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PR2.0 – Great Article on Social Media Tools as Influencers July 7, 2009

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The following Article has a great list of Social Media tools used as influencers by organisations at the cutting edge of the Social technology phenomenon .

http://www.briansolis.com/2009/06/unveiling-the-new-influencers/

Any student of Social technologies, media and networks would do well to give the article a thorough read. For that matter, the PR2.0 blog by Brian Solis is very informative in general.

Included are the following:

Searching the Social Web

Microblogs

Blogsearch

Forums/Usergroups

Listening & Conversation Management Systems

All worth looking at and the article is well written and very enlightening.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Impressive Medical Diagnostics Kiosk built on Collaboration Framework June 10, 2009

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Nathan Freeman’s “Bones” application built on some very intelligent platforms (Lotus Foundations, Sonic Touch Screens, Biometric security, and a very intuitive Eclipse interface) is well worth looking at.

Nathan demonstrates the application here:

Very interesting demonstration of mashups and considerations for the clinical environment (Security, Sterility etc)

I’d have to say it is one of the most impressive implementations of collaboration technologies in an appropriate context in quite a while.

Not surprising that it is going viral in the Lotus community…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Lotusphere comes to Brisbane – Eos Case Study! March 16, 2009

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Brisbane put on a Queensland perfect day for the Lotusphere Comes to You roadshow today.

It was a well run event and the keynote and general sessions were all well attended, and well received.

I presented a Case Study on a recent convert to the Lotus Collaboration solutions, and we had great discussions at the Business Partner trade displays and amongst the industry players in general.

I tweeted during the Keynote, that I was surprised by the number of little features you never realise are in the products (like Notes 8.5) that you use every day… Always one of the nice little surprises at these events.

The Case Study went well, and I had some interesting discussions with people around their plans for the installed Lotus products on their sites. Lots of interest in 8.5 Upgrades this year!

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

New US Federal CTO is a fan of Mashups January 7, 2009

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I’m being a bit cheeky with an early prediction (but it is the month for predictions), and all the pundits are predicting that the new United States CTO, due to be announced later today, will be the current CTO of the District of Columbia, Vivek Kundra.

A quick glance at his Blog, will show why he is the leading favourite with a penchant for the Democratisation of Public Sector Information, and transparency of government information. Major planks of President-Elect Obama’s IT Strategy.

Interestingly, he also has a strong interest for Mashups. Something that will no doubt be of interest to those that follow the Collaborative (Service Oriented) technologies.

In a few hours as Obama’s Cabinet is finalised, we will see if Kundra makes the cut.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Notes 8.5 Announced and Released at MacWorld January 7, 2009

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Notes 8.5 has been released into Electronic General Availability (eGA), and I’m downloading the client as we speak.

I noticed the announcement at MacWorld today emphasised not only the release of 8.5, but also the free Lotus Symphony applications (1.2.1)

Ed Brill has the MacWorld Lotus Presentation on his Blog. Here’s a link.

So the wait is over… You can download the new client and the Domino Server now!

Look forward to giving it a quick review in the next week.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Email is Mission Critical – The Stats are Compelling December 18, 2008

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In a recent Radicati release, stats from the study “Messaging & Collaboration – Business User Survey, 2008” show that corporate users on average are spending up to 25% of their working day sending and receiving email, receiving over 100 emails a day and sending 38 on average.

With a quarter of the average person’s working day spent handling email, how can any IT Infrastructure Business unit ignore that Email is mission critical to most corporate organisations. Yet, that is still, on occasion the very words I have heard.

While the sample for this survey was only 105 business users, it also highlights that email isn’t making way too quickly for the newer Web2.0 technologies. 

Not to say they aren’t increasing in popularity, it’s just that 25% of your day is still email. (I’d say more from my experience)

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

Cloud Computing Article – Preview December 3, 2008

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I was asked to prepare an article on the Cloud Computing phenomenon that has captured the imagination of our industry for the Eos Solutions Newsletter this month.

Thought it wouldn’t hurt providing the readers of this Blog with a sneak preview…

I’ve also added a quick survey poll at the end of the article to see if there is much use of Cloud Computing Services at this point in time.

Cloud Computing – An evolutionary step for our Industry

The ICT industry is awash with talk about Cloud Computing, and depending on who you are talking to, you will see different perceptions about what Cloud Computing actually is, from the simplest web-hosted solutions right through to virtualised processing environments (Hypervisors) with Web-Service initiated provisioning and decommissioning.

A good example of the former is Salesforce.com. Simply put, this is a generic business solution (in this case CRM) provided via the web on a subscription basis. Salesforce.com was an early adopter of this approach and has had it’s share of problems with outages. An early identified problem with hosted services like Salesforce.com was it’s lack of persistence during an outage or inability to connect to the Web. As Broadband services become more of a Critical Infrastructure Utility, redundancy of service provision should address these concerns to at least the same level as other Telco services. Initiatives like the Australian Federal Government’s NBN (National Broadband Network), in principle, are targeted at addressing the need for this.

