Posts Tagged ‘tools’

Why You Should Use Producteev

Throughout my blogging I have found many web 2.0 tools being used used in the enterprise and even had a go at using some such a yammer, basecamp etc. Yesterday I stumbled across what i believe to be the best one so far, Producteev. It is an all in one collaborative project management tool with a very nice ‘web 2.0’ look and feel. It’s very user friendly with drag and drop features and very intuitive navigation.

So you create a task that appears as a rounded box in which to can add “To-do’s” inside the task. Within each of these you can set the description of the project or task, and also note the progress that has been made, status deadline and more. Also your colleagues can comment on the task to update progress or ask questions to other member of the team participating in the task.

Add tasks and view current projects in the dashboard

Add tasks and view current projects in the dashboard

All of these tasks are then linked in with the “Time line” widget which integrates with your tasks panel. It has three views, the calendar view(pictured below) which really helped me to organise due dates for my current projects, you can also which to daily or weekly view which can show specific dealines and time and teh progress you have made towards them. I used the daily view at work to schedule my appointments and make sure I had planned the repairs so I didnt run out of time, and it worked really well.

Schedule tasks and review dealines in the timeline screen

Schedule tasks and review dealines in the timeline screen

The third part of producteev I thought was great was the live feed section. This shows you all the status updates of colleagues on tasks that have been set and also incorporates a micro-blogging concept as well. On top of this the notion of collaboration is reinforced by the option to collaborate and share on all tasks, feeds, posts etc. Integration with twitter and facebook also encourage sharing out public tasks to members of the community to let them know how your progressing on projects.

View status updates and also update your status in with the twitter like micro-blogging feature

View status updates and also update your status in with the twitter like micro-blogging feature

Ontop of all the features I have covered there are still more, such as file upload and sharing, the ability to set public and private tasks, smart filter tasks and more. In my hour or so playing around with this I can only say it was a pleasant experience, it was a little buggy at times but this is only a very new product and can only improve with time. I’ve set up a student based account which allows up to 40 members in a team so if you would like to be invited let me know and we can test it out. There is only a certain amount of testing that can be done by myself. I can highly recommend Producteev as one of the better enterprise 2.0 tools i have experienced so far, with its multiple functions, integration with so many services and ease of use its definitely something to think about in your business or education group.

~Jamie

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So who is using it?

So far i’ve been talking about what is out there to be used and how it can be used. This week i set out to find who is actually using these technologies, in particular i tried to find some australian examples. To my surpirise i was having some trouble finding information on some large companies using web 2.0 tools regularly but i did find some results.

RaboPlus, an australian bank currently are using web 2 tools such as podcasts and blogs, as a way to communicate with their customers. You can view the community pages at http://www.raboplus.com.au/investor_centre. They use it as a way to communicate with their customers on a regular basis to give them up to date information. (This information was found at OnlineBankingReview).

Another Australian company Chochlear use a wiki internally to spread information to its engeneering team and also to keep staff up to date with current project status.

Cochlear software development manager Victor Rodrigues says it has changed the way the company works.

“People are a lot more aware of things that are happening around them just by the mere fact that anyone can go to a wiki and publish information internally. Its use certainly has picked up.

“Over the past two months, for example, the number of contributors has increased by almost 100 per cent,” Rodrigues says.

(found at australianit.news)

Over the past weeks of researching enterprise 2.0 i have been developing ideas of how this can help me at my workplace and started putting them into action. For those who don’t know i work at forest computers, we deal with apple computers, repairs, web development, networking, voip, security and many more IT related services. This is a small business so i am usually chopping and changing between these areas and it often becomes confusing. So i have created a wiki to be used by the staff. The reason for this was to have a place where all staff can go to reference all the services and processes that need to be done in the business. For example we had a staff member who specialised with dealing with iphones and vodafone contracts. When he left, the rest of the company was left relatively in the dark as to where to pick up where he left off. With the inclusion of a wiki it can be a place where all the processes that need to be done to sign up a customer contract for example could be so we can have access to the information if ever needed. I have spoken my colleuges and they all agree that a wiki would be a great addition to the company and some have already began contributing. I will keep you guys updated as to how the wiki is adopted in the company and my thoughts on its effectiveness but so far so good.

These example show the power and versatility of web 2.0 tools, the same tools can have different applications in different companies and reap many kinds of benefits. In my opinion incorporating enterprise 2.0 in your business means that you are engaging your employees and encouraging them to get involved. Tomorrow i will continue this post by further analysing the use of enterprise 2 by these companies and how these cases relate to patterns developed by Dion Hithcliffe and Andrew McAfee.

Until then, do you know of any other Australian companies embracing web 2.0 tools?

~Jamie

Tools of the trade

Blogging is fantastic for getting opinions out there, sharing useful information and developing a community, but what else is out there? There are so many web services and technologies that take advantage of web 2.0 concepts. They can be used to connect people or just make life easier, personally or in the enterprise.Social networking would have to be the most common web 2.0 with sites such as facebook, with over 250 million active users and others like myspace and bebo. These sites are great for connecting people and sharing information but there is so much more!

Blogs and wikis help bring us services such as wordpress and wikipedia. Sites like delicious for bookmark management, expensr for expense management, remember the milk, doodle, Flickr and the lists go on! There are so many tools out there that can help you out and i suggest you all get into it.

So what about the usage of web 2.0 technologies in the enterprise? It may surprise you but yes these tools are being used in business more and more every day and there are so many good reasons for it.

  • LinkedIn is one of the most popular business networking websites, linking employees and developing business contacts
  • Rather than having physical meeting with clients and colleges, you can use online messaging and video conferencing such as google talk or skype
  • Services such as Yammer and twitter allow co-workers to update each other using a micro-blogging platform as an employee management tool
  • 14dayz for tracking the time spent by groups on projects

Social Bright posted a great blog listing tonnes of web 2.0 tools you can use personally and in your business, check it out HERE. Undoubtedly you will find some new tools that will benefit you.

I leave you with this video i found from the very well know technology company Oracle, known widely for their database software. Here Thomas Kurian from Oracle is talking about how the company has tightly integrated enterprise 2.0 functionality into their own software so business can harness this. Also i would recommend looking at other videos from the OracleVideo youtube channel that contains eight short videos of an interview with Andrew McAfee, a well known web 2.0 professor i have mentioned in previous blog posts.

Enjoy 🙂