Industry Updates

Daily Report for July 20, 2007

Team Collaboration

  • Review of Lotus Quickr … John reviews Lotus Quickr, and the role it can play within an Intranet. “Quickr is the evolution of Lotus Quickplace. Quickplace has been around for more than eight years, and has always been a self-service team room and document management system. Quickr one-ups that formula by adding connectors and integration to a variety of software products, as well as adding a Web 2.0 makeover to the presentation. AJAX and brightly colored gradients are prevalent, but they really make this product seem like something fresh, and not a legacy product from 1999.Intranet Journal
  • Integrating SharePoint and Exchange … Tips and ideas on how to integrate SharePoint 2007 with Exchange 2007, including enabling incoming email in SharePoint, and working with email-enabled content in SharePoint. SearchExchange
  • Socialtext CEO 2.0 … Ross Mayfield, founder and current CEO of Socialtext, is looking for a replacement. “As a company founder, as I’ve written before, it is inevitable and necessary that your role evolves for the best interest of the company and what you own of it. Today I’m invoking the most powerful inflection point I can for Socialtext. We’ve grown to 3,000 customers, 50 people, the leading brand in the space, an innovative product, solid revenue growth and are targeting profitability. It is time for Socialtext to be taken to the next level, and for that, I want to openly recruit the CEO 2.0 for Socialtext.” The CEO 2.0 has to live in San Francisco Bay Area. Ross Mayfield
  • Calgoo Apps 1.0 … Calgoo released Calgoo Apps 1.0, the first production release of its online and offline calendaring application. “Calgoo Apps is the only calendaring solution that enables smooth synchronization and visualization of multiple calendars, allowing users to manage tasks, coordinate events, and direct their schedules through the use of only one program. Calgoo Apps’ online/offline feature maximizes users’ productivity by allowing them to input information into their calendar while offline and upload the new data when logged online. In addition, with the ability to synchronize Outlook and Google calendar, users can view colleagues’ availability and coordinate activities, plan and book meetings and events with clients, partners and family, and coordinate their work, home and social lives. Available immediately. MarketWire
  • Conversant SoapBox Communicator … Conversant released the next version of SoapBox Communicator, its XMPP-based instant messaging offering. New features: persistent chat rooms, real-time content sharing, and more. “Built to support industry standards, SoapBox Communicator enables users to easily connect to the SoapBox network or other XMPP networks, including Google Talk, iChat, Meebo, Trillian, and others. Because security is built into the XMPP protocol, users of SoapBox Communicator will enjoy a safer IM experience as the usage of instant messaging continues to grow.” Available immediately. dBusinessNews
  • Do Corporate Blogs Have Value? … Forrester Research reported that 54% of the 275 IT decision makers it surveyed are considering corporate blogs, but the biggest stumbling block is an inability to perceive the value thereof. “Forrester asked adopters of blog technology to list the business reasons for using it. Sixty-three percent said they use blogs for internal communications, and 50% use them for internal knowledge and content management. Forty-seven percent said they use blogs for external thought leadership and 46% said they use them for marketing to customers and prospects.SearchCIO
  • Exchange + OCS … Microsoft wants its partners to attach Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 to 35% of Exchange accounts. “Microsoft expects the effort to solidify Office sales and upgrades, drive incremental revenue in Exchange 2000-2003 accounts, and drive upgrades to Exchange 2007, according to the document.CRN


  • HP iPAQ 510 Voice Messenger … HP shipped its first Windows Mobile 6-based device, the iPAQ 510 Voice Messenger. It is available unlocked for connected to a GSM network. “The iPAQ 510 Mobile Messenger runs on the Standard (formally Smartphone) edition of Windows Mobile 6, with push e-mail and document viewing and editing capabilities but now touch screen. The display measures 2 inches and is a 240 x 320 pixel resolution (QVGA) type.” Available immediately. SmartPhoneToday
  • BlackBerry 8820 … Research In Motion announced the BlackBerry 8820, supporting two radios — one for wireless LANs and the other for traditional carrier networks. “The new smart phone switches “seamlessly” between EDGE, GPRS and GSM networks and 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, according to RIM.ComputerWorld
  • Vodafone Egypt Goes Visto … Vodafone Egypt selected Visto Corporation to power its wireless email offering. “Vodafone has implemented the Visto Mobile™ platform to bring mobile email, calendar, contacts, tasks and other services to consumers, small, medium businesses and busy professionals throughout Egypt.” Available immediately. WebITPR
  • iAnywhere Update … Sybase iAnywhere announced the general availability of iAnywhere Mobile IM, a secure instant messaging and presence offering for mobile workers. “With this release, Information Anywhere suite offers the most comprehensive support for extending enterprise email systems and IM platforms across the broadest range of mobile devices and smart phones, including the latest Windows Mobile 6.0 devices, such as the HTC S710 and the T-Mobile Dash, and Symbian-based devices, such as the Nokia Eseries and Sony Ericsson M600i and P990i series.” 30-day free version available. iAnywhere, see also WindowsForDevices


  • Goals vs. Growth … When you set a goal and reach it, don’t stop! Set a new one … make goal setting and achieving an integral part of your personal growth strategy. Jim Estill
  • A New Way to Look at Procrastination … From the amazing Jorge Cham PhD Comics
  • Order Your Busy Life … Scott’s got a laundry list of 20 ideas for bringing order to a busy life, including: (1) make a list, (5) find your most important task, (11) timebox it, (14) unplug distractions, and (20) roll the dice. I also love #2. Scott Young

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