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Free Lotus Notes 8.x Signature Utility September 30, 2008

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Eos Solutions has released a free Signature applet for Lotus Notes 8.x

This utility allows administrators to provide a customised HTML Corporate Signature which can be modified to suit the organisation’s requirements.

You can download the Signature here!

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

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Oracle Launches Collaborative Suite – Beehive September 23, 2008

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Oracle have announced their new Collaborative Suite, “Beehive” at its Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco this week.

Oracle president Charles Phillips, delivering the morning’s opening keynote address, acknowledged some may be puzzled by Oracle’s decision to field a communications and collaboration product when there are so many already on the market. But he said many businesses have a hodgepodge of disparate e-mail, instant messaging, calendar and collaboration applications and would prefer a single, integrated system. “A lot of times it becomes a nightmare,” he said.

It seems they are looking at presenting a vision of a uniform platform. Messages both IBM Lotus and Microsoft have presented in different ways.

Oracle Beehive, is a pairing of Oracle’s Database and Application Server technologies in a new collaboration suite that provides a range of collaboration services including email, calendar, instant messaging, conferencing, and team workspaces that can be deployed either on-site or in the cloud through Oracle On Demand.

Interestingly, Gartner does not give it a good rap, likening it to it’s two earlier unsuccessful predecessors.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

IBM Launches Social Computing Think Tank at MIT September 18, 2008

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In the news today in Australia is the Launch by IBM of a centre for research into Social Computing & Technologies at MIT called the Centre for Social Software.

Reseachers from around the Globe, including many of IBM’s Lotus Labs in Cambridge, Tokyo, Beijing, Haifa, San Jose & New York, will be able to do research there.

An element that will be drawn from the centre is the cultural context of social technologies.

Looks like an interesting Centre… I’ll be keen to see what comes out of the facility.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Google Mindreading – Beyond Collaboration September 15, 2008

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So Google has plans to turn Search Engines into Mind Readers. An article on News.com.au on Sunday quoted Engineering Director for Google Australia, Alan Noble, outlining the future plans for this search method, and stated that “Web search is about 10% solved”.

It is intriguing to consider how this may even be considered, and the potential negative aspects that will no doubt follow.

If you feel like a laugh, have a look at the FAQ on Google’s website on an “Option” for this technology that was mooted on a certain day in April 2000… Google MentalPlex

Only 8 years between fanciful humour and actual consideration for such a solution… Very interesting.

Imagine where collaboration goes when the technology takes us to this type of interface.

Epoc Mindreading Headset

Epoc Mindreading Headset

I’m interested in what others think about the potential issues and concerns (privacy, security etc) that would need to be considered.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

eReader Reviews – Plastic Logic Product demonstrated at DEMOFall08 September 9, 2008

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It is frightening how much like a magazine, electronic readers are getting.

Have a look at this reader being demonstrated at DEMOFall08.

I’ve been keeping an eye on eReaders ever since the release of Amazon’s Kindle, and feel they are getting very close to a device I could see myself using a lot.

The following video gives you a better look at the device.

It is not long now before this reader technology reaches a critical point in the development cycle and becomes a significant disruptive technology.

Watch this space…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

How Green is your Workflow – A Government Mandate! September 4, 2008

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I am attending a Government coordinated Green IT Taskforce meeting today, (Which, by the way, is a very hot topic in Public Sector circles), and I can’t help thinking that while a lot of the Green IT agenda focuses on reducing the carbon footprint of our industry (recycling friendly components, lower energy consumption, etc), not enough emphasis is placed on the ‘Green’ benefits of workflow solutions.

So if nothing else in today’s meeting, I would really like to get one point on the agenda.

1. Workflow & Collaboration Solutions are good for the environment – Mandate their Use in Government

Why?

First, consider the reduction of paper use… That is good for our forests, and reducing the need to recycle paper (energy use etc)

Second, consider the efficiencies of human activity. This leads to more efficient use of computing and operational resources (reducing power consumption, and fuel costs for transporting paper and people from office to office)

Third, ancillary collaborative technologies that support workflow (like Instant Messaging, teleconferencing, document web-stores and team collaboration spaces) all help reduce our carbon footprint (Fuel & energy cost reduction, reduction of paper use & storage)

It would also be a great benefit to the IT Industry if Government Agencies mandated a “Green” move to workflow and online eForm solutions.

I am constantly frustrated by the need for a paper based service delivered by our Public Sector agencies, some 20 odd years after workflow technologies first came into existance.

There are no obstacles, legislative, privacy, or security that prevent moves to workflow solutions today (certainly not in any juristictions I reside in).

So this is my Call to Arms…

“Governments, Mandate a Green move by your Agencies to Workflow and Collaborative Services – No More Paper”

Why not feel free to pass the message on to any Government sponsored “Green Initiatives” you may be aware of in your part of the World.

As a footnote… If anyone is aware of research that quantifies how green Workflow processes are, I would be very interested in being pointed in the right direction…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Google Chrome, Ed Visiting Australia & Australian IBM Strikes September 2, 2008

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The Browser wars are hotting up with Microsoft releasing their IE8 Beta this week and now Google letting slip that a Beta of their new browser dubbed “Chrome” will hit the market today.

If you haven’t seen the early media release in cartoon format for Chrome. Have a look here.

IE8 is getting hammered on memory use, and I must admit I have seen it. The security model is very green as well, as sites that need authentication (like internet banking) keep requesting re-authentication with each page refresh.

I noticed Ed Brill’s announcement about his impending visit to Australia in November. It will be good to see Ed again!

And IBM is in the local media with an impending workers Strike possibly affecting some large Enterprise Customers like Qantas, Westpac, and Medicare.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net