public sector

A Silicon.com article, Public sector still shunning flexi-working, says the UK public sector is still failing to embrace flexible working, despite the highly publicised benefits of staff retention and increased productivity. The article underlines that many daily tasks and chores could be performed anywhere if appropriate remote working solutions (extranets would be prime example) were …

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Nov 04 2005

Digital pens

Two days ago, a group of architects talked to me about the expense of digital pen devices. Discussing this yesterday with a colleague, we felt the cost of these (and other solutions) will drop over time as they become more widely accepted and popular. Silicon.com has two items about digital pens. Digital pens write "the …

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Nov 03 2005

Microsoft to go ‘on demand’

News (eg: BBC article Microsoft hails ‘strategic shift’) that Microsoft is going to push into online services marks "a revolution," according to Bill Gates, in how the company thinks about software. It is perhaps also a belated acceptance of the challenge posed by application service provider (ASP) businesses such as Salesforce.com who have rejected the …

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