Social Business transformation
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  lotus google gmail cain saas gape infoworld gartner matt reuters 2,138 Visits
Check out this quote:
"The critical issue for Google is to segment commercial Gmail traffic from consumer traffic. Google must prove that consumer and commercial services are largely independent of each other, and that the commercial services will sustain at least a 99.9 percent uptime, which is the standard for most commercial e-mail SaaS (software-as-a-service) services."
Matthew Cain, Gartner, InfoWorld, "Update: Gmail Suffers Widespread Outage," September 01, 2009
For those who havent seen the news on this outage:
"Google Inc's efforts to persuade businesses to buy its email services suffered a setback this week after a highly publicized outage shut down accounts of millions of corporate customers for almost two hours."
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  eweek consortiuminfo xml standards open 2007 odf word sourceforge 2,135 Visits
Check out this article in eWeek: Playing the Standards Game the Microsoft Way (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1985410,00.asp) by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols July 6, 2006!
"The Redmond crew has an entirely different agenda for "supporting" the OpenDocument Format with its own Open XML Translator.
It's not even news, actually, according to Andrew Updegrove, a partner with Boston law firm Gesmer Updegrove, and the editor of http://www.ConsortiumInfo.org . "Microsoft's announcement on plug-ins is being treated in the press as 'new news,'" Updegrove said. "Ray Ozzie actually let slip mention of the project last October, and an open-source converter project was started by the same French company last September 26." ....
There are two key phrases here. The first is "third-party." Jason Matusow, Microsoft's director of standards affairs, came right out and said Microsoft was not contributing code or providing architectural guidance for Open XML Translator. The OpenDocument Foundation says it will provide a plug-in that will allow Office users to open, render and save to ODF files. ....
Why, oh why, do I think that Translator's technical support line will often be telling users that the fault for a botched document transfer lies at ODF's door? And somehow I think Microsoft's technical support's usual suggested "fix" will be to just use Microsoft's own Open XML instead. "It's so much better," they'll say to annoyed users.
What could Microsoft do if it were really interested in supporting open standards? Easy: Bake ODF import and export support into Office 2007. This? This Translator support is just another trap to keep users locked into Microsoft Office. "
More FACTS (http://sourceforge.net/projects/odf-converter ):
As customers accelerate towards Netbooks, there are choices available:
Check this out: http://blogs.computerworld.com/netbook_2009_the_four_big_changes
1. <$200 ARM based Netbook on Linux
"Linux has been running on ARM processors for years. What's changed is that both ARM and Linux desktop distributors like Xandros and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, are working on releasing full Linux desktops for ARM-powered MID (Mobile Internet devices) and netbooks.
The upshot of these efforts is that by the same time Windows 7 HomePremium will be available on $400 Intel Atom-based netbooks, Ubuntu 9.04 and Xandros Linux desktops will be shipping on sub $200 ARM-based netbooks"2. $400+ Atom based Netbook on Linux or Windows
The Linux ones are $50-%75 less expensive that Windows...
3. Google Android Linux Netbooks
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  france kong germany malaysia croatia odf minnesota massachusetts india poland extemadura belgium brazil italy alliance norway denmark hong 2,129 Visits
The ODF alliance (http://www.odfalliance.org ) recently applauded Brazil's decision to recommend ODF as the government's preferred format (e-Ping Interoperability Framework version 2.0); India's decision to use ODF at a major state government agency; Italy's decision to recognize ODF as a national standard (www.uninfo.polito.it/SC34/SC34_Norme.htm#26300 ), and Poland for demonstrating serious interest in adopting ODF in the wake of a national meeting held for its government with broad participants from industry and non-profit agencies (http://www.odfalliance.org/press/Release20061128.pdf ). So here is the global 2006 tally of public policy supporting ODF and other important information:
1. Seven National governments:
- Brazil, France, Germany have released Interoperability Frameworks calling out ODF
- Belgium, Croatia, and Norway recognize ODF/open standards in Fedral Government ICT guidance or policy papers
- Denmark made a parlimentary decision on the need for open standards in digital exchanges
2. Two country national standard bodies
- Italy approved ODF as a National Standard
- Malaysia is in the process to do likewise
3. Four State Governments:
- Massachusetts, USA has reiterated its commitment to implement ODF
- Extremadura, Spain has agreed to use ODF for document exchange
- Hong Kong, China recognizes ODF in its interoperability framework
- Minnesota, USA submitted a bill (although not approved) supporting open standards and ODF
4. Four governments have sponsored ODF focused events:
- India, Malaysia, Poland, Thailand
More information on these policy actions can be found http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/GlobalViewODFPolicy.pdf .
5. In addition to policy decisions, nearly 50 federal agencies and state/local bodies across the globe are using office applications that support ODF. See http://opendocumentfellowship.org/government/precedent .
