I recently ran through a demonstration of GroupSwim, a service that provides intelligent collaboration for small groups of between 50-1,000 users. The service includes blogs, RSS, rich media plus the ability to upload files of pretty much any kind.
Showcasing the new breed of startup-style vendors who are solving old problems in a fresh way or offering a glimpse into the future of enterprise applications.
Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.
Dennis Howlett has been providing comment and analysis on enterprise software since 1991 in a variety of European trade and professional journals including CFO Magazine, The Economist and Information Week. Today, apart from being a full time blogger on innovation for professional services organisations, he is a founding member of Enterprise Irregulars and an investor in a European start-up. Prior to, Dennis was technology and tax partner in a British firm of Chartered Accountants for 10 years. Prior to that held various senior finance roles across a broad range of industries.
In a move that surprises few people, Plaxo is being acquired. The surprise - at least for some - is that it is Comcast and not one of the usual suspects of Facebook or Google.
Since I am based in Europe and come from a finance background, I have a special interest in what happens in this part of the world. Over the last couple of years, I've been consistently told by 'experts' that saas/on-demand business applications (and especially those that are finance related) will take another 5-10 years before becoming mainstream.
This morning's announcement that Zoho Writer now supports login via Google and Yahoo! ID's is not of itself a big deal.
Take the idea of community, sprinkle liberally with process, add a dash of prediction market thinking and a soupcon of reputation analysis, stir gently without too much mashing and you have InnovationSpigit.I really like this idea because it solves one of the main problems facing large organizations attempting to figure which are the best ideas to take forward.
As much as people talk about information relevance in search, it's not much good unless tied to an activity. Attivio is seeking to solve this problem with its Active Intelligence Engine.
When I first heard about Egnyte I was underwhelmed. How many more file storage systems do we need?
Today's addition of VB Macro and pivot table support to Zoho Sheets is possibly the most important step forward for the Zoho suite of business applications.These two capabilities are top of list for keeping Microsoft Office customers loyal.
Zoho today announced it has entered a white label distribution deal with Baihui for distribution of its applications in China. Today, the deal includes Writer, Sheet, Show and CRM under Baihui's branding.
The news that Twitter's lead architect Blaine Cook and Lee Mighdoll, VP engineering have left should be no surprise. Let's be blunt.
I've had several conversations with InsideView in an effort to understand how its recently released SalesView product fits into the scheme of enterprise applications. Described as leveraging the convergence between social media and enterprise applications, SalesView is designed to provide sales people with fine grained information about prospects.
I caught up with Ross Mayfield, president of SocialText today to discuss its new products, SocialText Dashboard and SocialText People. Ross believes that wikis are the foundation for collaboration within the enterprise and that Dashboard and People represent the next iteration in the way people will work.
Paul McNamara, Coghead's CEO briefed Phil Wainewright and I the other day about today's announcement of the Coghead Gallery. While the concept of code exchange has been around for a while, to date there's not been an efficient way for the small development shop to discover code it might wish to re-use in larger applications or distribute.
Project management is an art rather than a science and that software to manage projects exhibity many problems. Clarizen hopes to change that with version 2.
Jive Software is releasing version 2.0 of its Clearspace collaboration software today along with the announcement that is has acquired Jotlet, a calendaring service.