Industry Updates

News Updates (December 10, 2009)

TimeBridge and Box … TimeBridge announced an integration with Box.net, to support file and document sharing before, during and after meetings. “Powered by Box.net’s customizable OpenBox API, this new integration allows users to collaborate on relevant files and documents in their TimeBridge Meeting Room so each individual attendee, present in-person or virtually, can access meeting details from the minute invitations are sent to the conclusion of the meeting, and beyond. This feature alliance gives users the option to securely work together on any file, including documents, spreadsheets, presentations and images on a simple and slick UI that complements TimeBridge’s own feature-rich application. TimeBridge users can access Box.net’s functionality through the TimeBridge Meeting Room or as they schedule a meeting. Likewise, Box users can now easily access TimeBridge’s service from their Box.net accounts to schedule meetings.More

Fixing Email Glut … Nick offers 10 ideas for fixing the email glut, which could be built into future email clients, eg, adding reply buttons for Yes, No and Maybe. “Personally, I don’t believe there is one panacea for in-box obesity. Fixing the problem will require multiple approaches. Some of them will have to come from the people who are partially responsible for this mess: the programmers. Below I present 10 ideas that could be baked into future e-mail programs. Some are serious, some are fanciful ideas meant to generate a discussion. Share some of your personal success stories and ideas in the comments below.More

Google Groups Joins Apps … Google added the Google Groups email discussion service to Google Apps. “Today, we’re happy to announce the launch of Google Groups to Google Apps Premier and Education Edition users. Google Groups is one of our most widely used applications, enabling everyone from the local hiking club to the family next door to create mailing lists and discussion forums. Now employees within a company can create groups for their departments, their teams or their projects. Employees can use these groups as mailing lists, but they can also share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, calendars, videos and sites with groups, instead of many individual recipients. They can choose to receive communications directly to their email inbox, in a digest format, or in the Groups forum view, and can access all the information in the groups archive, without the intervention of an IT administrator.More
cio.com says it’s intended to be light on IT administrator requirements.
cmswire.com says you can add a Group to a Google Wave too.

Chatter for Enterprises … Salesforce expects that its forthcoming Chatter service will meet the collaboration technology needs of organizations. “Speaking today at the company’s Cloud Force event in London, Benioff said Chatter enabled businesses to tackle the demands from people wanting to collaborate better and expecting Web 2.0 functions. Chatter, due to be released next year, is a platform for collaboration that closely resembles both Twitter and Facebook. It has Web 2.0 features including live status updates, targeted groups, event scheduling and task scheduling, but all within what is promised to be enterprise-level security and business functionality.More

Movi Update … TANDBERG updated Movi, its PC video solution, with a revised user interface. “In combination with the award-winning TANDBERG Video Communication Server, Movi enables any PC to become a business-quality video system that seamlessly connects users to any other standards based H.323 and SIP video and telepresence system. Paired with the TANDBERG PrecisionHD USB camera, Movi enables high definition 720p 30fps video to ensure the highest resolution for the best call experience. This means when calling into a telepresence or video conference meeting, Movi will operate with superior HD quality to provide the best visual experience for all participants. This powerful solution can be deployed to thousands in minutes with TANDBERG’s large scale provisioning solution and extends an enterprise’s video network to enable cost-effective, easy-to-use video.More

BT and Cisco on Hosted UC … BT and Cisco are going to build a global hosted unified communications service. “Rollout of the service, now offered in the U.K., will extend to the U.S. and countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa next year, followed by Asian-Pacific countries, said John Blake, head of hosted IP telephony evolution for BT, in a telephone interview. He said the two U.S. data centers will be a priority for next year but didn’t provide a timeline …. The bulk of the networking gear used in the service will be from Cisco, with Cisco’s UC Manager products at the core.More

Lotus Notes More than Email … Kevin talks about the value of Lotus Notes within his organization. “Beyond being a great email platform, Lotus Notes is the premier home for some of our company’s most critical business systems due to its ease of use, flexibility and scalability. Our quoting, project management, and quality systems all run on Lotus Notes databases. With the most recent version of Lotus Notes (8.5) new tools allow us to easily web-enable applications originally built in Notes version 6 or later. More

Other Items
– From Stephen at AcidLabs: “All things 2.0, really, are about socialisation of activity in the sphere to which they are relevant. That’s not about IT. That’s about people.
– There is a new iPhone app for Central Desktop, from Red Oak Technologies.
– Coveo scored $8.2 million in additional funding.
– Story and photos about Iron Mountain’s data center 22 stories below ground.
– Colligo Contributor won yet another award in the SharePoint ecosystem.
– Text messages on mobile phones leave digital footprints that can come back to haunt.
– So called “random thoughts from Michael Wade” at Execupundit. Wow.

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