Enterprise Platform... Now On Demand
As I began to discuss in my last post, we're now seeing SaaS companies move into the platform space, selling beyond enterprise applications into databases, application development, integration, and even operating systems, all on demand. Case in point is the Platform Edition release by Salesforce.com last week.
Using Second Life As A Business-To-Business Tool
I just got off the phone with Cisco -- we ended up talking for a couple of hours about how Cisco is using Second Life for business-to-business communications. Turns out that quite a few Second Life users are network engineers. These are Cisco's customers, and Cisco is aggressively using Second Life to communicate with them.
Building In Second Life, With Links To Web Info
I spent a pleasant hour or so last night acquainting myself with building in Second Life. I created a simple platform that floats at an altitude of 100 meters above my land. Building in Second Life is actually fairly simple in concept, and simple once you get the hang of it, but in the middle there's lots of fiddly little options to select and buttons to push and it's easy to make mistakes.
Symantec Introduces SAAS-Based Security Network
Last week Symantec announced Symantec Protection Network, a software as a service (SaaS) platform designed to deliver easy-to-use security and availability offerings to small and mid-sized businesses... This is one in a long line of what I call "infrastructure on-demand products," and it's one of the most exciting areas of SaaS, if you ask me.
Buying Land In Second Life
At last, I bought land in Second Life to built my virtual home in. I've been shopping for more than a month, and couldn't find a tract I fell in love with. I'm still not in love with the land I bought, but I like it.
InformationWeek Shutting Down Its Second Life Office
InformationWeek shut down its office in Second Life. We're still committed to Second Life coverage. I'm still spending a couple of hours a day in Second Life. I'm still writing lots of blogs and articles out of SL. But the office just wasn't doing anything for us, so we gave it the ax.
Role-Playing In Second Life
Role-playing is one of the most popular activities in Second Life. You're basically pretending to be a fictional character. Remember when you were a kid you tied a towel around your neck and pretended to be a caped superhero? As far as I can see, role-playing in SL is like that, but geared for grownups.
Second Life Growth Slows Slightly In March, But Still Exploding
Second Life saw a 2% decline in the rate of growth for premium accounts. Those are accounts where users pay $9.95 per month, as opposed to the much more common free accounts. The rate of growth was 13% in March, as opposed to 15% in February, according to analysis by Second Life Insider.
Scripting And Building In Second Life -- A Brief Video Introduction
I asked my colleagues at Dr. Dobb's Journal for some pointers to machinima resources so we can get started making our own machinima, and I was told that DDJ's Scott Swigart knows a lot about it. I found this neat video that provides a six-minute introduction to building and scripting in Second Life.
My Second Life As A Swimsuit Model
I already have a job, mortgage, family, and community, so I don't see any need for a Second Life. The first one keeps me plenty busy, thank you. But I can use what I found at LandsEnd.com: An avatar that tries on swimsuits for me.
Tip: Use Babelfish To Translate Chat, Discussions In Real-Time
OK, probably everybody in the world already knows this, but you can use BabelFish (and other online translation services) to translate the discussion of people you encounter in Internet discussion. I generally think of BabelFish as a translation service for Web pages -- and a not-very-effective one at that -- but of course it'll work on any text.
Machinima: Making Movies Using Computer-Game Software
"Machinima" is the art of making computer animation using software from video games, rather than expensive, dedicated computer-animation software. I'm no expert on the subject, but here are some of my favorites.
Will Linden Lab's Open-Sourcing Second Life Hurt Some Of Its Biggest Customers?
Currently, Linden Lab's major revenue source is "land sales," leasing space on its servers for businesses and dedicated consumers to build property in Second Life. Many businesses derive revenue by turning around and renting property in-world. When Linden Lab open-sources the servers, land will become more plentiful and the value of land will decrease, thus diminishing the value of these "land barons'" investments.
Linden Lab To Open-Source Second Life Servers
Linden Lab plans to open up the source code for Second Life's servers, allowing anyone to run their own version of Second Life, a company spokesman said today, confirming the widespread belief among many in the 3D community that open-sourcing the servers was inevitable.
Are Consultants Pushing Back on SaaS…Quietly?
Blogger Ann All recently questioned the commitment to SaaS by the larger consulting firms saying, "software-as-a-service could be a good thing for folks like consultants and systems integrators - unless it ends up putting them out of business." Indeed, SaaS could lead to fewer consulting dollars, so larger consulting firms may be pushing back on SaaS to serve their own interests.
What Are The Best Practices For Real-Life Businesses In Second Life?
I've lost count of the number of real-life businesses that have opened shop in Second Life. While many are doing it as a publicity stunt, some companies are taking it seriously. IBM, AOL and, well, us, come to mind here. They're in Second Life as a long-term investment, both of financial resources and of time spent by employees learning the ins and outs of this new medium. Which has gotten me to thinking: What are the best practices for real-life businesses in Second Life?
Second Life Image: This Guy Looks Like He Has A Baaaaad Hangover
I found this guy during some random exploration in Second Life. He looks like he had a little too much to drink the night before. He's enormous--to get an idea how big, look very, very closely and you can barely see my avatar, Ziggy Figaro, sitting on the left knuckle of his left hand. I found him in Sweet Leaf (SLURL)). Screenshot below the fold.
Why We're Devoting So Much Coverage To Second Life
I've been exchanging some e-mail with a reader who thinks we're crazy for devoting so much space to Second Life. He's not the only one -- many critics think the media in general devotes too much space to Second Life. You don't have to look very far to find that attitude.
Are Office Automation Applications SaaS-Able?
I noted back in February the release of the enterprise version of Google Apps hosted services for businesses... Google Apps Premier Edition costs $50 per user, per year and includes around-the-clock telephone support, 10GB of storage, and guaranteed uptime... This is, in essence, the promise of network computing, all the rage back in 1996, but it never took off.
Toyota Under Attack By Second Life Griefers
I was puttering around in Second Life tonight, when I got an instant message from my friend Rissa Maidstone -- the Toyota Scion island was under attack by Second Life pranksters. So I headed over there, and grabbed some screenshots. As griefing attacks go, it was pretty lame -- at least as far as I could observe -- but see for yourself. Check out the image below the fold.
Future of Enterprise Software in a SaaS World
Last week I did a keynote at the Enterprise Architecture Conference (EAC) in New Orleans. I spoke on SaaS, SOA, and Web 2.0, and as always, I took a poll. How many people are using SaaS now? About half of the hands went up. How many of those people were using SaaS two years ago? Almost no hands up. How many people will deploy SaaS in the next two years? Almost all hands went up...