Archive for May, 2014

  • In today’s new global economic state, many companies are looking to improve their bottom line through efficiency gains, productivity tools, and collaboration as opposed to more traditional models of market growth. Large companies are now seriously re-thinking just about everything in their business processes. In the quest to make a workspace more productive, almost nothing is sacred and long-standing corporate traditions are being redesigned. I'm now regularly meeting with folks whose titles range from “collaboration specialist” and “productivity engineer” to “vice president for innovation management.”  This is an exciting time for anyone thinking about how to support the workspace through ...Read More »

  • Someone at the National Science Foundation once told me - “Never call your software a platform. That means it has lost its focus. Once you're as big as Oracle, you can use the word platform.”  That comment has stuck with me for more than a decade, and I've always tried to keep software creation laser-like focused on the problem it solves directly. But I do think that the platform is still important to consider. Platforms involve both the software and the hardware that it runs on. In most cases, a product’s platform is application software + commodity hardware – this is ...Read More »

  • A new study finally sheds light on how important proximate collaboration can be.  Those of us in the technology and software space all know about the now apocryphal story of a defiant Marisa Mayer ending the long-standing work from home policy at Yahoo in an attempt to create a more vibrant culture.  Of course, Marisa had been a long-time employee at Google where telecommuting isn’t allowed and employees are encouraged to find time for face-to-face interactions.  It’s always been surprising to me how little technology has been developed to support proximate collaboration and how many technologies are available for distant ...Read More »