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Monday, December 03, 2007

Zumobi Talks Widgets And Mobile 2.0

Posted by Stephen Wellman, Nov 29, 2007 11:43 PM
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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.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Google Mobile Causing an Industry War?

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.com: Google’s mobile local search effort?


By Eric Eldon 11.8.07

whatsopengoogle.pngWhatsopen 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 US and China and will launch in late 2007, a note on the site says.

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

Mobile 2.0 Start-Up Ecosystem

From Digital Design Blog:
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.

Mashup Startup Teqlo Shuts Down After Struggles


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

New New Internet

I Just got back from the New New Internet show which I also attended last year. Compared to last year, the emphasis was more on implementing web 2.0 in enterprise and other line of business constructs. Something I and the rest of the JackBe team was preaching - and JackBe still is as the leading the Enterprise Mashup thought leadership arena. I saw the demo of their Wires visual mashup composer which was still in alpha when I was there and it is slick is all I can say.

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

The Map Network, a NAVTEQ company

I know I have been silent lately. I just joined the Map Network, a NAVTEQ company as Product Marketing Manager I'm busy ramping up. I will write more later but just as with watching the web 2.0 trend at JackBe, I see an0ther long-term, location-based marketing trend emerging that leverages certain web 2.0 technologies and user-driven community concepts.

More to come later, this is just a glimpse into how I will be steering the posts I write moving forward.

Cheers,
Mike

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Dion H. Latest Blog

The Enterprise 2.0 Conference: Web 2.0 Continues Its Move To The Workplace

posted Tuesday, 19 June 2007

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

Differences in 2.0's Continued

We got such good feedback from the post last week I decided to expand upon it a bit.



Differences in 2.0's Continued

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 Enterprise 2.0. I created a pic that I hope will help in addition to an attempt to relate Enterprise 2.0 to Ford Motor (A stretch I know but why not try)........... Click link for the whole post.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Differences of 2.0's

I wrote a post on my company's blog about ... "A lot of people ask me about the definition and or differences between Web 2.0, Enterprise Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0. So here are some of my thoughts simplified for a blog post." You can read the whole post at JackBe Blogs.

Friday, June 01, 2007

I wanted to post a video from one of JackBe's most tech savvy Reps Mark Milligan. Mark has been recording vids on subjects such as Ajax, Enterprise Web 2.0, Portals, ect. All are on YouTube and I would reccommend taking a look. Here's one:

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

3 New Google Web 2.0 Releases Tomorrow

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.

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Tomorrow, Google will be hosting a developer day for 5,000 developers worldwide. The bulk of developers will be gathering at the San Jose convention center for a keynote by Google’s VP of Engineering, Jeff Huber. At the conference Google will be outlinging their their developer strategy. But the big announcement will be Google Gears, an open source browser plugin that will enable developers to create offline web applications using JavaScript APIs. As a developer, you’ll be able to make an application with the assurance that it will work offline and online across browsers.

The plugin is a 700K download for Firefox 1.5+ and Internet Explorer 6.0+ that installs three developer APIs. One API will handle the creation of data objects to store application information locally, another will be a SQLite relational database for searching the data, and the final part will enable asynchronous JavaScript so applications can sync data in the background without overburdening the browser. More info on the APIs are available at the gears website.

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.

Creating mashups with Google couldn't be easier. In a few lines of code and one click of a button you can publish your mashups for the world to see. Learn More

· 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
The Google Mashup Editor allows you to use HTML, Javascript, CSS and XML to create an infinite variety of applications with technology you are familiar with.

· Simple tools for sophisticated apps
Using the Google Mashup Editor you can create, debug and deploy your application in one interface.

Take a tour of the Google Mashup Editor »

Friday, May 25, 2007

The Force 2.0: 'Star Wars' site launches video mashups

Even George Lucas is mashing.

The Force 2.0: 'Star Wars' site launches video mashups

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 Update

I mentioned China Natural Gas and it seems the company is delivering on what it promised. For me its my energy play in an energy constrained populas and growing country...

China Natural Gas Reports First Quarter 2007 Financial Results
Tuesday May 15, 4:38 pm ET


Net Income Up 414% to $2.1 Million

NEW YORK, May 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Natural Gas, Inc. (OTC BB: CHNG - News), one of the leading providers of pipeline natural gas for industrial, commercial and residential use and compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicular fuel in Xi'an, China, today announced its first quarter financial results for the period ended March 31, 2007.
    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

Enterprise Mashups

Deepak Alur of JackBe has a great post on the question a lot of us or asking "what exactely is a mashup?" He was recently at the Mashup Ecosystem Summit organized by IBM and recaps some thoughts on the subject of his and others.

