Tag: extranet

Mar 11 2009

Return to the email argument

More than three years ago, I first wrote (The email argument) about the challenge of managing project-related email. Or, rather, I pointed out that some ‘extranet’ systems, such as [my employer] BIW’s, discourage use of email so that project communications are managed within a self-contained and easily auditable secure repository (see also The email argument …

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Dec 31 2008

Reviewing 2008

Just as I did last year (see Reviewing 2007), I have been looking back at my five predictions for 2008 (see one, two, three, four and five for more detail). 1. Further polarisation of the UK construction collaboration marketplace. I do think the UK market has polarised a little further, though the trend may have …

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Oct 13 2008

The new ‘extranet’ battleground

In the past couple of months, there has been a sudden explosion in the number of construction collaboration vendors offering process management solutions. On 21 August, Aconex announced “a major upgrade to its Workflows module, which supports advanced document management in large or complex project environments”. The features apparently include “a wizard that allows users …

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Aug 20 2008

Union Square Workspace reviewed

Union Square Software‘s Workspace solution has been reviewed by Bloor Research‘s Simon Holloway in an article, Collaboration for Construction with Union Square Software, on IT-Director.com. Three points struck me as I read the analysis. First, a minor point, but Simon writes: “After years of being slow to change, the construction industry has finally started to …

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Aug 19 2008

Collaborative extranet research

Alan Hooper from Gleeds‘ Tunbridge Wells office is studying for an MSc in Surveying and as part of his coursework is undertaking a research project focused on collaborative extranets. If you would like to help him by completing a questionnaire, please contact him: Alan.Hooper@gleeds.co.uk. Tweet

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Aug 13 2008

New lick of paint

It’s nearly three years since I started this blog, so a new design was long overdue. I’ve stuck to the same pallette of colours, but tried to make the design a bit cleaner and easier to read (two columns instead of three, and then fewer items in the side column). I’ve also tidied up some …

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Jun 14 2008

Causeway acquires Connect

Not strictly about construction collaboration technology, but Causeway (or at least its Ireland based holding company, Causeway Software Solutions Ltd) – whose growing portfolio of solutions includes a collaboration application (Causeway ECM) based on Open Text Livelink ECM – has this week acquired another business. Less than a year after Causeway bought Elstree Computing (see …

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Apr 20 2008

Getting Won Over

There is a good case study on the use of ‘extranet’ technologies (aka construction collaboration technologies) in the latest issue of UK industry weekly Building magazine. Getting Won Over, by Stephen Kennett, details the experiences of UK-based property developer Hammerson, supported by Gleeds Collaboration Services, in using the collaboration platform from BIW Technologies [my employer]. Hammerson’s previous …

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Jan 25 2008

IBM targets SME collaboration with SaaS Bluehouse

A few years ago, my young children would rise at unfeasibly early hours of the day and watch kids TV, including a programme called Bear in the Big Blue House. I was reminded of this when reading news of a new offering from IBM: a web-delivered service that provides extranet services to SMEs (aka SMBs) …

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Jan 23 2008

More SharePoint for AEC

Earlier this week, a Microsoft employee frankly admitted to me that SharePoint was not particularly easy to implement for extranet-type collaboration in the typical geographically distributed structure of a construction project team. As a result, Microsoft has tended to be reliant upon partners such as the Sword Group’s C2Share (see post) to expand its SharePoint footprint in …

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