Industry Updates

News Updates (July 21, 2009)

Mike on Cisco and Collaboration … Mike comments on the collaboration technology moves being made by Cisco. “All of this means that “Cisco Watchers” need to broaden the breadth of events and activities they observe if they want to correlate Cisco’s strategic moves effectively. The actions Cisco takes may not have apparent synergies to anyone else but Cisco. Efforts that are seemingly unrelated may suddenly come together as markets consolidate in a manner Cisco expects (and is prepared for). Competitors need to pay close attention to seemingly un-related moves else they risk being caught off-guard when Cisco “connects the dots” in unexpected ways.More

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Update … Microsoft released Service Pack 2 for Office 2008 for the Mac, including new SharePoint integration options. “One more thing. It wasn’t that long ago that my colleagues and I were envisioning the concept of a desktop application for working with SharePoint and Office Live Workspace and integrated with Office for Mac. Well now it’s here: it’s called Document Connection and it comes with Office 2008 SP2, free and available today. It’s been a real pleasure watching Document Connection come together, and it’s been an even greater pleasure adding Document Connection to my daily workflows. Office 2008 SP2 with Document Connection makes it a breeze to find, review, and edit documents from the places I use most, and improved Safari support from the SharePoint and Office Live teams mean it’s never been a better time to be productive on your Mac.More
– Document Connection also works with Office Live Workspace.
– Office 2008 includes better support for Safari 4 and Firefox 2.0.

Present.ly … Intridea released present.ly, a micro-blogging tool for firms. “Present.ly gives your employees the ability to instantly communicate their current status, ask and answer questions, share media, and more with the revolutionary communications method pioneered by Twitter.More

BT and Microsoft UC … BT announced plans to resell Microsoft’s UC software in a hosted model. “British Telecom announced it will resell Microsoft unified communications software as a fully-hosted managed service for U.K. businesses, according to the companies. BT said clients will be able to access Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Office Live Meeting and Office Communications online through the offering. The service provider also said it would be upgrading the Microsoft product suite later this year by integrating it with its Global Onevoice SIP trunking service.More

NZ Post Goes to Google Apps … NZ Post announced that it is dumping Microsoft Exchange, Outlook and Office and embracing Google Apps. “The deal marks the first time a major New Zealand account has swallowed its qualms about putting its documents out in the cloud – at least on such a scale. But now the first domino has fallen, others could follow. The NZ Post deal, which was engineered by Google’s New Zealand agent for its corporate products, Fronde, kicks in during September …. The deal covers email and document collaboration. Staff at the SOE will also begin using Google Apps for desktop video conferencing …. A 10-week proof-of-concept trial, involving both IT staff and a legal team, saw NZ Post both overcome its qualms about cloud computing, and narrow its choice to one provider: Google.More

RIM Pays Visto … RIM will pay US$276.5 million to Visto to settle patent litigation between the two firms. “Redwood City-based Visto, the privately held parent company of Good Technology, will grant RIM a perpetual license on all Visto patents in dispute and some Visto intellectual property as part of the deal, which is expected to be completed toward the end of the month, subject to various closing conditions, the companies said in a joint press release.More

Other Items
– CNNMoney on how David Allen uses Lotus Notes and eProductivity (by Eric Mack).
– The RIM BlackBerry client for the Mac is almost here (coming September).
– Dave wrote a book last year on The Myth of Multitasking.

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