Dan and I are at Disney World in Orlando, Florida taking in Gartner's big Fall event; Symposium/ITxpo. Right now, we're both bloggin' from the press room we've also been hitting a few sessions.
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Gartner analyst Linda Cohen started off her presentation at Symposium ITxpo with a command for the audience of 6,000 attendees: "You have to stop outsourcing now." She said that the chaos created by compulsive outsourcing is making it harder to produce results.
Gartner Symposium ITxpo has moved on from real-time enterprise and conquering complexity to "rapid results." I’m not sure it’s a logical progression, but the three concepts are important to delivering successful results from IT investments.
IBM vice president of standards and open source Bob Sutor has proposed what he calls the OpenDocument Format Commitment to Action. Currently, the Commitment is a six point credo (see below) that urges citizens, business users, and CIOs to demand that their governments, IT departments and vendors support ODF in policies, products and services.
Chris Pirillo of Lockergnome fame just launched gada.be, a metasearch service (beta, of course), based on RSS feeds and the results are output in OPML (Outline Processor Markup Language).
Ray Lane was the guest on this week's Gillmor Gang, hosted by the Steve "I Plodius" Gillmor and joined by myself, Doc Searls, Dana Gardner and Mike Vizard. Lane, who served as president and COO of Oracle before become a VC with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, talked about Web 2.
In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, we discuss how Microsoft lost its battle, at least for now, with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over whether Office file formats are open enough to be included in the state's Enterprise Technical Reference Model, which favors the OpenDocument Format (ODF).
Three weeks after Massachusetts ratified its latest Enterprise Technical Reference Model -- a statewide standard that, starting January 1, 2007, disallows the use of Microsoft's Office file formats in favor of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) -- Microsoft is taking its case to the court of public opinion.
It's what will support the revenue model on top of the pipes that is the prize that the new AOL bidding points to.
Maybe I'm crazy. But if you ask me, there's a super big picture that's begining to form when you start to look at all of this week's announcements, or maybe-announcements involving Google, AOL, Real, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Sun and more.