Far from nerdy: It's cool to collaborate

My nieces Denise and Deanna are 17 and 13, and they live off of text messaging
and Facebook.

When I told them recently that those were great collaboration tools, they gave
me blank stares. I tried to explain that they help you
connect with people, share information and coordinate
activities.

More blank looks. I was the nerdy uncle ? again.

But after reading Associate Editor Michael Hardy's
cover story on collaboration, I have better insight into
Denise and Deanna's reaction.

It isn't about the tools; it's what you do with
them. And that's a critical point in Hardy's story.
As one source told him, agencies aren't necessarily
looking to collaborate, they are looking for better
ways to send invoices or design airplanes.

"Collaboration is never somebody's primary job,"
Mark Levitt of IDC said.

That's what companies trying to sell these tools to government agencies need
to keep in mind. As Hardy explains, the key is demonstrating how these tools
will help them do their jobs. It isn't about the latest catchphrase.

The feature also is part of a 360-degree report, so make sure to go online and
see what our sister publications, Federal Computer Week and Government
Computer News, have done.

The 360-degree series of reports ? we've done installments on the Networx
contract and IPv6 ? are a collaboration effort. The three magazines coordinate
coverage, share resources and then bring everything together to draw a complete
picture of the topic.

Look for other features in the months ahead when WT, FCW and GCN take
on mobile applications, defense technologies and the green revolution.
But my nieces still probably won't think I'm cool.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close
SEARCH
 Top 100 Slideshow
contracts DB

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Read More

  • Is SBA MIA on contractor fraud? Nick Wakeman

    Editor Nick Wakeman explores the puzzle of why SBA has been so silent on the latest contractor fraud scandal when it has been so quick to act in other cases. Read More

Webcasts