A few weeks ago I sat down to discuss Mobile 2.0 with handset giant Nokia (NYSE: NOK) at Mobile Internet World. This time I wanted to deepen the conversation and cover mobile widgets with Beth Goza, Senior Marketing Manager at startup Zumobi. Guess what, widgets are key to bringing Web 2.0 to the third screen.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Google’s mobile initiative, which happily confirmed this year’s rumors and officially announced itself as an open platform, is apparently starting to see the big ripple effect of its actual existence. With 34 companies lined up to take advantage of the mobile platform, the ones on the outside aren’t too happy. That would be wireless providers like Verizon and Nokia.
But considering the necessity of Google and its partners to access the Internet via their mobile devices, the question of the UHF broadcast spectrum auction has come into play. We know Google wants it, along with everybody else. And with Google’s proposed participation in the auction, it requested that the winner be required to open its airwaves to any device, application, and ISP, as well as selling access wholesale to resellers.
You may recall that Verizon wasn’t too happy with this demand by Google, and lobbied against it. The FCC didn’t listen to either company and got rid of the wholesale reselling requirement all together. Where does that leave Google? Not entirely out in the cold, and not unable to possibly still win the auction.
Google’s still the new guy on the block when it comes to a mobile OS, and it’s clearly hoping to make a grand entrance by introducing something new, for both the mobile industry in its entirety, and the market’s consumers. Google may need to win that chunk of the UHF broadcast spectrum more than any other party, and it’s willing to spend billions of dollars to get it.
by Kristen Nicole
Whatsopen is an unlaunched web and mobile local search engine — and a secret testing ground for Google’s new search offerings, a source tells us.
From screenshots we’ve been shown off-the-record, the site offers a way to search for nearby stores and their hours of operation from your phone.
Whatsopen is doing invite-only alpha testing in the
Our source says Google has been interested in purchasing the company and its search technology, and may have already purchased it and started using it as a testing ground.
We have not been able to verify any of this information with the company. Google declined to comment.
Valleywag has screenshots here (including the one, above) — obtained from a different source, our source claims.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
m-Trends‘ Rudy De Waele has posted his presentation on the Mobile 2.0 Start-Up Ecosystem from the Mobile Web 2.0 Conference. The presentation looks the key features being developed by mobile startups such as “harnessing collective intelligence” and “operator-independent access”. Nokia mentioned numerous times.
Written by Anne Zelenka
Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 9:08 AM PT
Wow. I remember having these guys on the top of my mashup competitor watch list while as the product marketing mgr at JackBe. Slow leak in the 2.0 bubble here as GigaOM's Anne Zelenka writes. I believe so. She also continues to say what I believe is indicative of any cycle bubble when technology drives products and not market needs. Anne mentions, "Even in the best of times, many companies fail to find a match between what they’ve built and what customers want to buy.
The killer app is is anything you want it to be, except what I have found is that people just want to be told or given something rather than worrying about building something so they can then go do their job. I believe that there is great potential but some companies need to do a serious do a market need inventory to ensure or readjust their offerings are meeting real market needs.
If sales and revenues are pouring in like an open water spicket than you can say I'm wrong, but if not and you're selling more fluff than licenses, well than maybe there might be some truth to this. Just my two cents though.
Update: Rod Boothby over at Innovation Creators, a great blog if you haven't checked it out before, knows more about Teqlo than the most of us ever will and has added some more thoughts about this happening.
Techcrunch was a bit more direct: Making my point that it is hard to make money from mashups, investors have pulled the plug on Teqlo. The startup, backed by Peter Rip, was originally focused on being a widget-based tool for creating mashups, competing with Yahoo Pipes, Dapper, and OpenKapow. Then it tried to morph into a vague “Web-based workflow” company, and lost its CEO. Founder Jacoby Thwaites tells GigaOm:
We had great investors, great people and great technology, but we ran out of time working out what the killer product could be!
Time’s up, buddy. Teqlo is now in the deadpool.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
I hope to post more on a new subject - Map Based Marketing & Location Based Services - as I definitely feel location-based services will be the next area web 2.0 will penetrate. This leading into another buzzy trend - Mobile 2.0 - which really can be broken down into "Everything you need in the palm of your hand."
