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

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Competitive, Futuring, Media, Review.
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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

Queensland State Government Considering Open Source Future August 6, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Competitive.
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The Queensland State Government CIO’s Office has circulated a Discussion Paper in the local Industry, looking for commentary about an Open Source Future for the State Government. Queensland has a State Government Workforce nearing 200,000 and considerations for Open Source is always of interest to the Lotus Community.

IBM’s Strategic decision to build on and support Open Source Foundations (Eclipse Development platform, Support for Linux, Lotus Symphony, Lotus Foundations¬†etc) has a great potential to pay off whenever a large organisation considers this path. Many Governments, particularly in Europe have gone down this path of late, and it is only logical that others are now starting to consider the cost savings.

Gone are the days of complaining that the Open Source community does not have a solid support model, with examples like Alfresco, building a corporate-worthy support model around an open source product.

With the Premier also recently giving the Government CIO more power to reign in stray departments, I’ll be watching the results of this discussion paper with interest…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net