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.