Lastminute development 'guru' joins Huddle

Lastminute development 'guru' joins Huddle

Summary: Online collaboration website Huddle.net has snapped up Lastminute.com's director of software development Jonathan Howell to head up its technology practice as CTO

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Online collaboration website Huddle.net has headhunted Lastminute.com's director of software development, Jonathan Howell, to head up its technology practice as chief technical officer.

Huddle.net combines collaboration, project management and document sharing using social-networking principles. The company says its service is broad enough to be suitable for individual users, SMEs and business users.

Howell's appointment comes at a time when commentators are becoming increasingly interested in Web 2.0 technologies in the enterprise. He will be responsible for overseeing the opening up of the site's application programming interface (API) to the global development community to encourage the creation of mashups and extensions to current software.

According to Alastair Mitchell, Huddle.net chief executive and co-founder, Howell's vision for Huddle will help open it up to developers across the globe, make it a more feature-rich product and help the company drive usage of Web 2.0 technologies in the enterprise.

Free for charities and individuals using up to 1GB of storage space, the Huddle.net site allows users to "instantly" create a network of collaborative team workspaces. Users can then add the Huddle Workspace application to their Facebook profile and can manage projects while checking out friends' profiles.

"Huddle's offer came out of the blue, but its pitch as a 'Facebook meets SharePoint' certainly got my attention," said Howell. "My next task is to launch Huddle's API to other developers, helping them to create new apps on top of our platform and integrate Huddle into other services."

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Adrian Bridgwater

About Adrian Bridgwater

Adrian Bridgwater a freelance journalist specialising in cross platform software application development as well as all related aspects of software engineering and project management.

Adrian is a regular blogger with ZDNet.co.uk covering the application development landscape and the movers, shakers and start-ups that make the industry the vibrant place that it is.

His journalistic creed is to bring forward-thinking, impartial, technology editorial to a professional (and hobbyist) software audience around the world. His mission is to objectively inform, educate and challenge - and through this champion better coding capabilities and ultimately better software engineering.

Adrian has worked as a freelance technology journalist and public relations consultant for over fifteen years. His work has been published in various international publications including the Wall Street Journal, CNET.com, The Register, ComputerWeekly.com, BBC World Service magazines, Web Designer magazine, Silicon.com, the UAE’s Khaleej Times & ITP.net and SYS-CON’s Web Developer’s Journal. He has worked as technology editor for international travel & retail magazines and also produced annual technology industry review features for UK-based publishers ISC. Additionally, he has worked as a telecoms industry analyst for Business Monitor International.

In previous commercially focused roles, Adrian directed publicity work for clients including IBM, Microsoft, Compaq, Intel, Motorola, Computer Associates, Ascom, Infonet and RIM. Adrian has also conducted media training and consultancy programmes for companies including Sony-Ericsson, IBM, RIM and Kingston Technology.

He is also a published travel writer and has lived and worked abroad for 10 years in Tanzania, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and the United States.

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