Technology and the occasional justified rant

Interview with Times Online

Last week I was interviewed by

  • “Eventually you get fed up typing so you press a button to go on the phone” – during the interview I said “IF you get fed up with typing”.
  • On the subject of web conferencing replacing face-to-face meetings – in our return on investment model we reckon on about 10% of face-to-face meetings being replaced, but that’s something individual businesses need to look at.
  • Likewise the return on investment being realised in a couple of months – maybe, it depends on the business… but we have seen situations where it’s possible.
  • I didn’t say that instant messaging (IM) could be used to store knowledge – that part of the interview actually referred to a Notes and web application, and also to the culture of asking questions in a place where everyone could benefit from the answer.

Interesting that Erik Larson from Adobe also said what I said during my interview, that collaboration is generational – today’s teenagers use instant messaging and social networking tools and will be expecting those solutions in the workplace. Furthermore I said that some businesses now recognise that they need to have those solutions in place to attract and retain the best talent. Stick with Lotus software, and that’s what they’ll get.

…works for Microsoft as a Global Account Technology Strategist. In a former life he worked for the Lotus brand within IBM for many years. Married with one daughter and two dogs, lives in Camberley (Surrey, England), plays the guitar to a mediocre standard, and runs 10 kms and half marathons at an average speed. That’s it really.


Darren Adams • 22 December 2008

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