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Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
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Plaxo has eliminated the annoying spam-like email feature from its synchronization service, and this week introduced the beta of version 3.0, which now offers multi-way sync of contacts and calendar between various services from Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!
Kevin Meyer of Superfactory offers some advice to a $5 million manufacturing company with a single plant facility. He makes a case that spending a few thousand dollars at Staples to cobble together a operational and financial system--consisting of a whiteboard, webcam, and QuickBooks Manufacturing edition--could be more effective than spending hundreds of thousands on a serious ERP system from SAP or Oracle or even more modestly priced on demand solutions such as NetSuite.
I talked to LinkedIn founder and Chairman Reid Hoffman on Friday at the Supernova 2007 conference about Facebook's rapid growth and potential incursion into his territory. He told me that over next 9 months LinkedIn would deliver APIs for developers, ostensibly to make it more of a platform, like Facebook, and create a way for users who spend more time socially in Facebook to get LlinkedIn notifications.
I have resisted so far blogging about Federated Media bloggers participating in a Microsoft "conversational marketing" ad campaign. On TechMeme, the dialog is in full flower, demonstrating the power of the blogosphere as a medium for conversation.
Earlier this week I posted about Yahoo's missing piece, it's lack of a social networking hub at the center of its people-centric approach to providing Web-based applications and services. Yahoo's attempt at a social networking hub, Yahoo 360, hasn't gotten any traction, and there is a constant flow of rumors about Yahoo and Facebook and more recently News Corp exchanging MySpace for a large chunk of Yahoo.
Nicholas Carr discussed the thesis of his forthcoming book, The Big Switch: Our New Digital Destiny, during the morning session at the Supernova 2007 Conference.I am taking liberty with the title of Nick's previous book, Does IT Matter?.
We all know that a great domain name is critical. But is it $300 million to $400 million critical?
Google says its solar power project at its Mountain View headquarters is more than 90 percent complete. Google also projects that it will meet 30 percent of its peak electricity demand from solar panels.
On July 11, Oracle will officially launch its 11g, the first major database refresh from the company in four years. Oracle 11g is expected to be released later in 2007 and hopes are high that new database will drive revenue gains.