Industry Updates

WWPYCBW: Technology (August 13, 2008)

Contents at a Glance
– Atlassian Confluence 2.9
– Wrike Enterprise Version
– Quick Links

Atlassian Confluence 2.9
Atlassian released Version 2.9 of Confluence, its enterprise wiki product (see the press release as required).

Today’s an auspicious day for Confluence fans – Confluence 2.9 is out in the wild, with a gaggle of new features, 140 resolved issues and two wickedly cool plug-ins: the Office Connector, which lets users edit Confluence pages with Microsoft Office and OpenOffice clients (free for all customers), and the SharePoint Connector, which allows SharePoint and Confluence to share content and generally get cozy with each other (available as a for pay add-on).

The Office Connector comes via an acquisition of Benryan Software.

Analysis
Atlassian briefed me on these changes last week … and they look mighty cool. Particularly the ability to edit a wiki page in Word, which will greatly help with extending the reach of wikis to non-technical users. And the integration with PowerPoint is awesome!

Wrike Enterprise Version
Wrike released an Enterprise Version of its hosted project management service.

We say that the enterprise version “offers you everything you need to manage your business,” and that is true. With the new version, you get a platform for collaboration, task management, task revisions history, reporting across multiple projects, time-tracking and Gantt Charts with task dependencies. The task dependencies feature was virtually the most desired by our users. We are happy to tell you that now you can link tasks and build project schedules even more accurately with the help of this feature. Your organization can get full-featured enterprise project management software for only $14.99 per user per month. Signing up takes just a few minutes, and an upgrade even takes less than that!

Analysis
Looks like a good move, and a good set of capabilities.

Quick Links
– One analyst thinks that Research in Motion is on the way down as AT&T focuses more of its resources on the Apple iPhone 3G.
– Projjex added new timesheeting capabilities to its hosted project collaboration service — looks pretty slick.
– Bada Networks came out of stealth mode. It offers visual networking services. “Bada is promoting the concept of “visual networking,” in which anyone — from consumers to business executives — can instantly talk, see and share content at the same time with a few people or thousands of colleagues or friends, whether mobile or at a fixed location. Cisco is also a big backer of the visual networking concept. The Bada platform is designed to scale to support large IP video and collaboration user bases in the IPTV, mobile and desktop markets. It is also designed to allow partners and customers to create applications and managed services that use multiple streams of real-time video, the company says, and integrate desktop and videoconferencing, large-scale collaborative video surveillance, and social/entertainment applications.
– Zoho announced that it hit 1 million subscribers.
– Larry looks into the SharePoint protocol used by Alfresco for connecting with SharePoint.

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