At work I’ve been doing some skunk works projects on Enterprise Collaboration, or Enterprise 2.0. I enjoy setting up new things and seeing how they work and fit together. I also enjoy teaching new things to people and seeing them digest new ideas, so this has been something I’ve really enjoyed working on.
Cisco Networks released Cisco Quad, and I thought the best description I heard was, “When you are at home, you are addicted to Facebook… when you are work, you are addicted to this…”
That sums up my sentiment exactly.
There have been some well intentioned, yet primitive attempts at increasing collaboration across the company… wait… let me rephrase that. People have been collaborating all long, via primate methods, at least by what has been available.
We have Microsoft’s Sharepoint 2007 in house, and I’ve become very knowledge about it in the last half of the year. And I do see it as a potential enabler of virtual collaboration, but to me, it seems lacking in several areas. Granted, our implementation has suffered from stability and usage issues, but it only recently began gaining any noticeable traction almost eight months after it’s initial implementation.
But, it hasn’t been good for sharing media, or spontaneous communication, and I certainly realize the potential is there. I’ve seen Sharepoint 2010and it is an improvement, but unless it becomes part of our daily habits, or routine, Sharepoint 2010 could still languish.