[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

Tacit Workers

As "tacit" interactions replace more routine business activities and the scale and complexity of many corporations creep upward, the need to manage collaboration is growing. According to McKinsey, nearly 80 percent of the senior executives surveyed in a 2005 study said that effective coordination across product, functional, and geographic lines was crucial for growth. Yet only 25 percent of the respondents described their organizations as "effective" at sharing knowledge across boundaries. Read the rest of my company post here:
http://jackbe.blogspot.com/2007/05/tacit-workers.html

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Is RSS Ready for the Enterprise?

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 Enterprise?

Yuval Tarsi

http://www.sandhill.com/opinion/daily_blog.php?id=45

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 Enterprise World
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

Micropayments After All: S3, iTunes, Adsense and more

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.

Tim O'Reilly

Micropayments After All: S3, iTunes, Adsense and more

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

China Natural Gas Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2006 Financial Results

NEW YORK, April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Natural Gas, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: CHNG - News), one of the leading providers of pipeline natural gas for industrial, commercial and residential use and compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicular fuel in Xi'an, China, today announced its fourth quarter and full year financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006.
    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
per share.

"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
million; and
-- 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.

Balance Sheet

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

BungeeLabs, Sneaking Out of Stealth

BungeeLabs, Sneaking Out of Stealth

April 16, 2007 — 05:56 AM PDT — by Pete Cashmore

Also at the Web 2.0 Expo: Bungee Labs, which is starting to drop hints about its Bungee Connect product.

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 Ajax web apps. Among its strengths: automated support for the integration of SOAP and REST-based web services and the ability to deploy apps without using FTP (apps are deployed through the browser). They’re working with Amazon, Ebay, Google, Windows Live, PayPal, RealNetworks, Salesforce.com, Yahoo and more to make sure Bungee Connect works with all their web services (read: lots of mashable APIs).

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

The Fifth Level of Ajax

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.

I think that all Ajax vendors have been touting the benefits of 'improved user experience' as their value proposition for a while. The problem with this proposition is that it is very hard to quantify.

But, they are missing something. It isn't just about the "experience" but about empowering the user with a better view and access to any data source. Consider the "Four Levels of Ajax Adoption" from Ray Valdez at Gartner. Ray has said that the levels are:
  1. Snippets
  2. Widgets
  3. Client Framework
  4. Client-Server Framework
I think Ray is missing the next level. The 5th level should be 'User-driven Framework', a framework that has all of the benefits of level 4 but allows the user to be the one pulling and mashing any information that exists in the enterprise, the trusted partner's enterprise and the Web. This may seem to be a small difference, but in reality it is the difference between 'improved user experience' and 'improved access to information which gives the true competitive advantage'. And to most business users, that's an important distinction.

So, we suggest the 'Five Levels of Ajax Adoption' :
  1. Snippets
  2. Widgets
  3. Client Framework
  4. Client-Server Framework
  5. User-Driven Framework
JackBe has embraced this idea through its new products, Dash, our dynamic interface for user-driven mashups, and Edge, our virtualization and mashup server. This is an emerging area and one we'll be talking about a lot in 2007.

New SalesForce.com Service is Yet Another Web 2.0 Proof Point

From my JackBe corp. blog....

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.

And, of course, JackBe's own Presto offers considerable efficiency potentials to the enterprise by presenting a user-driven consolidated view to both this disparate unstructured and structured information so to better respond to tacit activities. We think Presto will essentially redefine how information is located, consumed, and remixed as seen fit in the enterprise. Presto provides user insight and control of all accessible/governed information the knowledge worker needs to better respond to events. But enuf about my stuff for now.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Clean Energy China Stock Pick - CHNG

Based in the city of Xian in China’s north-central province of Shaanxi, China Natural Gas distributes natural gas (to approximately 50,000 households, as well as commercial buildings) and compressed natural gas (CNG) (to CNG wholesales and retail automobile filling stations). Recently CHNG has introduced its own network of retail filling stations to sell CNG directly to consumers—by the end of 2006, CHNG operated 17 filling stations in or near Xian. The company also owns a 70-mile high pressure gas pipeline, which connects CHNG’s distribution

