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

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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A Portland, Oregon Standards Story

Portland is sometimes called “Stumptown,” a reference to what the early immigrants found when they arrived on the banks of the Willamette River. The native landscape had originally been blanketed with old-growth fir, spruce and other big trees, which, WoodSkyscrapers after extensive logging, left huge stumps throughout the developing region. That wealth of forest provided the lumber for the growth of Portland, the Northwest and many parts of the U.S.  read more…

Why Standards Matter

William Sellers

William Sellers

A little more than 150 years ago, a mechanical engineer named William Sellers initiated the first successful standardization fight in history, establishing a set specification for the standard screw thread. Sellers had proposed the adoption of a system of screw threads that was easier for ordinary mechanics and machinists to cut than a similar design already in use. His struggle was about far more than a particular standard, business columnist James Surowiecki argued in a case study published in Wired: It was about the importance of standardization itself.  read more…

Work Worth Doing

There’s an often-repeated story about a janitor working his shift at NASA who, when asked what he was doing, responded that he was “helping to put a man on the moon.” From its very inception, NASA has been a mission-driven agency, with missions that both required and inspired dedication and focus at every level of the organization. What’s more, the organization’s mission and purpose remain constant today, nearly 60 years later. IoT image

Whether non-profit or for-profit, public, private or governmental, a mission-driven organization is differentiated by its authentic commitment to higher-order goals and its efforts to promote responsible practices along the supply chain. These entities represent a growing phenomenon. Their impact exceeds their collective size in terms of generating path-breaking ideas that can shape entire industries, author Michael V. Russo wrote in the Harvard Business Review.
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Key Takeaway from CES: The Internet of Things is a Thing


Our team was out in force at CES last month to support the launch of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Tech Alliances Community and visit with Kavi customers and partners. The CTA, a Kavi customer, organizes CES, and Kavi is providing a version of Kavi Workspace for use by the new community program.

One of our favorite things about CES is that it provides a forum for the latest and greatest thinking around all things related to consumer technology. One theme that was impossible to miss: the Internet of Things (IoT) is a force to be reckoned with. The interconnectedness of devices is going to become more common in our daily life.
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Survey Reveals Challenges Collaborators Face

I wrote recently in an article in Association News about the challenges teams face in today’s business environment, which requires us to span time zones, connect with remote workers and somehow keep everything moving. In it, I shared the results of a survey Kavi conducted of attendees at the annual meeting of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

The survey identified three common challenges: the lack of a single system of record, a heavy reliance on email and limits in existing systems. More than half of the leaders we polled said they are operating without a “single version of the truth,” relying instead on a changing set of tools, separate data sources and even private accounts.

In addition, important, often time-critical communication is still relies heavily on email, which can pose significant challenges to teams engaged in complex collaboration. These association leaders also indicated that common tools suffer from a lack of traceability and aren’t easily modified without expensive IT resources.

Read the full article in the January 2016 issue of Association News to find out more about these common challenges and learn how collaboration styles and needs vary depending on the nature of teamwork.

CTA Alliances Community Reception at CES


Kavi is proud to be a supporting sponsor of the Consumer Technology Association’s Alliance Community Reception, taking place at this year’s CES.

Time: 4 – 6 PM on January 7, 2016
Location: Venetian Hotel, Level 2, Bellini 2005

CTA (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association – CEA) is launching their new Alliance Community at this event. As the leader in the consumer technology industry, CTA supports the alliances, consortia and other organizations that contribute to the ecosystem. Kavi is supporting the Alliances Community with an implementation of Workspace for group discussion, document sharing and communication.

Learn more about the Alliance Community at techalliances.org.

Dynamic Collaboration at Kavi User Group Meeting

Over 40 people from 24 Kavi customer organizations joined us in Alexandria, VA last week at our 2015 User Group Meeting. It was a dynamic day of sharing about industry trends, product news, best practices and more.
Kavi - Fourth Annual User Group Meeting (6 of 47)
Our Customer Experience team presented information on best practices in two areas important to effective team engagement: meetings and document management.

We talked about the trends and challenges facing technology alliances and standards organizations. One of the trends is the convergence of technologies, and the interoperability of once separate systems. These days, that trend is identified broadly with the term “Internet of Things” (IoT). Applications in IoT are affecting strategic direction at many Kavi customers.
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