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Tips From A Successful Virtual Conference

Erica Driver April 28, 2008
By Erica Driver Last week, I delivered a presentation about the recent report Web3D: The Next Major Internet Wave at the vBusiness Expo in Second Life. I’ll share some of my experiences and observations, as I’m sure that during the coming year many of you will be invited to present at or attend virtual conferences […]
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Planning Can Generate Serendipitous Interactions In Virtual Worlds

Erica Driver April 5, 2008
By Erica Driver At the Virtual Worlds 2008 conference in New York City this week I had quite a few conversations about how using virtual worlds in the enterprise can increase serendipitous interactions among people. What’s all the fuss about serendipitous interactions, you might ask? Unexpected, unplanned conversations with people you wouldn’t normally talk with […]
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Open Source Community Will Drive Virtual World Standards And Interoperability

Erica Driver April 4, 2008
By Erica Driver I’m at the Virtual Worlds 2008 conference in New York City, participating in the enterprise track – a series of panel discussions about topics like enterprise apps for virtual worlds, virtual worlds for information and knowledge management professionals (I was fortunate to be able to moderate that panel – which ran over […]
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Virtual Worlds Shows Promise For Collaborative Work — With Hurdles To Be Overcome

Erica Driver March 21, 2008
By Erica Driver The Virtual-Worlds Consortium for Innovation and Learning and SRI Consulting Business Intelligence today released the results of an online survey conducted early in March 2008 titled "Virtual Worlds and Collaborative Work: Survey Results." The organization surveyed 81 people who are active users of virtual worlds (e.g., Second Life) about the use of […]
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A New Kind Of Meeting Space: Agree/Disagree Floor

Erica Driver March 12, 2008
By Erica Driver Have you ever been involved in meetings at which a group of people is trying to make a decision (e.g., go/no go on projects, which person to hire, which of several options is the best strategic fit, what a list of priorities should look like, etc.)? You’ve got 5 or 10 or […]
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Introducing Forrester’s Web 2.0 Framework

Erica Driver February 28, 2008
By Erica Driver One of my roles here at Forrester for the past year or so has been chief Web 2.0 cat herder. I’m by no means a Web 2.0 expert — I’ve just helped to coordinate our coverage. A large team of analysts has put our heads together to try to create a well-rounded […]
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Virtual Worlds For Collaboration: When You Remove Constraints, You Change The Possibilities

Erica Driver February 18, 2008
By Erica Driver This weekend I listened to a great panel discussion about virtual worlds and their impact on the future of work at the MetaverseU conference at Stanford University . The panelists were Byron Reeves, Co-Director of Stanford’s Human Sciences and Technology Advanced Research center, Christian Renaud, Chief Architect of Networked Virtual Environments for […]
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Good Practices For Mixed-Reality Meetings

Erica Driver February 17, 2008
By Erica Driver Mixed reality meetings are those in which some participants are gathered together in a physical meeting room (I’ll call these the “in-room” participants”) and others are gathered in a virtual meeting space, like in Second Life (I’ll call these the “in-world” participants). Mixed reality meetings are still on the bleeding edge for […]
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Virtual Worlds: The World Describes, The Web Predicts

Erica Driver February 16, 2008
By Erica Driver At the MetaverseU conference at Stanford University this weekend, Ginsu Soon, VP of Business Affairs at Linden Lab, shared a framework for thinking about the future of virtual worlds. He said that in some ways it’s appropriate to draw an analogy between virtual worlds and the Web and in other ways it’s […]
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Virtual Offices For All: Return Of The Serendipitous Interaction

Erica Driver February 5, 2008
By Erica Driver Come dream with me for a minute. My colleagues and I all have 3D interactive virtual workspaces, regardless of where we physically work (in a corporate office, a home office, on a mountain top, or on the road — whether in the US, Europe, or Asia). Our avatars populate our workspaces when […]
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Blended Real Life / Second Life Meeting Shows Promise

Erica Driver January 25, 2008
By Erica Driver Last night I delivered a presentation on getting real work done in virtual worlds at a meeting of the Serious Second Life Group in Boulder, which meets at the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado. The purpose of the meeting: discuss the viability of virtual worlds for entrepreneurial activities and getting […]
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Information Workplace Platform Implications Of Oracle/BEA Acquisition

Erica Driver January 24, 2008
By Matt Brown, Erica Driver, Mike Gilpin, Kyle McNabb, Rob Koplowitz, and Colin Teubner We’ve been getting lots of questions about what the Oracle/BEA acquisition means in the Information Workplace platforms market. Here’s our take: Oracle has made assurances to BEA customers Oracle has assured us that they will be very mindful of protecting the […]
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Early Web Cam Experiences Can Detract From, Rather Than Add To, Videoconferences

Erica Driver January 18, 2008
By Erica Driver with Henry Dewing In early December I blogged about my first experience using the Microsoft RoundTable video conferencing solution for a multi-hour meeting in which I was a remote participant. That meeting was a one-way video and Web conferencing experience . I didn’t have a Web cam at my desk. I could […]
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Microsoft RoundTable: An IMAX Movie Experience After Listening To FM Radio In Your Car

Erica Driver December 7, 2007
by Erica Driver. This week I had a 2 ½ hour conference call with one of our clients. Normally I wouldn’t blab to the world who we work with. But I think it’s necessary here in the spirit of full disclosure — I’m about to rave about a first-time experience I had during a meeting […]
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What Does It Matter That Second Life Is Vacant?

Erica Driver December 6, 2007
by Erica Driver. I’m doing a lot of research on using virtual worlds for work these days and have been spending some time in Second Life. One of the characteristics I notice is that there seems to be a dearth of people (avatars) around. Does it matter? Well, it depends what your expectations are. If […]
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Lags And Crashes Plague Forrester Second Life Experiment

Erica Driver November 30, 2007
by Erica Driver. Yesterday a small group of Forrester analysts and research associates held a team meeting in Second Life to try to figure out whether meeting this way is a viable alternative to the usual teleconference.  Teleconferences are terrible. While we’re talking and listening, there’s not much to look at but our computer screens […]
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Will Second Life Anonymity Be A Deal Breaker For Business?

Erica Driver November 2, 2007
by Erica Driver. Second Life is an anonymous virtual world — most people cannot identify themselves with avatars that use their real names. I say most people because I suppose there is a chance your name in real life could be Baklava Lacava and you could have picked this combination for your avatar. Oops, no […]
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Creativity At Work: Not Just For Advertising Execs

Erica Driver October 24, 2007
by Erica Driver. I picked up a book at the airport last week because 1) It had a pretty cover, and 2) The title was Juicing The Orange: How To Turn Creativity Into A Powerful Business Advantage. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the relationship between the stuff that information and knowledge management (I&KM) […]
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Reinvention Requires A Near-Death Experience

Erica Driver October 11, 2007
by Erica Driver. Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Chairman Emeritus, IBM Academy of Technology, was speaking from experience this morning during his interview by Wall Street Journal Columnist Walt Mossberg at the BIF-3 collaborative innovation summit. By a near-death experience, Wladawsky-Berger was referring to what IBM went through when Bill Gates founded Microsoft and the PC took off. […]
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Serendipity: A Critical Innovation Success Factor

Erica Driver October 10, 2007
by Erica Driver. As part of the run-up to the Business Innovation Factory summit (BIF-3) currently going on in Providence, Rhode Island, attendees participated in an online social network. On the social networking site, the most common one-word answers to the question “What are 5 keys to innovation?” were rolled up into a tag cloud […]
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