So what's the problem? I'll tell you. IBM sells Notes to companies. But people use Notes - not companies. It's time, in my humble opinion, to put Notes in the hands of the people. I mean really put it in their hands - in a way that they can use it and innovate with it. My wife uses Notes and loves it. She doesn't really know what Notes is or does. She just knows that Notes is the tool that lets her have her information anywhere, any time, period. And she knows that it is what makes her paperless filing system possible. While she hasn't designed any databases, she's thought up many. Fortunately, Kathy has me to help her. Many Notes users are not as fortunate.
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Personal Brain is an amazing tool for mapping your brain. You might even call it a true mind mapping tool. Listen to the podcast and you hear why I think so. I plan to make The Brain a key component to my personal knowledge management toolkit so I expect that I'll return to visit Shelly and Harlan again. If you have comments or questions, post away. I'm not sure that I can or will answer all of them but perhaps some of my other readers will.
I've just posted the first of a two-part interview with Harlan and Shelley over on my Notes on Productivity site.
There are three places outside of my office or a client's office where I'm likely to use my new Lenovo X61 Tablet in bright light: Kathy's car on the way to Disneyland, at the local pool, or at the local lake. I decided to test the first two. Yesterday, under the premise of conducting "research," we headed down to Anaheim to test the X61 on the way to Disneyland. Kathy drove and I sat in the passenger seat and processed my pending email. Well, actually, I sorted my pending email to process later and spent the rest of the time Skyping Michael Sampson from the car, but that's another story.
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Interview with The Brain creator, Harlan Hugh
Interview with Marc "Batman" Orchant and his gadget bag
Interview with Alan Lepofsky, Michael Sampson, and others.
If any of these are of interest you may wish to add my RSS feed to your iTunes or other podcatcher software.
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We spend much time today on Many-to-Many collaboration. One-to-One collaboration works via email, phone, and IM, but the group aspect is the greater challenge and opportunity.
What does it take to drive innovation?
The technology is only as good as the people and processes around it. So, let's look at the soft stuff.
Got group intelligence?
Speaker theme, "Personal Productivity is yesterday" (ouch! Sorry David.) Let's see where he goes with this theme...
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Sam Weber, VP, Technical Services, KnowNow, presents on using RSS to bridge the information management gap between the people and information that drive business.
KnowNow's premise: information overload creates a gap.
E-Mail is overused
- 50% of email is junk
- a communication platform or storage device?
Static portals are broken
- <20% find portals useful
- 16 clicks to find useful information
Search isn't the answer, either
- > 50% of searches are successful
- Burden lies on user
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Thank you to all who attended.
Fellow GEEC, Michael Sampson, blogged the dinner from his Blackberry.
BTW: Nice job on your presentation today.
Don agrees that the enterprise is moving into the second generation.
Transition from closed hierarchical structure to a new kind of open networked enterprise.
Nicholas Carr is wrong :-) in that IT does matter, says Tapscott.
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Lots of pressure in three areas:
How to embrace changes in the business climate?
How to maximize business effectiveness in the workplace?
How do we promote innovation?
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But, it doesn't work.
Same problem on my new T60p.
Not that I think the hardware would have anything to do with it. It's working everywhere else.
This is a major productivity drop for me.
I'm sitting next to Tom Austin, an analyst in high performance workplace computing at Gartner Group. He's got his Lenovo X60 Tablet PC on his lap, with OneNote 2007 open and taking notes. I'm here with my new Lenovo X61 Tablet doing the same, blogging in real-time with Lotus Notes.
I'm not taking notes in Ink - too time-consuming given that I'm blogging in real time. And, you should be thankful, given my handwriting.
Web 1.0 - Publish and everyone could view. Put up information anywhere and access it.
Web 2.0 - See a web page and comment on it.
Web 2.0 Goes to work
- New business designs that address the "long tail"
- Lighter weight infrastructure & simpler programming models
- Tapping the collective knowledge
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How are we doing with Enterprise 2.0?
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David Weinberger keynote:
Enterprise 2.0 is about meta data - information about the information.
When organizing physical stuff, limitation of current taxonomies is that the organizer decides how the physical world will be filed.
It's a sad thing that our information organization skills follow the way we organize our laundry.
Filing systems in the new paradigm:
1. Leaf on many branches
2. Messiness is a virtue
3. No difference between data and meta data
Everything is now meta data. Meta data is the stuff you know and data is the stuff you don't know.
4. Users own the organization of their stuff (tagging, classification, etc.)
You cannot tell what people are going to be interested in.
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~59% of enterprises have deployed enterprise IM platforms.
IM is becoming the dashboard for UC (Unified Communications).
From left to right ... Adam Gartenberg (IBM), Nick Fera (Parlano), Eran Barak (Reuters Messaging), and Irwin Lazaar (Nemertes Research)
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Status reports can be shared by email or other collaborative tech. Conferences are precious time in the day of the knowledge worker.
Stop it. No more status reports. That's what collaborative tech is for.
A key take-away from this afternoon's Q&A session with the folks from Netage on E 2.0 case studies.
Information work has come to dominate our work.
Dennis Moore, General Manager, Emerging Solutions, SAP is the next speaker:
Web 2.0 technologies are penetrating the enterprise
(Source IDC, 2/2007)
Changing nature of work - more knowledge based
Increased consumerization of IT
People at home often have better IT than at work. 200MB limit on email at work? I have terabytes of storage on my home server.
