A lot has been written, spoken, broadcast, emailed, and even tweeted about Collaboration Workspace. So why am I not visiting this site every day yet?
When I log on to the networks each day, there are a few places I visit regularly. I probably visit the SAP blogs and wiki more than the forums, as ASUG.COM also has discussion forums. But the content on CW.sap.com hasn’t yet reached a critical mass that would add this site to my daily regimen.
On Monday, SAP Mentors and a few bloggers (e.g., ITSinsider) were given another opportunity to get a demo of Plexus, er, CW. As I’ve logged in before, there wasn’t much news to me, and in fact, the screen shots via the Adobe web sharing tool were so fuzzy, I would have had no idea what I was looking at. I think the total audience was around 20, and the main questions revolved more around access than about the tool suite (though there was a geeky detour around what the next version of Clearspace would be numbered).
The two main problems I see are:
- Getting access, or even knowing about what to access, is obscured. By necessity, someone holds the keys to the private workspaces.
- While there are 16 active top level workspaces, only 4 are visible. One that I want to join, ASUG/SAP Influence Councils, is invisible. I know it’s there since I saw it demoed during an earlier webcast.
On Monday, Aaron William, SAP VP. listed his 3 responsibilities:
1) Ent Svcs Program (ES community)
2) Co-Innvovation lab
3) Collaboration workspace
I asked about tag clouds, and Dagfinn responded:
(g) Dagfinn Parnas: (11:28) Jim: This shows tag clouds on cw https://cw.sap.com/tags?containerType=14&container=1
But, going to a site, er workspace, often gives you:
It appears you’re not allowed to view what you requested. You might contact your administrator if you think this is a mistake.
I don’t have an administrator, that I know about, anyway.
Above is a screen shot (it is very challenging to get the wide open spaces of this tool into the 700×500 blog shot limits). Your “SAP BPX Roundtable Team”? Empty. Go to each one, “by clibking the links [sic]”. The how to join button isn’t jumping out at me.
So, here’s what’s in my CW inbox:
Company Membership Agreement Requirements
Signed by your Company?
ASUG Membership Request Pending
CAG Exhibit to the ESCMA No, Send to My Company
ES Community Membership Agreement No, Send to My Company
Product CDG Exhibit to the ESCMA No, Send to My Company
Confused about what “Request Pending” and “No, Send to My Company” means? I am. So, it’s off to the help channels for clarification. I would be nice if this was all intuitive, and it will be one day.
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ASUG discussion forum thread on Collaboration Workspace: