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Content tagged with Productivity/Collaboration Apps posted in September 2007
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Google Is Really, Really Serious About The Mobile Ad Market
Commentary  |  9/28/2007
Google sees its future in mobile advertising. Period. You don't believe me? Have you been following the news?
Intalio Opens Its BPM Suite To Business Managers
News  |  9/28/2007
BPMS 5.0 has been upgraded with support for standards geared toward making it easier for businesspeople to model processes that can be deployed by IT departments.
Forrester: Why BI, BPM and Rules Technologies Will Converge
Commentary  |  9/27/2007
I'm attended a panel discussion here at the Forrester Technology Leadership Forum on the convergence of the three B's - business intelligence, business process management and business rules - featuring Mike Gilpin (EA and application development), Boris Evelson (BI) and Colin Teubner (BPM)... Gilpin sees BI as driving effectiveness in businesses, and the combination of BPM and BR as driving efficiency...
Call Quality Remains a VoIP Stumbling Block
Commentary  |  9/27/2007
At some point, businesspersons decided that they would put up with the occasional static and dropped calls found on their cell phone lines because of their benefits. They have not yet reached that point with VoIP services.
Lessons From Demo
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
This show was largely about applying Web 2.0 technology to solve interesting problems. In many cases, the interesting problems have been solved in other ways, though.
Video Alerts Give Google The Upper Hand -- Again
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
The latest enhancement to the Google Alerts product -- to include news-oriented videos on topics that readers select -- is a compelling upgrade for information junkies, online videophiles, or those researching information on the Internet. It raises many questions on the future of information access, the future role of online video as an information source, and Google's strategic directions.
Simplifying The Leap To SaaS For Small Biz
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
Small businesses of 10 to 100 employees have a new option for CRM and sales force applications. LongJump offers a suite of software applications delivered via the Web.
IBM Adds 'Key Agility Indicators' to the BPM/SOA Mix
News  |  9/26/2007
Announcements highlight business activity monitoring, vertical process content and assessment services.
Demo Day 2, Part 3: Personalized Media Delivery
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
This is an interesting group. Half are finding ways to overload you with information; the other half are providing ways to manage that overload.
Demo Day 2, Part 2: Software For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
Interesting stuff here -- some of these small business tools are recreating existing tools.
Demo Day 2, Part 1: Collaboration Tools
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
Web meetings, document sharing, project management, you name it. But will you use it?
BPM Focus Turns to People in the Process
News  |  9/26/2007
Message to SOA-centric IT groups: The next wave of optimization lies in empowering the individual.
Getting the IT Kids to Come -- and Stay
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
When did it get so hard to attract good IT employees? At some point in the last few years, luring top talent has become increasingly competitive for IT managers, and for the small and midsize business, it's an issue that speaks not only to their success but also to their very survival.
Forrester Says 'Design for People, Build for Change'
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
In her opening keynote at this week's Forrester Technology Leadership Forum, analyst Connie Moore laid out four principles that 1. Business processes adapt to changing business conditions. 2. Applications evolve continuously while preserving process integrity 3. Processes, tasks and associated information always maintain context 4. Systems are unitary, information-rich and reflect the social needs of the business...
XO Blazes Trail for Cheaper Laptops
Commentary  |  9/26/2007
News this week that the so-called $100-dollar laptop (the XO) will be available to the general public at the still-friendly price of about $200 came with a number of caveats. As I wrote the other day, you'd go nuts trying to run a business on these Romper Room clamshells.
Demo Day 1: Highlights
Commentary  |  9/25/2007
Wow, I'm not sure it was the brightest idea to try to blog on each demo here. There's a lot of them, and six minutes isn't enough time, at least for me, to form a meaningful opinion about most of these companies. Here's a little recap after some further investigation.
Demo Day 1, Part 5: Collaboration And Tools
Commentary  |  9/25/2007
The end of the day seems to be a little bit of a catchall, but there's some cool stuff in here. Most of the ideas seem solid enough; execution is another matter.
Too Much Of A Good Thing? Relief From RSS Overload
Commentary  |  9/25/2007
RSS readers can reduce information overload, but they also can become part of the problem as feeds add up. Startup mSpoke has an answer to RSS clutter with FeedHub, a new personalization tool that puts a content relevance knob at your finger tips.
