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2010: CIO Focus – Cloud, Web2.0/Social, Virtualisation, Mobility January 20, 2010

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Advocacy, Analysts, Blog, Futuring, Media.
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CIO Magazine published an article that has been summarizing the persistent view, and Tech Media interest over the last few weeks as all the pundits do the usual “What are we going to see as the primary focus for the new year in technology” pieces.

In summary, the research by Gartner that has been cited in the article emphasizes the focus on efficiencies that can be gained by leveraging lighter weight solutions like Cloud and Virtualisation, as well as embracing the wave of Web2.0/Social mediums and the greater networking/mobility needs.

Of particular interest is the degree of change of focus towards these technologies (in particular Cloud & Web2.0) as is evidenced in the following snippet…

“CIOs put virtualization as a top priority for 2010, up from the third position in 2009. Yet Cloud Computing  technologies shot up from the 16th slot to the No. 2 priority for CIOs. Web 2.0 technologies moved from 15th position to No. 3, and networking, voice and data communications hopped two spots from sixth position in 2009 to fourth in 2010.”

I’m seeing a stronger and stronger outlook for Cloud and Web2.0/Social technologies over this next year. Another likely disruptive technology on the horizon will be the mix of Google’s initiatives on it’s Nexus One smartphone and the release of Google Voice. While it is early days for the phone, and its maturity will be a work in progress, the powerful combination of the two will be something to watch.

Read the full Article here.


Glenn Irvine

Oracle Launches Collaborative Suite – Beehive September 23, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Competitive, Events, Media.
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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.


Glenn Irvine