News Updates (June 19, 2009)

Mainsoft SharePoint Integrator 2.0 … Mainsoft released Version 2.0 of its SharePoint Integrator for Lotus Notes. “Mainsoft SharePoint Integrator extends the Lotus Notes platform to include SharePoint, integrating Lotus Notes email and Sametime instant messaging with SharePoint document sharing, calendar, and team collaboration features. The software is built using the Eclipse Rich Client Platform plug-in architecture and documented SharePoint Web Services interface, and it enables users to drag-and-drop documents and emails from a Lotus Notes sidebar to SharePoint, and from SharePoint to Lotus Notes and Sametime. Version 2.0 introduces new features that enable users to: (1) Manage SharePoint team events from the Lotus Notes 8.5 calendar application, (2) Easily adopt the SharePoint taxonomy and IT governance, (3) Send document links in place of attachments in outgoing emails, and (4) Access the Microsoft cloud.” Available immediately. There is a product demo recording available. More

Social Tagging at Work … Stephanie looks into the reasons that social tagging may work in the enterprise. “So why does the enterprise want to bring social tagging behind the firewall? There are a couple of simple answers to this: it’s a quick, cheap and easy way to enable lightweight social collaboration and augment findability. Social tagging software solutions are typically inexpensive niche products or modules you can add on to your existing software suite. They don’t represent a big investment, and are relatively simple to implement. Additionally, the technology is usually relatively easy to use (compared to an ERP or CMS, for example), so there is no need to spend heavily on training or special staff.More

Free Office … Microsoft appears to be giving away Office 2007 on ARCHOS netbooks in response to a Lotus Symphony distribution agreement with IBM. “Microsoft is scared of Lotus Symphony — scared enough to give away Office. Sure, they probably figure the “hook” is that the netbook user will use Office for a year and then be likely to license it…try and buy is not a bad distribution tactic. But it’s one that they are not using anywhere else. For good reason, too. Microsoft’s financials indicate that over 80% of the revenue for the Windows operating system comes from OEM distribution. The percentage is likely lower for Microsoft’s Business Division, which has those lock-in Enterprise Agreements in place. Still, OEM is a pretty important part of the $19 billion division’s revenue.More

oneDrum Overview … Manek provides an overview of oneDrum, a new real-time document collaboration tool. “While the software is a bit flaky — it’s still a private beta — it allows users of Microsoft Office applications to open applications and share documents. If you share a spreadsheet, for example, you can each edit the same sheet transparently, with changes appearing instantly on a cell-by-cell basis as if you had made them locally. An example scenario could involve a sales manager who sees a presentation being opened up by a junior member of his sales team, and changes being made that aren’t relevant for the client the junior exec is about to visit. The boss can step in and make further changes in real time; he or she could also embed comments along the way, effectively using the application as a chat interface.More

IBM Enterprise Cloud Services … IBM rolled out two cloud services, each focused on a specific IT task. “Two initial services announced Monday focus on application development and testing and virtual desktop management. Customers will be offered three varieties of development-related cloud services. One is the IBM Smart Business Test Cloud, which is a behind-the-firewall cloud built by IBM on a client’s infrastructure. IBM is also previewing Smart Business Development & Test, which employs its Rational application development software and will run on IBM’s public cloud. In addition, Big Blue is offering dev-and-test capabilities through its IBM Cloudburst appliances, which combine hardware, storage, networking, virtualization and service management capabilities. The overall idea is to drive efficiencies into the development and testing process, since great amounts of corporate IT infrastructure is dedicated to such tasks but often sits idle, according to IBM. Instead, development teams could use self-service clouds to spin up the resources they need on demand.More

ThinkFree Mobile Netbook … ThinkFree released Mobile Netbook, an online office applications suite for netbook computers. “ThinkFree Mobile Netbook for Windows, Linux and Mac ESD version consists of ThinkFree Write for word processing, ThinkFree Calc for spreadsheets and ThinkFree Show for presentations – all of which make it simple for mobile users to browse, edit, create and collaborate on documents while on-the-go. Featuring the best round-trip Microsoft Office compatibility, ThinkFree Mobile Netbook ESD comes with 1GB of free, reliable and secure online document storage and integrates seamlessly with ThinkFree Online, ThinkFree’s already existing online service for collaboration and synchronization across all documents.More

SharePoint Governance: 8 Things … Doug outlines 8 ideas about SharePoint governance: (1) there is no easy button, (2) one size does not fit all, (3) it’s not rocket science, (4) you can do it now, or you can do it later – but you will do it, (5) some options don’t have an “undo” button, (6) less silos instead of more, (7) it’s not just about the technology, and (8) you can have governance or chaos. More

Palm Pre Going Down? … David argues that the only way for the Palm Pre to go is down (and out). “The problem with the Pre is not that it’s a bad product so much as it’s a bad idea. A business plan that begins with, “First, Apple or Research in Motion needs to screw-up royally,” can’t be a good one. Yet, that is what has to happen for the Pre to gain serious traction.More

Busy vs. Productive … “It is very easy to confuse motion with accomplishment, but simply being busy doesn’t do anything toward reaching our goals. Being busy can be addictive. Look around and you will hear a lot of people complaining about how busy they are, but when you look deeper, it is clear that they like being busy. I’m not sure why this is. I think being busy makes us feel important. It is possible that we feel important because we assume that important people are busy or that people who accomplish a lot are busy. While neither of these things is necessarily true, there is something about being busy that people like. The people who are really productive are usually the the least busy. In fact, sometimes it doesn’t seem like they do very much, but it is quality of the little they do that adds great value. Truly productive people focus on providing value, not on doing more things“. More

Other Items
– Mindmap on the iPhone via Tenero iBlueSky. Output to PDF and PNG.
– Thumb drives hit 128 GB.
– The Crabble foldable phone stand.
– Nine career mistakes for IT pros to avoid.
– Samsung announced 4 new smartphones, including two with keyboards.
– Leo’s 10 rules for slowing down and enjoying life more.

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