Using Collaboration Tools to "Face the New Reality"

We at Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools love the writings of Michael Sampson, and a couple of weeks ago he posted a great piece titled:  How to Manage Your Business in a Recession: "#1 Reset Priorities to Face the New Reality".  In this new age of budget cutbacks, businesses are looking for new ways to help its employees work together, or work with others.  He mentions two specific items that resonate with me:

  • Expense Management for Meetings.  With the new fantastic video and web conferencing programs available, remote meetings are becoming a more attractive - and economical - option for businesses.  As Michael says:  "[r]emember, it's the cost of telepresence in comparison to the alternative that signals whether it's a prudent financial investment, not the out-of-pocket cost per se." 
  • Get Out of Managing Projects in Email.  As we state in our book, email is a necessary communications tool, but it's a lousy collaboration tool.  If you're managing your projects (or lawsuits, or transactions) through email, starting thinking about whether tools like Sharepoint, Basecamp, or Central Desktop might make more sense.

Mike's article is a great read -- give it a look.

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Michael Sampson - February 18, 2009 7:03 PM

Hey Tom ... thanks for the call out ... very much appreciated. The other articles in the series (and I still have 6 to write, can be seen at this link:

My best,

Peter Huang - May 9, 2009 1:40 PM

Great post. The expense management for meetings point seems to also tie into the recruitment and retention point that Michael Sampson also made. It seems like a lot of people these days desperately want to find a job which allows telecommuting. Telepresence tools seem like a great way to facilitate that trend.

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