This is a short post but now that I'm part of Map Network, a NAVTEQ company it is an area I will be focusing more on.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
More to come later, this is just a glimpse into how I will be steering the posts I write moving forward.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
There isn't really anything else I can say; its pretty self explanatory.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
The Enterprise 2.0 Conference: Web 2.0 Continues Its Move To The Workplace
It's the second day of the Enterprise 2.0 Conference here at the Boston waterfront. Yesterday was the workshop day for the event as well as the much-ballyhooed showdown between Andrew McAfee and Tom Davenport, the original point of disagreement around the real impact of Enterprise 2.0 which I've covered before . Today the main conference sessions begin and a quick look at the show program tells you that an all-star cast of Enterprise 2.0 folks has been assembled here.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
We got such good feedback from the post last week I decided to expand upon it a bit.
Wow, we received fantastic feedback the last post Differences in 2.0's. In particular, we received emails asking for more clarification about the difference of Enterprise Web 2.0 and
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
New additions for google in the web 2.0 space. A offline browser plug-in aimed at making web apps work both on and offline – Similar to Adobe Apollo. Mashup Editor which is like Yahoo Pipes but more scriptic. Also a new version of GWT which has no new functionality, but they did make a lot of changes to get the source code and build scripts into presentable shape to prepare for ongoing open source development.
Tomorrow, Google will be hosting a developer day for 5,000 developers worldwide. The bulk of developers will be gathering at the
Other launches at Developer Day include a new mashup editor that competes with Microsoft PopFly and Yahoo Pipes. Google’s attempt is a little less visual than the others, but the intention is the same. Last but not least, there’s a new version of Google Web Toolkit. For devs, Christmas came way early this year.
· Google services mashed up
Take some AJAX UI components, data from your users and Google services like Google Base and Google Maps or external feeds and mash them all together using our simple framework. We make it easy with the Google Mashup Editor.
· Common web technologies doing uncommon things
· Simple tools for sophisticated apps
Using the Google Mashup Editor you can create, debug and deploy your application in one interface.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Even George Lucas is mashing.
On Friday, 30 years to the day after the first Star Wars hit theaters, the film's official Web site, StarWars.com, will relaunch with a new design. One of the hallmarks of the new site is a feature that invites fans to remix video and music clips from all six Star Wars movies, as well as add in their own homemade videos. They'll then be able to share them on the Star Wars site with other fans, as well as embed them in their blogs or profiles on social-networking sites.
Licensed remix tools have become popular promotional campaigns in recent months: not only are they essentially free advertising, but they also allow fans to play around with video and audio footage with a reduced potential for copyright infringement lawsuits. The remixing platform for the Star Wars Web site was created by Eyespot, which has also created remix tools for a number of pop singers, comedian Stephen Colbert, and the Broadway musical Spring Awakening.
But the new video-centric Star Wars site goes beyond mashups. Additionally, StarWars.com--operated by Lucas Online, a division of Star Wars parent company Lucasfilm--will be adding a library of hundreds of Star Wars-related video clips. These include official documentary-style videos, selections from the Star Wars Fan Movie Festival over the years, and user-generated videos inspired by Star Wars like the "Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager" Web sitcom. Created by Matt Sloann and Aaron Yonda, "Chad Vader" imagines what would happen if Darth Vader had a less successful younger brother who worked in a grocery store.
In a press release Thursday, Eyespot also hinted that StarWars.com will be rolling out more multimedia features over the coming months, including more games and social-networking features.
[This post is from CNET News.com]
Thursday, May 17, 2007
China Natural Gas Reports First Quarter 2007 Financial Results
Tuesday May 15, 4:38 pm ET
Financial Highlights for the First Quarter 2007:
- Revenue increased 277% year over year to $6.7 million
- Gross profit increased 272% year over year to $3.5 million
- Income from operations increased 421% year over year to $2.5 million
- Net income increased 414% year over year to $2.1 million
- Net income per share increased to $0.09 per share compared to $0.02 in
the prior year period
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
[I was at the Mashup Ecosystem Summit organized by IBM at their offices in San Francisco last week. Our CTO, John Crupi, and our Chief Architect, Raj Krishnamurthy, also attended with me. It was an interesting mix of people from different backgrounds and companies all converging on the concept of Mashups. Jeff Nolan (ex-Teqlo, ex-SAP) gave an interesting talk about his experiences in a starting up a mashup company. Some notable points were: (lack of) availability of APIs; Do-it-yourself Data Formats; Performance can be a challenge; Need for strong visual composition tools; Lack of Standards. I think these are questions that this group will be able to tackle over time. (At least, I hope!)]
Read the full post here.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Mike’s take: Again, we see here the benefit to enterprises as being that of time. Wasted time that is. Time spent searching for the information one knows they need. RSS like other services, can be predefined to present the information one wants, when they want it, and how they want it. All leading to reduced time and costs employees incure attempting to do their job better.
