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Alfresco Wants Enterprise Content Management in the Cloud

Alfresco Wants Enterprise Content Management in the Cloud

Alfresco, the open source enterprise content management company, has unveiled a developer program for those looking to host both the community and enterprise versions of its software on the Amazon EC2 cloud computing platform. Alfresco is a leading open source alternative for document and Web content management, competing strongly with ECM giants…

Microsoft Previews Free Web-based Version of Office 2010

Microsoft Previews Free Web-based Version of Office 2010

Back in July Microsoft launched the technical preview of Office 2010. But despite reports to the contrary, that technical preview didn’t include the highly-anticipated online version of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Starting today Microsoft is making a limited preview of Office Web Apps available to partners, and has officially said that a more…

Adobe Acquires Omniture: It’s All About the Revenue Model

Adobe Acquires Omniture: It’s All About the Revenue Model

Adobe is looking to stall falling sales and profit by entering into a new market: analytics. But rather looking to R&D, Adobe is instead coughing up $1.8 billion for analytics leader Omniture. This is the largest acquisition by Adobe since the purchase of Macromedia for $3 billion in 2005.

The acquisition has puzzled many, since Adobe and…

Apps.gov Gives Cloud Computing a Slice of the $75 Billion IT Pie

Apps.gov Gives Cloud Computing a Slice of the $75 Billion IT Pie

The government cloud computing service rumored since late July is here, and companies are jumping at the chance to join Apps.gov, an “online storefront” for cloud services and applications pre-approved for use by federal agencies. According to the post by U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra, Apps.gov will move at the same cautious pace Data.gov has, and…

Socialwok is a FriendFeed for Google Apps

Socialwok is a FriendFeed for Google Apps

Google Apps is an impressive productivity suite. But however good Docs and Gmail are, organizations using Apps are left without the kinds of social software they’re used to having outside of work. Singapore-based startup Socialwok is attempting to fix that by offering a social app that lives on top of Google Apps. Socialwok resembles FriendFeed…

Jive Extends its Reach into Social Media

Jive Extends its Reach into Social Media

Jive, a leader in “social business software” for enterprise collaboration and community platforms, has added social media expertise to its repertoire. Through social media monitoring tools from Radian6, the new Jive Market Engagement lets companies track and respond to the social Web in real time.

Radian6 is the kind of software that we’ve called…

Yammer Adds Microblogging to Microsoft Outlook & Windows Mobile

Yammer Adds Microblogging to Microsoft Outlook & Windows Mobile

Yammer is a “Twitter for the enterprise” platform that (to our dismay) won TechCrunch50 last year. A year later the enterprise microblogging space is growing rapidly and Yammer is still moving forward, along with competitors like Socialcast and Socialtext Signals. Today Yammer has announced a pair of Microsoft-centric additions that should be big…

Forget Gen Y: Gen X is Making Real Change

Forget Gen Y: Gen X is Making Real Change

Sometimes even the best researchers forget that the answer you get depends entirely on who you ask. A new Forrester survey of 2,000 information workers has revealed that despite the hype, it’s not Gen Y that’s getting business to adopt collaborative technology. Gen X, those who are 30-43, are the ones leading the charge for social computing…

Get a Handle on Google Apps with LTech’s Power Panel

Get a Handle on Google Apps with LTech’s Power Panel

LTech, an enterprise partner of Google, has released a new control panel for Google Apps to make managing the suite easier for IT. In addition to general cloud services LTech has a useful series of modules for enhancing Google Apps, such as a utility for backing up Google Docs. While Google has attempted to beef up its guides for Apps, LTech’s…

Box.net Open Up to iPhone Apps with a New API

Box.net Open Up to iPhone Apps with a New API

Cloud storage and collaboration company Box.net has opened up its platform to iPhone apps today through a new mobile API. The API lets independent iPhone developers join its OpenBox program, and several apps have already added Box.net support in advance. The new service will let Box.net users access their files on the go, avoid storage limits…

Salesforce.com Service Cloud 2: Customer Service for the Social Web

Salesforce.com Service Cloud 2: Customer Service for the Social Web

Salesforce.com is best known for its CRM and its cloud computing platform. But according to the company its fastest growing product is Service Cloud, a kind of SaaS customer service software meant to replace the traditional call center.

Salesforce.com has launched the second version of Service Cloud, which incorporates new capabilities for…

Socialtext Goes Mobile But Forgoes an App

Socialtext Goes Mobile But Forgoes an App

Enterprise collaboration company Socialtext has launched a mobile edition of its software suite, giving its customers better access to its activity streams, wikis, microblogging and more for the first time. The beta of Socialtext mobile is available now for all users.

Rather than a native application tailored to the iPhone, BlackBerry, or…

Top 10 Apps for Scheduling a Meeting Online

Top 10 Apps for Scheduling a Meeting Online

Meetings suck. But if there’s one thing worse than meetings, it’s playing email tag to schedule them. Is your company still sending out mass emails to ask for preferred meeting times? It’s the pits, isn’t it? Yes, Outlook has a hack whereby you can solicit responses for scheduling, but it’s not much of an improvement. There’s a better way, and it’s…

RSS isn’t Dead (Just Ask Executives)

RSS isn’t Dead (Just Ask Executives)

It’s become fashionable among a certain set to declare that RSS is no longer the foremost pipeline for news and information on the Web. Steve Gillmor and innumerable others have said they’ve abandoned their RSS readers in favor of Twitter. Twitter hiring Feedburner’s CEO seemed to compound this trend towards dismissing RSS as old hat (though…

EtherPad’s Real-time Editor Gets Real-time Playback

EtherPad’s Real-time Editor Gets Real-time Playback

Back in June the developers behind AppJet closed up shop to focus on EtherPad, the real-time collaborative editor we called “dead simple” in our initial review. Since then they’ve worked at a breakneck pace to improve EtherPad, trying to attract paying customers for hosted and on-premise installations. Today the company announced a fantastic new…

Oracle/Sun Deal Not Out of Hot Water Yet

Oracle/Sun Deal Not Out of Hot Water Yet

The U.S. Department of Justice may have approved the purchase of Sun Microsystems by Oracle, but the deal still could be delayed by yet another institution. The Brussels-based European Commission still has 48 hours to open an in-depth investigation, reports Reuters, and the DOJ’s European counterparts are looking much more closely at Oracle…

OpenCalais to Add Semantic Metadata to Oracle Databases

OpenCalais to Add Semantic Metadata to Oracle Databases

Enterprise giant Oracle released its Database 11g Release 2 today, and it now supports OpenCalais, the Semantic Web service from Thomson Reuters. Native support for OpenCalais means users can now extract rich semantic metadata about people, places, companies, and events. Oracle directly calls the OpenCalais API through your normal database…

MindTouch Wants You to (Safely) Crowdsource Your Business

MindTouch Wants You to (Safely) Crowdsource Your Business

MindTouch, maker of enterprise software it dubs “collaborative networks,” has long had a focus on the creation of both public and private knowledge bases. Today it has added an external-facing version of its software for letting customers contribute to the information about your enterprise. Backed by a strong moderation system, the MindTouch…

Zoho Partners with VMware for Collaboration Behind the Firewall

Zoho Partners with VMware for Collaboration Behind the Firewall

You probably know Zoho as a SaaS company with enterprise collaboration and productivity tools. What you might not know is that they also offer on-premise deployments for companies with more than 10,000 employees. While this has been an important option for large enterprises not ready for the cloud, its limitation has always been the hardware…