Demo Day 1, Part 4: Infrastructure / Enabling Technology
Commentary  |  9/25/2007
OK, it's easy to start falling asleep in the session that follows lunch. If the list is getting boring for you, skip to the end. Very impressive stuff.
What Microsoft Could Do With Facebook
Commentary  |  9/25/2007
Microsoft's reportedly in talks to invest somewhere between $300 and $500 million for a stake in Facebook. Here's what Microsoft could do with it.
Demo Day 1, Part 3: Games
Commentary  |  9/25/2007
On to the games. It's hard to imagine they pay me for this.
Demo Day 1, Part 2: Social Networking
Commentary  |  9/25/2007
No time for coffee, we're jumping straight into social networking.
Google's Virtual World Could Be Business Answer To Second Life
Commentary  |  9/25/2007
As if Google isn't pervasive enough, it looks like the search-engine company is planning to launch its own virtual world, which will compete with Second Life, but could be much more valuable to business users in real-world applications.
Demo Day 1
Commentary  |  9/25/2007
Blogging from a live event is a new thing for me. What can I tell you during the event that couldn't possibly wait until the end of the day? Probably not much, but I've got a couple cups of coffee in me and I'm surrounded by people doing the same thing, so here goes...
Open Text Ships Invoice Management Software For SAP
News  |  9/24/2007
Vendor Invoice Management Version 5.1 is used to optimize vendor invoice processes. The product also includes built-in reporting and analytics.
Systems-Management Vendor Hyperic Incorporates JasperSoft Reporting Tools
News  |  9/24/2007
The new Hyperic HQ Enterprise Reports, a part of Hyperic HQ 3.1, provides a graphical report designer and a Java reporting library that enables creation of complex layouts.
Greetings From Demo 2007 Fall
Commentary  |  9/24/2007
I'm in San Diego where the fall Demo conference kicks off tonight. Demo is a unique event in the industry. Over the course of the next two days, 69 startup exhibitors will demonstrate their cool new software, service, or hardware -- or all three, in some cases. They'll all do it on one stage in front of a crowd of a few hundred journalists, VCs, and other industry movers and shakers. So how do they manage to run 69 demonstrations in two days on one stage? It's all about the elevator pitch.
No Bundled Windows PCs? No Way
Commentary  |  9/24/2007
The Globalisation Institute, a European think tank, wants all computers to be sold without operating systems. Here's why that's a bad idea.
Google Poses Biggest Threat To MS Office, Readers Say
Commentary  |  9/24/2007
Readers have a lot to say about free/alternative office suites (as in, alternatives to Microsoft's dominant Office product). Presented with a growing list of alternatives, they conclude that Google Docs is a viable threat to Microsoft.
Analyst's Take: Actuate Targets Developer Interest in Open Source BI
News  |  9/24/2007
Business application developers seek inexpensive, embeddable BI and reporting.
Laptops for Kids, Not for Biz
Commentary  |  9/24/2007
Would you be interested in a rugged laptop that comes with a camera, built-in wireless, flash memory, an open source operating system from Red Hat, a web browser, a word processor, and more, all for about $200?
Tracking The Office Alternatives - From Lotus Symphony To Google Office
Commentary  |  9/21/2007
Microsoft Office ain't cheap, but most companies have viewed it as necessary expense for just about every office worker. Lower cost and even free alternatives haven't made much of a dent in Office's dominance. But IBM's new Lotus Symphony may change all that -- for some companies.
Let Your Employees Go! (To Their Home Offices)
Commentary  |  9/21/2007
According to a USA Today article, increasingly long commutes and heavier traffic on the roads are compelling more and more workers to start their days earlier and earlier. What is wrong with this picture?
IT Titans Take Manhattan
News  |  9/21/2007
IBM, SAP and Microsoft choose the Big Apple for three big-time, industry-altering announcements.
Poll: Can Google, Others Supplant Microsoft Office?
Commentary  |  9/20/2007
Microsoft's Office Suite has a slew of new and powerful competition from Google, IBM and OpenOffice.org. That's all good for consumers, but will it ever have any impact in the corporate space?
