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Recession IT Spending Prioritisation – Collaboration! November 26, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Advocacy, Blog, Commentary, Media, Uncategorized.
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I liked this article in CIO Magazine that listed some of the best methods for prioritising IT Spending during a recession.

For many of us, it goes without saying that implementing sound Collaboration strategies and tools that support our workforce, leads to significant cost savings, and something that is not always considered during recessionary times, employee satisfaction.

The following excerpt from the article paints the picture…

“Collaborate Without Collocation

New and improved tools for collaboration make it easier to reduce travel. From videoconferencing to sophisticated ubiquitous computing scenarios, users have more options for gathering virtually without loss of productivity.”

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

 

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Facebook Social Networking Visualisation – Project Palantir November 24, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Futuring, Media.
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This is an interesting Visualisation demo for Facebook usage.

Have a look at the video demonstrating communications and volumes of comms between the various places on the globe.

Interesting to note the large tracks of this planet that still do not exhibit much traffic on the web, or more specifically, have not evolved to significant Social networking use.

I also couldn’t help but like the Project title… Speaks to my LOTR interest. Clever title.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Notes on Nokia November 24, 2008

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Ed Brill was first to break this news, but it has now made it to the Australian News in Australian IT this morning.

Good to see Nokia supporting the Lotus Traveller product for providing Notes on Nokia S60 3rd Edition devices.

Mobile PIM Applications are mainstream these days… I look forward to more announcements like these.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Ed Brill in Oz – Announcements! November 18, 2008

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We had Ed Brill visit us in ‘sunny’ Brisbane yesterday, and he presented to a local User Group meeting.

Always great to have Ed drop in, he has great insights into the Lotus machine.

Of interest were the forecasted launches of Notes Domino 8.5 next month (yes December), and the release of Atlantic  (SAP integration in Notes) in March next year. Both of which will have significant interest in the local Lotus market.

Some of the features presented by Ed at the PLUG meeting will be well received. I especially like the new way that attachments can be managed to save on email sizes, and the multiple calendar overlays.

Some of the screenshots for Atlantic look interesting as well.

Not long now… and a special thanks to Ed for dropping by. (Sorry about the weather and near disaster zone that Brisbane was yesterday, but numbers were good none the less.)

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Telstra & Microsoft Partner for SaaS in Australia November 7, 2008

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This is a big one for the Lotus Community in Australia.

ARN – Telstra and Microsoft forge alliance

Telstra partnering with Microsoft to deliver hosted Exchange, Sharepoint, and Unified Communications will be a big blow to IBM’s efforts.

The increased sales coverage, and scalability cost advantages with a quick go-to-market strategy will be very hard to counter.

Microsoft is moving fast with alliances in Australia, including incubator efforts with organisations like iLab in Queensland using the BizSpark initiative, winning the hearts and minds of the developer community.

What do you think…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

President Obama’s Technology Vision November 5, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Futuring.
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With a decisive victory for Barrack Obama looking assured in the US Presidential Election today, I thought it might be worthwhile looking at his Technology Vision, as this will no doubt impact our industry globally.

Here are a few elements from Obama’s website (Policy/Platform) – http://www.barackobama.com/issues/technology/

Some main points worth considering:

  • He plans to appoint the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Obama will revolutionise Government’s use of technology and promote a Connected Democracy
  • In a recent interview Obama said he’d like to take what he and his team have learned about using technology in the campaign and apply it to government. He was primarily referring to electronic communications.
  • The fact that he’s talked about making electronic medical records a key part of his health care plan (as a way to drive efficiency) shows that he generally views technology as a powerful enabler
  • He has a strong Green IT Agenda
  • Obama has a broader vision for broadband by thinking of it as the next standard utility and will undertake a significant broadband deployment
  • Obama is a strong supporter of Net Neutrality
  • He will invest in Universities and R&D by providing new research grants to the most outstanding early-career researchers in the country
  • Reform and modernise the patent system
  • His first sponsored bill that became law was “Google for Government,” which shows his interest in technology

All in all, I think Obama will be good for the IT industry, he will bring a younger and practiced approach to technology into the Whitehouse, his use of technology on the campaign trail was extensive, and I feel we will see more of that in his Presidency.

Here are a few other reviews on Obama’s Technology policies and platform:

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Lotus Bluehouse, MS Azure, and LinkedIn Apps November 4, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Futuring, Media.
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It’s been a while since I have blogged with work consuming me for the last 2 weeks, but main news items of interest during this time is the topic for today.

I’m interested to see the launch of the Lotus Bluehouse SaaS offering and the announcements of Microsoft’s New Azure O/S for the cloud, and will be interested to see how both of these offerings will translate to the reseller community.

Much of this heralds a future that may not favour those software resellers that can not easily move with the times. These are both strong offerings in the software as a service or software + service field, and resellers will need to understand the impacts of these models, and the efficiencies of scale they provide (competitively). It will be interesting to see what happens in the hosting space as well.

Also today I see LinkedIn has put its toe in the collaborative water with new LinkedIn Apps. Offering a range of applications that integrate with the LinkedIn Profiles. Some nice elements to combine with this very popular business networking site.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net