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A New “Wave” and a “Bing” – Google & Microsoft Announcements May 29, 2009

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Two announcements today from Google and Microsoft. Google have provided a glimpse of the new Collaboration Platform that they intend to release as Open Source, named Google Wave.

GoogleWave

The Platform promises a mesh of eMail, Social Networking, Real-Time Collaboration, all the internationalisation characteristics of Google, Wikis and an Application Extensions framework.

A great article on the capabilities of Google Wave is available on Mashable.com.

I’ll be keen to see the platform. Google has a great history in innovation and this project was originated here in Australia, by the creators of Google Maps.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has announced that instead of Kumo, they will be naming their search engine “Bing”.

After getting over my initial thought that they were naming it after Chandler from “Friends”, I thought it might be worth having a look.

MSBing

With the branding of Microsoft’s Search capability bouncing from Kumo to Live Search to Bing, there is a little confusion in the market, and I would have to say I wasn’t that impressed with their initial offering when Kumo was released. But we will see…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

MS Chief Architect Ray Ozzie discusses Cloud for Corporates May 25, 2009

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Ray Ozzie was reported in the IDG News Service late last week, in one of his rare outings with the Media on his views of Cloud Computing and the appetite for it by the Enterprise Sector.

In essence he believes that the first wave of adoption by Corporates will be the transition of Email and Collaboration technologies to this mode of operation, and this makes perfect sence.

The competition is clearly eyeing both of these solution spaces with offerings from IBM’s Lotus with Lotus Live – Email, and Lotus Live – Engage; as well as Google with GMail and Google Apps.

Talk to any one of these vendors and they will have their complete “Cloud Ready” spiel at hand, and all of their offerings have their marketing engines winding up well beyond the “Beta” messaging often being used.

Have a look at the article with Ozzie’s comments on ComputerWorld here.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

IBM Backs Innovation Economics with Research May 21, 2009

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IBM has commissioned Access Economics to produce a report on the economic value of investing in Smart Technologies and Innovation Initiatives.

Reported today in ZDNet, the research backs the Federal Government’s investment in the National Broadband Network (NBN) and the $100 Million earmarked for the Smart Grid.

“The report maintained that going smart in those areas could cause a 1.5 per cent increase in GDP over 10 years as well as create 70,000 extra jobs to the economy in 2014 alone.

The report looked at scenarios where $3.2 billion was spent on smart grid technology, $200 million spent on water irrigation technology in the Murray-Darling Basin, $6.3 billion on integrated electronic health records, an undefined investment in transport technology, and $12.6 billion on a fibre-to-the-node network.”

It is interesting to see that this research by Access Economics backs the numbers submitted by the Industry during Queensland’s recent State Election.

Time for the Pollies across the board to take our industry seriously. Some Policy Advisors could do well by researching this in depth and advising accordingly.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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ICT Initiatives in the Australian Federal Budget May 13, 2009

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It was pleasing to see that what had been pitched as a “Horror” Federal Budget this week has actually been quite kind to the ICT Industry in a number of ways.

While many may argue that the budget was not hard enough, and is a deferral of pain, at least the Innovation Agenda has faired well.

Probably the most interesting aspect of the budget is the fact that there are Capital, Expense, and Revenue initiative headings in the Budget Papers for “Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy“, for “Innovation, Industry, Science and Research” as well as a Sub-Heading under “Education, Employment and Workplace Relations” for “An Innovation and Higher Education System for the 21st Century”.

Strong focus on Innovation and the Digital Economy.

This is pleasing to see, not only from the ICT Industry perspective, but it demonstrates that the Rudd Federal Government is matching rhetoric with budget allocations.

I have listed some of the interesting Budget Items under these headings that I believe may be of interest to the broad ICT Community.

