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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Everbody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Wiki

So, I haven't been able to make a good post about the CAD Management wiki because...I was updating the wiki based on user feedback. That is one of the best things about the wiki system - it is so flexible and easy to change. Rather than ramble on and on about what I think is so great about the wiki, I'll just give you a bulleted list of features that I think can save your firm a small fortune.

  1. Easy back-end coding format that makes it possible for anyone to add content - not just the IT-inclined.
  2. Ability to easily post audio, video, DWF, white papers and any other electronic media you can think of
  3. Revision control for anything posted - if somebody edits something you've posted and you don't like it you can simply hit the "undo" button and go back to that previous version of the page.
  4. You can lock down content you don't want to editable. For instance, the CAD standards.
  5. You can create quizzes right inside your wiki page. You can test your staff on CAD standards easily every year and even set minimum scoring standards for the test.
  6. Users have to log in to edit anything, so if there are certain people who you know don't have to edit anything, they can still view it but not ever have editing capabilities.
There are way too many features for me to list and talk about on here, but I have put some screen shots down below here, so you can see the simplicity and the power of the software. There are a lot of different wiki software packages out there and you should choose the one that best meets your firms needs - we use Tiki-Wiki. If you have a smart IT supporting you, the possibilities are numerous. Currently, our email, project management package, wiki intranet and instant messaging system are all open source, free and fully integrated with each other. I'll post about that another time. Check out the pictures and let me know what you think!

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