Is RSS Ready for the
Apr. 30, 2007
RSS is a format for syndicating news and content from Web sites such as media outlets, community sites and Weblogs. Recently, RSS has been extended beyond news and this trend hasn’t escaped the corporate world. Now, companies routinely use RSS to inform customers about new offerings and products. The next natural step forward is to provide employees with changes to enterprise application data using RSS.
The main challenges to using RSS in the enterprise include ensuring appropriate data security, providing requisite scalability, conforming to existing security and access policies and making sure that solutions don’t introduce additional security layers to administer. In short, delivering secure RSS in the enterprise is fraught with dangers and pitfalls.
Let’s examine the challenges faced delivering enterprise data to today’s information workers through secure RSS.
RSS in the Consumer World
Consumers subscribe to RSS on news sites for local weather and company stock prices. After subscribing to feeds, users periodically receive updates viewed with RSS "readers.”
Several popular RSS products view RSS feeds:
- Web Aggregators – RSS-aggregating services provided to consumers over the Web by third parties. Consumers access Web aggregators using a Web browser, such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer or Firefox. Web aggregators serve as intermediaries between feed consumers – or browsers – and feed servers.
- Desktop RSS Readers – Consumers download software programs called desktop RSS readers that are able to receive, store and render RSS feeds.
- Web Aggregator Gadgets – One variant of a Web aggregator is a software tool deployed as a Web "gadget" (or widget). These run within consumer browsers.
RSS in the
The convenience of RSS hasn’t escaped business and IT professionals. It introduces a new way to access enterprise data and potentially revolutionize information sharing between employees, partners and customers. Most importantly, RSS allows workers to customize their own workplace computing experience, enabling them to create personalized applications for specific organizational needs.
Real-world examples include:
- Support managers subscribing to CRM updates that track high priority cases
- Salespeople subscribing to CRM and ERP application updates that track key customers' sales orders and support histories
- Sales managers receiving automatic updates on high-value sales leads with high closure potential
- Product managers subscribing to SFA application updates that track uptake of new products or modules
This information is already accessible to organization employees, however, workers often waste hours searching and retrieving the data they need.
RSS increases worker productivity by radically changing how they consume critical data. Through personalized RSS feeds, workers can focus on the job at hand, rather than searching for information.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
I work for JackBe as the Product Marketing Manager and this post caught my eye. Internally, we have talked for awile about use cases for our Presto Enterprise Web 2.0 Edge server component. I think this case is one. Edge lowers the transactional cost of entry barrier making micropayments that much more a reality. Edge allows enterprises to finally expose valuable intellectual property previously trapped behind the firewall for governed consumption by employees, end customers, or partners.
Andrew Savikas made an interesting comment on the Radar backchannel that seemed sharing more widely:
I remember a few years ago when there was a ton of buzz about micropayments being the future of ecommerce, followed by a backlash on how micropayments were a horrible idea, and would never overcome the transactional costs. In the meantime, iTunes and S3 (among others) have quietly been building great businesses on top of micropayments -- I think one important difference is that originally people thought of micropayments as paying small amounts to many different people, vs. paying incrementally to the same person/business.
Andrew's comment was sparked by Amazon's announcement of new S3 pricing:
With Amazon S3 recently celebrating its one year birthday, we took an in-depth look at how developers were using the service, and explored whether there were opportunities to further lower costs for our customers. The primary area our customers had asked us to investigate was whether we could charge less for bandwidth....
Sara Milstein noted that Google Adsense could also be conceived of as a micropayments system, this one in the more traditional sense of allocating small payments to many players. And of course, Amazon's Associates program is also a micropayments system, as are many cell phone billing systems. How many others of these are there out there? If you use micropayments in your site or application, let us know.
Amazon's full pricing announcement sent out in email appears below.
This is a note to inform you about some changes we're making to our pricing, effective June 1, 2007.
With Amazon S3 recently celebrating its one year birthday, we took an in-depth look at how developers were using the service, and explored whether there were opportunities to further lower costs for our customers. The primary area our customers had asked us to investigate was whether we could charge less for bandwidth.
There are two primary costs associated with uploading and downloading files: the cost of the bandwidth itself, and the fixed cost of processing a request. Consistent with our cost-following pricing philosophy, we determined that the best solution for our customers, overall, is to equitably charge for the resources being used - and therefore disaggregate request costs from bandwidth costs.