Amazon was an early entrant in the market for the latter example of Cloud Computing, and that is a service utility that allows the user to ‘switch’ on both processing capacity, and storage as required, like any other utility. This is also paid for as a subscription, and new metrics like Giga-Hertz Hours are used for the pricing models.

It is at this level that some of the large vendors see the potential for the future of the software (and to a certain extent, hardware) industries.

Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) allows the imaging of servers and the use of web-services to provision these images on specified virtual platforms. It currently allows a range of basic, to intermediate, to high-performance spec’ed platforms and these are priced on an hourly basis.

Using the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) a complete application environment can be provisioned from the stored images in a short period of time, used for a defined purpose and period, and then decommissioned.

The industry has already started looking at this provisioning model for providing Development Environments on-demand, and it is looking extremely promising from a cost effective perspective. Any significant development-focused organisation is constantly challenged by the lack of infrastructure (due to cost) for all the environments required by their developers. Especially for complex Enterprise type multi-system/server developments. Organisations as large as the New York Times are already using Amazon’s Compute Cloud for archival of news stories.

Major Vendors like IBM and Microsoft see this as the next evolution of the software industry. Both have introduced hosted messaging & collaboration platforms into the market in recent times. IBM’s Bluehouse (now in Beta) will be their first main thrust into this market with a complete Collaboration offering provided in the Cloud, and Microsoft’s recent announcement of Project Azure scheduled for release in late 2010, is one of their Chief Architect’s (Ray Ozzie) Major Initiatives looking at capitalising on being one of the first to market for the operating system for Hypervisors and Cloud Computing Centres across the Globe. IBM’s Virtual Enterprise is looking at a similar initiative using the WebSphere stack.

Online User Identity Management will become an issue, but some vendors are already looking at the ability to share user credentials across separate web applications. Microsoft has Live Mesh in Beta at the moment, there is Facebook Connect , MySpace Data Availability & Google Friend Connect as well. In the Enterprise, IBM has Tivoli Federated Identity Manager.

The main challenges that remain for Cloud Computing before it is likely to enjoy wide-spread adoption are the following:

  • Persistence & Availability – The ability to continue working during outages or the ability to mitigate outages.
  • Privacy and National Security Concerns – The hosting of information outside of your country’s borders does concern Public Sector organisations. The US Patriot Act for example is a concern for some countries in adopting cloud services. It is thought that Country-siloed Clouds may be able to address this.
  • Geo-Political Information Management Concerns – The Political risk a country takes on by housing information for another country.

As this type of delivery mechanism for software services evolves, we will need to address a number of other issues, including the training of developers for Cloud environments (in Universities and Vendor Training), and new privacy, ownership, IP protection and Legal issues will arise.

Is Cloud Computing a novel current trend? The investment in this approach by some of the main players in the industry (IBM have a Cloud Computing Research Centre based at MIT), Microsoft’s Chief Architect is rejigging their complete operations around the Software + Services model, suggests that this is not so.

The Blogosphere and industry analysts like Gartner globally and Longhaus here in Australia have a firm eye on this emerging disruptive technology. Gartner’s 2008 Emerging Technology Hype-Cycle gives Cloud Computing a 2-5 year timeframe to mainstream adoption.

Gartner Emerging Technologies Hype-Cycle 2008

Gartner Emerging Technologies Hype-Cycle 2008

In a recent hypothetical hosted by local industry Analyst, Longhaus, in Brisbane, it would appear that broader adoption by the Public Sector would take longer (up to 10 years) because of the information security and political concerns.

In summary, Cloud Computing is an inevitable evolutionary step for our industry, while it will likely be around 5 years before we see mainstream adoption, it is an area of the IT World that is worth keeping a watching brief upon, and some early experimentation, particularly for development environment purposes, would be well worth considering.

 

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

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

Australian Collaboration Market Survey Released August 18, 2008

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Eos Solutions have released a Market Survey focusing on Collaboration Technologies in the Australian Mid-Market.

Combined with a recent IBM Survey, the highlights are as follows:

  • Cost efficiency is a higher priority in smaller organisations, as opposed to growth through innovation in larger organisations;
  • IT management consistently rates the promotion of collaboration between IT and business units among their highest priorities;
  • Enterprise wide integration and collaboration are emerging as essential enablers for business growth;
  • The most likely investments over the next twelve months will be solutions that automate business workflows or improve collaboration.

You can download the findings of the survey here:

Eos Solutions – Australian Mid-Market Collaboration Survey

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net