Barret focused her recent cover story on Marc Benioff, and particularly the use of Salesforce Chatter as a tool to address the Facebook/Twitter wave and its impact on the culture of business in the realtime age. She had watched the previous day’s keynote from him, finding herself surprised it was almost better to mix video and realtime streams from attendees and those watching on the Net.
The Gang covered topics including the Death of Office at the hands of realtime streams and the end of email (couldn’t happen soon enough). We could barely hear each other over the din of the Expo behind us, which oddly mirrored the siloing that goes on between document-centric productivity applications, and where cc really stands for ass-cover as Rangaswami put it. Those who question the value of realtime collaboration have only to wait for the next Exchange server meltdown.