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 US via a reverse merger in December 2005. Although CNG currently represents only about three percent of China’s energy consumption, it is becoming an increasingly important source of fuel in the PRC. CNG is the cleanest burning fossil fuel (reducing the environmental impact of the increasing use of internal combustion vehicles in China), China has significant domestic natural gas resources (reducing the need for imported fuels) and CNG costs less per unit of energy content than gasoline or diesel fuel. The Chinese government is actively encouraging increased use of CNG via various incentives for CNG-related exploration and infrastructure development, which, combined with CNG’s other attributes, will likely lead to increased demand for CNG for the foreseeable future. (Because CNG is less expensive than either gasoline or diesel, drivers of dual-fuel vehicles will likely use CNG unless only gasoline or diesel are available in the area they are traveling in.) CHNG plans to fill the current gap between demand for CNG and retail supply in Xian by continuing to build its own CNG filling stations (at a cost of approximately US$600,000

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 China, customers have to pay approximately 60 percent of the construction cost of new pipelines upfront; the remainder is included in future monthly natural gas charges.) For the quarter ending September 30, 2006, CHNG reported net income of $2.5 million on revenues of $6.5 million, which represented year-on-year growth of 520 percent and 368 percent, respectively. Fully-diluted earnings per share increase 350 percent (to $0.09 per share). CHNG has a very strong balance sheet with $5.0 million in cash and total assets of $25.6 million. The company has a current ratio of 4.9 X, no long term debt and stockholders

equity of $23.4 million.

Industry: Energy

OTC—BB : CHNG

Sector: Natural Gas Distributor

3/26/07

What will the new spring crop yield?

Posted by Susan Scrupski on April 4th, 2007

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.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

SOA Report: IONA Adds Active Governance

3/26/2007

By Kurt Mackie

Companies 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

Stock pick of the week - Mobl.ob

Not for the risk averse, but the stock has been beaten down to the levels where it is hard for those risk takers not to pick up some shares at all time lows.

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.

Bush Announces Iraq Exit Strategy: 'We'll Go Through Iran'

by The Onion

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.

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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.

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"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.

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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

Genaera Corporation Announces 2006 Financial Results

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., March 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Genaera Corporation (Nasdaq: GENR - News) today announced its financial results for the year and quarter ended December 31, 2006. The net loss for the year ended December 31, 2006 was $21.2 million, or $(0.24) per share basic and diluted, as compared to a net loss of $26.4 million, or $(0.44) per share basic and diluted, for the year ended December 31, 2005. The net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2006 was $3.6 million, or $(0.03) per share basic and diluted, as compared to a net loss of $7.8 million, or $(0.11) per share basic and diluted, for the quarter ended December 31, 2005. The loss from operations for the year and quarter ended December 31, 2006 was $22.8 million and $4.0 million, respectively, as compared to $27.2 million and $8.2 million for the same periods in 2005.

Monday, March 05, 2007

REA is to RIA, as Enterprise Web 2.0 is to Web 2.0 Returns

http://jackbe.blogspot.com/

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.

Original post.....
[Tuesday, October 03, 2006

REA is to RIA, as Enterprise Web 2.0 is to Web 2.0

MikeWagner
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.

Hopefully, maybe you can see where I’m going with this. Enterprises want to encourage this new Web 2.0 movement within the organization to leverage the network effect and value it brings, but because of what I mentioned earlier, organizations have to impose a slightly different model called Enterprise 2.0. Given this, and Enterprise 2.0 requirements, RIA needs added capabilities forreal Enterprise 2.0 grade applications. They need the richness of RIA but with the governance that Enterprise 2.0 mandates. Boom, we have Rich Enterprise Applications that extend the attribute of RIA past the client and into the Enterprise’s resources and enterprises can feel comfortable in doing this because REA has this added governance portion.
posted by Mike Wagner]

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Log on to www.sify.com for Comprehensive Information & Analysis of Budget 2007

Watch Live Video Streaming of the Analysis of the Budget by Experts CHENNAI, India--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sify Limited (Nasdaq:SIFY - News), a leader in Consumer Internet and Enterprise Services in India with global delivery capabilities, announced its comprehensive coverage of Budget 2007 on its portal www.sify.com. In addition, on February 28, 2007, users can log on to Sify.com to watch the live video streaming of the analysis of the Budget by experts including CRISIL.

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

Good Green Investment oppertunity in China of all places.

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

Top Secret: DIA embraces Web 2.0


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."

The agency also is escalating its use of Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX), a programming method that uses JavaScript within the client to build applications that are more interactive than pages built with HTML and don't need to refresh a Web page every time a user enters or receives new data.

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.