Emerging Technologies You Need to Know
Here is an interesting SD Times Article about a BZ Research study of 578 SD Times subscribers' AJAX usage. "Nearly three out of four software development managers say that they’re using or planning to use AJAX-based rich Internet application technologies."
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I grew up in New Orleans where parochial school children enjoyed two entertaining annual holidays:
- the well advertised Mardi Gras, a Tuesday day-off in mid Winter
- the Wednesday after Halloween to celebrate All Saints or All Souls Day
The headlines are occupied by the rise of oil, the fall of the dollar, the kick-off to the presidential
race (so far it's been preseason) and the finale to the sub-prime collapse.
Amidst the dour mainstream news, consider the escalation of the Microsoft vs Google campaign which
should influence our own 2008 planning:
- Microsoft invested $240mm investment in Facebook (1.6% stake) last week and Google countered immediately
with an open standards alliance, Open Social, including LinkedIn, Ning, and Orkut (Google's own social network).
Google does not want Facebook to become the operating system of social networks. Quick aside:
News Corp.'s 2006 100% acquisition of MySpace for $580mm looks brilliant.
Are we blindly returning to Act II of the dot-bom? I think not and I believe that Social Networking
or Community Building as promoted by Facebook and others could be adopted by our own kinds of enterprises
to better connect our widely dispersed knowledge bases: employees, customers, partners, supplier in the spirit of
'What if we knew what we all knew?!'
Right now I have eleven (11) applications opened to manage my work inside and outside of the firewall: email, sms,
two types of instant messaging, two browsers, plus the associated tools for calendar, address book, word processing
and a mobile phone. I would value a workspace where I could link all of my activities to 'connect those who know
with those who need to know, regardless of their employer. I see a Facebook-like model helping me to achieve this.
Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, is quoted in Monday's NY Times: "One of the things to say, very clearly, is that
social networks are very real. If you are of a certain age, you sort of dismiss this as college kids or teenagers.
But this is very real." Google closed over $700 today, up 54% YTD.
'Start small, grow fast, get involved' might be a productive way to explore the potential of Social Networking
or Innovation Networking in 2008. No holiday required. cperrien
Here is an update on the current state of the Open AJAX Alliance:
Though two notable hold outs to OpenAjax still exist (Microsoft andSun), the ranks of OpenAjax continues to swell, with originalsignatories including well-known industry notables such as IBM, Adobe,and Oracle. Recent additions to membership now include over a dozen new members including SAP, TIBCO, Backbase, and JackBe. ...The article also notes that Boloker announced that the Alliance now has a new web site. There isn't anything useful on the site yet, but its worth bookmarking for future reference.
I'm glad to see this alliance continue to grow and develop. Kudos to Craig Becker and his team for continuing to make this stuff real. Nice job, gang.
Thanks for reading,