Making this change will allow us to offer lower bandwidth rates for all of our customers. In addition, we're implementing volume pricing for bandwidth, so that as our customers' businesses grow and help us achieve further economies of scale, they benefit by receiving even lower bandwidth rates. Finally, this means that we will be introducing a small request-based charge for each time a request is made to the service. Below are the details of the new pricing plan (also available at http://aws.amazon.com/s3):
Current bandwidth price (through May 31, 2007)
$0.20 / GB - uploaded
$0.20 / GB - downloaded
New bandwidth price (effective June 1, 2007)
$0.10 per GB - all data uploaded
$0.18 per GB - first 10 TB / month data downloaded
$0.16 per GB - next 40 TB / month data downloaded
$0.13 per GB - data downloaded / month over 50 TB
Data transferred between Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2 will remain free of charge
New request-based price (effective June 1, 2007)
$0.01 per 1,000 PUT or LIST requests
$0.01 per 10,000 GET and all other requests*
* No charge for delete requests
Storage will continue to be charged at $0.15 / GB-month used.
The end result is an overall price reduction for the vast majority of our customers. If this new pricing had been applied to customers' March 2007 usage, 75% of Amazon S3 customers would have seen their bill decrease, while an additional 11% would have seen an increase of less than 10%. Only 14% of customers would have experienced an increase of greater than 10%.
We don't anticipate making further structural changes to Amazon S3 pricing in the future, but we will continue to look for ways to drive down costs and pass the savings on to you.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Financial Highlights for the Fourth Quarter 2006:
-- Revenue increased 218% to $6.8 million, driven by the
construction of an additional 14 CNG filling stations
in the Xian area in 2006 and
continued growth of pipeline customers;
-- Gross profit up 189% to $3.3 million;
-- Income from operations increased 286% to $2.3 million;
-- Net income increased 271% to $2.1 million; and
-- Net income per diluted share increased 304% to $0.08
"We are very pleased with our performance through the fourth quarter of 2006, which exceeded our expectations by all measures," stated Mr. Qinan Ji, Chairman and CEO of China Natural Gas.
Financial Highlights for Fiscal Year 2006:
-- Revenues increased 288% to $18.8 million;
-- Gross profit grew 272% to $9.1 million;
-- Income from operations increased 343% to $6.5
-- Net income increased 310% to $6.1 million or
$0.23 per share.
"We made great progress expanding our business in 2006, ending the year with seventeen CNG filling stations and 75,000 residential, commercial and industrial pipeline customers. I'd like to thank all of our employees for their outstanding effort," said Mr. Qinan Ji, Chairman and CEO of China Natural Gas. "As the sole authorized provider of pipeline natural gas to customers in our service area, and with 15 new company-owned filling stations slated to begin construction by the end of 2007, we are truly in a unique and enviable competitive position."
Revenue for fiscal year 2006 increased 288% to $18.8 million from $4.9 million for fiscal year 2005. The sharp increase in revenue was due primarily to the contribution of 14 newly constructed CNG filling stations during 2006 and a material increase in the number of residential, industrial and commercial pipeline customers compared to 2005. Revenue from sales of natural gas increased 713% to $13.7 million from $1.7 million in the prior year. Construction and installation revenue increased 62% to $5.1 million from $3.2 million in the fiscal year 2005.
Gross profit for fiscal year 2006 increased 272% to $9.1 million from $2.5 million in 2005. Gross margin decreased 200 basis points to 48.4% from 50.4% in the year 2005, reflecting the significant increase in revenues generated from company-owned CNG filling stations, which generate a lower gross margin than installation and construction revenue. While the Company's overall gross margin declined year over year, gross margin for sales of natural gas, excluding construction and installation revenue, increased to 44.1% from 23.3% in the prior year. Management believes that sales of CNG through its filling stations provide the best opportunity for future revenue and profit growth.
Operating expenses in fiscal year 2006 increased 166% to $2.6 million from $1.0 million, reflecting the construction and operation of 14 new natural gas filling stations during the year, as well as continued expenses related to the identification of future natural gas filling station locations and costs associated with the government licensing and approval process. As a percent of revenue, operating expenses decreased to 13.8% in 2006 from 20.1% in 2005. Operating income increased 343% to $6.5 million from $1.5 million. Operating margin increased substantially by 430 basis points to 34.6% compared to 30.3% in the prior year.
Net income for fiscal year 2006 increased 310% to $6.1 million, or $0.23 per share, compare to $1.5 million, or $0.08 per share, in the fiscal year 2005.
As of December 31, 2006, the Company had $5.3 million cash and cash equivalents on hand compared to $675,000 at December 31, 2005.
Fiscal Year 2007 Update
The Company expects to add up to 30,000 new pipeline customers by the end of 2007. Additionally, the Company expects to start construction of an additional 15 CNG filling stations through the remainder of the year.
