For a number of bizarre reasons I find myself trying to work in a web based world where the browser interface is all I have. Not good. I'm using a borrowed laptop on which I don't have admin rights so I can't load Awasu, Eudora or Qumana, and that is attached to a network whose security requirements would forbid their use anyway.
So I'm stuck using the Typepad interface to blog, Mail2web to collect my email, have to deliberately download the attachments and everything takes forever even on a corporate network. What is so obvious is that the web interface breaks the end to end rule. I have to log in to someone else's machine to get to the end, my mail server or my blog, that I really want.
Now I'm working with a corporate portal straight from the stone age. No calendar function, no listserv, no blogging or RSS feeds of course. There are discussion groups, but only for corporate insiders and other team partners with whom we need to share info are not allowed in. The whole thing is document, rather than information, based and the documents are "owned" by one or two people to whom we have to submit changes for them to publish. Hierarchical, uncollaborative and definitely mistrustful, even of those inside the system. The idea of a Wiki would create corporate hernias by the bucketful.
Its sad that I can get better information management, collaboration and communication tools for free than are available to people inside a global, knowledge based organisation.
And right there is where the revolution is coming. Agility and flexibility are the levers, the only real question is how close to the fulcrum you will be standing when the pressure goes on.