Industry Updates

News Updates (October 29, 2009)

Jive Social Business Software 4.0 … Jive announced Version 4.0 of Social Business Software, its enterprise collaboration offering. “Jive SBS 4.0 enables organizations to extend SBS across every level of an enterprise to literally transform how people work, partner, and address the marketplace. The enhancements and new capabilities in Jive SBS 4.0 reflect the increasing transparency between users’ work and social networking habits – and amplify the strategic advantages inherent in bringing those worlds together. With SBS 4.0, Jive extends SBS further out into the marketplace, deep into the enterprise, wide across the firewall, and out on the road.More
– Jive released Jive Mobile for iPhone and BlackBerry, for mobile device access. See Jive Mobile.
– Jive updated options for bringing pubilc conversations inside for debate and discussion.
– SBS 4.0 also includes an analytics module, for analyzing community and collaboration metrics.
– The new offering includes Microsoft Office Connector, for linking Office documents with Jive, including simultaneous co-authoring.
– The Microsoft Office integration is powered by DocVerse.
– The offering also includes a SharePoint connector, bringing Jive’s social collaboration tools to SharePoint.
– Review on ComputerWorld.

DocVerse Launches … DocVerse announced the availability of its real-time collaboration add-in for Microsoft Office. “Today, we are pleased to announce our first contribution toward that solution with the launch of DocVerse. DocVerse is a plug-in for Microsoft Office that turns those applications into full-fledged, Web-enabled, collaboration tools. DocVerse quickly and easily plugs into Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, enabling truly painless, real-time sharing and simultaneous, group-editing of documents.More

LA Going Google … The City of Los Angeles is going Google Apps, and replacing GroupWise. “The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a $7.2 million deal with IT contractor Computer Sciences Corp. to replace the city’s existing Novell GroupWise e-mail system with Google Apps, Google’s suite of online communication and productivity programs. Microsoft Office licenses will be reduced but not eliminated, as select city workers will continue to use Microsoft’s software. The hotly contested deal calls for shifting about 30,000 city workers over to Google Apps in the next year.More
– Richi Jennings has a roundup of stories about the deal.

IBM Collaboration Center in India … IBM opened a dedicated technical center focused on advanced collaboration, in Pune. “The center, located at the IBM Software Lab in Pune, will host dedicated technical expertise to help customers and partners adopt collaboration technology in their environment. Customers can leverage this center to get access to the latest offerings and best practices from IBM Lotus collaboration offerings, and create roadmaps and strategies that best suit their business needs. The company aims to create this center as a regional hub for Lotus advanced collaboration strategy and solutions.More

Storm 2 Review … Larry (ZDNet) thinks that the Storm 2 still isn’t there. “I lug around the Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Storm and find it to be a device that can be useful but generally annoys you a little bit every day. The touch screen doesn’t quite work right, the browser is iffy and there are numerous little flaws that bum you out over time. So after checking out a review copy of the Storm 2 I really only had one question: Could the Storm 2 erase the taste the first Storm left in my mouth? The short answer: No.More

CommonTime Adds Devices … CommonTime added Palm Pre, iPhone, Android and Symbian S60 5th edition devices to its supported device list for mNotes Wireless. “mNotes Wireless is now compatible with an impressive selection of device Operating Systems: Windows Mobile 5.0, 6.0, 6.1 & 6.5, Symbian S60 3rd Edition, plus devices running Exchange ActiveSync that include iPhone, Palm Pre, Android and Symbian S60 5th Edition devices. Simple to set up and easy to use, mNotes provides single users with an enterprise strength solution that presents Lotus Domino information in an intuitive way. mNotes operates seamlessly and effortlessly and is the first real-time push, individually managed solution for Lotus Notes compatible with iPhone, Palm Pre and Android devices.” Available immediately. More

MetaCommunications Spark! … MetaCommunications announced Spark!, a collaborative workspace for design agencies. “Spark! enables simple-to-use creative concept review workspaces where document content, including PDFs and graphic files, can be collaboratively discussed, revised, and routed for final approvals. Spark! is specifically designed for advertising, marketing, creative design, packaging, prepress, and web design. Spark! is different from traditional print color proofing tools in that it specifically addresses issues surrounding collaboration between content creators, like graphic designers, who need to iteratively work through a design and then route that design through final approvals.” Available November 2. More

SharePoint Conference 2009 Review … Kristian offers his review of last week’s SharePoint Conference, in Vegas. More
Day 1, “It is a testament to the penetration and popularity of SharePoint that so many people from all over the planet commit themselves to a weeklong conference entirely focused on SharePoint. 1000s of people have come across on long haul flights from various continents.
Day 2, all about SAP and SharePoint integration.
Day 3 and Day 4 (“short day, I had to fly back to Australia”)

Other Items
– Onehub, a collaboration workspace hosted provider, raised $1.3 million.
– Recent market research concludes that US$600 would be the right price point for the Apple Tablet (assuming such a device exists).
– Microsoft announced plans to better open up Outlook to third-party applications.

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