Archive for the ‘Web 2.0’ Category
I am going to start posting a roundup each week that points out interesting articles/blog posts I’ve run across over the week. I hope you find them useful. Here goes:
Step Two Design’s James Robinson provided a great post on their Column Two blog, titled Where to start with a SharePoint intranet. He discusses the importance of having a good understanding of what SharePoint can do as well as having a “crystal clear vision and direction”. I think we’ve all heard the stories about firms who started using SharePoint without understanding what they were getting into and then found themselves spending more money on development than planned.
Mark Morrell’s post, 5 simple ways to benchmark your intranet provides a variety of ideas of how to determine if your intranet is doing what it should. How does it compare to other law firm intranets (or corporate intranets for that matter)? His 5th idea speaks to having an expert review or audit done by a third-party.
Jeff Hester reminds us that Knowledge Management is Not a Software Solution in his blog post on Jeff Hester.net. I tend to think of an intranet as a tool for managing and sharing knowledge (if done right). I also subscribe to the idea that knowledge management is governed by the 80/20 rule - 80% people and 20% technology. That doesn’t mean that we need to use less technology. We need to spend more time focusing on the people it serves.
Murali Sitaram’s post on GIGAOM, Social Tools: Helping People Share What They Know, describes the use of social network or Enterprise 2.0 tools within an organization. The post focuses on knowledge transfer when onboarding a new employee and the importance of sharing what is known by employees long before they retire. He also speaks to engaging employees for better adoption of the use of these tools.
If you read an article or blog post that you found especially interesting this week, please post it using the comments feature.
Have a great weekend!
The other day I got an email from TechWatch that listed the best articles of 2009. One of the articles I hadn’t seen before was called “12 words you can never say in the office.” Thinking it might be a funny read (I’m always up for a laugh), I decided to give it a quick glance. Turns out the article described outdated tech terms you should never use in the office because they will make you seem old. Most of the words on the list made sense and I wasn’t surprised to see them listed. However, the very first one on the list? Intranet!
Needless to say, I was shocked. Apparently the author has revised the article since the original posting back in August 2009 due to reader comments, so I don’t know the original content of that particular section. The author does refer to ”portal” as the new replacement term.
Is this true? Is “intranet” outdated? Have I been living under a rock? In my experience, intranet and portal are still current and are basically interchangeable, both meaning a gateway to specific internal resources from one basic entry point. I’d love to get some comments from everyone else out there – are you still calling your intranet an ”intranet?”
SharePoint lists allow you to quickly and easily integrate library content into your Intranet portal, making it possible to search, sort and filter without the need for programming or third party software. Register now to join us in a webinar called SharePoint Out of the Box: Power Your Intranet Using SharePoint Lists, that will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2010 from Noon to 1PM Central. You can learn how to create and manage research portals, virtual libraries, bibliographies, collections of external and internal links, or even use lists to generate update-able navigation within your site. You can transfer Excel or Access data to a SharePoint list in minutes. We’ll look at examples, examine the uses, benefits and drawbacks of using SharePoint lists, then walk through the basics of creating lists, adding data, and presenting the information on SharePoint sites.
During the session, you will:
- Understand the possible benefits and drawbacks to using SharePoint lists
- Learn how to create a list, import data to a SharePoint list and incorporate lists into your SharePoint pages
Cost: $30 per person USD or $60 USD for groups of up to 10 from the same firm
Cindy Chick, Global Manager of Knowledge Systems, Latham & Watkins LLP
Cindy works closely with the library, docket, records and knowledge management groups to help define and implement technology-focused solutions in her current role as Global Manager of Knowledge Systems. She was co-editor/publisher of LLRX.com for 6 years, and has been published in the American Lawyer, Searcher, PLL Perspectives and Online Magazine as well as speaking for a number of conferences and programs. Cindy maintains a blog called LawLibTech.com, “a conversation on law library technology and knowledge management.” Her most recent project is called CarGoDogs.com, a web site for those who travel with their dogs.
Nina Platt, Principal Consultant, Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.
Owner and principal consultant, Nina Platt is a law librarian and former AmLaw 100 firm library director who has worked in law firms since 1986. Her work in library management has spanned all but 4 of those years. Nina believes the most effective law firm libraries are critical to both the business and practice of law and that achieving to build a business critical library can only be done through the use of business tools like strategic plans, business plans, business cases, and more. She has written and delivered numerous articles, presentations, and papers on library and knowledge management topics.
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