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Collaborative View is going to the Cloud! May 27, 2010

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Just a bit of a make-over for “A Collaborative View”… In line with my move into the World of Google, I am rebadging this blog and that brings with it a new name.

So from this post forward my blog is going to be called “Looking to the Cloud”, and the old web address of http://www.collaborativeview.com will still point to it for a period as any that are following the blog make the transition to:

http://www.lookingtothecloud.com

Both addresses will get you here in the interim, and all the old content has been imported into the new site.

I’m looking forward to this journey as we look to the Cloud and all the interesting trends and new technologies, and the benefits (and challenges) that we face as we see the World make that transition as well.

Let me know what you think!

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@lookingtothecloud.com

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Glenn has Gone Google! May 13, 2010

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It’s been a hectic week, but after ten years of playing with IBM Technologies in the Collaboration Space, I have finally “Gone Google!”

As of Wednesday this week, I have started as a Senior Sales Manager for Australia’s Leading Google Enterprise Business Partner, HEDLOC, looking after the Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australian territories.

This has been a while in the making and as you will have seen, many of my posts to this blog has been related to Google and its travels in the Collaboration World.

While my times with IBM and the Lotus Technologies in particular have been great, I believe Google has the next Enterprise Evolution, as far as collaboration technologies go, well and truly in it’s sights (and business model)

The Cloud Phenomenon is definitely gaining momentum, with many CEOs and CIOs coming on board with a Cloud Vision for their organisations.

In many cases, the numbers stack up, only too compellingly. I also believe Google has the greatest brand for the Cloud, and you have to admire their corporate vision and culture. The place oozes with Innovation.

So watch this space… You will definitely hear more from me as this trend gathers pace.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining… Telstra Lends Strength to Cloud Services April 6, 2010

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In the Australian today, Telstra finally announced it’s move into Cloud Computing with their Project named “Silver Lining”.

With a long term budget approximating $500M AUD, this is a clear signal to the market that Cloud Computing is well and truly past the “Trough of Disillusionment” on the Technology Adoption Curve.

The article mentions that this is one of the first Tier 1 Telcos to throw some serious weight behind Cloud Services. This could lead to Australia becoming one of the early adopters of Private Cloud solutions outside of the US.

With early announcements of the project in mid-2009, their announcement today explained that they are in the late stages before commercial release of the service due in mid-year 2010.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Cloud Interest Increasing in Australia – Salesforce Numbers show 33% Increase March 30, 2010

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Salesforce.com has released data indicating a 33% increase in the number of customers in Australia and New Zealand with an increase of 700 to 2800 customers overall in the last year.

I’m not the slightest bit surprised given this covers the worst of the GFC when organisations would have investigated lower-cost alternatives for their operations.

Even Google uses Salesforce for their CRM, so you don’t get a better endorsement for the product than from a company whose complete business model is built around Cloud operational models.

This article from ZDNet highlights the Salesforce release.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Global Crowd Sourcing… Watch this Trend! March 25, 2010

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I’m in the process of establishing an International Charity, and in the setup stages where brand & IP protection are on the agenda, I was looking at sourcing a Logo for the organisation and in my travels came across www.logomyway.com

In essence, marshaling the Global skills in Logo design, but with very low expectations on price.

I hosted a Logo Design competition for US$225 and attracted 85 Entries, most of which were very professional. Have a look at the Portfolio on the site…


Considering that I have seen large Corporates spend north of $10,000 just for a Logo, and there are quite a few Corporates already engaging this way as you can see from the list of existing competitions on the site, I expect this will be a very popular way to look at off-shoring the skills required for this type of work.

While this has been done for Software Coding for a while now, it is interesting to see that Australia is becoming quite a hub for the technologies used to make this happen.

While Googling for “Global Crowd Sourcing”, I noticed an article on PRLog.com that suggests there are at least 3 Global Crowd Sourcing Platforms that have been built in this country.

If my “customer experience” of using this type of service is anything to go by, and I might add, I’ve used a similar service for Professional Translation Services, all be it without the multi-designer/bidding paradigm, then this will be very popular for the small to mid-sized businesses and non-profits etc.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

The Future of the Media – Google Speaks March 24, 2010

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Eric Schmidt (Google’s CEO) was the Keynote at the Media Summit in Abu Dhabi this week.

