How cloud computing, big data and new devices are changing work

  • RightScale Announces $13 Million Series B

    RightScale this morning announced it had raised $13 million in a second round of venture capital funding. As the name implies, RightScale attempts to solve the accessibility problem for small to medium sized businesses who lack the development resources to transition into cloud computing. They provide a simple dashboard interface that fits on top of Amazon Web Services. In addition, their… Read More

  • Force.com + Google App Engine = Cloud Relationship Management

    Force.com + Google App Engine = Cloud Relationship Management

    Salesforce and Google have extended their strategic partnership with Force.com for Google App Engine, essentially bridging the two cloud-based application development environments.  App Engine applications, which are typically consumer apps, will be able to access enterprise data and services via the Force.com API. The integration consists of a Python library, example code, and testing… Read More

  • Disruptive Knowledge Management: Facebook's Private Videos Shows Social Media is Sneaking Through the Backdoor

    Disruptive Knowledge Management: Facebook's Private Videos Shows Social Media is Sneaking Through the Backdoor

    In January, David Gurteen observed that disruptive knowledge management tools are now originating with consumers, not from enterprise. Despite a proliferation of technological tools, knowledge management remains the clear bottleneck for enterprise innovation. But the walls are slowly coming down. The paradigm’s changing. Yesterday’s Facebook announcement about embeddable videos was… Read More

  • Escape the browser?

    Escape the browser?

    Sun’s difficult position has been covered here, in business circles, and even in the land of puppets. So when Jonathan Schwartz surfaces with the launch of JavaFX 1.0, naturally the question in everyone’s mind is how exactly a client technology is going to advance Sun’s position in the marketplace as it downsizes to avoid a possible collapse. Schwartz comes out swinging in… Read More

  • The Price Of Success: Cloud & Social Network Advancements Spawn Innovative Spammers

    The Price Of Success: Cloud & Social Network Advancements Spawn Innovative Spammers

    MessageLabs (now part of Symantec) just released a fascinating trend-analysis of the dark side of the internet. (Key findings below.) It isn’t surprising that as new technology enables cloud computing, more employees want Facebook, and consumer favorites cross into enterprise, so come more problems — and we’re not talking the corporate version of the whale. Spammers are… Read More

  • Blurring the functional line–Zoho CloudSQL merges on-site and on-cloud

    Blurring the functional line–Zoho CloudSQL merges on-site and on-cloud

    This morning, Zoho announced the release of their CloudSQL middleware technology–a powerful pipeline between on-site applications and the cloud. While consumers found the switch to cloud computing relatively simple, enterprises continue to struggle with the lack of powerful data-portability structures. SAAS systems seldom provide an easy and reliable way to transfer information to and… Read More

  • Not even close

    Not even close

    Pownce is dead. So what. Micromessaging has always been about the next phase beyond email, and oh so not about competition between micromessaging vendors. Twitter is the Kleenex of the space and has survived its most difficult phase. There is no competition for Twitter, not even close. FriendFeed is the reason Twitter has won. It’s the toolkit for providing innovation around Twitter. It… Read More

  • The intersection of social media and the cloud

    The intersection of social media and the cloud

    The competition for the next wave of enterprise computing has heated up since Microsoft announced its Windows Azure strategy a month ago. While the jury is out in some quarters about Microsoft’s ability to actually deliver the reliability, security, and even the interoperability that is promised, the timetable has accelerated the plans of competitors and forced some to define themselves… Read More

  • Twitter and streaming video make debut in Mumbai coverage

    Twitter and streaming video make debut in Mumbai coverage

    The terrorist attacks in Mumbai played out not only on cable networks but for the first time since the election on computer screens. CNN offered a live feed at the top of its Web site that required downloading Flash 10 to operate. The beta client is reminiscent of the Olympics Silverlight client, which allowed switching between multiple feeds. In this new coverage, you could switch between… Read More

  • A Whale of an Opportunity

    A Whale of an Opportunity

    If Twitter wants to make money, it needs to do to others what they’ve been trying to do to Twitter. That is, extend its lead in market share by solving the problem of cross-platform micromessaging. With activity streams from Facebook, Microsoft, MySpace, FriendFeed, and a score of smaller players flowing over RSS, XMPP, and HTTP Push, Twitter can consolidate its power by cloning the best… Read More

