Category: Vendors

“Extranets” or “client workspaces”?

Beyond the architecture, engineering and construction industry, the legal profession was another field which took to ‘extranets’ in a big way. A Legal Technology News article suggests that the term may have morphed: into "client workspaces". The term may have evolved in the legal world, but I can’t see us shifting towards such a term …

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Christmas working (2)

Since my pre-Christmas musings about those who might work over the holiday period, I have had chance to analyse traffic regarding users of BIW Information Channel. Despite the widespread UK AEC industry shutdown, there were still individuals who logged in to work between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. In total, BIW saw 553 logins …

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“It’s too slow” – blame online radio

Occasionally, as vendors of web-based construction collaboration technologies, we face protests from users who say the extranet solutions are too slow (usually because they don’t offer the almost-instantaneous responsiveness of software loaded onto their hard drive or perhaps their local area network). As ASPs, we can do a lot to ensure that our applications are …

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Asite CEO goes permanent

Almost missed this in the Christmas run-up, but (thanks, Richard) on 21 December, UK collaboration technology vendor Asite announced to the London Stock Exchange the following directorate changes: following the appointment of Mr. Gordon Ashworth as acting Chief Executive Officer in March 2005, that this position has now been made permanent Mr Tony Ryan, Sales …

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Needed: a new NCCTP standard: how to account for extranet ‘traffic’

In addition to vendors’ reluctance to release accurate and realistic statistics relating to their user bases (see recent posts here and here), I also find it difficult to get a clear handle on how much user activity each construction collaboration technology vendor is managing. Let’s take a couple of topical examples. First, a recent Aconex …

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Harvard conference, March 2006

Earlier today, I attended a meeting of the NCCTP marketing group. We reviewed our conference last month, and started making plans for the 2006 edition (probably in October this time). We also discussed our plans to undertake some market research to investigate what benefits our users gain from our various construction collaboration technology solutions. This …

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Buzzsaw: second-most widely used ASP? (2)

After yesterday’s post (expanded upon by Nathan Doughty here), I tried a few web searches to find out how many users Autodesk claims for Buzzsaw. In November 2002, Autodesk claimed to have "more than 65,000 users"; this grew to 105,000 users from 750 companies (according to an April 2005 article), then 125,000 last month (November …

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Buzzsaw: second-most widely used ASP?

At AECnews.com, Randall Newton offers a Reporter’s Notebook: A Day at the Virtual Builders Roundtable, a US event organised by practitioners for practitioners. From his notes, two items stood out to me. First: "The general consensus regarding FTP (File Transfer Protocol) as a tool for collaboration seems to be, if you still have FTP hanging …

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Changes at BuildOnline? (2)

About six weeks ago, I pondered on management changes at BuildOnline. Today, I learned (thanks, Richard!) that the BO website now features a six-strong management team; the non-exec chairman and CEO are now accompanied by no less than three managing directors – for northern Europe (Bob Godfrey, like the chairman an ex-i2 recruit), southern Europe …

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‘Spinning’ out of control

Ralph Grabowski has picked up on one of my favourite gripes. Describing PR or marketing ‘spin’ as Logical fallacies, he notes how many firms quote ‘anonymous authority’ to describe themselves as "leading" (as in "Cadweb is the leading and most established provider of Project Extranet services in the UK" – an extravagant claim for a …

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