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Hey there how are you all today? I'm not sure if i’ve got permission this time to get out of the basement to post this but lets just keep it between you and I and to be fair i needed my yearly dose of Vitamin D. 

For those of you that don’t know who i am My name is Alex Lee and i’ve been the website administrator behind TechNet for the last six years, i’m also the tech guy running around like a headless chicken during the conference live streaming you all. 

Any how back to why i’m posting. While i'm  absorbing some vitamin D, I’m also in the middle of brainstorming how to make the Network area of TechNet a better collaborative tool for you.

Let me start at the beginning and break down what you can currently do in the Network area. For those of you who are on facebook and use it, that is basically what we have. We have our own Facebook installed on our servers, what i mean by that is you have basically all the options as facebook does,  A profile you can update, Create groups, Create Events, Instant message, a newsfeed to stay up to with what’s been going on , find new contacts and a whole lot more. 

Now that’s all great and stuff, but if I think about what the Website is for from an outsider looking in, it's to continue the discussions that take place at the conference AND to act as a tool to facilitate collaborating together so that people can work all together on their common projects or priorities. This is my personal view or at least what I believe the website should be used for based on my 6 years working with TechNet

The main area i’m focusing on at the moment is the way our Groups work. Right now the current state of the groups is more of a Social group than a Collaborative Group tool. What i would really like is to let you have the ability to work on documents, create reports and maybe have the ability to create tasks and milestones for your different projects and to make it the easiest place for you all to collaborate together internally, but before i implement all of  that i need to  understand what you currently use to collaborate together. 

For example, Let's say you're working on a report for your project(s) to give to funders or management, how would you currently work together on it? What systems do you use, do you just use word and send via email or do you use a collaborative tool like google docs, MS team sites, 365 office groups, Yammer… etc.? 

The reason I’m asking is because I don’t want to reinvent the wheel, there is no point, it’s 2019, the technology is already out there and doesn’t need to be reinvented, but if i do want to make TechNet a safe and easy place for you to collaborate together, I do need to figure out a way to integrate your favourite tools in to the groups area.

That's about it otherwise i’m going to end up looking like a sun dried tomato if i stay out to long (an English man sneaking out from the basement … in the sun… not a good combo. :-)

any how Stay healthy have a a great day and thanks in advance for your inputs. keep in mind this is to make your life as easy as possible when you are on TechNet so don’t be shy!! 

Alex Lee

  What Collaborative tool do you use at the moment?
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Hey Olivia! Yeah Microsoft teams is deffently gaining tracktion can you use any email or does it have to be Outlook? thats where i would like Technet groups to arrive is to be a working group like Microsoft teams, but with the ability to sync with other exisiting platforms as well, no point of having multiple working groups!

Ha! thanks for the plug on the TechNet groups, i'm nearly finished with making the file manager much better still working on it but i may give a sneak peak if people want ;-) 

All the best

Alex

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Olivia Bessat Accepted Answer

Hi Alex,

It seems Microsoft Teams is getting more and more traction - also great app on the phone that has all the fuctionnalities of the site at your fingertip. One benefit for it is that you can invite people using their work e-mail address without any problem (not the case when you use Google Drive in my experience).

One that is not in your poll but that could have a great potential too as a collaborative space is... TechNet-21 groups! ***disclaimer: this is NOT a sponsored post ;-)**** 

Have a great day!

Warm regards,

Olivia

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Thanks evey one for the replies, Whats app i'm not sure how i would intergrate that apart from being an instant messanger what else can you do with it? agree for Communicating with people its great but what about when you are working on a Document do you send that as an attachement? Wouldn't Whats app be used for simple talks like a group chat more than a collaborative tool? Kinda like the modern Email or to replace Skype as Carolina has said. 

Zoom is great also for videoconferencing but again this is more for communicating with people, once done with the video conference how do you then work on a document or file? would you just use word and then send via email?

thanks again for the replies! 

Alex

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Hello - I use Whatsapp a lot. I've transitioned from Skype to Whatsapp or ZOOM. Zoom allows you to just click a link and join a meeting, share screens and do videoconferences with a lot of people. I've not had problems connecting (which is the opposite with WebEx for example). I connect a lot from my phone.

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Dan Brigden Accepted Answer

I would also add WhatsApp to the list. It is basic but powerful, and it always surprises me how much can be done with it, even in low bandwidth settings. I would guess that most people use a mixture of email and WhatsApp, and sometimes the cloud-based repositories like Dropbox, Google Drive and MS OneDrive, but overlook the more sophisticated collaborative tools. 

It would definitely be great to strengthen the document management comonent of our TechNet groups. I know that the IPAC groups have had issues with this in the past. In a perfect world we could embed Dropbox or Sharepoint functionality into groups, but I guess that's just not possible.

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Hey Nargis! I had never heard of Confluence thanks for that, the old expression ya learn some thing new every day still stands strong!

Trello is a great platform i used it in the past but for some reason moved on to using Teamwork have you heard of it ? i really like it but as with all of these Task management it always comes down to the individuals preference, Trello is in my list, thanks for that! I'll look in to Confluence to see what its all about i like their home page already!

Thanks for the replies, keep them coming we seem to be on a roll! 

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Nargis Rahimi Accepted Answer

Hi Alex. I use Confluence for shared knowlege management, Jira/Trello for task management, Slack for communication. 

 

Hope it helps!

Nargis 

 

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Thanks very much for your reply! I completely forgot about slack thanks for that !

keep them coming!

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Hi Alex,
 
I use Google docs and slack for collaboration.

Victoria Shoyombo (B.Sc, MPH)

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