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Articles on collaborative technologies, team effectiveness, Kavi customer success and occasional product news.

Kavi Acquired by Higher Logic

We’re thrilled to announce that Kavi has been acquired by Higher Logic, a leading cloud-based community platform.

Higher Logic KaviAt Kavi, we’ve come to know Higher Logic well in the association marketplace over the years. They deliver a dynamic solution for building engagement in communities of all shapes and sizes. They’ve earned a reputation for high levels of customer satisfaction and as one of the best places to work in the DC region.

Kavi’s solution, Workspace, fits well into the Higher Logic product set. Higher Logic excels at supporting active engagement and communication in groups of all sizes. Some groups want additional collaboration options, especially if their work is complex, document-centric or project-based. For those groups, Workspace is an ideal solution. When teams need secure collaboration, powerful document management, project management and more, Workspace provides a flexible out-of-the-box solution. So, on a continuum from less formal to more formal collaboration, the combination of Higher Logic and Kavi provides a range of options.

In the immediate future, it’s business as usual at Kavi. The entire staff is staying on and continuing with current product development roadmap, supporting customers, and implementing new customers. We’ll also look at how best to integrate with the larger Higher Logic roadmap, and we’ll share more details on that soon.

Dave Coryell, one of Kavi’s original founders, will be moving on, but will be available to staff and customers as needed. Dave and his partners started Kavi 20 years ago. Recently, Dave has been working to find a way to insure the team continues to thrive, and the product continues to support the important work of Kavi customers well into the future. This acquisition provides the perfect long-term home for the Kavi community.

Collaborating for Cybersecurity

More than 40 million Target shoppers were caught off guard when their credit card accounts were hacked in 2014, but it came as no surprise for many security researchers, who had been predicting an authentication attack for more than a decade. The incident sparked American consumer interest in “chip cards,” credit and debit cards that use embedded microchips. Known as EMV, the chip technology is difficult to clone and “skim,” making it more secure than the older magnetized swipe bars. Chip cards have been widely used in most of the world for more than a decade but only recently became common in the U.S.
Cyber security
As with many security upgrades, it took a crisis for EMV use to become mainstream. The move was standardized and supported by EMVCo, an alliance of American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, UnionPay and Visa. Although these brands normally operate as competitors, the companies knew that no single entity could provide a comprehensive solution. These stakeholders united to ensure the ongoing viability of their industry and the safety of their consumers. read more…

The Meaning of True Collaboration

vitaphonedemoIn 1927, The Jazz Singer opened as the first feature length film with recorded sound. Audiences and reviewers adored it, and it played in major cities around the United States. Sound in movie theaters was not yet universal, however, as competing audio technologies made the change confusing and expensive for many film houses. Most smaller venues ran a silent version of the “talkie.”

Over the following decade, the organization we now know as the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers enabled an industry-wide shift to sound by coordinating production companies, equipment manufacturers and theaters themselves. Today, SMPTE sets the standards for everything from streaming video formats to 3D TV. Its 7,000 members collaborate through complex committees, technical groups and voting processes. This infrastructure encourages participation to enable faster problem solving and better decision making. read more…

2016 Annual User Group Meeting

Kavi User Group participants

User Group participants

We held a fun and engaging User Group meeting last week in Alexandria, VA, with attendees from over 30 customers. A few highlights

  • We had a customer presentation from Klaus Moschner, Program Manager for NGMN, Next Generation Mobile Networks. Klaus honored us with a visit all the way from Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Teresa Ambrosius, Standards Manager for the Academy Standards Board of the American Academy of Forensic Science gave us an update on the transition of standards from NIST’s Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). JP Jones, Program Manager for OSAC, also filled in the NIST side of the story.
  • We held two interactive working group sessions where customers collaborated in teams to help us prioritize features and product enhancements for future development.
  • Last, but certainly not least, we honored Peter Symes of SMPTE with our thanks and some special gifts. Peter is retiring at the end of December after an illustrious career as SMPTE’s Director of Standards. Peter has been a valued customer and user of Kavi over many years and has contributed to helping us make the product better in many ways. Peter was also awarded the Presidential Proclamation Award by SMPTE for his years of service to the industry. Here’s a video of Peter being interviewed at the SMPTE Annual Awards Gala.

