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Steve Jobs...
October 6, 2011 9:17am
Today I find myself continually reflecting on the life of Steve Jobs. Perhaps President Obama stated it best by saying "…The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented."

I learned the news yesterday on my iPhone via text messages, first from my son, and then again from my other son. Though I knew he was gravely ill, it still overwhelmed me to hear about it. It felt like a huge void had just been created, as though the universe had lost one of its very bright stars. Throughout the evening I read various blogs with stories of his life on my iPad and my MacBook Pro and thought about the impact he had made on my own life.
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SteepleConnect Announced!
July 19, 2011 9:00pm
eSolve is proud to let you know about a new product / service called SteepleConnect.com - a social and community driven website platform specifically designed for churches.  SteepleConnect is the brainchild of my son, Tim, and his friend, Adam, a fellow software engineer.  It is currently a licensed product / service of eSolve Solutions.   More...
Apple iPad as a Project Collaboration Tool
January 28, 2010 9:00pm
Apple has just released the new iPad and it really looks like a useful tool. My first thought is that it appears to be an ideal platform for mobile Project Collaboration. It's big enough to let you fully view web-based content provided by such tools as BaseCampHQ, Google Docs, or eSolve Solutions own product, The eSolve Office, without the bulk of a regular laptop. More...
Google Wave - ready for prime-time?
December 4, 2009 11:00
Google recently provided a Beta release of Google Wave, it's answer to "...what email might look like if it was invented today". Google Wave is an interesting technology that offers promise, though the initial offering is rather light. Nick Gall correctly identified Google Wave a "technology showcase", as opposed to the next "killer app". It is more of a demo to show what type of technology is available, as opposed to a full-featured application that is ready to be used by work groups. More...
Real Green IT - reducing the number of meetings
May. 13, 2009 10:47
"Green IT" and "Green Computing" is gaining significant attention these days. Wikipedia notes that "Green computing is the study and practice of using computing resources efficiently." Yet, with all the focus on going green, one underlying problem is not being addressed, especially in the area of using technology to improve communication and collaboration. Although technology such as Cisco Telepresence and gotomeeting.com offers an alternative to face-to-face communication to reduce travel and energy use, the basic problem – too many meetings – is not addressed More...
Knowledge Management and the Aging Workforce
Mar. 26, 2009 10:47
As identified in a recent Wall Street Journal article, knowledge management is becoming increasingly important as the workplace population ages. Interestingly, a number of companies, including ConocoPhillips (COP), Chevron Corp. (CVX) and BP PLC (BP) are encouraging workers to use "...handheld computers, interactive Web pages, blogs, social networks and other media to store information on how they make crucial decisions or resolve problems at the office and in the field."

Changes in technology have lead to a disconnected and dispersed workforce that relies heavily on email and real-time meetings. Technology such as Cisco Telepresence, offers an alternative to face-to-face communication to reduce travel and energy use, by focusing on video and audio conferencing and real-time communication. Unfortunately, the underlying problem – too many meetings – is not addressed. More...
Microsoft Introduces Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)
Mar. 03, 2009 18:50
Microsoft is entering the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) sector with its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), $14 per-user per-month set of web-based tools. BPOS includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online and Office Live Meeting.

The primary focus of BPOS is document exchange at the enterprise level, geared towards reducing existing costs by eliminating the need for in-house systems (such as MS Exchange Servers) to host Microsoft applications. If you view the online demo, you'll find this to be the case. Users can access all Microsoft tools on-line for a set monthly fee. This will provide competition for Google (Google Docs), IBM (Lotus Quickr) and realtime tools such as gotomymeeting.com and webX. Microsoft's new offering also affirms the trend to a growing number of SaaS applications, as opposed to in-house systems and applications. More...
The Real Cost of email
Feb. 16, 2009 17:35
A recent 2008 study by the Radicati Group indicated that respondents spent 25% of their day with e-mail, sending 38 messages, while receiving 102, with 17% containing attachments. Of this email, 1/3 was determined to be useless. This translated into 6 hrs/wk wasted or, on average, $10K/yr/worker. Further, it was found that workers were being interrupted every 3 minutes by email and phone and this caused them to lose focus on priorities, become less productive, and lose track of the “big picture” for their business. More...
IT Alternatives For Small Business
Feb. 02, 2009 09:58
Do you have a small business with a few computers and internet access and would like a better way to sharing files and working online? Are you wondering if there an alternative to buying and maintaining your own server that won't "break the bank"?

You should consider utilizing
services that provide software and data storage online (via the Internet).  This option is especially helpful for small businesses that may not want (or be able) to invest in elaborate IT systems.
Most small businesses are unable to afford or setup complex servers.  Instead, they tend to store all their information and applications on individual computers and share information between employees and other businesses via email.  Unfortunately, if one of these computers gets stolen, is corrupted by viruses, or experiences a disk crash, or if the facility experiences a fire or flood, key business information can be permanently lost.  This can be devastating for a business. 
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Why Project Management Tools MUST Be Located On the Internet
Jan. 24, 2009 21:48
As organizations continue to become more global and workgroups become more and more dispersed, the need to collaborate between organizations, and members not part of the organization, has increased. Unfortunately, most of the IT Project Management tools are being implemented inside organizations on their own internal networks, with limited or no access outside the organization. This results in project members resorting to email, fax, and face-to-face meetings to accomplish project goals and to collaborate on the projects. The solution to this problem is to use Internet-based Project Management tools with Collaboration capabilities that can be made available to anyone with Internet access. More...
The Advantages of Web 2.0 Collaboration Tools Over Email
Nov. 04, 2008 00:08
Workers today are more dispersed and mobile than ever. Conventional tools such as email and voicemail overwhelm users and are no longer effective. These tools lack project focus, make it difficult to keep track of information, and provide no permanent history of communication. Organizing information and communicating with workers at multiple locations becomes a burdensome task. However, organizations continue to provide and use more traditional tools such as email, fax, phones/cellphones, and file sharing. New collaboration tools are necessary to provide better solutions. More...