Novell Pulse Lookin' Cool with Google Wave

Rob-Koplowitz  by Rob Koplowitz

Novell collaboration has been in the process of an extreme makeover for a while now. It started with the acquisition and subsequest integration  of SiteScape. It continued with new releases of their email offering GroupWise. But, all along they were working on something that would really differentiate their offering in the market. On Wednesday morning they announced Novell Pulse at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. I've been watching Pulse move from concept to what is now an announced product with an H1 2010 announced ship date for the better part of two years now. It represents an interesting blend of synchronous and asynchronous collaboration and content generation capabilities. If that sounds a bit familiar, think Google Wave. In fact, at the time Wave was announced, I was holding my tongue when folks would ask me if I'd seen anything like it before. I had, the product that became Novell Pulse. I just couldn't say because of a pesky NDA!

Thus it was interesting that Novell became the first vendor in the collaboration space to announce a significant partnership and integration with Google around the upcoming Wave offering. The premise is actually pretty cool. A user in Novell Pulse can work in real-time on a document simultaneously with a user on Google Wave. From the Novell side, all security is managed and maintained by Novell.

In the meantime, Pulse does not stop at being a real-time content generation and collaboration offering. It actually pulls a number of collaboration capabilities together in a single unified user experience, including an email inbox, real-time collaboration including presence, conferencing, co-editing and chat, workspace and social capabilties. The integrated experience allows users to choose the right collaboration experience for the task at hand without the need to switch between applications.

Novell needed to move in a bold direction to catch attention in an increasingly competitive collaboration market. With Pulse they have definitely proven that they're willing to be bold.

Comments

re: Novell Pulse Lookin' Cool with Google Wave

Yes I agree good to see Novell doing this but come on ....R U serious with comment that "it was interesting that Novell became the first vendor in the collaboration space to announce a significant partnership and integration with Google around the upcoming Wave offering".1) Where was Eric Schmidt before Google ?2) this is another smart counter to MSFT and SharePointCheers!

re: Novell Pulse Lookin' Cool with Google Wave

It's great that so many vendors are trying to provide original collaboration solutions.Like Novel, we were creating a GWave like technology, but for MS Office, when Wave was announced - and it's actually been pretty helpful wrt educating users and spreading interest.

re: Novell Pulse Lookin' Cool with Google Wave

Hey Jasper, I checked out oneDrum. Cool stuff. Thanks for the pointer.Rob

re: Novell Pulse Lookin' Cool with Google Wave

Novell Pulse adds the 'social' element to the Google Wave Platform.Google Wave is pretty cool in that it provides real-time collaboration. However it is missing the "social" element, and I am afraid that most people will end up using it a email platform unless it is tied into a business process / workflow. SAP and Novell are doing some interesting stuff using the Wave Federation. We will have to wait and see how the other business applications evolve to make better use of the Wave platform.Novell designed the the next killer e2.0 app. Who would have thunk?

re: Novell Pulse Lookin' Cool with Google Wave

Another great product that integrated with Google Wave is Cogenuity. See http://www.dynamicalsoftware.com/cogenuity/ as the home page for Cogenuity and http://www.dynamicalsoftware.com/news/?p=51 for a story that covers this integration work.

re: Novell Pulse Lookin' Cool with Google Wave

Thanks Avery, I'll check it out.Rob