Comms Software Summit Summary: Day I
By joesciallo on Apr 08, 2008
As I mentioned on Friday, this week the Comms practice finds itself gathering at our Santa Clara office for our annual summit to exchange (hmm, shouldn't use a competitor's verb there, how about communicate) info, figure out what we are working on and when we are going to deliver it, and the like.
Day I kicked off with an all-too short but rousing intro from our VP, Jim Parkinson. The takeaway from Jim is that Comms is undergoing a transformative period of change. We're investing in Comms and it's paying off. I can't give away too many details (yet), but I'm more excited than I ever been about what's in store for the Comms product line.
Next we heard from Product Marketing. Again, interesting stuff in the works. We're looking at getting more involved in mobility, collaboration (mashups), and using the Communication Center (Kendo) client as a web services application platform. I'm seeing some really cool and interesting ideas percolating there. In general, you'll need to stop thinking of Kendo as just a Web 2.0 client (even though if that were all to think of, it rocks). Instead, start to envision ways to integrate web services through the Kendo platform.
We next had a demo of the latest build of the Kendo client to see the current functionality. Okay, it wasn't the smoothest demo (had some technical issues), but once they were solved (and believe me, our Comms guys were right on it), we got to witness how the Calendar portion works. It is way cool. I actualy want to use an electronic calendar now instead of handwriting items on my wall calendar. Lots of drag and drop options, dragging through a date swatch on the calendar itself to insert an appointment, viewing different calendars together, mouse-over action, and so on: it's really behaves like a thick client. A buddy next to me, who uses Yahoo mail/calendar, was saying over and over again how it blows away what he's using now.
Lots more to report, but Day II is starting up. Stay tuned.