Surprise! Throwing Resources At a Fake World Could Be a Waste
Commentary  |  9/20/2007
For some reason, Second Life, the virtual world that caters to those among us who aren't satisfied with what they have in the real one, has infiltrated the social life of many, many people I wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley.
Best Buy Jumps into the VoIP Services Market
Commentary  |  9/20/2007
Looking for a good deal on your companys voice services? If so this time, you may want to check out Best Buy as well as the usual suspects, like your local telco.
IBM Sees Enterprise 2.0 As The Perfect Chance For Revenge Against Microsoft
Commentary  |  9/19/2007
They say revenge is a dish best served cold. And in the case of Enteprise 2.0, it looks like IBM hopes to serve Microsoft a chilled plate of ice.
Does Vista Really Support 2.2 Million Device Types?
Commentary  |  9/19/2007
Is it possible that there are 2.2 million different types of computer components out there? Microsoft says so. Here's how.
Gartner BPM Summit: Smith on Performance Metrics
Commentary  |  9/19/2007
Analyst Michael Smith's expertise is performance management, and he's found lately that business process improvement is a growing theme in that sector... Smith dispells the notion of best-practice business processes: processes are so different between different types of companies that there isn't a single best practice... He also asserts that business strategies are, in general, poorly defined, poorly understood and poorly executed...
The Finders
Commentary  |  9/19/2007
Presumably your employees know useful things, things that other employees might benefit from knowing about.
Google Is Still More Of A Threat To Madison Avenue Than To Microsoft
Commentary  |  9/19/2007
Despite all the techie hoopla surrounding Google's launch of a PowerPoint-like application this week, Google is still a much bigger threat to those who make their money in advertising than it is to Microsoft.
Tightening the IT Belt in Lean Economic Times
Commentary  |  9/19/2007
Whether you're a CIO, a CTO, an IT manager, or some other tech title your company came up with, managing costs is the least fun part of your job.
Avoiding Risk, Startups Think Small
Commentary  |  9/18/2007
When I was an editor at The Industry Standard from 1999-2001 I sat through dozens of pitches from startup companies with business models that sounded overly vague, at least for me to understand, and overly ambitious. Now, the startup pitches I hear are more modest. Maybe too modest.
Gartner BPM Summit: Gassman on BAM
Commentary  |  9/18/2007
Analyst Bill Gassman says business activity monitoring (BAM) needs to be considered up front as processes are being design and implemented. He defines the goals of BAM: to monitor key objectives, anticipate operational risks, and reduce latency between events and actions. From an implementation standpoint, BAM is typically a real-time dashboard that's integrated with BPM in some way and provides alerts in the context of the processes within the BPMS...
Linux and the Desktop, a New Angle
Commentary  |  9/18/2007
IT professionals from small and medium sized businesses were quite vocal last week about the viability of Linux as a desktop alternative. Assuming I am wrong about timing, and considering all the problems associated with Microsoft Vista, what will it take for more SMBs to make the switch?
Gartner BPM Summit: Hill on Designing for Change
Commentary  |  9/18/2007
Her topic is "BPM: A Change from Business as Usual", taking a look at what's really new in BPM, how BPM can change the way a company operates, and some BPM use cases... She comes back to the phrase "design for change," which I've heard several times today already... This is, of course, the heart of business agility: if something isn't designed and built with the intention that it would be changed frequently, then you're not going to be changing it much.
Business Objects Launches BI OnDemand
News  |  9/17/2007
The new software-as-a-service offering provides subscribers with advanced BI features, such as formatted reporting, dashboards and ad-hoc query and analysis.
Gartner BPM Summit Day 1: Opening Keynote
Commentary  |  9/17/2007
Analyst Janelle Hill started out with a great slide on the evolution of process improvement: from scientific management through computerized process flow to our current focus on flexible and adaptive BPM and the start of a focus on SOA, BAM and event-driven architecture... Interestingly, Gartner is bringing the focus back to the people in processes: putting the person-to- process interaction back at centre stage...
Yo' Right Clickas: Here Come MacBook Flippas
Commentary  |  9/17/2007
Thirty years ago, rap music was considered little more than a fad. "Ignore it and it will go away," was the mainstream music industry's stance. A few years later, Apple Computer made a splash with its Mac Classic computer.
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