Social Business transformation
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  minnesota standards texas jtc1 sutor ecma iso ooxml odfalliance senator robert odf government bsi infoworld 3,223 Views
I am doing a bit of catchup here, but take a look at this.
According to IDG Newswire in InfoWorld (http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/02/06/HNtexasminnodf_1.html ), Texas (by Sept 2008) and Minnesota (by July 2008) are moving towards adopting ODF (Open Document Format). "Minnesota State Senator Don Betzold, confirmed that his state's bill was written with ODF in mind. 'ODF is the standard intended,' he said. 'It is my goal to make sure that the public has access to electronic documents in the years to come and that we do not have to rely on licensing agreements or code access.' "
Also, based on appeal from standards bodies such as British Standards Institution (http://www.computing.co.uk/itweek/news/2174488/open-xml-hits-further-problems ), ISO Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) has added 3 more months and has given Ecma time till end of February to respond to the contradictions filed by 20 nations (http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/article.php?story=20070206145620473 ) about Microsoft's 6000 page OO-XML (http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/OfficeOpenXMLFactSheet.pdf ). Check out Robert Sutor's blog for more info (http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/BobSutor ).[Read More]
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"
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...
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  adoption microsoft assurance vista enterprise agreement software 3,194 Views
Recently eweek's Joe Wilcox blogged about Microsoft's 10 unlucky and lucky breaks. Here are some interesting facts from these articles:
1. "Enterprise Vista
2. "Microsoft records Software Assurance sales as unearned revenue, whichis realized on an ongoing basis. During the average quarter, about 25percent to 35 percent of Microsoft revenue comes from unearned revenue.Microsoft recognized $6.3 billion in unearned revenue during fiscal2009 second quarter; total revenue was more than $16 billion."
And of course recently Microsoft announced price discounts for MS EA... like around 25%. Go figure? Also find out what happens to software ownership if you dont renew?
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  soa mendocino harmony notes sap lotus workplace duet microsoft 3,192 Views
IBM announced IBM Workplace for SAP Software and IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP solutions. Drawing on IBM's Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) technologies, these products (part of an IBM initiative called Project Harmony) would be music in customer's ears. Want to know why?
Rich client: IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP Solutions - Feature1. Investment protection; No additional cost to Lotus Notes 7.0.1 customers - No need to even upgrade your SAP system - Supports SAP R/3 4.6C. It does NOT require Netweaver 2004. - New feature of Lotus Notes 7.0.1 software. - Certain current licensees of Lotus Notes for Collaboration can download this feature from IBM Passport Advantage website
2. This new feature includes pre-packaged templates that makes SAP data more accessible and useful. - New and modified Lotus Notes Template Files (NTFs) - Uses LotusScript to define the integration - Files needed to access and make remote function calls against the SAP system from the Lotus Notes Client are included - Lotus Connector LotusScript Extension (Lotus Connector LSX) - Lotus Connector for SAP Solutions (license only for Lotus Notes client and NOT the Lotus Domino server)
3. Continue to leverage the security, disconnected usage, and replication feature of Notes when using it to access SAP data.
4. Integrate business processes that exist in both SAP appplications and Lotus Notes into a single, familiar user experience within Lotus Notes. True workflow integration: - Vacation/Leave request: - Employee requests vacation or leave time from manager using Lotus Notes calendar and Lotus Notes email - Approved time is automatically recorded in the SAP application - Follow on action items such as scheduling - Time reporting: Use Lotus Notes calendar to report billable/other time to SAP applications - based on project codes stored in SAP. - Query and selectively submit billable time to SAP in real time. This works both online and offline. - Report Generation: Schedule or run a SAP report using the Lotus Notes client. - Contact Management: Look up contact information from mySAP HR and CRM applications and add it to personal contacts in Lotus Notes. - SAP workflow integration: Review and process SAP workflow items using the Lotus Notes client. More including Employee Self-service/Manager Self-service, and meeting scheduling is expected to be made available in Lotus Notes 7.0.2 maintenance release targeted for Q3,2006.
visit http://www.ibm.com/lotus/notesforsap for more information
Thin Client (web browser): IBM Workplace for SAP Software1. Integrates views from various applications based on Role and business process.2. Integrates SAP applications with IBM collaboration technology.3. Provides pre-built adapters for SAP and other widely used applications.4. Augment the user experience of IBM Workplace for SAP Software with scorecards, dashboards, alerts, e-forms, instant messaging, teamrooms, presence awareness, and document /content management.5. Provides transparency to the end user in terms of technology migration and upgrades
And in general:1. An ecosystem of services organizations ranging from IBM business partners to IBM Software Services for Lotus and IBM Global Business Services and associated SAP practice resources are available for customization.2. IBM Workplace family of products including Lotus Notes Domino, WebSphere Portal, Workplace Managed Client, support integration of non SAP applications also.3. Continue to leverage current Lotus Notes integration with MS Office.[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  interoperability hat fud novell microsoft red alliance office 3,179 Views
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?
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...
Check out this USA Today print article:
Meanwhile, most U.S. businesses skipped upgrading to Windows Vista after it was introduced in 2007, and stuck with Windows XP. To use Windows 7, most will need to buy new computers. IBM this week launched a marketing blitz touting big savings to be had by switching to Linux.
"Organizations are facing change either way they go," says Sheri McLeish, business software analyst at Forrester Research. "Linux and Symphony are more mature technologies today and can be a viable alternative."
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  accenture hp eds infosys business process outsourcing idc 3,136 Views
Check out this IDC report. IBM #1 in Business Process Outsourcing. Ranked #1 in all the 4 categories:
Respondent segments spanned: F&A, Customer Care, HR, and procurement
Who else made it into the report, behind IBM?
Accenture, HP-EDS, ADP, Unisys, Infosys, ...