6. Cost saving case studies on significant savings achieved by governments moving to ODF supported applications have been summarized and shared by the Alliance at http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/PrelimCostAssess20061109.pdf .
7. While Ecma confirmed Microsoft's open xml as a standard and plans to submit it to ISO, read this factsheet http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/OfficeOpenXMLFactSheet.pdf ..[Read More]
So now lets talk about real open standards, from John Boyer: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/JohnBoyer?entry=the_open_standards_basis_of
"XFDL incorporates the W3C XML Signatures standard, so widelyavailable industry standard tools are available from multiple vendorsfor validating the security of digital signatures in XFDL documents. Inaddition to the Apache XML Security implementation, it is notable thatJava itself now natively contains support for XML Signatures (JSR 105).
These standards mean that the entire server-side lifecycle of theLotus Form can be achieved without being locked into using anyparticular vendor's API. Any application server, any portal server, anyserver-side environment that can receive HTTP POSTs and process XML inthe POST data can be used in combination with Lotus Forms.
And if you ever hear a vendor try to play up high availability of aclient-side browser plugin for processing their favorite file format,ask them "Plugin?? What plugin??" With Lotus Forms, you don't need abrowser plugin at all because the Lotus Forms Web Form Server convertsthe XFDL into dynamic HTML that can be processed directly by thebrowser with no plugins at all. Best of all, when the user finishesinteracting with the Lotus Form, the resulting XFDL document isdelivered to the application server endpoint, where it can be processedas XML using the standard APIs."
Yet another example of Open Standards at its best...
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  interoperability hat fud novell microsoft red alliance office 2,115 Visits
What is this all about:
Microsoft made 2 key announcements recently around interoperability and an inclination to "embrace" Linux:
1. With Novell: Virtualization, Web services management and document format, and patent protection - IBM already addresses this between IBM Systems director family (http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/virtualization/systemsdirector/ ), and http://www.openinventionnetwork.org
2. Interop Alliance with Sun, BEA, Software AG, and Novell (http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/061114/sftu120.html?.v=65 )
1. Customers have been demanding interoperability to Microsoft for effective use of their existing investments for a while. Obviously IBM's open standards based approach and leadership in various standards bodies has brought together a large number of ISVs to ensure interoperability for more than a decade. IBM continues to provide an evolutionary path for upgrades and migrations mitigating the risk of dependencies on a long term basis as well as unparalleled flexibility and choice even for a predominantly Microsoft customer.
2. Here are some examples of IBM proof points of Open Standards based interoperability in WebSphere Portal:
- JSR168, WSRP, JSR170, SOAP, JSR286 and the like.
- We also provide WebSphere Portal Factory, and Eclipse based development capabilities.
- Business partner software such as Visual Mainwin for J2EE from Mainsoft (http://www.mainsoft.com/products/vmw_wps.aspx ) provide interoperability accelerators for easy integration with .Net ASP applications.
- WebSphere Portlet Catalog (http://catalog.lotus.com/wps/portal/portal? )
And related ones:
- IBM's Harmony provides interoperability with SAP applications without any SAP upgrades (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/general.nsf/wdocs/lotusforsap)
3. Questions you want to ask Microsoft concerning Interoperability
1. Why is Vista is not backward compatible?
2. Why does Microsoft counter any open standards initiative with its own specification? - ODF vs OpenXML
3. Lack of Domino integration from Microsoft Exchange (while IBM Lotus continues to integrate Domino with Outlook using DAMO) (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/products/product1.nsf/wdocs/accessmsoutlookhome )
4. Why does Microsoft products require Active Directory, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP/Vista, Microsoft Office (spell checking), Internet Explorer, SQL Server, Systems Management Server (SMS) for client deployment, and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) for Management?
5. Why did RedHat say (1) NO to Microsoft - in joining the Interop alliance and (2) NO to Microsoft's offer for Patent deal? Red Hat shot down the possibility of an alliance because the company "does not believe there is a need for or basis for the type of relationship defined in the Microsoft-Novell announcement," deputy general counsel Mark Webbink said in an e-mailed. He said Red Hat would work with Microsoft on "true interoperability and open standards." (1) http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/292702_msftredhat17.html (2) http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2059675,00.asp
6. Steve Ballmer said the following, at the SQL Server conference in Seattle: "How many people have Windows Server in their data center?" Ballmer asked. Windows is required to run SQL, so the entire audience raised their hands. "How many have Linux?" he asked. Almost all raised their hands again. "Oops, not what I would have hoped, but OK." http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/292702_msftredhat17.html
7. Why is it so difficult for Microsoft to provide protocol and operating systems publications - ex. Protocols for Exchange-Outlook interaction? Open-source world works with open standards, such as IMAP, iCalendar and LDAP, and makes that work public. (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1977468,00.asp, http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/20061115/microsoft-eu.htm) ?
