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2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will '08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management System"? Or will it be the year of a giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale. Enjoy! RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors  TIM BRAY Director of Web Technologies, Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)

Cloud Computing Is Far More Than Just Cutting Enterprise IT Costs

Paul Miller's Blog For too long, the emphasis in Cloud Computing circles has been almost exclusively upon provision of rapidly scalable and ad hoc remote computing on top of cost-effective commodity hardware. The Cloud play from Salesforce, Amazon’s EC2 and the rest has been dominated by the implicit assumption that these Cloud-based resources are an extension of the corporate data center; a way to simply reduce the costs of enterprise computing. There is value in this business, but there are bigger opportunities. Cloud Computing, and the various *aaS movements, have finally brought us to a place where the fiercely guarded and tightly delineated boundaries between the organisation and those outside it may become permeable in ways that should benefit the organisation rather than threaten it. It is a quite remarkable feeling to watch as the pieces fall into place and ... (more)

With iBeacon Apple Is Going to Dump on NFC & Embrace The Internet of Things

I wrote a guest post for GigaOm on iBeacons in which I detailed how Apple is going to embrace Internet of Things and dump NFC. I also detailed about significance of iBeacons in indoor location based services and in-store marketing. Google is betting on NFC, but Apple is moving forward with iBeacons. Here is the Gigaom post - With iBeacon, Apple is going to dump on NFC and embrace the internet of things.   Nor did Apple say anything about it during the iPhone event Tuesday. But I'm sure this is going to be a big deal, and startup companies like Estimote agree, announcing its support for Apple's technology Tuesday and releasing this demonstration video. Why is that so? For a couple of reasons: it opens a door to new set of applications such as indoor maps and in-store marketing, it makes the internet of things a realty and it might kill NFC (near-field communication... (more)

Evolution of Web 3.0

Web 3.0 is a different way of building applications and interacting on the web. The core model of web 3.0 states that entire World Wide Web will be seen as a single database. Many tools are being developed through which interactivity between different websites with different data can be enhanced. Prediction is that Web 3.0 will ultimately be seen as web applications which are pieced together. There are a number of characteristics of these applications: they are relatively small, the data is in the cloud, they can run on any device- PC or mobile phone, they are fast and customizable. Furthermore, the applications are distributed virally: literally by social networks or by email. That's a very different application model than we've ever seen in computing. However, there is still considerable debate as to what the term Web 3.0 means, and what a suitable definition might... (more)

What Will the "New" PR Companies Look Like?

In a recent interview, while answering the question "What will the "new" PR companies look like?" Fuat Kircaali says: "The new PR companies won't be putting out press releases and won't be in the press release business. The PR firm of the future will employ professional bloggers who will use social media tools to get their message into the hands of their targeted audience. The press release business already belongs to the Stone Age. The new PR game will be played by rock star bloggers on brand new platforms and distribution channels such as Ulitzer."   The caption reads "Steve Adubato, Political Analyst, CBS2 Blogger" I was waiting to watch the Sunday Morning magazine show on CBS yesterday and I saw this caption, which reminded me Kircaali's reference to "professional corporate bloggers." ... (more)

Social Media Will Replace BusinessWeek Too

This morning I received a story link from a friend, her email subject - McGraw-Hill Said to Hire Evercore to Sell BusinessWeek Magazine - Bloomberg.com. As I read the story I recalled our Ulitzer launch where our development work started a little over two years ago. During our first production meeting in April 2007, we put on the whiteboard that Ulitzer would be a social media platform that would replace traditional media in the near future. The news story says: "BusinessWeek, the McGraw-Hill Cos. magazine that lost 30 percent of its advertising revenue in the second quarter, is up for sale, according to a person close to the situation." Unfortunately, the future for all traditional media outlets - magazines and newspapers - is gloomy. If you browse through the list of Ulitzer authors, articles, feature stories and blog entries, you will find that the line-up just a f... (more)

Using the New, Simpler DOCTYPE in HTML 5

HTML 5 is making some things easier to use. The first is the DOCTYPE. Located at the top of a Web page before the opening BODY tag, the DOCTYPE describes the syntax for the page. The roots for the DOCTYPE lie in SGML. Bearing this in mind, all DOCTYPES for HTML 4 and XHTML require a DTD (Document Type Definition) to describe the content. This is all gone in HTML 5. Now, all you have to do to declare that you are using HTML 5 as your DOCTYPE is add the following to the root of your Web page: That's it. Easy, huh? ... (more)

Gladinet Notes Spike in Cloud Storage Requests

As high schools, colleges and universities continue to provide an expanding array of technology services, the demand for the most applicable, affordable solutions is also on the rise. Consequently, IT department heads are increasingly looking to cloud storage as the most efficient, inexpensive way to deliver technology resources to students, faculty and campus visitors. It simply makes sense for decision-makers who are tasked with choosing smart, cost-effective IT solutions that cater to the masses, according to EDUCAUSE (http://www.educause.edu), a nonprofit that promotes intelligent technologies to educational institutions nationwide. And that's why the company Gladinet (http://www.gladinet.com/index.htm), the first and only ubiquitous cloud storage client operating within today's high-tech marketplace, is seeing a spike in cloud storage requests from EDUCAUSE mem... (more)

Ryan Greives Launches The Social Media Guide on Ulitzer

Ryan Greives, Media Relations Specialist for Indianapolis-based BLASTmedia, has launched The Social Media Guide on Ulitzer, the "new media" social journalism platform which revolutionizes how we create, deliver, and consume content on the Web. His industry knowledge and experience covers everything from consumer Internet companies and gadgets to highly complex enterprise software and hardware technologies. Greives believes a “revolutionary” new product or service can be launched, but unless the right people know, it may become the world’s best kept secret - hence his interest in social media. Having forged solid editorial relationships over the years and perfecting the art of positioning a company to generate the press coverage it deserves, Greives has emerged as an expert in the enterprise media relations space. Ulitzer authors can get started with their first articl... (more)

Virtualization Expo New York Call for Papers to Expire January 15, 2010

Virtualization Expo on Ulitzer Virtualization cuts across just about all that you might find in the today's data center: to one degree or another, clients, servers, applications, storage systems, data networks, and security can all now be virtualized. . By compressing multiple workloads onto a single physical server, Virtualization enables data centers to save tremendous amounts of money on hardware, power, cooling and floor space. For small and midsized enterprises, Virtualization can also help data centers tap into levels of fault tolerance previously enjoyed only by huge organizations. And chief executives are discovering that Virtualization has the potential not only to improve the balance sheet, but also to strengthen competitive advantage and put a shine on the corporate brand. Designing and managing IT environments independently from physical limitations is... (more)

Visualizing the Web

The biologist Marcel Salathé, currently associated with the Stanford University, has built a graph component that parses the underlying domain specific language of web pages, html, and visualizes these as colorful minimum spanning trees. What is interesting with Salathé’s visualization is that it’s so straight forward to pose questions about the structure of web pages and then look for answers. Here’s the color legend he uses to differentiate between the groups of html tags: Blue Links (A) Red Tables (TABLE, TR, TD) Green Container (DIV) Violet Images (IMG) Yellow Forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT, OPTION) Orange Typography (BR, P, BLOCKQUOTE) Black The root (HTML) Gray All other tags Table 1: Color legend used to differentiate tags Starting with an easy example question to warm up, we could ask; “What does my blog look like?” Figure 1: http://blog.avegagroup.se... (more)