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Telstra & Microsoft Partner for SaaS in Australia November 7, 2008

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

Lotus Bluehouse, MS Azure, and LinkedIn Apps November 4, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Futuring, Media.
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It’s been a while since I have blogged with work consuming me for the last 2 weeks, but main news items of interest during this time is the topic for today.

I’m interested to see the launch of the Lotus Bluehouse SaaS offering and the announcements of Microsoft’s New Azure O/S for the cloud, and will be interested to see how both of these offerings will translate to the reseller community.

Much of this heralds a future that may not favour those software resellers that can not easily move with the times. These are both strong offerings in the software as a service or software + service field, and resellers will need to understand the impacts of these models, and the efficiencies of scale they provide (competitively). It will be interesting to see what happens in the hosting space as well.

Also today I see LinkedIn has put its toe in the collaborative water with new LinkedIn Apps. Offering a range of applications that integrate with the LinkedIn Profiles. Some nice elements to combine with this very popular business networking site.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

IBM Releases Bluehouse SaaS Offering into Public Beta October 7, 2008

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Media outlets have announced today that IBM has released the Cloud-based “Bluehouse” offering into a free Public Beta.

The trial Beta period is expected to run for a few months and then users will be converted to subscriptions.

The subscription pricing has not been released at this stage.

I expect there will be some interest from IBM’s channel partners about an offering of this nature. Will it be offered through the channel, or is a direct model only being considered?

Access to the Beta is available here.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

What will Microsoft “Midori” mean to Lotus August 5, 2008

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Recent discussion around the still somewhat “Under Wraps” project code-named Midori at Microsoft is suggesting a Microsoft Future “Post-Windows”. This, and the rise¬†of industry interest in Virtiualisation, SaaS, and Cloud Computing, all point to a near-term future where consumption of software services will go through a significant disrupting period that will affect us all.

The Midori research is Microsoft’s effort at potentially making significant inroads into market-share for the operating system of a Cloud Future. Many Vendors are already on track to produce offerings for this future. IBM have their Blue House Initiative in the Lotus Space.

If Microsoft can use their Brand power to capture the market with an early Type-1 Hypervisor like Midori, it will have quite a bit of influence on this space going forward. (And the tacit support of Microsoft as a delivery model)

For resellers of products of Microsoft or IBM’s Lotus Brand, it is now time to consider an impending sales model for this “Desktopless” future. It will have a significant impact on their business.

While we have seen the problems inherant in the SaaS models with early adopters like Saleforce.com, it is only a matter of time before Quality of Service via the Internet improves to acceptable levels for greater uptake.

That’s when we will see the build-up of the “Wave”

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net