The announcement earlier today that Zoho has added an import capability for those using GoogleDocs to its Writer apps is great news. It is something I asked for a short while ago and is an excellent example of how an agile cloud computing vendor can respond to a need when everyone else is offering open APIs.
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This story from Don Dodge is almost guaranteed to get the bubblehead bar-room investment experts speculating about whether we are in an investment bubble and whether it is in what Don describes as stage two where:Stage Two is more dangerous. Many people agree that we are in a bubble, but it will last another year or two, and there is still money to be made.
'Kosso,' a British programmer with many years moblogging experience has quietly launched Phreadz, a threaded multi-media service that combines the ability to post video, images, text, audio and links, hence the VITAL moniker.Today Phreadz is in closed, invite only alpha with a small number of users testing the system.
Earlier today I spoke with Mark Lynd, president of Firescope, a company that's trying with very little funding - $4 million at the last count - to bring Business Service Mangement (BSM) to the mass of smaller enterprises. Earlier in the week, the company launched BSM-Business Edition at a starting price point of $2,450.
I've written before about Twitter's lack of understanding about scaling issues (which is a lot more than simply size) but today I learned that Twitter doesn't bother enforcing its own terms of service. Ariel Waldman's treatment by Twitter is a model case study in how to mess up customer service.
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.
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.