Novell Pulse to Soldier On Despite Fallen Google Wave

Aug 8th, 2010 | By technologynews | Category: Technology

Google Wave may have crashed on the beach of consumer indifference,
but that doesn’t mean the rest of the real-time collaboration platforms will be
lost at sea.

Novell Systems, battling Google, Microsoft and IBM over enterprise
software contracts, said it will continue working to bring its Novell Pulse
real-time collaboration platform to the market despite the demise of

Google said Aug. 4 it would stop building Wave, which rolls instant messaging, e-mail, live editing and
social networking tools in one platform, as a standalone product. Wave
technology lives on in open source and will be scattered to other Google Apps
over time.

Novell Pulse is the company’s answer to Wave, providing social connections, rich profiles, real-time co-authoring, chat and
file exchange.

Novell’s selling point for business customers is that
having all of these tools on one palette lets users connect without switching
between multiple applications.

The platform has
been in beta with the company’s 7,000 employees, partners and customers since

Novell spokesman Ian Bruce said in a blog post that while
Wave was aimed at the broader consumer segment Pulse delivers the right
collaboration tools for businesses with the security controls enterprises require.

“Novell is highly committed to the future of
enterprise collaboration, and Novell Pulse is on track,” for general release
later this year Bruce wrote Aug. 4.

“Further, we remain
committed to pursuing the benefits of real-time collaboration to enable new
applications, users and organizations to work together.”

Pulse leverages the Wave Gadget API and Google’s Wave
Federation Protocol, allowing Pulse users to communicate in real time with
users on any other Wave provider.

Because those technologies have been released to open source, Novell shouldn’t experience a complication there.

In the meantime, Novell would do well to consider the
reasons Wave didn’t make it, which eWEEK outlined here. There were more
problems than Wave’s consumer focus.

Novell would also do well to pay attention to rivals such
as SAP, whose
StreamWork provides a similar real-time collaboration experience, as well as
the cloud computing suites of Google, Microsoft and IBM.


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