Pictured in the photo above:

  • Megan Bixler, Technical Program Manager, APCO International
  • Michael Meleedy, Business Operations Manager, SNIA
  • Victor Carneiro, Web Developer, NEMA
  • Harriet Costa, Technical Staff, Industrial Internet Consortium
  • Mauricio Roldan, Manager of Engineering Services, SMPTE

The Importance of Consensus in the Standards World

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Photo by Bob Wick, BLM

After the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was created in 2000, conflict arose between ranchers and researchers over land usage. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intervened and created a working group to coordinate a wide range of stakeholders, including ranchers, researchers, local communities, environmental interest groups and elected officials. After a long and transparent fact-finding, public-awareness and discussion process, the committee released a new plan that took each point of view into account. As a BLM representatives later explained in a report, “Through the process, the key stakeholders also recognized that their interests would be advanced by coming to an agreement instead of accepting an outcome that did not include their interests.” read more…

Product Updates and Previews

Our software development focus at Kavi over the recent past has been on building the technical foundation of a modern SaaS solution that will serve our customers well into the future.

Around mid-year, we hit a development milestone that paved the path for the majority of our Workspace 5 customers to upgrade to the new version. We have upgraded around 12 customers so far this year, with many more in the queue. We’ve established a process for a smooth upgrade to Workspace 6 for customers who are ready.

On this blog post, we summarize the innovations we’ve delivered this year and we share our priorities for upcoming development.

Our aim with Workspace is to continue to improve it and position it as the most cost effective “system of record” for mission-critical work. Workspace is a very powerful alternative to much more expensive solutions like SharePoint and custom-built solutions. Our main theme for the next major phase of development is to make it easier to use, more flexible and more connectable. read more…

UAS: When Technology Outpaces Standards

It seems, suddenly, that drones are everywhere. Military organizations, technology companies, recreational enthusiasts, academics and industry are all dreaming of new possibilities for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).Drone

Regulations and safety standards, however, have not been able to keep pace with the technology. At a recent conference of the Society for Standards Professionals, Cortney Robinson of the Aerospace Industries Association described the deluge of drones entering our skies: There are currently 600,000 commercial UAS in U.S. airspace, and the FAA predicts that number will rise to 2.7 million by 2020. The swift emergence of UAS has already overwhelmed many regulators who have no rules in place, and countless regional organizations have cobbled together guidelines. Robinson is heading up the development of what may be the most promising option: ISO/TC 20/SC 16, a UAS standardization initiative by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). read more…

Collaborating for Good

The private sector has a long history of supporting charitable causes through foundations, volunteerism and grants. In recent years, a growing number of businesses are coming together to enact social change both within and across industries. The resulting collaborations are mission-oriented and powered by the same model as traditional trade organizations. In this new context, however, the model is being used exclusively to make the world a better place. hands holding young plant

One of the most prominent examples of this new form of social movement is B Corps, companies certified by “a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good.” Members meet a rigorous set of standards relating to social accountability, sustainability, and performance.
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Building a Collaboration Strategy

MeetingFor organizations that rally around a central, defining mission, creating a culture of collaboration is essential to success. There are many factors that can interrupt effective collaboration: globally dispersed teams, telecommuting, flexible schedules and our distraction-laced modern life. Technology tools can help overcome some of those challenges, but building a true culture of collaboration depends on a more complex mix.

I explored this topic in a recent article for CMSWire and shared three steps to build a better collaboration strategy that will support an organization’s mission. To succeed, organizations need to look beyond technology and tools to build a culture of transparency and knowledge sharing, streamline processes to improve productivity and develop an infrastructure that nurtures collaboration.

As these organizations represent a growing phenomenon among businesses, leaders across industries are paying close attention to what sets these forward-looking companies apart. Read the full article at CMSWire to learn more about common collaboration challenges and how fostering a team-oriented culture can help an organization achieve its mission.

Millennials Are Increasingly Shaping Workplace Collaboration

As Baby Boomers move into retirement, Millennials have become the generation with the largest portion of the labor market, representing nearly one-third of workers in the United States. Increasingly, as they step into leadership roles, we are seeing a shift in how organizations manage people and projects.Millenial collaboration

“We’re in the midst of a momentous generation swap that will ultimately change management and leadership as we know it,” Geil Browning wrote in Inc. “The Baby Boomers have known traditional top-down leadership their entire careers. As they retire, that linear structure will not be as prevalent.”

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