Category: Collaboration Tools

Preparing to move to the cloud

The Ongoing Cloud Transition

Over the past couple months, as I traveled between events in DC and Minnesota in the US, presented to audiences at 10 different events in South Africa, and most recently spoke at SharePoint Saturday Vienna and the European SharePoint Conference in Dublin, part of my focus was to understand the...

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The Forthcoming Microsoft Teams Revolution

With the arrival of Microsoft Teams in mid-2016, there has been both excitement and some confusion within the ecosystem as to how this new tool fits into the broader collaboration story. Microsoft Teams, in many ways, is the embodiment of the Groups concept: a way for organizations to provide one...

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Upgrading My Kanban Experience in Microsoft Teams

When I launched CollabTalk as an independent research and technical marketing services company on January 1st of this year – building on a 5-year-old brand that I had built around open, community-based conversations on all-things collaboration – I decided to leverage Microsoft Teams as my primary platform. As the CollabTalk...

Improving Team Collaboration

Jump-Starting Team Collaboration

There is no shortage in options for collaboration these days. There are so many competing and overlapping tools and services on the market these days, it truly is a buyer’s market. Of course, the hard part is that there is no single method for collaboration that fits every single organization...

Five Issues Businesses Are Still Facing with Collaboration

Collaboration has changed pretty dramatically since I entered the space (officially) back in 1997, when my little startup built our own proprietary instant messaging app, and then developed an early social graph technology for the purpose of automating project management activities. Most organizations have gone from locked down, process-driven corporate...

Measuring Sentiment and Engagement

Since last fall, I’ve been partnering with the team over at tyGraph (www.tyGraph.com) around the metrics for my monthly CollabTalk tweetjams, helping them tweak their analytics to improve upon some of the over-priced and questionable-value Twitter tools out there. They improved their measurements, which are now all that I use...

What is the Future of Email?

All of this this talk about Teams, Groups, SharePoint, and Yammer – and yet not much talk about the leading collaboration tool in use today: email. Yes, that’s right – email. Having a discussion on collaboration without email is kind of like talking project management tools without mentioning Excel, which...

Conversation Portability in the Age of the Digital Workplace

Back in early 2014, I wrote a piece for Wired.com called ‘The Future Requires Social Portability’ where I reminisced on a time from my telecommunications career when we built out a number of key operational capabilities, including number portability. It’s something we largely take for granted now – when you...

The Power of Employee Engagement

The most misunderstood metric in collaboration today is engagement. What engagement means within your organization, and how you measure it, depends on a number of factors: technologies in place, collaboration culture, corporate and team goals, measurement tools and reporting, company processes and bureaucracy, and operational oversight, among other factors. The...

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The Email Resurgence

Ok, that title is not exactly honest — because email never went anywhere. It certainly didn’t die, as was predicted by every social technology vendor ever. Funny enough, one of the biggest perpetrators of this fallacy was Yammer — and then they got acquired by one of the largest purveyors...