The announcement by Microsoft early this week that it would sell online versions of its Exchange and SharePoint products to all its customers underscores the IT industry's shift towards cloud computing, where technology vendors host data on their own servers while customers access software through a Web-browser.
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If you've ever sat in front of your computer and wished that you could see your ugly enterprise software appear in Web 2.0 applications such as Facebook or iGoogle, WorkLight might be the start-up vendor for you. The company's philosophy is pretty simple: if enterprise apps will never be as cool as their cousins in the consumer market, why fight it? And if you can do this securely, without compromising your enterprise data, why not just give users what they want?
Since WorkLight launched in February, 2006, the company says it has garnered many large enterprise clients, including some major banks. Because customers use a WorkLight server that sits behind a firewall and acts as middleware between the enterprise app and consumer app, the information doesn't pass through Google or Facebook's servers.
Google added a voice and video chat feature to <a href="http://www.cio.com/article/461927/subject/Google+Gmail">Gmail</a> Tuesday. The capability allows people who use the free e-mail service to click on a contact's name and, provided their computers both have Web-cameras and microphones, talk face-to-face in a video conference.
President-elect Barack Obama's harnessing of Web 2.0 technologies enabled his rise to power, and his administration will continue to use them to stay in touch with constituents. That's the contention made by political leaders on the third day of the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.
In August 2007, Plaxo, a Silicon Valley company that made its name with an online address book technology, decided to add some features to its service and launch a full-blown social network. At the time, even Peter Curley, a Plaxo product manager, approached the move sardonically. He titled his blog post introducing the service (known as Plaxo Pulse) with, "Oh geez, not ANOTHER social network."
Gmail, Google's free consumer email, added a unique new feature to the service Monday: Mail Goggles, which gives you the ability to double check whether you are really sure you want to send an e-mail message, particularly late at night. But the feature might also help business users of enterprise Gmail make better decisions about sending out vindictive or hastily-composed emails to co-workers.
Socialtext, a Web 2.0 vendor that has sold social software (primarily wikis) to businesses for internal collaboration and knowledge management, officially launched Socialtext People (enterprise social networking profiles) and Socialtext Signals, an application that allows business users to share short messages (in 140 characters or less) inside the enterprise like consumers do on Twitter, the microblogging service.
Earlier this month, Gmail, the popular email service provided by Google, experienced a service outage that left some users without their email for 24 hours. Some of the users who were affected Aug. 15 included customers of Google Apps, Google's software as a service (SaaS) suite that includes Gmail, calendar, documents & spreadsheets, instant messaging and wikis.
Though high fuel prices <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2008/08/10/news/economy/gas_prices/?postversion=2008081010">have dipped in recent days</a>, airlines are preparing for tough days ahead by <a href="http://blog.orbitz.com/orbitz_blog/2008/08/more-flight-cut.html">cutting routes to certain cities</a>, adding fees for luggage, food and pillows, and warning of fare hikes ahead.
A new McKinsey report found that many companies have adopted Web 2.0 technologies such as blogs, wikis, social networks and mashups during the past year, with companies on average adding three Web 2.0 tools to their companies technology offerings.
Here's an interesting strategy for a new software company: create applications that place you squarely in the competitive sights of Google and Microsoft, bypass venture capital funding, and rebuff an acquisition offer from Salesforce.com, the surging software as a service (SaaS) company that delivers its products over the Web.
When Microsoft SharePoint 2007 began pervading the enterprise more than a year ago, many IT shops looked at how they could use the platform internally to help their employees collaborate on key projects and store documents in central repositories.
A new Forrester report contends that IT has begun to take a greater interest and leadership role in the enterprise adoption of Web 2.0 technologies such as blogs, wikis and social networks. Until now, those technologies have often been driven by line-of-business users rejecting traditional enterprise software in favor of consumer applications.
A new Forrester Research found that most corporate blogs kept by business-to-business (B2B) firms failed to energise their intended audiences and engage them in meaningful conversations about trends and products.
The two CIA officials who lead the Intellipedia -a wiki set up by the CIA for disparate intelligence agencies to collaborate on key topics-delivered a keynote at the Enterprise 2.0 conference. When it comes to social software implementation, they stressed the importance of administering access, starting small and moving information out of narrow channels like email and into broader platforms like wikis.