I only made it 25 minutes into the insanely long Google Wave demo video, which was long enough to see developer Lars Rasmussen do a jig but not quite long enough to see the Wave flex its muscles completely.
Beyond the ooh and ahh factor, how useful do you see this in an enterprise space? Your personal life? Do you really want people seeing you type in real time? One of our sister sites, SearchCIO.com is postulating that enterprises may be integrating the Google Wave into their own applications:
“People want a single place to collaborate on projects,” said Ted Schadler, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Mass., who wrote a blog post (“Google Wave: Surfing The Future Of Collaboration“) with his take on where Google Wave is heading.
“Right now across corporations, they have spreadsheets, projects hosted on SharePoint, users have to jump from one application to another and partners or customers are given access to a VPN to collaborate,” he said. “That’s why one place to communicate, tying together Google Wave and Google Docs, makes sense.”
I spoke to one Masssachusetts-based analyst tonight who is among the envied few with an advance Google Wave account, so of course asked her what she thought. So, for everyone who feels bad they didn’t get the invite… apparently, Google Wave is not very fun if no one else you know is using it.]]>
What the paper calls Siemens is probably more accurately described as a joint venture between private equity firm Gores Group and Siemens AG, who together own Siemens Enterprise Communications. Gores Group owns the controlling interest. Those two firms were reportedly working together to bid on the Nortel enterprise division.
If Gores and Siemens won, the plan was to create a new company that combined Siemens’ market presence in Europe with Nortel’s presence in North America into a company that remained headquartered in Canada and offered a strong alternative to Avaya and Cisco, so says The Globe and Mail. In backroom negotiations with Nortel and the Canadian government that kicked off a year ago, before Nortel’s bankruptcy, Siemens had said that it would relocate its own headquarters from Munich to Toronto as part of the merger. Once the bankruptcy auction got underway, Siemens remained at the table.
But ultimately Siemens fell $15 million short of Avaya’s $900 million bid this week. Also, while Avaya’s offer was all cash, Siemens’ offer included $700 million in cash cash with an IOU for the rest. Apparently Siemens was trying to work out a loan from the Canadian government to help pay for the Nortel merger. The government backed away from those loan talks when Canada’s other major tech firm, Blackberry-maker Research In Motion, started grumbling about the prospect of Nortel selling off all of its various divisions to foreign companies, The Globe and Mail reported.
This has to be disappointing news to Canadian technophiles who have always had justifiable pride in Nortel’s status as the nation’s top tech firm. Now, the Globe and Mail reports, Avaya will ship all top executive jobs of Nortel’s enterprise division south of the border, probably to… gasp… New Jersey. And the paper says Avaya will probably cut 25% of Nortel’s workforce, including layoffs of 400 of 1,000 employees at plants in Ontario.]]>
The New Jersey-based telecom, which had placed the first stalking horse bid of $475 million (US) this summer, has agreed to pay a cool $900 million for the assets, plus an additional $15 million reserved for an “employee retention program,” Nortel officials announced early Monday morning.
The company beat out Siemens Enterprise Communications in the nail-biter auction, which was delayed this weekend after Verizon filed court papers alleging Ayava’s acquisition of Nortel’s Government Solutions business in the deal would jeopardize national security, Reuters reported.
Officials from both companies had little to say about that hiccup this morning.
“[The auction] provides the capability to chart our future with laser-focus, enabling customers to compete in new ways with greater scale and resources. We look forward to working closely with our customers, partners and stakeholders during this pre-close phase to ensure that we continue to innovate to meet customers’ needs with high-performance, efficient and secure communications solutions,” said Joel Hackney, president of Nortel’s Enterprise Solutions, in a statement.
“As we work through integration planning, it is business as usual, and we will continue to focus on supporting our installed base,” he added. “Through deal close and beyond, we will deliver on our stated customer commitments and maintain high levels of service and support. We will ensure our customers can fully leverage their existing Nortel investment as they benefit from the complementary capabilities of the Nortel and the Avaya portfolio of products and services.”
And on and on and on.
Avaya was a bit more, well, succinct.
“Our successful bid brings us closer to adding Nortel and its complementary channel, portfolio, research and development, and global presence to Avaya,” said Kevin Kennedy, president and CEO, Avaya. “We believe the acquisition brings inherent value to both organizations’ customers, employees and partners, and we look forward to its successful conclusion.”
The fun doesn’t end yet though! Stayed tuned… the sale is pending approval from Canadian and U.S. courts in a joint hearing tomorrow.]]>