Monday, April 16, 2007
April 16, 2007 — 05:56 AM PDT — by Pete Cashmore
Connect is a “100% on-demand web development and deployment environment” that launches in May. So what is it? Without going too deep into dev speak, it’s an IDE (integrated development environment) for building rich
For those who haven’t touched a line of code, that might not mean much, but those who have should look out for further details and the launch in May.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
We are watching the evolution of web2.0 unfold in front of us and I believe it will eventually evolve into a web cloud of information and data for Users to search, gather, and remix to meet their needs. Whether it be personal or in the enterprise construct. This second location though requires an environment that delivers these user driven capabilities but still adheres to enterprise IT regulations.
Our CTO John Crupi recently described and blog on JackBe's corp blog about what he is seeing as a 5th level to Gartner's Levels of Ajax which is part of this story.
- Client Framework
- Client-Server Framework
So, we suggest the 'Five Levels of Ajax Adoption' :
- Client Framework
- Client-Server Framework
- User-Driven Framework
Read/Write Web reported yesterday that 'Salesforce.com Brings Web 2.0 To The Enterprise With ContentExchange': Today Salesforce.com announced a new product called Salesforce ContentExchange, a content management product for unstructured data such as email and html. They also publicly announced the acquisition of Koral, a web 2.0 content collaboration platform that was at DEMO07 earlier this year... Koral is a key enabling technology for Salesforce ContentExchange. The new product means that Salesforce.com now manages all types of content in a company - both structured information (e.g. CRM data like contacts and sales information) and unstructured information (office documents, HTML, video/audio files and email, etc). Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, calls this “another step towards our vision of managing all information on demand”.
So far, Web 2.0 migration into the enterprise world has seemed largely been limited to the notion of enhanced content creation and sharing – for example, using a blog to add a human touch to a vendor/customer or management/employee relationship. Another example is using a wiki to create central repositories of information to which any employee can contribute, thereby exposing previously hidden but useful information. Both blogs and wikis are certainly '2.0' types of tools, and as such they are useful for sharing unstructured information associated with projects and processes. But they do nothing for structured information retrieval.
I think the SalesForce.com ContentExchange nicely reinforces what we at JackBe have been talking about for many months: a new level of ‘2.0 collaboration’ that empowers employees to share, access and interact with disparate information and data, both structured and unstructured. Check out the graph, stolen from one of our sales pitches, for an example. I think it's about delivering on the original promises of what Portals were aimed to do (but largely didn't do), and all in a 100% user-driven way.
Most business and knowledge worker tasks rely on access to the appropriate structured data in real, or near-real time. These information pieces are spread out across many enterprise applications, and databases. We as information workers are trapped in a world of monolithic siloed applications, each with its own login and password, access control policies, and confusing and user interfaces. Furthermore, because information is stored in different locations, the relation between the data is not obvious, and is usually only well understood by the information worker himself. It appears that SalesForce.com aims to change all that.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Based in the city of
network to the government-owned high-pressure pipeline serving the province. In 2007, CHNG plans to construct its own liquid natural gas plant, which will allow the company to expand the geographic market it serves. CHNG came public in the
each), while at the same time providing gas to filling stations owned by its competitors.
CHNG is focusing on expanding its retail CNG filling stations network because this business offers higher gross profit margins (approximately 39 percent) compared to the gross profit margin of the residential natural gas business (approximately 18 percent). As of the end of 2006, CHNG owned 23 filling stations (including six still under construction, all of which dispense CNG), with plans to have a total of 30 stations in operation by the end of 2007. Due to the fact that wholesale and retail CNG prices (and, therefore, gross profit margins) are set by the Chinese government, the key to increasing revenues and profits in the CNG business will be continuing expansion
of gas volume sold via increasing the size of the company's retail and/or wholesale distribution networks. CHNG is also working on expanding its facilities to include processing liquefied natural gas (LNG), which can be transported via trucks (rather than pipelines), allowing the company to increase the geographic size of its market. Management expects construction of the LNG plant will require $19 million in additional capital once the plant is approved by provincial and city government regulators.
As of August 2006, CHNG has 23.9 million shares outstanding. The company’s chairman owns approximately 25 percent of CHNG’s common shares; CHNG’s CEO owns nine percent. Approximately six percent of CHNG’s shares are held by institutions. For the quarter ending, September 30, 2006, CHNG received 80 percent of its revenues from the sale of natural
gas, of which 93 percent was sales to competitors’ CNG filling stations and seven percent was to household and wholesale consumers. The remaining 20 percent of revenues were related to CHNG’s construction of natural gas pipelines. (In
equity of $23.4 million.
