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– will it be used to bolster Sharepoint’s outdated and weak social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)
8 Tips for Going Paperless In Your Small Business
Ray Coleman is a small business owner who writes about money management,
green living, and sustainability.
One of the great benefits of the modern age is the ability of small
businesses to conduct a majority of their operations in the digital realm.
Eliminating the need for bulky file cabinets, storage facilities,
photocopiers, printers, and scanners can reduce overhead dramatically.
Replacing costly courier services with emails, and swapping out newsletters
and solicitations for social media and web-based marketing programs me... (more)
First 100 Attendees at @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley "Breakout Session & BoF"
Will Receive a Prototype (November 4-6, Santa Clara Convention Center,
The Physical Web is an open web project within the Chrome team at Google.
Scott Jenson (pictured below) leads a team that is working to leverage the
scalability and openness of the web to talk to smart devices.
The Physical Web
Scott will report on the state of this research in a sessioin and BOF called
"The Physical Web" on November 4 at Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Santa
Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley.
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,
plug-ins. Web applications can be implemented on Java/J2EE, PHP, Ruby, .NET,
Python an... (more)
Hyperic announced the newest cloud provider to be supported by its
CloudStatus service—Google App Engine. Google App Engine is the second
cloud service to be monitored by CloudStatus, which launched in June with
support for Amazon Web Services. Support for additional cloud providers is
planned for the coming months.
Hyperic’s free CloudStatus service delivers real-time, independent insight
into the health and performance of the App Engine, giving users a greater
level of confidence in the reliability, availability and scalability of web
applications running on Google’s infrastru... (more)
Google is ready to start charging for its App Engine cloud platform.
For the 10 months it’s been in preview it’s been free to use but limited
to 500MB of persistent storage and enough CPU, bandwidth and whatnot to
support about five million page views a month.
On Tuesday Google said it was ready to follow through on its intention to
offer additional computing resources for a price and allow apps to scale
beyond its free quotas. It said it’s been its most requested feature.
However, it’s going to lower its free thresholds in 90 days, claiming it
overestimated the resources develope... (more)