Blog Move and Redesign

For the last year or so I have been hosting this blog on WordPress.  WordPress is a phenomenal blogging platform, and it has just about all the features that you could want.  However, it still requires care and feeding - especially since I was hosting it myself in a hosting account.

Another aggravation was that my hosting provider's services have become very slow.  It seems that over the past few years the performance of PHP based applications on their servers has really started to sink.  I'm not going to name any names, but I'm fed up and done.

I finally made the decision to move the blog to something a little simpler.  I moved to Blogger because it gives me enough power with dead simple configuration.  In addition, the good people at Blogger keep the system up to date and it runs fast.  It also doesn't hurt that I've run Clearing My Head for several years after leaving Radio Userland.

So, here we are.  I hope everything was seamless for you.  Please feel free to let me know what you think about the new look and feel.  And yes, I'm still trying to keep abreast of the Enterprise 2.0 movement.  But, I'll admit it's been difficult, and I've been an infrequent poster.  Maybe the move will help... maybe...  :-)

Microsoft No Longer Developing FAST on Linux / Unix

The CIO of FAST announced on February 4 that Microsoft will not move forward with Linux and Unix as a server platform for FAST ESP.  Although this shouldn’t come as a surprise, it is noteworthy that Microsoft feels as though they’ve been able to improve the performance on the Windows platform enough to stop releasing on Unix.  Microsoft will continue to support FAST on Linux per their standard support policy – up to 10 years.

This is potentially big announcement for some customers.  FAST used to advise customers to install on Linux or a Unix platform to get the most performance and scalability.  So there are many very large FAST installations being served on Unix.  Now, as those customers determine how to move forward with the product, they’ve got to consider re-platforming their environment as well.

I imagine given our experience with the FAST product, enterprise search, and the Microsoft platform, we’ll be helping customers make decisions and potentially moving onto new server platforms in the near future.

Review of Enterprise 2.0

Stan Garfield does an excellent job of reviewing Andrew McAfee's Enterprise 2.0 book. He also points to McAfee's KM World 2009 keynote. Really great article by one of KM's thought leaders and gurus.

Enterprise Collaboration User Experience

Very cool diagrams of user experience with enterprise collaboration in an enterprise 2.0 world

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Ravit Lichtenberg10 Social Media Predictions for 2010

Ravit Lichtenberg has published her predictions about ways Social Media will change in 2010 over at Read Write Web.  In addition to her predictions, she's quoted some interesting statistics that support her statements.  For example - 18% of companies say they saw meaningful return on investment from their social media activities.  The rest either saw little to no return or an inability to measure that return.

Great article to get you thinking about what impact these changes will have on you and your company in 2010.  Be sure to read the comments as well - some great points being made by readers.

Creating Providers for the Outlook Social Connector

Another interesting feature of the Outlook Social Connector (OSC) is that it gives developers the ability to add new social network providers.  "Developing a provider for the Outlook Social Connector" over at the Microsoft Office Outlook Team Blog has the details.  Apparently the provider can be written in anything that creates a COM-visible DLL.  The only contract is that it must return XML to the OSC that conforms to its XML schema.

I haven't even seen this tool yet, and they're already getting me excited about it.  This seems like it's going to be great for people who already have Outlook as a pivotal component in their work environment.

Outlook Social Connector

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