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Collaboration in context

Harry, a storm is coming, at least if you follow Cary Youman. Nothing less that the way we collaborate will be, again, a focus for IBM. The need has not found a definite solution. The attempt to reinvent eMail is starving in the incubator. Great minds try to reinvent the conversation (and looks suspiciously like Wave). So what is so tricky about collaboration?
In short it is context, the famous 5 W. In our hyperconnected world context can get big rather fast:
Collaboration In Context
An eMail system usually provides limited context: From, When, Subject. Using Tools and Advanced Analytics modern systems try to spice that context. Other shoot the messenger without addressing the next level of problem: Flood vs. Scatter
Social software has made information easier to share and better accessible, but created a scatter problem
A few years ago, the only relevant place for actionables was the eMail inbox. Now it is the social feed (with its lack of control), wikis, blogs, chats etc. on top of the eMail. I have argued for a revamped inbox before and I'm quite hopeful that what was presented as a vision an aeon ago (at least an aeon in IT time), will finally come to pass.
Activities as they were envisioned by the R8.5 design team
Of course nobody wants to use clients any more, of course unless the device has no keyboard and the client is downloaded from an app store

Posted by on 24 September 2014 | Comments (0) | categories: Software


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