Industry Updates

News Updates (October 2, 2009)

Cisco Wants TANDBERG … Cisco made a US$3 billion offer for TANDBERG, and TANDBERG’s board of directors likes the sound of it. “Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will commence a cash tender offer to purchase all the outstanding shares of TANDBERG for 153.5 Norwegian Kroner per share for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $3.0 billion. This represents an 11.0% premium to the previous day closing price of TANDBERG’s stock, and a 25.2% premium to the 3-month volume weighted average closing price for TANDBERG’s stock. The proposal was recommended unanimously by TANDBERG’s board of directors.More

Commentary:
– “TANDBERG fits in Cisco’s mid-range”, computing.co.uk
– “TANDBERG’s technology complements Cisco”, internetnews.com
– ” … gives Cisco more of an installed base to sell into”, ZDNet

Concept Searching … Concept Searching offers conceptClassifier for SharePoint, an intelligent taxonomy and metadata engine. “Concept Searching is Microsoft’s only directly managed ISV partner that delivers an “out-of-the-box” solution for semantic metadata generation, automatic document classification, and taxonomy management running natively in SharePoint. conceptClassifier for SharePoint is fully integrated with SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Enterprise Search and FAST. We are committed to adding innovative functionality to the SharePoint platform and continue to deliver technologies that address the requirements of our clients. Our partners are best-of-breed and their expertise in Microsoft SharePoint delivers solutions to clients across the world.More, PDF Brochure

Google Wave = Productivity Killer … Google Wave entered beta today; Robert argues that it is way-overhyped. “I just got my Google Wave invite. No, I’m already out, so I can’t send one to you, sorry. But this service is way overhyped and as people start to use it they will realize it brings the worst of email and IM together: unproductivity. See, the first thing you notice is that you can see people chatting live in Google Wave. That’s really cool if you are working on something together, like a spreadsheet or a Word document. But it’s a productivity sink if you are trying to just communicate with other people. It also ignores the productivity gains that we’ve gotten from RSS feeds, Twitter, and FriendFeed. What do I mean by that? It is noisy, but the noise often happens way down in a wave deep in your inbox. This is far far worse than email.More

Google Wave = Productivity Booster … John thinks that Google Wave enables him to accomplish more in less time. “So let’s assume that Wave is set up within an organization. The biggest advantage I found was that, while one person is typing, the characters typed are being transmitted in real time. The person or people receiving the information can even begin typing their response before the first person is finished. You would think that this would get annoying with people talking (or typing) over one another. But really, our brains work so much faster than our fingers that it’s OK. You don’t end up staring at the “please wait” screen in a standard IM window while the other person types. As a result, you don’t waste any time in formulating your reply. Conversations go so much faster this way and don’t seem to get out of hand even with many participants. Your brain can almost always keep up. It’s just like sitting around a table at your local pub with multiple people talking at the same time. It’s easy to zero in on what you think is important and participate in the chat.More

Zimbra 6.0 … Zimbra announced Version 6 of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite. “Zimbra Collaboration Suite 6.0 includes the Zimbra stalwart applications of e-mail, calendar, and documents as well as spreadsheet and presentations, said Jim Morrisroe, Yahoo VP and Zimbra general manager. Zimbra apps are Ajax based and work in the Web browser. They work offline as well as online, through a Zimbra client. And they work on a variety of devices. The Zimbra Mobile API can deliver a Zimbra server presentation to a BlackBerry, iPhone, or Windows Mobile phone.More, zimbra.com

Microsoft on UC … Microsoft added an XMPP gateway to Office Communications Server, and changed the licensing terms for public instant messaging connectivity. “First, Microsoft is releasing the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 XMPP Gateway at no additional licensing cost; it allows basic presence sharing and instant messaging (IM) with Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol networks Cisco Jabber and Google Talk. For Office Communications Server customers, this means Cisco Jabber and Google Talk users can now be part of Office Communications Server IM contacts. Starting today, the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 XMPP Gateway can be downloaded here, while a video that explains how the Gateway works can be viewed here. Second, Microsoft is changing its public instant messaging connectivity (PIC) license requirements for Office Communications Server connectivity to the Windows Live and AOL public IM networks. Now, customers with Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Standard CAL (or equivalent Software Assurance rights) will no longer require an additional license to connect with the millions of people who use Windows Live and AOL for instant messaging and presence. This change took place in July for Windows Live, and is scheduled for AOL in October 2009.More

SEVEN Mobile IM … SEVEN announced that its mobile IM platform is ready for carriers and device manufacturers. “SEVEN Mobile IM supports multiple IM accounts – including Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, ICQ, Microsoft Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk (Gtalk) – and delivers on SEVEN’s mission to provide users with easy access to all the services of their choice, on the device of their choice. From feature phones to advanced smart devices, the SEVEN push technology, applied to Instant Messaging, opens the service to mass market adoption by providing a superior user experience.More

Biggest Productivity Challenge … Mark asked a number of bloggers what their “biggest productivity challenge” is. More
– Michael, “failing to break big projects down”
– Sam, “getting started”
– Mary Beth, “distractions”
– Trent, “home interfering with work”
– … and many more.

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