OTC—BB : CHNG
Sector: Natural Gas Distributor
I’ve been taking a lot of satisfaction these past few weeks in how our little enterprise 2.0 garden is growing. In the past few weeks I’ve been asked to podcast, to appear on a video segment, and to participate in an enterprise 2.0 “rave.” All good stuff. The analyst and media coverage of enterprise 2.0 has really started to pick up too. I’m particularly encouraged by the management findings and recommendations we’ve seen coming out of MIT’s Sloan Management Report and McKinsey. I guess they legitimize our inner-circle zealot ramblings.
A few items of interest: I attended Ajax World a couple weeks ago. I listened to a few of the speakers, but spent more time trolling the vendors in the exhibit hall for real examples of how Ajax solutions were generating real business advantages for their customers. Nexaweb had some interesting case studies. They quickly rattled off projects at Bank of Toyko, Mitsubishi, Seimans, AFLAC and EMC where companies had built rich Internet applications that were making a difference in their markets. Another interesting observation was a casual chat I had with Chris Warner at JackBe. He basically told me the audience makeup is different this year. That it was not so much developers in jeans and ponytails asking technical questions, but guys in Polo shirts and khakis asking how to solve a business problem. He said, “When suits start walking around, we’ll know the market has matured.”
I ran into Dion Hinchcliffe in the lounge. Dion and Jeremy Geelan had kindly asked me to participate in their ground-breaking Enterprise 2.0 premier web TV segment. Unfortunately, I had to decline, but look forward to future episodes. Don’t miss the first episode, airing Monday, April 9.
Here is Dion’s description of the show:
The Enterprise 2.0 TV Show Airs Web-Wide This April from the Reuters TV Studio in Times Square
We’ve teamed up with former BBC producer Jeremy Geelan — and IT industry maven extraordinaire — to create a new world-class Web-based TV show with broadcast quality production values that obsessively covers the rapidly emerging topic of current industry fascination: Enterprise 2.0. Taped in leading venues throughout the country, the Enterprise 2.0 TV Show is designed as an open, freely-distributable communication stream created to tap the exploding popularity and delivery models of the online video medium. The show is carefully crafted to help non-technical business leaders explore the power and potential of the very latest industry developments on the Internet. Each show delves into the most important new trends that are helping reshape the face of the enterprise today and have the potential to unleash significant productivity gains and competitive advantage. Episode #1, a deep dive into the moving parts of Enterprise 2.0, has already been taped with industry leaders such as SocialText, Kapow, Jubii, and Near-Time and will be ‘airing’ in April on the show site as well as everywhere else on the Web. Also, if you are interested in appearing on the show or want to advertise or sponsor, please contact Jeremy directly.
I first started writing about what we now call “Enterprise 2.0″ the end of June, last year. I believe it was about this time last year that McAfee published his seminal, “Enterprise 2.0: the Dawn of Emergent Collaboration.” Now, barely a year later, we’ve got our own T.V. show and we’re hosting Rave parties (more to come on that). I’m looking forward to harvesting the rewards of this year’s crop. It’s fun blogging history in the making.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
By Kurt MackieCompanies providing service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions for the enterprise issued announcements about new products, partnerships and deals last week. Here are some of them to date.
IONA Technologies has a new version of its SOA infrastructure suite with active governance capabilities. Its Artix Registry/Repository product manages policies and provides a complete record of services in distributed SOA environments. Global 2000 customers can use the product for the capture and discovery of critical information, service network provisioning, schema validation, and visual service management.
Wily Technology has extended its enterprise application management solution to automatically identify dependencies among Web services and monitor business processes on a 24 x 7 basis. The Wily SOA Manager product works with the Wily Introscope solution on platforms such as Apache Axis, BEA WebLogic Server, IBM WebSphere Application Server, NetWeaver and Microsoft .NET.JackBe Corp. has partnered with SOA Software and is offering a governance, management and security solution to users of AJAX and SOA services. The joint solution combines JackBe's Presto Enterprise Web 2.0 Infrastructure Platform with SOA Software's Infrastructure Suite.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
LAS VEGAS, MIAMI, and BETHESDA, Md., March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ProGames Network, a subsidiary of broadband telecommunications services company MobilePro Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: MOBL - News), announced today that Frank Catania, one of the world's leading experts regarding on-line gaming, has agreed to join the board of directors of The Winning Edge (OTC Bulletin Board: WNED - News) upon the completion of its merger with ProGames Network. The transaction is currently expected to close in late April.
