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Fritz Nelson is a former senior VP and editorial director of the InformationWeek Business Technology Network.
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posted in April 2008
Each year Interop presents its "best of show" awards. This year featured several products from Cisco (some developed in-house, some acquired), and the usual lineup of upstarts (Palo Alto Networks, Mellanox Technologies, Splunk, Spigit). Cisco managed its share of awards, most notably for its Post a Comment
Most IT executives I talk to are baffled by Web 2.0. Don't get me wrong, they get excited about the technology like anyone else, and arguably they understand its inner workings better than some of the Web 2.0 cognoscenti. Where they stumble is on its applicability in the enterprise. They struggle to ignite the flame. They need to come to fun events like Ignite.
A few more mashups from Mashup Camp, including video interviews. This time a smaller player, Denodo, and some unlikely big dogs, Intel, and IBM.
Thankfully, as the popular press tries to make anything that is a combination of two things a "mashup," the trend is actually now toward building enterprise-class services to create enterprise-class mashups. The litany of companies (new and old) we talked to at the recent Mashup Camp in Mountain View, Calif., was a respite from the Map + Something Else mentality of the early mashup days
Polycom made a series of announcements a couple of weeks ago at VoiceCon, including some new applications, integration with Microsoft OCS, and a new version of its rugged wireless phone for the small and medium-sized businesses.
SecureLogix was an early pioneer in voice over IP security. I remember several years ago, when I was running Network Computing, we gave it our product of the year award. So it's no surprise to see the company still plugging away in 2008. The question is, really, to what end, and I put that to CTO Mark Collier.
I had fun catching up with my old pal Alan Cohen, now VP of Cisco's Enterprise Solutions, to talk about all of the work his company is doing in unified communications.
The unified communications space is very hot right now, and Digium, with its open source approach, is getting plenty of notice. We caught up with them at VoiceCon a couple of weeks ago.
As voice over IP becomes a routine part of any corporate enterprise, the goals also are starting to change. The big topics include telepresence, unified communications, and federated presence. Unified communications seems to be the big buzzword today, but we've been talking about it for years.
Syspine was showing a key system based on Microsoft's Response Point speech engine at VoiceCon. This is intended for the small or medium-sized business, according to Syspine's Jerry Moore, and it's pretty elegant and simple. Or as Moore says: "A poor man's communications system."
It's always interesting seeing a company as it's just coming out of hiding and starting to market its product. Mapness is just such a company, and you could sense the wide-eyed fear of expectation as Wojciech Kosinski talked about this online journal site.
Lots of talk this week about OpenSolaris from Sun as the market treads gently on what it may mean. Is this Sun doing the right thing or chasing the latest trend? Similarly, Sun was at our Startup Camp in London last month, rubbing elbows with and offering help to fledgling startups left and right. What gives?
It's somewhat hard to categorize Polish startup Flaker, and without playing around with it (it's in private beta at the moment), it's difficult to see how powerful it might be, but it's an interesting idea: take user activities on Web services and aggregate those into a profile.
I have a friend who develops mobile applications. It's just him in his pajamas in his basement, cranking out code for every mobile phone platform (native OSes and some of the mobile portals). To keep up with user feedback and bug reports, he farms out code fixes to a huge web of developers-for-hire. It's dicey, but it works for him, especially since the work can be small, but very interrupt-driven. In a sense, that seems to be what Peopleperhour, a new U.K.-based startup, is providing.
Eseye is a 3-month-old startup we met up with at Startup Camp in London last month. It essentially provides embedded device makers with the ability to link those devices back to the enterprise network using a mobile network. The beauty of this is it makes those devices infinitely smarter: You can send or receive data from them, making them a form of Web appliance.