I’m still typing frantically on my report on building portals in SharePoint and preparing for our upcoming workshop, but I thought I’d poke my head up for a minute to point you to a presentation I’m looking forward to doing in May in Las Vegas. Details are below. Hope to see you there!
|WHAT:||The Shared Insights’ Portals, Collaboration and Content Conference|
|WHEN:||May 22-24, 2007|
My presentation is:
Picking the Right Tool for the Job: E-mail, IM, Post or Publish
Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
Presented By: Craig Roth, Vice President and Service Director, Burton Group
Information workers today are blessed with an abundance of communication and collaboration tools on their desktop, including e-mail, an intranet portal, wikis, instant messaging, shared workspaces and team rooms and the old-fashioned phone. Unfortunately, they do not always receive guidance to go along with this embarrassment of riches that would help them decide which tool to click on or when to use it. Instead, they often wind up selecting by convenience and familiarity rather than picking the best tool for the job. In this presentation, Craig Roth will discuss individual and enterprise guidance on how to find the right tool for the right job.Key Issues:
- What kind of problems are information workers trying to solve today?
- How do the communication and collaboration tools such as wikis, blogs, team rooms and e-mail fit with these needs?
- How do I use enterprise policy and guidelines on channel and workspace selection to improve overall efficiency of information workers?
People love an underdog story – the little guy who the big guys ignore but triumphs through gut, gumption, and raw talent. I just watched Rocky again for the first time in years (the original, non-Roman-numeraled movie) and the clichés are all there.
This explains why the press loves the Mozilla vs. Microsoft story. Every couple of years IE and Mozilla (formerly the Netscape guys) go at it again, releasing new versions of their browsers and the spotlights shine brightly on them. It’s not as much that the product improvements themselves are that exciting, but the resurfacing of that underdog story.
A look through my press quotes from InformationWeek, Forbes, ComputerWorld, and Tech News World shows how nothing really changes. I was interviewed by NPR on this subject in 2005 as well, and I can guarantee they didn’t care just because of the evening news listener’s interest in tabbed browsing and CSS support. But “Can a plucky non-profit beat giant Microsoft?” – now that’s a story!
Here are some other quotes of mine for historical perspective on this never-ending story:
- Round I in 2000: Netscape Communicator 6.0 vs. IE 5.5
- Round II in 2004: Firefox 1.0 vs. IE
- Round III earlier this year: Firefox 1.5 vs. IE7
- Round IV this week: Firefox 2.0 vs. IE7
In my most recent interview, when asked if I thought Mozilla 2.0 was a major release, I said not really. But they had to put something out since the spotlight was going to be there anyways and they have to look busy. To quote myself:
“I think they’re invigorated, knowing browsers are in the news again,” he said of Firefox maker Mozilla. “They want to have something to show if people are going to pay attention to them.”
I do think Mozilla 3.0 will have more in it, but really the value of a browser is that it’s a thin, stable platform on which to run web applications. I want all the improvements and variation in the apps, not the viewer for them. Where there are fixes needed, fix them. Where there can be neat improvements (like tabbed browsing – love it!), make them. Put in support for Rich Internet Applications (RIA) technology. Otherwise, leave it alone and just keep my apps humming along smoothly.