Something Will Be Lost When Second Life Gets Voice
I have to admit I'm not 100% looking forward to the addition of voice into Second Life. I agree that it's inevitable and will make the service easier to use. But the text-based chat currently in use in Second Life adds to its charm, and, paradoxically, makes the service seem more real.
The Importance Of Presence: Taming The Wild And Woolly IM
"Presence" is one of the hottest ideas in software these days. Being able to see who's online and how they're connected is a necessary piece of functionality for enterprise networks as "real-time collaboration" (what we used to call "instant messaging" before it went corporate) has become the way to be productive. And for big companies, providing presence has been a security and compliance headache. The latest company to offer help is Sybase iAnywhere. Today it announced mobile instant messaging
Models Take the Danger Out of Prediction
Predictive modeling isn't a crystal ball, and despite the efforts of Business Objects, Hyperion, Microstrategy and SAS to get predictive modeling into mainstream BI tools, there are many other reasons for its lack of success... Predictive modeling is different from using predictive models... Automating decisions with predictive models is a good idea, especially when those decisions are numerous and each one has a farily low risk of error.
Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington
According to The Washington Post, Google this week held a two-day-long pitch fest with nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers, agency employees, and military members eager to learn more about its products. Google has beefed up its sales operations in the Washington, D.C., area in the last year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies. Several gov
Quick Look: Remember The Milk
It's not the organized people who need to keep task lists -- it's those of us who are so disorganized that we need some sort of written reminder to keep us on track (and to keep our bosses happy). As a past Outlook user, my inclination is to pair my task list with my calendar. As a current user of Google Calendar, I've been a bit peeved because, with all its advantages, it doesn't have a To Do feature. I'm a lot happier now -- because I found a site with the absurd name of
Three Intriguing Web 2.0 Companies: Jellyfish, Ning, And Dandelife
I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s fundamentally impossible to predict which Web 2.0 ideas will take over the Internet. That lifts an incredible burden from my shoulders — I used to think it was my job to predict those things. Now I know it’s not my job — and, moreover, it’s an impossible task. So I can just sit back and marvel at the creativity that goes into coming up with various business models. Here’s three we discovered recently, two
Web Analytics Vendor Adds Data Visualization
On-demand Web analytics service provider Omniture has launched Discover 2.0, a visual data exploration tool designed to uncover business opportunities, new customer acquisition strategies and ways to drive more revenue from online marketing campaigns. Complementing Omniture's SiteCatalyst Web analytics service, Discover 2.0 is said to support unlimited segmentation of online customers and site visitors.
Not Quite Live from Gartner BPM - Day One
I'm sharing impressions from here at Gartner's Business Process Management Summit in San Diego. Gartner likes to sell futures on technology. Simon Hayward presented a chart on BPM value realization over time, with three curves. Today the "productivity" curve is highest. In 2012 the "visibility" curve overtakes it. In 2017... I'll be dead by then. Does this kind of chart really advance the ball?
Vista, Infrastructure and BPM Top IT Concerns
What are the three most important priorities for IT organizations in 2007? GCR (formerly Gartner Custom Research) put this question to more than 1,000 IT professionals and determined that Windows Vista, core infrastructure and business process management are among the top concerns, eclipsing interest in security and hardware upgrades.
Microsoft's Ballmer To India: Cut Piracy, Create 50,000 Jobs
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says software piracy in India is so bad that it's holding back the country's economy. But if India can reduce piracy by just 10% it would create 50,000 new jobs, says Ballmer. Question: Where will those jobs come from?
Google's Call For Better Health Info Answered by Microsoft
Microsoft said Monday that it planned to acquire Medstory, a privately held California company with a health information search site.
Microsoft said the company will become part of its recently formed Health Solutions Group. Financial terms were not disclosed.
In a statement, Peter Neupert, Microsoft's corporate VP for health strategy, said Microsoft was impressed with Medstory.com's ability to find relevant health-related information.
One Third Of Americans On The Web Have Used Wireless Internet
According to a new poll from the Pew Internet Project, one-third of U.S. Internet users have connected to the Web using a wireless network. The survey found that 20% of U.S. Internet users now have wireless networks in their homes. Just more signposts that wireless data, and not just voice, is going mainstream.
Quick Look: The Playaway
It may come as a shock to those technophiles who wouldn't be seen in public without their earbuds firmly attached, but there are folks out there who do not own an iPod (or alternate MP3 player). There are even people out there who don't know (or don't want to learn) how to download MP3 files. Most of us would simply leave those benighted souls to their AM radios and clunky CD players -- but at least one company sees them as a possible source of income.
Free At Last
I just bought my daughter a laptop. Well, to tell the truth, although I purchased it for her to use, it was actually for my benefit: I was tired of being kicked off my own computer because she had homework that required word processing or access to the Internet. Shuddering at the thought of shelling out hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office -- because though only in fifth grade, she needs PowerPoint as well as Word -- I downloaded the free office suite
My FABULOUS Second Life
I've discovered that Ziggy Figaro, my alter ego in Second Life, is vain. In Second Life, I spend a good deal of time shopping, fussing over my appearance, and figuring out what to wear. In real life, I devote exactly as much effort on my appearance as I need to, and no more.
Fakeyourspace.com: The Web Gets More Like Real Life
Fakeyourspace.com is a Web service with a truly brilliant business plan: for 99 cents each per month you can buy all the friends you can afford to leave comments on your MySpace, Friendster, or Facebook page - really hot-looking friends, too, judging from the examples on the sites home page. It's just another example of how a disruptive Web technology can affect economics
Don't Think SaaS Won't Require Support
One of the selling points to management on software as a service (SaaS) is the assertion that it will eliminate internal support costs. A few companies I'm working with are finding that support costs don't always go away, and that's especially true for larger companies. Effective SaaS programs require more internal support than many realize. Here are three areas to consider.
Older Is Better, But Is It Legal?
For reasons that are far too complex to go into here (and that make me look far too stupid) I needed a copy of Paint Shop Pro 8 today. I know I've got my install CD around here somewhere, but it's hiding. So naturally I went hunting in Google, and somehow (I'm not exactly sure how, exactly) ran across the trail of www.oldversion.com. It had it and I downloaded it. I was ecstatic. But I also was suspicious.
Smartphone Users Have Longer Workdays, Make More Money, And Want More Time Off
According to new findings from researcher Digital Life America, smartphone users work longer and earn more money than those who don't use such devices. The study found that 19% of smartphone users work more than 50 hours a week and that their average household income is $94,000 a year, roughly 50% higher than the U.S. national average.
Study: iPhone Too Darned Expensive
The results of an online survey conducted by market research firm Compete show that only 1% of people interested in the iPhone would pony up $500 for it. Drop the price, though, and 60% of respondents said they'd leave their current wireless carriers to get it.
Does Web 2.0 Add To Information Overload?
My efforts to adopt Web 2.0 collaboration tools within InformationWeek last year were thwarted by a very simple question. I suggested we move a lot of the administrative stuff for IW.com to the Basecamp project-management tool. But a colleague put up a roadblock by asking, "Mitch, wouldn't that be just another thing I have to remember to check?"