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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

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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 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

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

National Broadband Rollout Announcement Due Next Week March 30, 2009

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The Australian Federal Minister for Communications, Stephen Conroy, announced today that he will release next week the results of the Tender for the National Broadband Rollout here in Australia.

opticfibre

With the self-orchestrated exclusion of Telstra, the result of this should be interesting, but I imagine it would be difficult to go past the Optus ONI/TERRiA Bid.

Guess we’ll see when the Prime Minister returns from the UK next week.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Google Gears has Launched – Providing Offline Gmail January 30, 2009

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In announcements today, Google Gears has gone live, essentially allowing offline use of Gmail.

This is a big step for Google, addressing one of the major drawbacks in comparing Gmail to other Enterprise email systems.

Read the article in ComputerWorld here.

By the way… Did I mention that Postini offers 10 years of Email Archival with the Anti-Spam and Anti-Virus Services they provide?

That’s a major competitive angle in comparison with Messagelabs (Symantec)

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

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

Socialtext Launches 3.0 – Serious Social Computing Technology October 6, 2008

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Socialtext released 3.0 late last week, with 2 new product offerings (Dashboard & People).

Quite an impressive product lineup now.

In particular, I like the licensing models and appliance approach presented by Socialtext, and expect this will extend to the new offering.

I’m keen to see what will be offered with the additional products here. IBM could learn a thing or two from the licensing models offered by Socialtext. Appliances make the configuration issues easier to digest by the clients.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

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