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Yahoo is unloading Zimbra and with it the whole SMB hosting business. While the Zimbra part is interesting to us here at Open-Xchange, as it also shows some technology related weaknesses, the bigger picture may be even more interesting - especially to Service Providers. Tier1's Phil Shih get's it right (as usual): "...Yahoo is also set to unload Zimbra, which Yahoo has had little success leveraging across its small business customer base, although it continues to grow. T1R does not agree that Zimbra had (or has) no hope within Yahoo because it is a solely enterprise-focused product, as some of the media commentary suggests. While Zimbra could be a bit up-market for the Yahoo Small Business base, there is no reason why the product could not have been tailored for the small business market. Or Yahoo could have at least leveraged some of Zimbra's technology and create... (more)

Realizing the Value of Cloud Beyond the Infrastructure for Dev & Test

By now we’ve seen plenty of cost justification on the efficiency of using cloud infrastructure. You can easily Google “Cloud Computing Value” and get a stack of analyst and vendor reports. Or just pop open Amazon’s AWS value calculator and plug in some numbers. There are huge one-time and recurring IT cost savings to be realized by moving on-premise systems to cloud infrastructure. So we get a better deal on compute cost with cloud. That’s something. Now let’s wring value out of one the most expensive and high-risk IT activities: software development and testing. Software development is still a labor-intensive task, prone to late delivery and numerous failures at every phase. Even when using a cloud infrastructure, many of the same problems persist in app dev and test groups, especially for larger enterprises. Teams wait on IT for provisioning processes. They spend ... (more)

The Power of Google and the Promise of Cloud Computing

Google App Engine Platform Evans Data Corp announced that use of the Python scripting language has increased by 45% since Spring 2008 according to the most recent North American Development Survey to be released this week to subscribers. Only 13% of developers used Python before Google announced its App Engine platform in Spring 2008, which at the time only supported Python, but that number has increased to 20.3% today. Other scripting language use remained relatively constant, with only small gains or losses in popularity among languages such as Ruby, PHP, Perl and Actionscript. “Python has been around since 1989, but never had many users until recently,” said Janel Garvin, of Evans Data. “This adoption change illustrates the power of Google and the promise of Cloud Computing on which Google’s App Engine depends. As the computing landscape evolves with the Cloud... (more)

Google Sets Up Google Apps Store

Google Session at Cloud Expo Apple is beginning to know how Xerox PARC felt. Like Apple did to PARC, Google has lifted from Apple again this time on behalf of Google Apps and set up a Google Apps Marketplace where third parties can sell business programs that integrate with Google Apps to the two million companies and 25 million users that have reportedly adopted Google Apps in the last three years. The marketplace, which will irritate Microsoft, launched Tuesday with some 50 programs from companies like Intuit and Atlassian and more reportedly coming from companies like NetSuite and SuccessFactors. Skytap is kicking in its cloud. Google appears to want a $100 listing fee and 20% of the take “in return for the streamlined purchase and install process and integration features exclusive to installable apps.” It will be setting up a billing service that manages the sh... (more)

Consumer Watchdog Files White House FOIA Request For Ex-Googler’s Email

Google on Ulitzer Consumer Watchdog  filed a Freedom of Information Act request today with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy seeking copies of email between Internet Policy chief Andrew McLaughlin and his former employer, Google Inc. The nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer group made the request after an online publication printed an article showing that McLaughlin's "Buzz" profile revealed that many of his most frequent email correspondents were Google employees. Before being appointed the OSTP's Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy, McLaughlin was Google's head of Global Public Policy, its top global lobbyist. Consumer Watchdog opposed McLaughlin's appointment by President Obama saying that it violated the intent of the Administration's ethics rules meant to end the revolving door between lobbyists and the executive branch. "The ... (more)

Google Apps Even More Powerful Now

We have been writing for years about the megatrend of Cloud Computing, and have also underscored that many of the opinions on Cloud Computing reflected here are because of both hands-on experience with enterprise IT and also the use of cloud capabilities for our business at Crucial Point LLC. The core IT capabilities of our firm is run by Google Apps. This provides us with full featured cloud computing power in online applications like email, calendars, documents, spreadsheets, chat, video, sites and an array of add-on applications like Manymoon for project management and SocialWok for business grade social networking. Those many tools and features enable us to focus more on our mission and less on IT and they also provide great agility in where we work from.  And they provide agility when it comes to ramping up to larger teams for bigger projects and, as important ... (more)

