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Collaboration IS the Future of Work

December 13th, 2010 | by Isaac Garcia

Last week, I attended Dreamforce 2010 for an afternoon and participated as a panelist at the Gigaom Net:Work conference. At both conferences, the topic of collaboration was at the center of discussion.  

At Dreamforce, outside the entrance to the Moscone Center was a large "Collaborate" sign that promoted's newest product, Chatter. Kinda reminded me of the pictogram we use on some of our promotional t-shirts here at Central Desktop

Enterprise 2.0 has crossed the chasm

November 11th, 2010 | by Isaac Garcia

I had the opportunity to attend Enterprise 2.0 in Santa Clara yesterday where I participated in a panel hosted by InformationWeek's Editor-in-Chief Alex Wolfe titled "What Enterprise 2.0 Can Learn from SMB."

On the panel to represent the SMB customer's point of view was Larry Housel, of Industrial Mold & Machine, and Jashcha Kaykas-Wolff of Involver.  In addition to myself, representing the vendor's perspective was Chris Yeh of PBWorks. 

Thomas Claburn has a nice wrap up from our panel - so I won't rehash what has already been said.

But I will comment on a couple of things that I noticed from our panel and from the keynotes and sessions that I attended:

  • The tolerance for buzzwords seemed lower than prior conferences, perhaps signaling a shift in market maturity for both the vendors and the attendees.

  • Pragmatism reigns.  Maybe it's the economy, but businesses of all sizes were emphasizing the pragmatism of social and collaboration tools.  This stuff has to impact my business in a specific way that I can measure it - otherwise, forget it.

  • Everyone sounds the same.  More than ever, Enterprise 2.0 and collaboration tools have become commodities.  While Novell's Keynote and demo of Vibe looked cool, you know that things are mainstreamed when Novell is discussing them on stage.

The Wedding Planner, featuring Central Desktop

September 22nd, 2010 | by kathleen

If you've had your own wedding, or helped a loved one plan theirs, you know just how much work it is. Emotions and outspoken relatives aside, there's no shortage of phone calls, emails and meetings to be had with your small army of vendors contracted to pull the big day off.

As a bride-to-be, many friends began offering me their own "tips" and "lessons learned" on how they planned their weddings that sounded like this: "Here, you can borrow my 4-inch thick planning binder! It's full of checklists, vendor information, pricing, sample contracts and schedules."  Someone sent me a "to do" list that almost made me faint (it was 10 pages long single spaced).  My fianc√© and I live in a world of Blackberries, laptops, MS Office documents, PDFs and automated online systems.  A 4-inch binder doesn't fit in our carry-on travel suitcases.  The thought of manual coordination processes, paper-based documents, and communication via phone and email sounded like a nightmare to us.
  Wedding Planning Tool
Taking a deep breath, I realized that planning a wedding is very similar to any business project and will involve:

  • Coordination with many "internal" users (bride-to-be, groom-to-be, wedding planner, parents)
  • Coordination with many "external" parties (vendors, maid-of-honor, friends, parents)
  • Project tasks to be completed on specific dates and deadlines
  • Decisions that must be made on many different topics, with completely different groups of individuals
  • Need for regular conference calls & meetings, in addition to email correspondence ensuring everyone is kept up-to-date

The Growing Case for Virtual Offices

July 12th, 2010 | by Grace Kang

Is the Virtual Office the Next Big Thing?

More and more businesses seem to think so. It's been great hearing about businesses that are taking the plunge and putting their entire offices online. We've always said here at CD that with the right online collaboration tools, teams can work together from anywhere, at anytime (sounds familiar, right?)

Here's a great article that a colleague shared with me the other day about an entirely virtual based company that's leveraged online tools beautifully.  "The Do Gooder who Launched Fission Strategy and Grossed $1 + Mil her First Year" explores the story of how Roz Lemieux (a Central Desktop user) founded Fission Strategy, an internet firm that helps non profits successfully leverage social media, and grossed 1 Mill + in her first year!  What really caught my attention were the reasons behind Fission Strategy's decision to remain a virtually web based company (permanently). While the most popular reason for taking an office online is to cut overhead costs, Roz's main priority was finding great workers, regardless of location - and building a system to accommodate them. The article covers some of the questions/concerns that usually arise with taking an office online, and Roz shares how she and her team dealt with them. Check out the full article at Mixergy.

Do you foresee an office virtualization in your company's near future? Let us know what you think in the comments!

What Microsoft Office/SharePoint 2010 Means for SMBs

May 12th, 2010 | by Isaac Garcia

So, today it starts.  Microsoft announced the release of Office/SharePoint 2010 from 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York.

Overall, it was an impressive announcement that highlighted some incredible features and functionality.  After all of these years, we are beginning to really see Microsoft's "Software + Services" strategy come together.  

For the pundits that have declared "Microsoft dead" or that "Google has won" - today's release of Office/SharePoint 2010 goes a long way to prove that battle is just beginning.

The sheer scale of Microsoft is daunting. The Business Division accounts for approximately 60% of Microsoft's total $60 billion sales; of which Office accounts for almost 90% of that division. Microsoft's iron-grip on the Enterprise is also staggering.  Stephen Elop throws around numbers like "90 million users" (paid users mind you) that most Web and Enterprise cannot begin to fathom.  

But in spite of these numbers and in spite of the great functionality that 2010 provides - I can't help but wonder what the average small or medium-sized business is thinking?

Sharepoint vs Central Desktop vs Google Docs

Cringely’s (NOT in Silicon Valley) Startup Tour

April 27th, 2010 | by Isaac Garcia

For the past two months, technology writer Robert X. Cringely has been taking nominations from companies who want to be a part of his "Cringely's (NOT in Silicon Valley) Startup Tour." Cringely recognizes the contributions startups make to the economy and wants to highlight top startups, primarily those that are not from Silicon Valley for a change. He'll be selecting the top 24 companies that he and his family will visit this summer and all of it will be taped for a yet-to-be named big cable channel.

Sounds like a cool idea, right? We definitely thought so,and since Central Desktop fits the bill, we submitted ourselves this week. Check out this video of our CEO Isaac Garcia talking about why Central Desktop should make Cringely's List of the Top Startups Companies Outside of Silicon Valley:

If you'd like to view the full submission, click here. We appreciate any votes and comments! And if you happen to also be a startup not in Silicon Valley, we encourage you to join the fun - nominations are still open!

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