Category: People issues

Nov 14 2005

Looking forward to the NCCTP Conference tomorrow

The NCCTP‘s first conference, entitled ‘Making collaboration pay’ is being held tomorrow at the SAS Radisson Hotel in Portman Square, central London. We expect around 85 attendees at the event, and it should be a fascinating conference, combining plenary and workshop sessions. There will be speakers from national representative organisations, such as Constructing Excellence and …

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Nov 11 2005

Contract Journal IT survey

Contract Journal reports that ‘Four out of five construction firms plan increased IT spend’, according to a CJ study of 500 people conducted with Causeway Technologies. It gives a fairly positive view of construction’s attitude to IT, with some 79% saying their firms were increasing their IT spend. Process efficiency and compatibility with existing systems …

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Nov 07 2005

Mangofile

Ever heard of Mangofile? I hadn’t – until I followed this IT Showcase link. Apparently, Mangofile is a virtual filing cabinet solution which, when combined with a PC and scanner, can remove all the piles of paper you might have scattered around your office. One of the case studies is from UK AEC business Carillion. …

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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 03 2005

Moaning architects (4)

After my previous posts on this topic (see 1, 2 and 3), Duncan Mactear of 4Projects and I formed a two-man NCCTP fact-finding delegation to the latest meeting of the CICA Major Architects IT Group, held at Foster’s head office in Battersea, London. Around the table we faced representatives from Foster’s, RHWL, Sheppard Robson, Broadway …

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Oct 31 2005

What is ‘real-time’ collaboration?

Browsing AEC Cafe‘s AEC Weekly, I was intrigued by an announcement (also reported by Yahoo here) that Canadian software company CMiC was "taking real-time collaboration to the next level with the introduction of CMiC IO, a revolutionary technology that enables businesses to collaborate both internally and with outside partners …". Wow! I thought – my …

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Oct 24 2005

Making collaboration work

Catching up on my web-browsing over the weekend, I came across an August 2005 Cadalyst article by Michael Dakan describing lessons learned on implementing collaboration systems on US projects. Some key points: Many of the problems are not technology issues at all, but rather basic people issues and human relations management problems. For … collaboration …

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Oct 24 2005

Datum International

By coincidence, this morning I opened my print copy of Information Age then read the digital version of Microscope. Upon reading the letters page in the latter, I experienced a strong sense of deja vu. Sure enough, Les Paul, CEO of enterprise content management specialist Datum International, had sent essentially the same letter to both …

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Oct 20 2005

IT departments doomed?

In the ‘Future’ chapter of my book, I mused on the future of the in-house IT department – echoing comments made months ago by Silicon.com columnist Peter Cochrane. Today, a Silicon.com item reports that Gartner is also making similar predictions. We are about to enter a period of radical change for IT departments, Gartner says, …

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Oct 15 2005

Moaning architects? (3)

Since my last post on this topic, I have had an invitation to attend the next meeting of the CICA major architects IT group in early November, along with Duncan Mactear of 4Projects. Should be an interesting opportunity to hear why architects don’t feel construction collaboration technologies are yielding the benefits we often claim for …

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