In Lessons Learned from Using Google Docs I described my recent use of Google Docs to support collaborative development of a consulting services proposal. The experience I described then was very positive.
Ed Felten, in Judge Geeks Out, Says Cablevision DVR Infringes, provides an overviw of how technology played into a recent court decision on a case where Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. was pitted against Cablevisions Systems Corp. (2007 WL 867093). The issue:
John Newton is one of the bloggers discussing SalesForce.com's purchase of content management software vendor Koral. (For information about Koral check out Zoli's Blog or Read/WriteWeb.)
This purchase is a significant move, for several reasons:
Sometimes it's good to have everything in one place. Sometimes it's a good idea to have everything spread around. And sometimes having all your eggs in one basket will bite you.
I was reminded of this earlier this week when my main laptop died. I was able to rapidly switch to two backup machines for most of what I needed to do while waiting for the Dell technician. In the process I observed a few things that are worth noting.
Something happened today that made me realize I may be reaching my personal "tipping point" between the old world of desktop-centric applications and the brave new world of network-centric applications.
Without thinking, I scrolled down to the bottom of my laptop's screen, double clicked on the "always on top" Windows XP toolbar, and waited.
I learned yesterday that last night a Writely “planned outage” was planned so I rushed to make necessary modifications before I emailed the sponsor tha a new version was available for his inspection.
I need not have worried. The planned time, midnight Eastern time, came and went without a hiccup. One moment I was using Writely. The next moment I was using “Google Docs & Spreadsheets” and Writely was no more.
Luis Suarez recently blogged and podcasted about social bookmarking services. He highly recommends BLINKLIST, a service that I have not used.
I have been using RAWSUGAR, COGENZ, and CONNECTBEAM, so I also have been forming some personal opinions about social bookmarking.
Given the difficulty of doing Return on Investment (ROI) analysis for IT projects, how do you justify an Enterprise Web 2.0 project?
In a comment he left on my How Much Will Your Enterprise Web 2.0 Project Cost? post, Vinnie Mirchandani suggested that one place to start would be to look at the criteria used in the past for evaluating large IT investments.
The July 24 print edition of the Wall Street Journal (Robert A. Guth's "Is It Time to Dump Your Desktop," page R1) provides an overview of the current state of web-served replacements for typical desktop applications like spreadsheets, word processors, and email.
Given the types of issues that Ghalimi raises in this article, it is interesting to speculate on the role that a corporate IT department might play in "selecting and enforcing" standard for the use of Office 2.0 applications in the real world of business. Is this a role that IT is able to play? Or would users feel "put out" by IT's heavy handed demands for standardization?
Richard McManus' Is Google or Microsoft best positioned for Web Office? I say Google is an addition to the growing volume of voices accepting the "when" not "if" of Office 2.0, which I've also written about.
The number and type of “Office 2.0” applications continues to expand, as documented recently by Ismael Ghalimi. He is testing these applications and is publishing the results as he goes about looking for ways to be totally dependent on browser accessible applications and remote storage.