Volume 20, Number 4 April 2000
Planning for the next wave of convergence
Since waves of new technologies keep rolling in, it pays to
understand the coming software paradigms and to plan to...
by Stephen Abram
Profiles a "future" technology that is already here, a convergence
of technologies leading to software known as collaboration software.
Explains that it combines communication abilities - voice, sight,
real-time interaction, etc., - and will revolutionize things like
knowledge sharing, training, and conferencing. Explores its
potential impact on libraries and enterprises along with the next
wave of opportunities that librarians will want to consider,
including distance education and communicating. Says that the recent
trend is for vendors to combine software capabilities into one
seamless environment, and offers a list of the activities these
applications support and the new possibilities that have been
created. Concludes that it is up to us to dream the big dream and
plan for a scenario that provides the foundation for the next
generation of learners and library users.
Contains two product source guides, one sidebar, and a list of
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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