  • A sheepish apology

    A sheepish apology

    Interesting factoid while awaiting Track’s return to Twitter and debut on FriendFeed. This evening I’ve been perusing the FriendFeed message base, an increasingly enjoyable and dare I say it valuable experience. In the process I replied to a few comments from several days ago, including one from a Phil Glockner: I just noticed Steve seems to be actively using FriendFeed, at… Read More

  • The Free Store

    The Free Store

    It’s not the famous Web 3.0 the semantic crowd has been lobbying for for years. It’s not the next big thing or even the next little thing, or whatever the Times touted when it went nuts for micromessaging today. It’s Web 2.2, and it stands for incremental improvements that, oh by the way, add up to a big leap.

    I’m branding this as an homage to the latest iPhone OS… Read More

  • The Enterprise Crunchie

    The Enterprise Crunchie

    One of the awards at the Crunchies this coming January 9th in San Francisco is for the best of the enterprise. In this Year of the Cloud, the rush of entrants in the on-demand race is showing no signs of letting up. Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Rackspace, and Apple are just a few of the clouds already in place, and scores of development and management tools from Adobe, Sun, IBM, Oracle… Read More

  • The Wind Cries Cloud Computing

    The Wind Cries Cloud Computing

    It’s no surprise what’s happened to the record business in the wake of the digital realignment of the media. Even transitional gambits such as Starbuck’s in-store sales of CDs are going the way of the record stores of yore. Apple is reportedly negotiating with the 3 other major labels to join EMI in banishing DRM, and Paul McCartney’s latest electronique collaboration… Read More

  • Crosstown Traffic: Adobe and Microsoft trading spaces

    Crosstown Traffic: Adobe and Microsoft trading spaces

    It seemed almost like the Good Old Days when everyone waited on Microsoft to show their cards before doing anything. While Adobe took over Moscone West in San Francisco for its MAX developer conference, Microsoft launched its Microsoft Online Services operation at the St. Regis 3 blocks away before an audience of press, analysts, bloggers, and most importantly, business partners. As one Adobe… Read More

  • Microcasting

    When people come up against the realtime experience, they have one of several fundamental reactions. The first, and most pervasive, is excitement, following almost immediately by mistrust. This is great, followed by How can I keep up with this? Next is bargaining: attempting to manage the flow through a combination of filtering and exclusion, reducing the noise but also in the process the… Read More

  • The Open Stack discussed at Internet Identity Workshop

    Dare Obasanjo tweets today about why he likes Microsoft Live services and why that means he doesn’t think much of OpenSocial. It seems at least some Microsoftees still think the best way to compete is to talk down the competition, but I guess old habits die slowly. Here’s a video shot yesterday at Internet Identity Workshop where David Recordon of Six Apart and Kevin Marks of… Read More

  • Silverlite


    Google’s release of its Gmail Video service is noteworthy for several reasons. It is integrated into the Gmail console, adding voice and video services to the realtime console that is being built out around XMPP. It is remarkably easy to use; Dan Farber just called to test the service and I popped the window out and continued chatting with him while returning to this post. Several alerts… Read More

  • Friendfeed's Bret Taylor talks XMPP on Gillmor Gang

    Friendfeed's Bret Taylor talks XMPP on Gillmor Gang

    Friendfeed co-founder Bret Taylor joined the Gillmor Gang this afternoon to discuss Friendfeed’s XMPP stream of its Home and Friends List feeds. I sat with Taylor at the Friendfeed offices and Marc Canter joined intermittently by phone. Canter took the opportunity to vent about Friendfeed’s responsibility to exert leadership in the XMPP space before his line unexpectedly went… Read More

  • Dan Farber on Yahoo, Sun, and Web 2.0 Summit

    http://qik.com/swfs/qik_player.swf?streamname=3953df7ac7cf45b381efd10056e211ea&vid=533940&playback=false&polling=false&user=SteveGillmor&displayname=SteveGillmor&safelink=SteveGillmor&userlock=true&islive=&username=anonymous In the press room at the Web 2.0 Summit, News.com editor in chief Dan Farber covers Day 2 of the grand old conference, now in… Read More