Going on eight years ago I was covering collaboration and portal technologies as an IT industry analyst in Boston. Instant messaging (IM) was just beginning to enter the mainstream enterprise, and a lot of start-ups were being funded -- largely on the promise of presence and peer-to-peer. IBM was just realizing the power of the jewel it had with Sametime.
It was then that I first met Maxime Seguineau of Antepo. Now a lot, and I mean a lot, of those start-ups fairly well fell off the Earth or reinvented themselves so well as to be unrecognizable after the crash. But Antepo hung in there, albeit somewhat famished, and quietly sold secure, audit-able IM to the likes of Wall Street banking firms.
Antepo's technology was recently acquired by Adobe, which one can assume will integrate it into its products -- first and foremost to the Acrobat reader -- and provide a collaborative editing and content creation environment (and VOIP communications!) to ride into wide use based on the Acrobat and Pro edition reach. It's yet another piece of the puzzle in the Adobe march to a full enterprise productivity applications suite/services. Thing is, these days, Adobe needs to think not just about Microsoft and Lotus, but Google as well.
So, curious sleuth that I am, I recently joined an ebizQ podcast with editor Elizabeth Book and Maxime, as well as Andre Yee, ebizQ's Security Insider blogger. It was fun revisiting the implications of convergence, VOIP, user behavior and how developers will increasingly be embedding these into more applications and services.