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The future of enterprise collaboration


August 4, 2010 8:40 pm





Today, Google announced that is ending development of Google Wave, the company’s real-time co-editing tool.

A logical question we’ve already been asked is “does Novell plan to continue development of its real-time, enterprise communication and collaboration solution, Novell Pulse?”

The answer is an emphatic Yes. At Novell, we hear from enterprise users that they need the combination of social connections, rich profiles, real-time co-authoring and their ever-present files in order to make it easier to work together and actually produce better results. Novell Pulse delivers this combination that business consumers want, plus the security controls enterprises demand. Novell is highly committed to the future of enterprise collaboration, and Novell Pulse is on track. Further, we remain committed to pursuing the benefits of real-time collaboration to enable new applications, users and organizations to work together.

Another logical question is “why would Novell Pulse be successful, given that Google Wave couldn’t attract a following?”

Wave was primarily a single-purpose technology aimed at a broad consumer segment. Novell Pulse is designed ground-up for an entirely different community of users who need a broader collaborative platform than what Wave provided. As Gartner commented in its analysis, Pulse is an “enterprise ready” solution, designed to appeal to organization and business professionals that recognize the productivity gains real-time collaboration offers, but who also need other collaborative applications and the security and identity services that distinguish Novell Pulse.

We think Novell Pulse fills a unique need in the enterprise collaboration market, but don’t take our word for this, Here’s Forrester’s Rob Koplowitz:

Pulse does not stop at being a real-time content generation and collaboration offering. It actually pulls a number of collaboration capabilities together in a single unified user experience, including a [unified] inbox, real-time collaboration including presence…co-editing and chat, workspace and social capabilties. The integrated experience allows users to choose the right collaboration experience for the task at hand without the need to switch between applications.

Novell needed to move in a bold direction to catch attention in an increasingly competitive collaboration market. With Pulse they have definitely proven that they’re willing to be bold.

Novell Pulse will be available later this year. Stay tuned.

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  1. By:Kim Groneman

    After testing/using Google Wave I recognized early on that it wouldn’t appeal to the masses unless it integrated seamlessly with existing email clients. ‘Recreational’ users won’t adopt it if it doesn’t act as a normal email client to begin with. However, for the enterprise, Pulse can be a powerful collaboration tool that is light years ahead of old style discussion/document management. Like the Edsel automobile that was innovative, different, and ahead of it’s time in features and wasn’t widely accepted by the masses at the time, I think Google Wave or something like it will re-emerge in the future for the general public when the technology has proven it’s worth in smaller settings. In the meantime Pulse will prove to be a valuable collaboration tool taking advantage of this new technology and methodology that serious users will embrace.

  2. Let’s see…way back last November Novell announced that Pulse (aka Cockpit) was going to be federated with Google Wave. So now that Google has “pulled the plug” on Wave, just what was this “federation” supposed to do for Pulse?

  3. Hi Tim. In short, it’s more a question of what federation is supposed to do for our customers and customers of other collaboration platforms. Novell values openness and helping people retain choice, and our work with Google on federation bears that out. With Novell Pulse, we remain committed to pursuing ways for users, organizations and applications to work together and across platforms.


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