Office 2.0.1

As a follow on to my entry on the opening day of the Office 2.0 Conference, I thought I’d take a look at the challenges facing both office 2.0 applications and the enterprises seeking to adopt 2.0 methodologies. For background, I recommend reading the post show analysis from IT|Redux, where Ismael Ghalimi presents a rundown of what occurred and offers worthwhile insights.

Office 2.0 is currently targeting individual users and small businesses. Enterprises have demanding reliability, scalability, and security requirements that aren’t currently being adequately addressed by office 2.0 applications. I believe that the hosted model seen in many web applications is a primary cause of not meeting these requirements.

As things move forward, I expect it will become more and more common for corporations to adopt a hybrid approach of both hosted services and internally deployed applications. Web protocols such as SOAP and REST over HTTP will serve as the foundation that allows the hybrid approach to be integrated.

The catalyst for this change will come as mobile access to information is demanded by employees. Mobile phones, such a the various BlackBerry models, are important tools for staying connected while away from the office. The sheer variety of mobile devices means that web languages like HTML and JavaScript become the dominant client-side application platform.

The hybrid hosted-internal architecture will allow enterprises to meet their security and reliablilty needs, while allowing workers to access and manage data as they move on and off the corporate network. The standards-based technologies that power this movement will force vendors to abandon proprietary stacks and adopt open interfaces.


Backdrifter: Google Acquires JotSpot
November 1, 2006 at 11:18 PM

[...] Another component is the software installed on individual computers, Google Desktop and Google Talk being two indispensable applications. A bit of integration, utilizing standard protocols like XMPP, could link everything together. Data could transition seamlessly from the desktop, to the internally deployed appliances, and out to the Google-powered cloud. Wouldn’t that be interesting? [...]

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