Yesterday, I nearly drowned in a sea of extraneous data. In just one hour
during an important conference call, my laptop overflowed with 300 e-mails
from an email thread I frankly didn’t care about. Imagine how much time I
could have saved if my system knew I was unavailable, and sent me only the
two notifications I truly needed: That the customer I was on the call with
owed us an invoice, and that my next appointment was delayed by half an hour.
Clearly, enterprise users need an easy and intuitive way to parse all their
data into a useful context. Just as clearly, they also need to have the right
information delivered to them at the right time, on the right device. These
days, that device is likely to be mobile — be it laptop, smartphone or
tablet — as sales of desktop computers erode and enterprises increasingly
accommodate tablets in the workplace.
I say it’s ti... (more)
Systinet’s founding CTO and my friend Anne Thomas Manes pronounced the
demise of SOA a few weeks ago. Honestly, SOA lost its meaning for me on the
day when good, old Solaris became the “SOA operating system”. But is SOA
dead or not? I don’t believe so but I think that Anne and others are
looking for SOA in the wrong places. Here is why:
Part of our Systinet SOA pitch was this truism: “SOA is not something you
can buy”. We believed that SOA didn’t come in a box and companies have to
invest time and money to build it. And maybe this is the crux of the problem.
What if the act of b... (more)
Every time I think about the current financial crisis I come to the
conclusion that the lack of transparency is the biggest reason why things got
so bad. There is an obvious implication for business intelligence but even
when I simply look up “derivatives and transparency” on Google Trends I
am surprised by the level of correlation between those two search terms over
last five years!
Tagged: derivatives, search, transparency, trends
Elasticity of the cloud computing is a wonderful idea. You can get an
instance of networked computer exactly when you need it and you only pay for
the time when you actually use it. But while the virtual memory and hard disk
is a “clean slate” created specifically for you, the IP address assigned
to your instance may have been previously used by a spammer and it could be
already on a “spam blacklist”. In an extreme case the whole IP address
range can be marked as a source of spam. And this is exactly what happened to
Amazon’s EC2: “Go Daddy blocks links to EC2 “.
The problem is ... (more)
No other major SaaS company in the world could get away with this approach to
paying customers. Not only Google offers no user-friendly tools to add shared
contact to the paid version of Google Apps. They offer no tools. Period.
Here is the only information available to email administrators:
Administrative management of non-employee contacts now available
Premier Edition administrators can now add contacts that aren’t employees
of their own company to the contact list that each user can access in the new
standalone contact manager.
First, create an XML representation of the shared ... (more)