In the last few years, collaboration at Novell has changed dramatically. It used to be that it meant just one thing: GroupWise! Now it is obvious that it is much much more than just GroupWise or just email/calendaring. Events in the last few weeks have caused me to reflect on that change and the positive energy that is flowing through the engineering halls recently.
The energy comes from several different perspectives and is contagious for different reasons. First of all, in a meeting with the entire Collaboration Business Unit, our CEO announced that we would be expanding the GroupWise engineering team in Provo - effective immediately. New engineering/management/human factors and QA positions were added to the http://www.novell.com/company/careers/ site on Friday.
This is a big boost to the team and our ability to execute on our customer's objectives. The team continues to be a model of delivery. Just this year, the team has delivered several public releases including
- GroupWise 7.0.4
- GroupWise 8.0.1 HP1
- GroupWise 8.0.2
- Novell Teaming 2.1
- Durango authorized betas
Novell Data Synchronizer
- Novell Data Synchronizer - 3 Connectors (Sugar, SharePoint, SalesForce.com)
- Mobility Pack Tech preview, alpha and public beta.
- Novell Conferencing 2.0
- next update due at the end of August
- update 1 and update 2 - over 7000 users already!
- update 3 is due in August
In addition, we have shared our progress about Ascot - the next major release of GroupWise. Ascot internal demo 3 is scheduled for September. The designs, implementations and progress is signifcant and encouraging. QA is already running 64-bit Ascot agents in our lab. Ascot has shifted gears and is gaining momentum daily. We are definitely keeping Tom Sanders - our project manager - very busy!
Mobility is obviously still our highest priority. We continue to work non-stop on the quality and availability of this technology. Public beta was a major step forward and indication of the project status. We plan to refresh that public beta this week and we continue to feel confidence in our September release date. We have several customers working with us by rolling out this technology into their production environments with GroupWise 8.0.2. They also have been giving us positive feedback and constructive evaluations.
Pulse is a great new addition to our Collaboration family. I spend a great deal of time using the technology and exploring ways that this real-time environment can help me do my work. I currently have over 350 people following me on Pulse - I am following over 1200. I have had several technical swarming sessions around topics I need input and feedback on. I actively use several social technologies in my professional and personal life including this blog, GroupWise, Teaming, Messenger, Conferencing, FaceBook, Twitter, Linked-In and now Pulse.
I continue to find new ways to use each of these mediums to accomplish my objectives. I am interested how many of you are using these technologies as well...come join me and let's innovate together the collaboration space!
Novell Teaming will release the next major version of this product line later this year. Durango is currently in authorized beta. Our User Interaction specialists have been working overtime getting this release just right! Check it out!
Novell Conferencing is also progressing well. The next release of this product is scheduled for the end of August. It has a number of great new features and we will be expanding the hosting centers. The European center will be online soon. We will keep you updated as we progress to release.
The Product Management team has also been very busy on several fronts. Last week, the entire team was meeting in Provo for their regular Summit. I do not know all of the details yet, but I do know that the objective of these meetings is to come together around the current status of things and chart a path forward. This is a challenging and rewarding activity. I do know that they are a very opinionated group and getting consensus can be illusive. However, they are also professionals and expect to meet customer, market and company objectives in the most effective ways. I applaud their efforts and look forward to helping them find success.
Ok - I admit that upon re-reading all of these paragraphs and thoughts - I am not sure that I was just rambling...but its a blog...that's ok isn't it?
Sounds good for a Monday at least....
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