Tag Archives: Social Computing

Social Product Development – PTC and SharePoint

PTC (www.ptc.com) is a leader in the (physical) product development industry.  PTC provides CAD tools and a number of other manufacturing-related tools to help the entire lifecycle of product design and development. 

In January of 2009, PTC shipped their first product with an integration on top of SharePoint, Windchill ProductPoint.  Windchill ProductPoint provides a collaboration and team communication layer on top of PTC’s Windchill product line.

The benefits of social computing in product development, especially when the people involved in different lifecycle phases can come from different partner companies, and from around the world, are massive.  The SharePoint application development platform provides an infrastructure that allows PTC to incorporate social computing into, and around, their existing application offerings.

PTC has identified a number of other process and applications of theirs that will also benefit from the addition of a social computing platform.  PTC is working on and will be shipping, over the next year or two, an entire infrastructure of manufacturing applications that will leverage the SharePoint platform to tie people and processes and data together in ways that advance the process of product development.

PTC is calling this new approach “Social Product Development”.

You can read about it here (http://www.ptc.com/WCMS/files/90767/en/4466_SPD_FeatureArticle_Update.pdf)

Shade Foundation Poster Contest

A friend of my daughter is the Washington State winner for the Shade Foundation poster contest.  image

Now, she needs online votes.  So, here’s my shameless plug to ask you for your vote. 

Angie is the artist behind poster #34, “Don’t Be Caught Dead in the Sun,” with a beach shack, a crab, and the chalk outline of someone who didn’t remember the sunscreen!

Go to http://shadefoundation.org and click on this image – “VOTE NOW!

Choose to vote and then select #34, if that’s the one that you’d like to see win.


Thank you for helping her out!

NewsGator – Collaboration and Social Computing

NewsGator is holding two In-Person events for Collaboration and Social Computing in November.  Time is short for these, but if you are in Chicago or Minneapolis, try to fit these into your calendar!

CHICAGO, IL – Collaboration and Social Computing with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007

MINNEAPOLIS (Bloomington), MN – Collaboration & Social Computing on SharePoint – Lunch and Learn

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The Twitter Phenomenon

I started using Twitter for the 3rd time a week or two ago.  The first two times, I stopped watching replies after a couple of days because they were too nosiy for me.  It took the third time for me to start to understand some of the dimensions that Twitter provides. 

To some of my family and friends, it’s difficult to explain what Facebook is, and why someone my age would use it. “Isn’t facebook for college students, or something?”  Well, I’ve ben struggling with explaining Twitter even more so.

Here’s an excerpt from a post by Angie Swartz, who is going on about her love affair with Twitter.

So, the next thing was a random encounter with a work colleague I hadn’t seen in three years. I started to update him about me. He stopped me and said, “I know all about you Angie. In fact, a bunch of us were just talking about you at lunch. We were talking about how often you update your facebook page. We keep track of what you’re up to and in fact I know who you had lunch with yesterday.” A bit embarassing for me that this friend thought I had nothing better to do than update my facebook page so I asked him if he knew about my friend Twitter. He did not.

This is one way to explain ONE OF THE WAYS that Twitter and Facebook can help all of us in this fragmented and ever-widening world we live in.  While Twitter and Facebook will never replace the face-to-face conversations and individual connections that we should develop, it will help keep us in touch and in tune with our friends and acquaintances around the world, or even in the next building, who we don’t have time to speak with as frequently as we’d like.

the conference

<head> web conference: October 24-26, 2008

I was pointed to what appears to be a great web conference coming up the days prior to PDC.  The <head> conference.   (hat tip – Anna Ullrich)

“the global web conference” 

All online – no traveling.  Sounds interesting, and it sounds to me like this is the best next way to deliver conferences.  I mean, it’s great to be able to spend time with folks – nothing replaces the one to one communication and personal experience that comes with sharing time with a person in real time – but if the goal is communicating a particular message, in a one-to-many environment, then why can’t the web be the vehicle?  I think that it absolutely can be the vehicle, and I’m looking forward to see how technology enables this conference. 

$99 conference fee for early registrants, until Sep 30.

Enterprise Grade Blogging

In March, the SharePoint team announced a forthcoming integration between SharePoint 2007 and Telligent Community Server 2008.  The Community Server SharePoint integration should be available sometime later this month! 

See www.telligent.com for more info on Telligent Community Server and review this blog entry at http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2008/03/29/announcing-the-integration-between-telligent-community-server-2008-and-microsoft-office-sharepoint-server-2007.aspx

The end of March is in sight

This has been an interesting month of SharePoint Hands-On Labs that I’ve been offering to my customers across the district.  2-Day sessions, Bellevue, Boise, Portland, and this week, Spokane.  For those of you who my communication this month has not been up to par, I apologize.  I’ve got a couple of things for tonight…

1. I signed up for twitter…  I couldn’t avoid the news stories about this thing…  what a crazy thing.  I’ve got one post on twitter, and will try it out for the next week or so, but my impression already is that the signal-to-noise ratio on this is way too low.  It seems to me that for this to be useful, you’d need "channels" that you could tune into, such as, "Attendees at SXSW," "My Workgroup," "My High School Friends," or "My Family" and have different notification settings for each.

2. I need to make sure that everyone here who is interested in SharePoint is also tracking Mike Gianotti’s blog at http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/blogs/mikeg/default.aspx.  Mikey is a SharePoint Technology Specialist on the East Coast of the US who is doing a great job keeping the rest of the world current about SharePoint and other related technologies.  He writes much mroe frequently than I do. 

3. Mike G. did blog about Tahiti, so I checked it out.  It looks like a Live Services version of Live Meeting, and could be useful for quick application sharing and collaboration.  The price is right!  (At least, for now?)  It is in pre-beta stage. 

Read Mike’s blog entry and download it from here, while it lasts.