This podcast covers the web-based collaboration platform called Vuuch that debuted about a year and a half ago and has grown quite a bit over the past 6 months. Topics covered:
- Vuuch general overview
- New web portal interface and features
- Vuuch client portfolio
- Use cases
- Parallel technologies
- Overall impressions
I have covered Vuuch on two separate occasions on this show, one as a topic (Episode 213) and one as a round table discussion (Episode 221) with Chris Williams, CEO of Vuuch. Almost exactly one year ago I explained the services as this:
"Vuuch is a cloud based web application that offers group based treaded discussions, similar to a forum but can offer associated CAD and Excel based discussions with attachment uploading. I would say that it is Twitter or Facebook meets Engineering & CAD. By using email as the notification mechanism, Vuuch keeps the discussion central to the topic and in sync with the cloud for unlimited accessibility to all associated participants. I think this is a fantastic service to bring design teams closer and much more in tune with what is going on in the overall process."
Although in V1 there are more features than I mention above, the overall idea is the same. Collaboration tools are growing in importance in product development and the Internet is the best framework to solve this problem.
I would like to see development efforts in future versions of Vuuch be focused on updating the web experience from the early 2000's to something more current & dynamic. With the launch of tools like Google Wave, real-time collaboration and extensibility are folded into a web browser by way of HTML5 and other AJAX technologies. Vuuch, as it stands today, looks and feels very dated and slow. I understand fit and finish come after scope and infrastructure but I can hope, right? ~Lou