People bring their expectations from home to work. This changes what is expected of IT
Remember PCs? They were not sanctioned. People brought them into the enterprise on their own. Web 2.0 is the same.
Is this a problem? People are bringing these expectations from home.
Composite applications, mashups, etc. - transforming the enterprise.
Enable emergent processes - participation with security and compliance. Portals, Collaborative tools, etc.
Build on the
Wisdom of my colleagues(the crowds)
Leverage collective intelligence
Enhance work patterns
Improve self sufficiency
SDN Example 1 week to respond to Q via traditional network. 31 min to get an answer on SDN.
People, not the technology, drive business outcomes and innovation.
- Develop customer relationships
- Drive innovation
- Improve operations
- Build partner connections
[Action item: find a way to do real-time, high quality capture of pre-sized 320x240 images into my PC for my blog]
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Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps of Netage.
A brief history of organizations:
- Small groups
We can't solve 21st-century problems with 19th-century organizations.
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As I listen to the key presentations at the conference and product pitches from the E 2.0 vendors (and even to Marc Orchant's description of how he uses all these tools to link his systems) I can't help but smile and think about the stuff I've been doing with Lotus Notes - for the past 15+ years.
The speakers are saying that asynchronous & persistent collaboration is the real NEW of Enterprise 2.0. (Oh, really? Notes did that two decades ago.)
How does the saying go? There's nothing new? Well, I'm not sure about that, but at least a portion of what is now being billed as Enterprise 2.0 is definitely not new. I've been doing this for years.
Thank you, Lotus Notes. I look forward to Lotus Connections to bring us to further extend E 2.0
Presentation: Marthin De Beer, Senior VP of Cisco's emerging technologies group
Social networking is making is way into the workplace. Ready or not, it will be in your business, too. Whether you embrace it and bring it in or whether the new workers bring it in on their mobile devices or through their network of social interaction.
Technology in transition
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Apparently, others are geting 4+ even 6 hours on a single battery. I hope that will be my experience, too.
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Michael, one of the participants pointed out that the benefit of not having the camera integrated in to the PC is that it is easier to upgrade the PC without changing the camera. He said that if you are migrating from PowerBook to PC, you can keep your camera. Easy migration: Unplug camera, toss PowerBook, plug in PC. Simple.
I don't agree. Why PC vendors have not integrated cameras into their laptops is beyond me. This is a mess. Just look at David's laptop.
And - he has a long USB cable he has to deal with.
So much for hardware integration.
Apple wins this one.
Insert thought: for conferences, I really like the small form-factor of the Lenovo X61 Tablet. I'm sure my seatmates appreciate it, too.
I plan to switch to OneNote 2007 as my note-taking tool. I like the interface of a notebook and pages on which to take notes. Note to self: bring an external mic so that I can record sessions in OneNote for review. So, after the break, I'll resume in OneNote 2007 but still in laptop mode and see how it goes.
Michael Sampson and I spoke on Unified Messaging, a key part of Unified Communications, ten years ago at 1997 EMA conference in Philadelphia. (In fact, that's how we met.) It's interesting to see how far this technology has come, and yet how far it needs to go to deliver on the promise of anytime anywhere collaboration.
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Michael's taking notes using OneNote in real-time as he presents. Then, during each break, he uploads the notes to the web. (Example) A powerful use of a Tablet. Today, he's tethered by a 25' VGA cable. I'll have to show him how to use MaxiVista for true mobility. Note: if you want to do the same, you'll need to disable screen saver and auto-rotation. Also, you'll need to invert the tablet screen from the normal landscape orientation. Overall, it works well.
- New tools
- Shift from vendors to utilities
- Focus and Intent
A key issue that I see is whether IT will be seen in the coming days as the business enabler or business prevention department.
This is my third post from the tablet in notes. Going slowly, but improving. Biggest challenge is that Notes is not Ink-enabled.
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I'm getting ready to head to Boston next week, for the Enterprise 2.0 conference. I'll be attending, with my long-time friend and colleague, Michael Sampson, who you may remember recently returned to the Tablet PC platform himself. You may have read that it's been a while since I used the Tablet PC for my eProductivity work. My experience with my previous tablet, the Toshiba Tecra M4, left something to be desired from the Tablet PC experience I had hoped for. [If you would like to catch up on my past Tablet PC blog entries, there are over one hundred of them, here. If you want to read about some of my less productive experiences with the M4 Tablet, see here.]
So, thanks to Lenovo, I begin the journey again. I had actually just purchased a brand new ThinkPad T60p and was in the process of migrating to it when Lenovo contacted me. So, I decided to hold off and mirror the migration onto both the T60p wide-screen ThinkPad (and awesome machine in its own right) and to the new X61 Tablet at the same time.
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I'm pleased to see David Allen make the list for the second year in a row. David's a good friend and client; I've known him and served for the past 15 years and he's someone that I admire and respect. I remember hearing David share how he wanted to positively impact the lives of people all over the world and his plan to do it. It's been fun to participate in that process and to see his vision come true.
As far as the who matters now list, David's currently at #84 but the voting is not over, so you can cast your vote for David or anyone else that you feel matter most. It will be fun to see the outcome.
Time and place to be determined. Pay your own way.
GEEC Dinner in Boston on Wednesday June 20, 2007
PS. While we are in town, Michael and I hope to visit MIT, perhaps someone would like to arrange a tour?