Workspaces work

From Ray Ozzie, creator of Lotus Notes and Groove, comes this article, with extra references, on the death of e-mail. Some key points:

Anyone who is doing a critical business process online that involves substantial dialog between individuals should NOT be using email at this point in history, and many no longer are.

Think about the rate of increase of “noise” in email over the past two years, which is a very short time. Think about where we’ll be in as short as five years. Can you imagine?

If you have work to do with others, online, try workspaces. There are many different types – from Groove if you like client-based mobility, to SharePoint if you like using Websites.

Ozzie definitely has a vested interest in everyone using Groove, but as you can see from the last quote he also believes in other solutions: whatever works for you.

The thought that hit me the most was the comments about noise in e-mail. The problem today isn’t too much information, as many complain. Rather, the problem is too much noise.

Workspaces work

From Ray Ozzie, creator of Lotus Notes and Groove, comes this article, with extra references, on the death of e-mail. Some key points:

Anyone who is doing a critical business process online that involves substantial dialog between individuals should NOT be using email at this point in history, and many no longer are.

Think about the rate of increase of “noise” in email over the past two years, which is a very short time. Think about where we’ll be in as short as five years. Can you imagine?

If you have work to do with others, online, try workspaces. There are many different types – from Groove if you like client-based mobility, to SharePoint if you like using Websites.

Ozzie definitely has a vested interest in everyone using Groove, but as you can see from the last quote he also believes in other solutions: whatever works for you.

The thought that hit me the most was the comments about noise in e-mail. The problem today isn’t too much information, as many complain. Rather, the problem is too much noise.

"The problem with abundance"

From Globetechnology:

What do traffic jams, obesity and spam have in common?

They are all problems caused by abundance in a world more attuned to scarcity. By achieving the goal of abundance, technology renders the natural checks and balances of scarcity obsolete…. {snip}

Any technology which creates abundance poses problems for any process which existed to benefit from scarcity.

Obvious ideas once they are laid out in front of you, but not necessarily obvious ahead of time. Think “long-term effects” from “short-term actions”.

“The problem with abundance”

From Globetechnology:

What do traffic jams, obesity and spam have in common?

They are all problems caused by abundance in a world more attuned to scarcity. By achieving the goal of abundance, technology renders the natural checks and balances of scarcity obsolete…. {snip}

Any technology which creates abundance poses problems for any process which existed to benefit from scarcity.

Obvious ideas once they are laid out in front of you, but not necessarily obvious ahead of time. Think “long-term effects” from “short-term actions”.

"The problem with abundance"

From Globetechnology:

What do traffic jams, obesity and spam have in common?

They are all problems caused by abundance in a world more attuned to scarcity. By achieving the goal of abundance, technology renders the natural checks and balances of scarcity obsolete…. {snip}

Any technology which creates abundance poses problems for any process which existed to benefit from scarcity.

Obvious ideas once they are laid out in front of you, but not necessarily obvious ahead of time. Think “long-term effects” from “short-term actions”.