If there's one thing that irks most of my Irregular colleagues, it's getting hit up for long distance and roaming charges. The mobile operators offer a bewildering array of plans but it is all too easy for staffers to run up charges they didn't know about or, in extreme cases, were just too careless to control.
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.
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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.
Does anyone need another enterprise collaboration tool for helping get closer to the customer? How about if you had a collection of tools in one space that are people centric rather than task or functionally bound?
Zoho has released an invoicing service as its first step into making its fast growing suite of SMB productivity services a truly useful collection of business applications. I should warn readers that this is not a production release which was originally scheduled for April 8th but a work in progress.
It's not often I see a product or service that comes directly from the consumer focusing side of the development house and then positions itself as a business productivity tool but that's exactly what Eluma is trying to do.Originally conceived as a tool to assist brand stickiness in version one, Eluma has taken the concept of creating collections of information found on the web and putting it onto the desktop for business use.
Brightside Software recently launched Nuospace, an on-demand collaboration tool that claims to overcome the adoption problem by making the UI really simple. When I tried it, my initial reaction was one of alarm.
According to my friend Vinnie Mirchandani, beating US internal IT development costs is tough going. He should know, it's part of what he does day in, day out.
According to Gartner, the number of Ruby On Rails developers will grow to some 4 million by 2013. While many of these will be hobbyists, Gartner believes the largest area of growth will be inside the firewall.
Veodia, a two year old, venture backed narrowcast video play has taken a further step forward in helping proliferate its technology with the release of a Flash based widget that uses the MPEG-4/h.264 standard.
In this article, I compare streamed video using an Nokia N95 and Qik with video shot on an Exilim EX-277. The difference in results is startling. Is streaming video up to the task?
Wetpaint has added a slew of social networking features to its drop dead easy to use wiki. Amont the new features are:Friends Network: Wetpaint users can now connect with one another through friend invitationsCustom Member Profiles: Each site can have its own custom profile templates for members to share interests and information with the community.
The last six months has seen an explosion in the number of video startups looking to make their name. Most are in the consumer space with little idea of how to monetize.
Ryan Carson has published the top 10 web apps as voted by 3,000 of the weberati. As Ryan says:This isn't a scientific survey - it's more of a straw poll of our friends and colleagues across the industry - but we think the results are pretty conclusive.