Friday, August 18, 2006

[AoyW] The Office 2.0 Conference

I just came across the web site for the upcoming Office 2.0 Conference which has an interesting list of speakers from web 2.0 startups.

As you might expect, most or all of these outfits offer hosted or intranet solutions. As such, they have to run the gantlet of the corporate IT dept for vetting/approval before they can solve any user problems. In other words, they can't spread virally among most enterprise users, a problem which consumer web services don't have.

Nonetheless, the goals of these startups are much the same as those of the always-on-you web, even if their solution architecture is Web 1.1 :-)


At Tuesday, August 22, 2006 12:35:00 PM, Anonymous Marc Orchant said...


There's a whole lot of room between the enterprise and consumers. One of the reasons Foldera is involved in this event is that Ismael Ghalimi of IT|Redux understands this and is taking a decidedly different approach to creating an industry event. Rather than just another chance to hawk product, the Office 2.0 event has a declared mission more like an IETF workgroup meeting - to define common vocabulary, identify best practices for next-generation hosted applications, develop guiding principles for interoperabilty and transportability of data and metadata and other essential topics for an emerging market.

I like your always-on-you idea and it is a future we are certainly moving towards. There's still a need for better network protocols and coverage, more capable devices, and the eternal quest for longer lasting power sources to be overcome beofre we'll be able to conduct all of the information transactions we'd like to on always-on-you devices. But we are getting there. I'm amazed at what I can do with just my Treo 700p and a folding Bluetooth keyboard.


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