Information Overload is a funny thing. We can all relate to it because it annoys each and every one of us. I’m willing to bet that in the past month, 90% of the people reading this have clenched their fists, thrown their arms into the sky, and shouted “WHERE THE $&@# IS ________!?” Or at least you thought about it. That’s because the inability to locate something – typically information – is one of the most common byproducts of Information Overload.
Sir Isaac Newton is best known for his Law of Universal Gravitation, but the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Newton is his quote: “If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” Sadly, there is no “Law of Giant Shoulder-Standing”, but I think we should consider making one (after enlisting someone to come up with a better name, of course).
Libraries, though they have evolved over time, are still an integral part of the curation of information. Over thousands of years to the present day, they have remained a place that houses a collection of information for people to reference. Despite how they vary, there are some universalities that remain the same.
Shelf’s Ask the Expert interview series explores a variety issues that impact workplace productivity. In this interview with Michael Spadaro, CEO of Profound Cloud, Shelf Founder Colin Kennedy picks Michael’s brain on migrating from on prem IT infrastructure to the cloud, with a particular focus on Google Apps. Michael touches on a number of topics including: 1) indications that it’s time seriously consider migrating to the cloud, 2) best practices for implementing this IT transition, and specific things to keep in mind when moving to from on prem to Google Apps.
A staggering amount of files exist in cloud storage platforms nowadays…and the data analysis indicates that these figures will grow exponentially in the coming years. Clearly the benefit these platforms provide is huge…but this ubiquitous, inexpensive storage has ended up creating a new problem: the ability to find files and other important information in a timely manner. So what’s a person to do if they’re already struggling with this problem?! In this blog post and accompanying video, we talk about how Shelf complements Dropbox – one of the biggest and best storage platforms on the planet – and reduces the amount of time their users need to spend on unproductive retrieval tasks going forward.
Shelf.io exists to provide people with a better way to capture, organize, and share knowledge. And this gets our users fired up, because they believe the same thing that we do…too much of our precious time and energy gets spent trying to locate important information. But once our users calm down a bit, they ask us the same question “How exactly can we use Shelf to accomplish this?”
Shelf’s Ask the Expert interview series explores a variety issues that impact workplace productivity. In this interview with Patrick Clapp, Information Research Specialist at Harvard Business School, Shelf Founder Colin Kennedy asks Patrick about reviewing and improving upon an organization’s folder structure. Topics discussed include: how you know it’s time to revisit your approach for folder naming and file saving, and practical tips on how to create a folder architecture that makes sense to users but doesn’t take a ton of time to implement.