8. Why is Microsoft not participating in the process of creating network interoperability in HTTP and SMB/CIFS (Common Internet File System), DNS (Domain Name System) and LDAP (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1977468,00.asp
9. According to Microsoft, this Interop Alliance was formed to "identify opportunities for enhancing interoperability with Microsoft systems" http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/nov06/11-14IVA07PR.mspx . So why is Ballmer stating that "Linux users owe Microsoft"? http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9005204&intsrc=hm_list http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9005171
10. Clarify product adoption strategy for customers moving from Vista and Office to Live and similar SaaS (Software as a Service) environments - http://www.cio.com/archive/111506/fea_vista.html?
Shifting gears on Desktop Transformation - Linux, Sametime, Mainsoft, Notes, ODF based productivity editors
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  vista desktop mainsoft enterprise office ms agreement odf transform 2,113 Visits
Are you ready to transform your desktop?
Gartner predicts delay for Vista, MS Office is delayed! (http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/05/02/gartner_predicts_another_vista_delay/ )
Gartner has advised customers that they can forego Microsoft Enterprise Agreement in favor of an alternative licensing strategy (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/08/10/microsoft_sa_windows_vista/
You can use the new Eclipse based Sametime 7.5 on Linux that will be available this September (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,20002921,00.asp , http://www.computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/0/D73CFB773FD2C1DECC2571CA00140882?OpenDocument )
IBM had announced availability of Notes on Linux before (http://biz.yahoo.com/iw/060710/0142515.html )
And ODF based productivity editors are available from IBM (as a component of IBM Workplace Managed Client, and next version of Lotus Notes codenamed Hannover) and other vendors! Several countries are standardizing on ODF. (http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=malaysian_government_and_odf )
Mainsoft, IBM advanced business partner has announced the ability to deploy your .NET applications on Linux using their Visual MainWin for J2EE and IBM WebSphere Everyplace Deployment software (http://www.mainsoft.com/news/press_releases/2006_08_14_01.aspx ) or as JSR 168 portlets in WebSphere Portal (http://www.mainsoft.com/products/vmw_wps.aspx ).
If you are an SMB customer, here is a Nitix based solution! (http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=nitix_on_linux_outperforms_17x )
Meanwhile, Steven Vaughan-Nichols writes about top 5 things Microsoft can learn from Linux (http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS7886275455.html ).
Its about choice, flexibility, open standards, reducing costs, driving innovation.
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Many of you might have seen this statistics:
By 2011, IBM expects the number of mobile phone users to hit ONE Billion.
IBM will be investing $100M over the next 5 years in mobile computing efforts - emerging market mobility, mobile enterprise enablement, enterprise to end-user mobile experience, etc.. (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/IBM-to-Invest-100-Million-in-prnews-15546580.html?.v=1)
"For the 83 percent of the world that does not have easy access to the Web via PCs, IBM is helping mobile phone users become more productive. In these locations, there is a dearth of skills, such as technological and language literacy; a lack of infrastructure, such as reliable electrical power; as well as limited availability of smartphones.
IBM Research has established a pilot program in southern India that allows people, including farmers, repairmen, small business owners, and consumers, to post, retrieve or exchange timely information via voice on cellphones. Content -- such as weather and ocean conditions, grain prices, advertisements, bus schedules, news, class schedules, product catalogues, health information and available services appointments -- is created and updated by entrepreneurs and municipalities."So what does this mean to collaborating smarter? Well for starters, anytime anywhere access and interaction with people, information sources, content...
Great article in the Time magazine (May 25,2009) on the future of work...
1. Retail salespersons
2. office workers
3. registered nurses
4. food prep. and services workers
5. customer services reps
6. janitors and cleaners (not maids/housekeepers)
7. post secondary teachers
8. nursing aides, orderlies and attendants
9. personal and homecare aids
10. home health aides
10 jobs predicted to have the fastest growth rates by 2016:
1. home health aides
2 personal and homecare aides
3. computer software engineers
4. medical assistants
5. hetwork systems and data communication analysts
6. personal finance advisers
7. substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors
8. veterinary technologists and technicians
10 makeup artists, theatrical and performance
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  lotuslive email hong cloud outblaze messaging kong 2,091 Visits
Check out this IBM announcement:
"First IBM cloud computing laboratory in Hong Kong. The new facilitywill provide a global hub for Web-based messaging services to supportIBM's emerging LotusLive (www.lotuslive.com/) cloud service portfolio"
"Strategically located near emerging growth markets, IBM intends toincrease its investment in this center to take advantage of the globalopportunity for online web 2.0 collaboration. The new facility bringsthe number of IBM's worldwide Cloud Labs to 10"
"With more than 10 years of experience delivering messaging solutions,Outblaze was one of the first companies to offer a fully- hosted,multilingual e-mail service. Today Outblaze offers services in 22languages and has more than 40 million users under management"