The memory improvements are a key feature driving Reuters Group plcs adoption of Groove. The company licensed Version 2.5 of Groove Workspace, but wasnt able to widely deploy the software, said Mandeep Singh. "We werent able to roll out 2.5 well because of memory issues. It was kind of bloated," said Singh, principal of Reuters Strategy Integration Group, in New York. "Well be able to make a major push now with 3.0."Groove Networks, whose technology has a hybrid model of peer-to-peer clients tied to a server backbone, is also releasing a new Enterprise Management Server designed to improve security and identity management of the technology within an enterprise. The Enterprise Management Server includes native support for an organizations public key infrastructure for identity authentication, plus centralized usage and data auditing and improved directory integration, company officials said. Groove 3.0 also added new .Net Web services APIs to its Enterprise Integration Server, which also supports Windows Server 2003. Reuters Singh said he expects Groove 3.0 to help his employees, most in document-heavy departments like marketing and legal, to better organize and share information. "Microsofts doing some nice things with [its] SharePoint [collaboration software], but we prefer Groove," he said. "It has a rich client, its easier to use and doesnt require you to constantly refresh the browser." Pricing for the Groove server starts at $9,995 for Integration Server; $14,995 for Relay Server; and $19,995 for Management Server. Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging & Collaboration Center at http://messaging.eweek.com for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.
Singh also praised Groove 3.0s improved interface, including being able to maintain the LaunchPad in the corner of the desktop screen at all times and the "more granular" setup offered by the new alerting capabilities. He said power users at Reuters were experimenting with creative ways to take advantage of the new forms capabilities, which should only increase use of the technology at Reuters. The company has licensed about 1,000 seats of Groove software.