Industry Updates

News Updates (December 17, 2009)

Adoption in SharePoint 2010 … Mauro says the biggest problem with SharePoint 2010 will be promoting user adoption. “So, here we sit; a few months away from the launch of SharePoint 2010, a framework that offers so much more business functionality and impact. What’s the (potential) problem? SharePoint 2007 has been so widely adopted, across the entire enterprise, that there exists a comfort in the functionality it delivers. Right? SharePoint’s strength has always been in its simplicity. So now we’re going to beef it up… more flexible content management, better workflow, enhanced search and business intelligence. What’s the one word to summarize? … Overwhelming? One of my fellow panelists, an IT Manager, stated it perfectly when he told the crowd that his ability to promote new features in SharePoint is directly dependent on the business users’ ability to withstand the change. Exactly! Change is always risky. Therefore, lots of change brings lots of risk.More

Confluence 3.1 Available … Atlassian released Version 3.1 of Confluence, with a variety of new enhancements. Eg, “Drag and Drop your attachments: The new Drag-and-Drop feature makes sharing files in Confluence a snap. A couple weeks ago, Matt posted a fantastic video of the magic drag and drop feature in action — by far my favorite feature in 3.1.” Another new feature is complete Office 2007 support. More
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TeamStudio for Notes 8.5.1 … TeamStudio announced that its add-on tools for Lotus Notes developers now support Notes 8.5.1. “With an anticipated release date of December 30, 2009, we’re pleased to announce that the Beta Testing Program for Teamstudio Edition 25 began on Friday, November 6th. Edition 25 represents the first release of Teamstudio that is fully compatible with Lotus Notes version 8.5.1.More

IBM Acquired Lombardi … IBM announced the acquisition of Lombardi, a vendor of business process management tools, with a particular focus on “human-centric” processes. “IBM has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Lombardi, a privately held software company based in Austin, Texas, which has about 200 employees worldwide. Financial terms were not disclosed. Lombardi, which makes Business Process Management (BPM) software and services, helps organizations automate and integrate business processes to increase efficiencies and reduce costs. More

Mainsoft, Rational and Connections … Mainsoft demonstrated an integration between IBM Rational Team Concert and Lotus Connections. “Referred to for now as Mainsoft’s “IBM Lotus Connections Integration with Rational Jazz,” the software links Team Concert beyond just software developers, using Connections to add in other persons, such as product marketing groups or lawyers who need to participate in the process, said Yaacov Cohen, CEO of Mainsoft. Jazz is IBM’s collaborative application lifecycle management platform, which features Team Concert.More

The Great Inflection … John comments on the “great inflection” and the age of DIY productivity tools. “These days, you’re lucky, but often pressed, to cut costs without cutting corners. In a recent New York Times article, Thomas L. Friedman discusses the idea of the Great Inflection, which is playing out in parallel with the Great Recession. The Great Inflection refers to the “low-cost, high-powered” tools, technologies and services that are emerging and inspire greater productivity and innovation. Our new partner, Box.net, was actually mentioned in the article as a tool that one company used to cut their costs and collaborate more productively over work documents. TimeBridge, too, is part of this Great Inflection, stimulating change and adding to a movement that could mean the difference between surviving and thriving for many companies struggling to find areas to improve efficiency and creativity without expanding budgets.More

Other Items
– McDonald’s plans to offer free Wi-Fi in its restaurants. You want Wi-Fi with that?
– Oliver comments on the latest dumb move by Facebook.

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