Google To Show Off ‘ChromeBook’

Google is supposed to unveil a beta Chrome OS on a generic Atom-based netbook Tuesday and put the Google-branded thing into limited circulation in the run-up to a commercial product next year. Reportedly no more than 65,000 of this first-stab widget will be made as an appeal to developers. Google missed the netbook wave, which receded with the tablet onslaught and it’s questionable whether the Chrome cloud device can revive it. Chrome OS doesn’t have the touchscreen facilities needed for a tablet. Anyway Google’s got Android for tablets. The Chrome widget is expected to need the services of the anticipated Chrome Web Store if it’s to have anything to run since everything supposed to be done in the cloud. Presumably Google might have something to say about Internet access and carriers. Google was originally supposed to have a commercial product out from mainline OE... (more)

The Microsoft Yammer Acquisition, Sharepoint, and Social Business

It’s a closed deal. The media has widely reported the imminent acquisition of Yammer, the enterprise social network provider, by Microsoft for a whistle-evoking 1.2 Billion dollars. Everyone knows something big is happening here, and experts, in characteristic style, have quickly congregated around opposite ends of the pole – equally shrill in lauding or denouncing the move. It is unclear as yet how Yammer will fit in Microsoft’s product portfolio – will it be used to bolster Sharepoint’s outdated and weak social capabilities? Or will it go the Skype way, where Microsoft uses it to enter enterprises through the backdoor (employees using it in small groups with or without official approval), and then upsell heavier Microsoft enterprise products like Sharepoint, Dynamics CRM and Office through integration points? Social business is the winner But underlying both of ... (more)

Google Enterprise, Collaboration and Enterprise Mobility

I would invite anyone in an IT department buried in demand for mobile apps to first take a look at Google Enterprise http://www.google.com/enterprise/, before trying to develop everything yourself.  There are many mobile capabilities already available in the Google world which are free to individuals and available free or on a subscription basis for companies.  Here are a few of them: Google Drive - Keep all your files, documents, spreadsheets, videos, photos, everything digital in a free secure cloud.  Access from any mobile or desktop device. http://youtu.be/wKJ9KzGQq0w  Google+ - Strives to make sharing online, like sharing in person.  We at Cognizant have been using Google+ for many of our strategy groups and discussions.  I love it.  I use it for both work and personal.  I have specific "Circles" and "Communities" for work and personal. Google Hangouts - This i... (more)

Réseau Social d’Entreprise Intranet (RSE) : un constat universel d’échec.

  Je suis conscient, en écrivant ce billet, que de très nombreux lecteurs vont en contester le contenu et prétendre que je fais un diagnostic erroné sur la réalité des RSE, Réseaux Sociaux d’Entreprise. Ce seront en priorité les éditeurs de logiciels de RSE et les responsables informatiques qui ont déployé ces solutions... sans succès, mais qui refusent d’admettre l’échec de leurs projets. Mon objectif est clair ; éviter que les entreprises continuent à aller dans le mur, comme le font actuellement un très grand nombre d’entre elles, et en particulier les plus grandes. Elles poursuivent un objectif très noble : améliorer la communication et le partage entre leurs collaborateurs. Hélas, elles choisissent pour y arriver des solutions techniques qui mènent toujours à l’échec. Il existe heureusement une démarche simple pour réussir la mise en œuvre d’un RSE avec une pr... (more)

Appcelerator Integrates RIA Platform with Google App Engine

Appcelerator announced that it has updated its platform to allow applications built using Appcelerator to be deployed to the free new Google App Engine. Used together, the offerings give developers a fast route to developing, deploying, managing and scaling their applications. Appcelerator is an integrated platform that fuses RIA and service-oriented architecture (SOA). With Appcelerator, developers can assemble rich, interactive web applications without the need for JavaScript or player-based plug-ins. Web applications can be implemented on Java/J2EE, PHP, Ruby, .NET, Python and Perl. Appcelerator for App Engine runs on Python, the scripting language currently supported by App Engine. As Google expands support to other languages, Appcelerator for App Engine will follow suit. App Engine has generated so much interest since its April 8 introduction because it fundame... (more)