Industry Updates

News Updates (October 12, 2009)

Sidekick Death … Microsoft lost user data for people with Sidekick devices; is this the end? “Microsoft announced that they had lost all Sidekick user data including pictures, contacts, calendars and other information from the Danger’s servers. Since the devices sync with the servers, the devices also lost the data. The Sidekick data services had amazingly been out over a week. From what they say, after a week of investigation, there is no way to retrieve the user data. Customers will have to start over. The word on the street is that it was a Hitachi SAN upgrade failure.More

Collaboration and Telepresence … Frank Modruson, the CIO of Accenture, pegs collaboration and telepresence as his main priorities. “The main priority that Frank named was collaboration and telepresence, which fed into both the effectiveness and the efficiency camps, given its game-changing nature and its direct contribution to bottom line savings through reduced travel costs. Accenture rolled out ‘Accenture Collaboration 2.0,’ its internal collaboration platform, last year. It is also seriously investing in telepresence and has more than 50 telepresence rooms in the organization. In addition to building telepresence capacity internally, Accenture is also federating its telepresence capacity. Federation refers to the concept of extending collaboration networks beyond the organization. Accenture now has now federated 31 companies and has close to 600 federated telepresence rooms, touching close to 2 million executives worldwide.More

Office Mobile 7 … It’s possible that Microsoft will add mobile edition of OneNote and SharePoint to Windows Mobile 7, due late 2010. “According to a mock-up of Office Mobile 2010 which Chapman is featuring on his site (and which I’ve embedded in this post, above), Microsoft is planning to include mobile versions of its OneNote note-taking app and its SharePoint collaboration products to the next Office Mobile suite. I’d think the SharePoint Mobile mentioned on Chapman’s site could provide users access to SharePoint Server 2010’s enterprise social networking, content management and other collaborative tools. The slide indicates that Office Mobile 2010 will be customized to work on Windows Mobile 7, the version of Microsoft’s mobile OS expected to be available by the end of 2010.More

Other Items
– Jovan suggests three tools for asynchronous collaboration between teachers: Skype, Google Docs, and Drop Box.
– The SharePoint Conference 2009 is sold out.
– IBM Press’s upcoming book on Lotus Connections 2.5 is available for pre-order (ships February 2010).

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