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Too Many Apps: The New World of Information Overload

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“Did you see my post on Yammer?”

“I didn’t see your comments; didn’t you see my email?”

“I knew you wouldn’t see my email, so I sent you a text message … and a WhatsApp message”

“I was waiting for your call; didn’t you see my LinkedIn update?”

It’s only Monday, but I am already behind. I periodically checked email over the weekend. I thought I could short-circuit the stress of dealing with too many messages on Monday morning, but checking email is not enough anymore. Because while I kept my Inbox empty, I didn't keep up with LinkedIn, Twitter and Yammer … and I missed some important developments. 

How to Do Pair Writing Well

Norwegian design agency, Netlife Research, has been pioneering pair writing. Bjørn Bergslien, senior consultant at Netlife Research, gives some insights into its approach.

FaceBox at Work: The Newest Collaboration Solution?

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We are hardly out of the 2015 gate and the enterprise collaboration market is already experiencing a shakeup.

Facebook released Facebook at Work on Jan. 14, the same week Box resuscitated its delayed IPO event, slated to launch tomorrow. While seemingly unrelated, these two events underscore the continued significance the "consumerization of the enterprise" trend will continue to play in 2015, especially as it relates to collaboration.

Who Wants To Play With Facebook At Work?

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Facebook unveiled its new social network Facebook at Work today, a sign of its interest in the lucrative office productivity and collaboration market. A smartphone app called Facebook At Work, with the look and feel of classic Facebook, is now available in app stores.

However, just because you can download the app doesn't mean you can use it. "Facebook at Work is only available to people who have set up a work account through their employer," the app states.

Facebook is limiting initial use to a select few companies as it continues to test the platform. The promise is a new social network with familiar interfaces that will limit itself to enterprise communications.

Forget Email, Text and Chat - It's Time to Talk Again

2014-26-November-Call-Me.jpgLotus Notes creator Ray Ozzie thinks it’s time to pick up the phone and have conversations again. There’s nothing wrong with email and texts, he says, but sometimes a simple phone call with a co-worker or a call with a group is the best way of getting something done. Especially because it allows us to really connect via tone of voice and human emotion.

And yes, Ozzie knows that iChat exists and that the conference call has already been invented and is too often loathed by all.

7 Reasons Why Facebook at Work Will Fail

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Would you move your business data and team conversations to a platform run by Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook advertising machine? While the Facebook for Business brand is nothing new, focused on providing a more effective advertising platform for businesses based on the social connections and information consumption of its 1.3 billion members, rumor has it that a new offering will target team and project-based collaboration under the brand Facebook@Work.

According to a new Financial Times report and related Business Insider analysis, the platform has been in development for years but is being piloted at a number of companies, and it "will allow employees to collaborate, edit documents, collect professional contacts, and chat with colleagues."

Brad Szollose: Stop Running Your Business Like It's 1969

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Brad Szollose is a lot of things: a serial entrepreneur, former C-Level executive of a public company, a business adviser, millennial expert and an award-winning business author. So he knows a few things about which he speaks — and this is what he wants businesses to know.

Flatten your hierarchies, embrace innovation and stop expecting your employees to follow the rules, keep their mouths shut and listen. Those days are over, and they aren't coming back.

"The digital age requires a smarter worker. In today’s world, we make very sophisticated stuff that does not conform to simple rules. Responsibility, troubleshooting and decision-making have all moved to the frontline. This requires open-source style communication," he said.

Big Pictures, Micro-Moments: Takeaways from #KMWorld

Big pictures start with small parts. At last week's KMWorld conference in Washington, DC, we were given a taste of both.

Lee Rainie, director of Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, explored a utopian vision of knowledge sharing in the future during his Thursday keynote.

A day earlier, Dion Hinchcliffe, Chief Strategy Officer at Adjuvi, shared success stories: examples of how knowledge management works in businesses that have successfully implemented and integrated social collaboration, both internally and externally.

The lessons became more granular in individual sessions: How contextual awareness in the workplace can help deliver relevant information to employees. Individual storytelling as a pathway to organizational narrative. The importance of the url for a successful search in SharePoint.

Social Collaboration's Year of Productivity

Social Collaboration's Year of ProductivityFrustrated with the amount of time it takes to get organized? You're not alone.

According to McKinsey, the average worker spends 19 percent of the work week searching for information. We spend so much time looking for emails, notes we scribbled down in a meeting and word docs we saved to our desktop, that it's impossible to stay on top of all the information we need to get organized -- and more importantly, to be productive. And if the coworkers you collaborate with daily are similarly disorganized, how will any work get done?

The Enterprise Collaboration Tipping Point

Social Business, The Enterprise Collaboration Tipping Point2014 will be the year when true enterprise collaboration takes off in large and midsize corporations. To make it happen, companies will need to adopt a new approach when implementing technologies for information workers, focusing on simplifying the digital work environment for their employees and other contributors, and creating virtual proximity.

Cubicles, Corner Offices, Open Workspaces: Who's More Satisfied?

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Does how and where you work affect privacy and communication? As anyone who's worked in a cubicle or a corner office can attest, it's an obvious question. And yet, the answer isn't as straight forward. Many tech firms will tell you how open workspaces have helped teams collaborate more efficiently, while most executives know they've made it when they achieve the corner suite. Recently a team of researchers set out to find out the distinct benefits associated with various office spaces and how they affect workspace satisfaction. 

New Productivity Survey Finds Information Overload Higher in Millennials

Info Overload.pngIn this age of digital everything, at what point do workers get overwhelmed? A new survey suggests that US employees may be approaching the tipping point.

Atlassian's Confluence Adds Speedier Search, Linker to External Files

altassian, enterprise collaboration, confluence Atlassian offers an improved search engine in Confluence 5.2.

With so much collaboration software out there, vendors are trying to distinguish themselves by ramping up key features. One player, Atlassian, is now offering what it describes as "a whole new search experience" for version 5.2 of its Confluence content and team collaboration platform, as well as an add-on offering a simple entry to files stored externally.

HiSoftware's Kurt Mueffelmann Talks Compliance, Secure Data for SharePoint

HiSoftware.jpg As social collaboration becomes more common among organizations, there is a need to balance the ability for employees and partners to work together, yet ensure that information is secure and used properly. I spoke with Kurt Mueffelmann, HiSoftware President and CEO, about these issues and how HiSoftware can help.

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