WASHINGTON, DC—Almost a year after the cessation of major combat and a month after the nation's first free democratic elections, President Bush unveiled the coalition forces' strategy for exiting Iraq.
Bush announces the pullout of Iraq through Iran.
"I'm pleased to announce that the Department of Defense and I have formulated a plan for a speedy withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq," Bush announced Monday morning. "We'll just go through Iran."
Bush said the U.S. Army, which deposed Iran's longtime enemy Saddam Hussein, should be welcomed with open arms by the Islamic-fundamentalist state.
"And Iran's so nearby," Bush said. "It's only a hop, skip, and a jump to the east."
According to White House officials, coalition air units will leave forward air bases in Iraq and transport munitions to undisclosed locations in Iran. After 72 to 96 hours of aerial-bomb retreats, armored-cavalry units will retreat across the Zagros mountains in tanks, armored personnel carriers, and strike helicopters. The balance of the 120,000 troops will exit into the oil-rich borderlands around the Shatt-al-Arab region within 30 days.
Pentagon sources said U.S. Central Command has been formulating the exit plan under guidelines set by Bush.
"The fact is, we've accomplished our goals in Iraq," said General George Casey, the commander of coalition forces in the Iraqi theater. "Now, it's time to bring our men and women home—via Iran."
Questions have been raised about the unprecedented size of the withdrawal budget.
"I'm asking Congress to approve a $187-billion budget to enable us to exit as smoothly as possible," said Casey, whose budget request includes several hundred additional M1A1 Abrams battle tanks, 72 new C-130 cargo planes, and two brigades of artillery. "We're concerned about the safety of our troops, so we need to have the capacity to deal with insurgent forces all the way from the Iraqi border through to Tehran."
Casey has requested a budget increase for the Pentagon, so that the government can reward recruits who serve in the U.S. mission to exit Iraq.
Some of the Iranian citizens U.S. troops will meet as they pass through Iran.
"The plan also includes a minor stopover for refueling and provisional replenishment in Syria," Casey said. "But I don't expect we'll need more than 50,000 additional troops for that stretch of the Iraq pullout."
Bush's plan has met with widespread support.
"The people who said Iraq was a quagmire and that the president would never get our troops out are now eating crow," said Sean Hannity on his popular radio show Tuesday. "Of course, I don't expect anyone will have the honor to come forward and actually admit that they were wrong to question our commander-in-chief."
Sioux Falls, SD's Dianne Haverbuck, who has two sons in the military, said she was pleased to hear of the impending exit.
"Don and Kenneth have already been in Iraq an extra four months, so it's so good to hear that they'll finally be leaving that dangerous place," Haverbuck said. "I can't tell you how happy I was when the president said—what was it? I wrote it down. 'Getting our troops out of the Middle East and back home to their families is a viable long-term goal.'"
"I can't wait to see the boys," Haverbuck added.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hoseini-Khamenei welcomed the exit plan.
"Let the Allied armies come to Iran," Khamenei said. "I believe I can assure you that, if they do withdraw here, their brothers-in-arms in the Islamic Republican Army, the Revolutionary Guards Corps, the Quds special forces units, and the Basij Popular Mobilization Army will no doubt do everything they can to make the troops' trip back home memorable."
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
I posted this a little while back, and the thoughts were expanded by our CTO, John Crupi in TechNewsWorld. Rich Enterprise Applications enable developers to create new situational applications that can offer improved usability and flexibility for the end user, and can deliver them faster than was possible using traditional approaches. This can empower users to easily assemble situational applications in response to rapid changing business requirements. Click the link to read the full article.
2007 is the year enterprises will start to more aggresively push for ways to realize the benefits of the Web 2.0 paragim shift and bring these efficiencies into the enterprise construct. In short, to empower users to consume, compose, and collaborate in ways that still adhere to enterprise standards and requirements.
[Tuesday, October 03, 2006
REA is to RIA, as Enterprise Web 2.0 is to Web 2.0MikeWagner
JackBe coined the term Rich Enterprise Applications (REA) as an evolution of Rich Internet Applications (RIA). RIA is to Web-grade applications as REA is to Enterprise-grade applications. The side pic. is my personal attempt to illustrate this visually. Some like it; some don’t, so comments are more than welcomed.
So What is Enterprise Grade?
Enterprises require tighter control, security, and reliability. In short they require a degree of governance that the average user building a Google Maps Mashup while sitting at their kitchen table doesn’t need. This should be no surprise to anyone who has worked for large organizations.
