Sceptics have been around for ever and will continue, thankfully I’d say, to be part of humankind. I refer here to scepticism as it is most widely understood in everyday life, not the philosophical school of thought type. So, with full respect to the tough questions and lack of genuine concerns about the effectiveness of collaboration, I think we, the collaborating class, should take the task seriously and learn continuously about collaboration. We should discuss and share what we research or learn through practice. The importance of making collaboration the critical part of any enterprise’s strategy and culture goes far beyond self-interest and the passion some of us may feel. Making collaboration a discipline that counts is a duty. It is with this attitude that we need to engage not just the converted and/or undecided, but also those who are sceptical. So with that in mind I prepared this edition of recommended reading.

What do cows have to do with collaboration? Well it turns out a promising future for humankind based on an initiative in the UK. I argue that collaboration is essential for business resilience in disruptive markets and some of these stories seem to reflect precisely on that notion. For these and similar stories of collaboration and drama, check out this week’s selection of recommended reading.


Enterprise Collaboration Market Expected to Reach $70.61 Billion by 2019- New Report by MarketsandMarkets

The report “Enterprise Collaboration Market [Solutions (Telephony, Unified Messaging, Conferencing, Collaboration Platforms, Enterprise Social), Services, Deployment, User Types (SME, Enterprises)] – Global Advancements, Worldwide Forecasts & Analysis (2014 – 2019)”, defines and segments the Enterprise Collaboration market into various sub-segments with an in-depth analysis and forecasting of revenues. The report also identifies the factors driving this market, various restraints and opportunities impacting it along with the technology roadmap and adoption trends…RAED ON



Dairy Fund aims to boost collaboration and returns

cowsaDEFRA launched the £5m Dairy Fund in July 2012 in the aftermath of milk price protests and the SOS Dairy summit. After a long application process, nine grants of varying sizes were awarded earlier this year to help groups of farmers co-operate to become more competitive, reach new markets and strengthen their position in the supply chain. A wide range of groups and businesses is benefiting from the funding – DEFRA hopes the new and stronger co-operative groups that emerge from the process will serve as examples and inspire other farmers to do the same…READ ON


New collaboration between Australian and European scientists to boost therapeutic drug research

Director of the Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery, Professor Ronald J Quinn AM said research collaborations are vital in the search for new drugs to fight disease. “Research needs to become more collaborative and multidisciplinary to succeed and we will get more value from Australian compounds if more exploration is being done,” Professor Quinn said. “Australian chemists will be able to have their compounds investigated by European scientists who are looking at things in different ways, and Australian biologists will have access to European compounds. The more people who are investigating the better.” Coordinator of the EU-OPENSCREEN consortium, Dr. Ronald Frank from Leibniz-Institut f-r Molekulare Pharmakologie in Berlin Germany, is also enthusiastic about the exchange with Compounds Australia…READ ON


An Architecture of Collaboration

Physical supply chains promote efficiency: intermediaries aggregate supply and demand in ways that streamline the market for providers and aggregators. But digital media is about more than efficiency: it gives publishers an opportunity to embrace alternative formats, different business models and new discovery mechanisms, all of which could help them hedge against commodification in the face of abundance…READ ON


Collaborative Business Intelligence on the Rise

Collaborative business intelligence (BI) is gaining steam as more firms realize the productive benefits of BI. These offerings fold BI and social media tools into one solution so firms can truly understand and share their data to improve decision making. Fueling Collaboration. The collaborative BI process fuels better decision making at organizations. According to new research from Dresner Advisory Services reported by Information Management, more than 60 percent of global organizations surveyed find collaborative BI important. Dresner, a BI-focused research firm, explains that the growing interest in collaborative BI puts it in the same category as other highly sought-after technologies, including big data and social media…READ ON


9 Collaboration Things to Know

Working together is hard enough when everyone is in the same room; working on ideas together on a whiteboard. Throw in egos and culture and conflicting schedules and workloads and it gets even harder. Now, add in a dispersed workforce and content spread across shared files (c’mon, you know you still have them) plus on the cloud and on various mobile devices – just to compound everyone’s “email as file folder” issue; and you’ve got real collaboration challenges. Here are some highlights from AIIM’s most recent Industry Watch, Content Collaboration and Processing in a Cloud and Mobile World…READ ON


…and now for something completely different…



mindWe’re learning more and more about the mind all the time. Neurological functions. Brain chemistry. Thought processes. Feelings and states like being ‘in the zone,’ or ‘positively engaged,’ or even ‘transcendent.’ But it seems we are talking more about mind, and using it less. We used to use the word ‘mind’ as an action verb or concrete noun. I present three examples for your analytic pleasure. When I was a kid, “mind the baby” was a phrase often directed to older siblings by an otherwise-engaged parent. It was a call for attention and action – at minimum a few doting moments playing peekaboo or counting fingers. Today, the more likely strategy would be to put the baby in front of the television, or perhaps an attention-grabbing app running on a baby-proofed tablet. Stimulation, yes. Mind? Not really…READ ON


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