It's a widely known fact that the Enterprise has been jacking popular consumer technologies for its two-dot-oh pool, but the level of successful deployment thus far has failed to impress. This week we examined the possible roadblocks. 

Consumer vs. Enterprise Tech: Bridging the Innovation Gap

These days innovation is like originality: it’s hard, if not impossible. And as we saw in the great failure that was Google Wave, copying Web 2.0's notes verbatim doesn't cut it in the work place. 

"This is not a measurability problem," wrote co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of MindTouch, Aaron Fulkerson. "It stems primarily from the rampant misapplication of consumer technologies in the form of point applications."

It's high time we start talking about what we can do to make Web 2.0 Enterprise 2.0 ready. Starting here

Amazon to Offer One Full Year of Free Cloud Services

Get ready! Starting November 1st, new Amazon Web Services customers are being offered a free year of usage on the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

Dubbed Amazon Micro Instance, the offering includes:

  • 750 hours of Amazon EC2 Linux Micro Instance usage (613 MB of memory and 32-bit and 64-bit platform support) – enough hours to run continuously each month
  • 750 hours of an Elastic Load Balancer plus 15 GB data processing
  • 10 GB of Amazon Elastic Block Storage, plus 1 million I/Os, 1 GB of snapshot storage, 10,000 snapshot Get Requests and 1,000 snapshot Put Requests
  • 5 GB of Amazon S3 storage, 20,000 Get Requests, and 2,000 Put Requests
  • 30 GB per of internet data transfer (15 GB of data transfer “in” and 15 GB of data transfer “out” across all services except Amazon CloudFront)

While it offers significantly less storage than Amazon's entry-level paid service, it's a good starting point for developers looking to do some experimental work at no cost. Check it out

IBM's Cognos 10: Combining Collaboration, Analytics for Better Business Intelligence 

If you've been wondering what Big Blue planned on doing with all the recent acquisitions, we've got answers for you. IBM has combined the technology of Cognos, a company they acquired in 2007, with Lotus Connections for Cognos 10. The solution targets mobile users with a mixture of social networking, collaboration and analytics. 

Evernote 4 for Windows is Web Clipping at its Fastest

As a total ground-up build, the new Evernote 4 for Windows is reportedly five times faster, and uses half the memory of Evernote 3.5.

Other perks include:

  • Improved clipping: When clipping from IE, Outlook and Firefox, users will now see a New Clip popup that allows the addition of tags and assignment of notebooks without leaving the current application.
  • Better editing: This includes improved support for tables and bulleted and numbered lists; Better copy and paste support from IE and Office; A nicer looking toolbar
  • Smarter titles: Evernote will now guess at titles based on the type of information contained within a note. Like Google Docs, it may use the first line of a note or the title of a web clip (and can also be edited, of course).

If you're a fan of web-clipping, check it out

Coming Soon: A Faster and Twitter-Friendly Yahoo!

Speaking of speedy operations, the new Yahoo! Mail public beta is twice as fast as its predecessor, and includes Twitter status updates, separate tabs for instant messaging, and enhanced photo and video slideshow capabilities:


"Online communication tools are an important part of people's lives—whether they're connecting with their friends and family, sharing pictures and videos, or keeping up on news across social networks," said Blake Irving, chief product officer, Yahoo!. "For the millions of people who access email from a PC and a phone or tablet, there's no better cross-device experience."

That's right, Yahoo! is also chipping away at the mobile experience with the beta, which is said to provide a similar experience across iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Interested? We don't blame you.