DemoFall Day One Yields Easier-To-Use Software
A range of enterprise products designed to be as easy to use as consumer applications hit the stage on Day One of the DemoFall conference Sept. 26. The move to make life easier for corporate users will allow organizations to change the way they operate in the future, said Chris Shipley, executive producer of the Demo conferences.During this years conference, 67 products made their debut, from enterprise wiki appliances to a solution that allows users to make international phone calls from mobile phones for free. Many of the enterprise products that hit the stage during the first session of the conference focused on collaboration using the Web. BuzzLogic launched its namesake product, a tool that helps companies track online "buzz"or what people are saying about them. The tool identifies and tracks online writers to determine who and what the writers are influenced by. This will allow companies to determine where they should focus their attention to create moreand more positivebuzz. MindTouch unveiled the DekiBox, an appliance designed to allow businesses to deploy a wiki within the organization. The DekiBox is a plug-and-play appliance accessible through Web browsers that enables users to exchange files, create wiki pages and share e-mails in one location. Koral debuted an enterprise CMS (content management system) that allows users to store, share and search for information stored in e-mails, on Web pages and inside folders. The CMSwhich is free to registered usersreplaces folder hierarchies with tagging. Collaboration-based applications and wikis werent the only enterprise products to make their way onto the stage on Day One of the conference. ThinkFree launched an AJAX (Asynchronous Java-Script and XML) edition of its online office suiteThinkFree AJAX Edition. The AJAX edition will let users quickly access, create and edit office documents that are completely compatible with Microsoft Office, said T.J. Kang, CEO of ThinkFree. While still in beta, the ThinkFree AJAX Edition lets users save formatting and roll back changes from previous versions of a document. Genius Interactive Edition, launched by Genius.com, makes it easier for salespeople to add chat functionality to the e-mails they send to prospective customers. This allows a chat window to be launched automatically when the prospective customer visits the salespersons Web site. Senior Writer Anne Chen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"This shift is both empowering to those responsible for driving business and liberating to an emerging new IT role," Shipley said. "In time, the IT organization will transform from end-to-end systems manager to infrastructure architect and provider, and the term T will itself be redefined to mean not information technology but, rather, infrastructure technology."