If you read between the lines, you can see his powerful interest in the advent this year of Tablets like the (unmentioned by name) iPad and how the media will be targeting these devices.

If I’m not mistaken, you might see a potential veiled early announcement of an Android based Google Tablet as well.

Here’s the video:

Nice inclusion of the live machine transcribed subtitling (in Beta) and the translating!

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Microsoft Online Bleeds leaving Google Search Unscathed February 15, 2010

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While a lot of the online community is a-buzz at the moment with Google’s latest distraction, the underlying battle for mindshare in the online World is perhaps better demonstrated by the recent posting of Microsoft’s Online Business losses.

As reported in CIO Magazine today, “This division has been losing hundreds of millions of dollars for two years (it reported a $466 million income loss for the last three months of 2009)”. Much of it due to the increased cost of gaining traffic. (Purchasing traffic through promotions and deals).

eg. the $10M USD recently spent to gain access to Twitter feeds mentioned in my recent post “2010: The Google v. Microsoft War to Intensify

And during all of this they haven’t greatly touched Google Search’s business, mostly cannibalising the Yahoo Search marketshare instead.

With the Microsoft/Yahoo search partnership threatened by this performance, how much more will MS be willing to wear before they reconsider the strategy?

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

2010: The Changing Face of the Internet – Globalisation December 29, 2009

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One of the interesting trends to watch unfold in 2010 is the release of the US centric controlling interests in ICANN with the late 2009 Management changes and the acceptance of non-latin characters for internet addresses.

When you think about it, this has the potential (and inevitable) eventuality of strongly changing the character of the predominantly english content of the web over time, and the knock-on effects that brings… How do you enter the website address for an arabic website in farsi? or a doublebyte website address for a japanese site in kanji?

How will an english speaking user even find such a site? (watch the power of Google Translate come to the fore)

Have a look at this article in today’s Australian by Mahesh Sharma…

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/innovations-to-spread-as-us-cedes-internet-control/story-e6frg8zx-1225814235591

He has an interesting outlook on the effects this may bring about, including the World shift of innovation, commercialisation and educational excellence as the US cedes control of this space.

With the emerging giants in China and India, this may very well take an interesting turn…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

2010: The Google v. Microsoft War to Intensify December 23, 2009

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A great Analyst piece was released by ComputerWorld today outlining the outlook (no pun intended) for the battle between Google and Microsoft in 2010.

Have a look at the article by Sharon Gaudin in the US that was released this morning:

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/330795/news_analysis_google_microsoft_escalate_war_2010/

This snippet from the article is a good  summary:

[“These two companies really squared off this year,” said Jim McGregor, an analyst with In-Stat. “Both are looking for dominant positions in the Internet. For Google to increase its business, it needs to move into other territory. For Microsoft to have significant growth opportunities, it needs to become an Internet powerhouse, and they know it. This is not a war that is going to be won by one or two battles. This is going to be a prolonged activity.”

He added that the battle isn’t simply over which can be called top dog, because the fight is critical to both companies. “For Google, it’s about expanding, and for Microsoft, it’s about a life-or-death challenge,” McGregor said.]

I noticed with amounts paid for both Google’s ($15M) and Microsoft’s ($10M) ability to search the Twitter stream this week, we have a fairly healthy indicator of the battle between the two over online search.

http://www.itproportal.com/portal/news/article/2009/12/22/twitter-set-make-profit-2009-thanks-bing-google/

Another article this week alluded to Google’s current research (some 25 odd projects) into increasing internet speeds.

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/185239/google_races_to_speed_up_the_web.html

I think 2010 is going to be an interesting year in this space as we see the battle for domination of the web pan out.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

The New Google Phone – Nexus December 14, 2009

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Had a look at the images that have been leaking via Twitter of the proposed new Google Phone – or Nexus…

Looks awfully like the HTC Dragon to me… From what I have seen so far… only two of the navigation icons are different.

It will be interesting to see what finally comes out though, and whether Google Voice will be available on it when it does.

One step closer to true unified Comms!

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com