Capital Funding

Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
$4.7 Billion National Broadband Network — initial investment
$250 Million Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
$83 Million Innovation Investment Follow-on Fund

Expenses

Attorney Generals
$8.3 Million E‑Security Review
Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
$54.2 Million National Broadband Network — implementation and establishment
$185.5 Million National ICT Australia (NICTA) — funding extension
var. Numerous ABC and SBS Service Enhancements
Education
$75 Million Queensland University of Technology (Queensland) — Science and Technology Precinct
$50 Million The University of Queensland (Queensland) — Advanced Engineering Building
$40 Million University of Ballarat (Victoria) — Science and Engineering Precinct
$18 Million University of Ballarat (Victoria) — Manufacturing Technology Training Centres
$17.5 Million The University of Melbourne (Victoria) — The Centre for Neural Engineering
$81.9 Million Vocational Education Broadband Network
Foreign Affairs and Trade
$50 Million Australian Trade Commission — Export Market Development Grants scheme — additional funding
Immigration & Citizenship
$34.8 Million Systems for People — operational costs
Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
$38.2 Million National Enabling Technologies Strategy
$1.4 Billion Research and Development Tax Credit
$10 Million Small Business Online Program
+ a range of Research Initiatives with Technology Industry Outcomes

Revenue Measures

50% Tax Break Small Business and General Business Tax Break

The increase and extension of the Tax Break for ICT Appliances and hardware will be a welcome Budget item for many businesses.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

US $787B Stimulus Package – ICT Initiatives May 1, 2009

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Good to see significant consideration in the US Federal Government’s Economic Stimulus Package for ICT Economic Enabling Initiatives.

Here are some of the budgeted Items.

  • $30 billion for a “smart” U.S. power grid, advanced battery technology and energy efficiency in government buildings and schools.
  • $20 billion over the next 10 years in tax incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • $15 billion for investments in basic research and development to train students for an “innovation” economy, and in deploying new technologies into the marketplace.
  • $7 billion for broadband, including build-out in rural areas
  • $19 billion to accelerate adoption of health IT, including electronic health records for the public
  • $8 billion for high-speed rail projects.

I also like the use of the term “Innovation Economy”… Definitely a term I’d like to hear used more in Australia.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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5 Point IT Agenda for Government – Vivek Kundra (US Federal CIO) May 1, 2009

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The following 5 point Agenda from Vivek Kundra in his first 100 days in Office as the US Federal CIO is an interesting insight into his thinking (and that of Barack Obama), and I feel, something our National and State Governments could have a good look at.

Here is his 5 point plan:

  1. Open and transparent government. Kundra said the level of transparency in the Obama administration will be “unprecedented” so that Americans “know where the money is going.”
  2. Lowering the cost of government. “We spend $71 billion on IT annually. Unfortunately some of those investments have not paid dividends,” said Kundra, who used to track the District of Columbia’s IT programs as if they were a portfolio of stock investments. “Historically government has not done a good job of defining its requirements during the bidding process,” he added. Likewise, the private sector has sometimes overpromised the potential for emerging technologies. Kundra wants to see both the public and private sector do a better job when it comes to evaluating technologies before making an investment.
  3. Cyber-security. Kundra simply labeled this issue “crucial.” He called for government to be better prepared to respond and highlighted work at the state level, particularly New York’s Information Sharing and Analysis Center as a possible model for cyber-security collaboration.
  4. Participatory democracy. To ensure Americans have a voice in government, Kundra is working with his colleague, Dr. Beth Noveck, who is deputy director for open government in the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the executive office of the president. Together they’re creating a platform that engages citizens in a meaningful way. Noveck, who spoke earlier in the day to NASCIO, said many of the existing methods of engaging participation don’t generate useful results. Her office is involved in creating new methods that will fix the problem.
  5. Innovation. The CIO hopes that he can urge the federal government to step outside of its typical way of thinking when it comes to IT and find new, innovative and less-costly ways to leverage technology. If that happens, government would become less complex to the ordinary citizen, he said. “In these tough economic times, the public sector needs to think about the promise of technology, How do you leverage innovation and how [do you] bake that into the culture, so you can encourage innovation and boldness?”

The transparency requirement has been highlighted due to the size of the US’s Stimulus Package. ($787 Billion)

I will highlight the IT Initiatives in their Stimulus Package in a separate post… Good to see Technology was significantly considered in their approach to Economic Stimulus.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com