People have heard a lot about Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 lately. I can see a similarity here that I think might help to distinguish between these two, and REA and RIA. Most of the talk surrounding Web 2.0 has been focused on the social collaborative aspects that it brings to users. I agree with this. Now take all of this (Web 2.0) and enable governance and security and commercial-grade reliability and you have a Web 2.0 model that is fit for an enterprise (Enterprise 2.0)
Following the same logic let’s look at RIA and REA. RIA has brought enhanced desktop-like look and feel to web applications. It looks, feels, and from a user perspective, performs a lot better than some we-based apps of only a few years ago. Let me clarify that this richness is all done in the browser which is perfectly fine for all of the Real estate mashups popping up everyday. You know the ones with balloons imprinted over a map. I like them; nothing wrong with them. It puts the control and build in the hands of the users; they can do what they want as long as they have access to the services which when these are exposed to the client means anything.
posted by Mike Wagner]
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Sify.com's Budget special is aimed at ensuring that its users can easily understand the Budget and its impact on their daily lives. Besides the comprehensive overview, the portal provides a unique service wherein users can opt for personalized mailers based on their preference for topics that directly impact them. Users can also have their concerns and queries on topics like Personal Finance, Stock Market etc. addressed by noted experts like A.N. Shanbhag, Dhirendra Kumar etc. through webchats and can also interact through Message Boards and polls.
Friday, March 02, 2007
ABOUT CHINA NATURAL GAS, INC.:
China Natural Gas, Inc. (website: www.naturalgaschina.com) is a US Delaware registered public company that owns and operates its natural gas related businesses in China. China Natural Gas is the first China based natural gas company publicly traded in the US capital markets (stock symbol: CHNG). Managed by seasoned industry executives, the Company owns a 120 kilometer long Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pipeline located in the city of Xi'An (Population 8.5 million), the capital city of China's Shaanxi Province and a gateway to China's vast western regions. The northern region of Shaanxi Province is the home to China's second largest natural gas reserve. The Company has been consistently profitable since its inception.
Friday, February 23, 2007
February 23, 2007 (Computerworld) -- The U.S. Department of Defense's lead intelligence agency is using wikis, blogs, RSS feeds and enterprise "mashups" to help its analysts collaborate better when sifting through data used to support military operations.
The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is seeing "mushrooming" use of these various Web 2.0 technologies that are becoming critical to accomplishing missions that require intelligence sharing among analysts, said Lewis Shepherd, chief of DIA's Requirements and Research Group at the Pentagon.
The tools are helping DIA meet the directives set by the 9/11 Commission and other entities for intelligence agencies to "improve and deepen our collaborative work processes," he said.
DIA first launched a wiki it dubbed Intellipedia in 2004 on the Defense Department's Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS), a top-secret network that links all the government's intelligence agencies.
"The collaboration potential of the social software side is really being thoroughly vetted and is now rapidly being adopted," Shepherd said. "Across agencies, wikis and blogs are becoming as ubiquitous as e-mail in terms of information sharing."
Although the agency's mission of providing intelligence to support military planning and weapons acquisition could easily fit into any spy novel or Hollywood blockbuster, Shepherd said DIA's analysts are similar to workers in other industries in that "they rely upon and demand instant gratification" for their information needs.
"One of the virtues of a wiki format is that there is a blurred line between authoring and dissemination," he added. "The second something is authored, someone else can edit it [while others can] comment upon those edits."
DIA last year began a project to create a data access layer in its architecture using a service-oriented architecture to pull together human intelligence (data gathered by people) and publicly available data gathered from the Internet and other sources into a single environment for analysis, Shepherd added. Analysis of data in this new environment will be done in part by using Web 2.0 applications, such as "mashups," that collect RSS feeds, Google maps and data from the DIA network that users can access with a lightweight AJAX front end, he added.
"Web 2.0 mashup fans on the Internet would be very much at home in the burgeoning environment of top-secret mashups, which use in some cases Google Earth and in some cases other geospatial, temporal or other display characteristics and top-secret data," Shepherd said.
Although he did not provide additional details of how the agency is using mashups, Shepherd did note that the DIA is using JackBe Corp.'s AJAX tools as part of its work to build this new type of application. JackBe has said publicly that DIA is using its Overwatch application built with its NQ Suite of AJAX tools. Overwatch is made up of a personalized, desktop-like dashboard that can display intelligence data stores through a standard browser, JackBe officials have said.
Prabhat Agarwal, manager of information security industry analysis at Input Inc., a research firm that specializes in governmental issues, said that the DIA and other defense agencies are the most advanced users of Web 2.0 tools in the federal government to date because they have a more secure IT infrastructure.