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Google wave shows its potental through BPM

Since the release of Google Wave there has been a lot of talk about the interface and getting over this initial challenge to find the potential value.  As I have said before I think that the biggest value will be in shared document collaboration, but that as the tool matures and people innovate I am sure other uses will appear. 

Well that innovation is already happening. SAP have devloped a prototype Wave extension called Gravity that extends the document collaboration paradigm to collaborative Business Process Modelling (BPM). The video below shows it in action.



You could imagine working in a similar way as a cross domain/company virtual team to develop, improve and agree on work processes related to a Lean Six Sigma initiative or as part of the change management for the introduction of new technology for instance. 

Apart from providing an interesting view of BPM capability using the Wave paradigm of being able to have multiple users contibuting at the same time,  the video also does a good job of showing how people come and go during the course of a project. This highlights the importance and value of the playback feature for helping people get up to speed on ongoing work and discussions but also in helping document decisions. 

From a BPM perspective there is potential for Google Wave to be used to handle any activity that involves collaboration amongst people as part of a formal business process, for which it could maintains the complete record of discussion and decisions.

Already there are some interesting applications of Google Wave appearing. Do you know of any?


What is a digital cloud?

What is a digital cloud? That is an interesting question and one that many people seem to ask themselves judging by the number of people who find this site from a google search for that phrase. 

When I first started this blog 4 years ago I could see that there was an increasing convergence of computing hardware and software fueled by the growing use of the Internet as a platform as well as WiFi and other wireless technologies.  The effects where being seen in the interactions driven by smart phones, online gaming and online productivity and collaboration tools. This was all happening around digital content in the cloud. Hence the name for the blog.

These days the term "Cloud Computing" is probably the most common term applied to providing the ability "to do stuff" on the Internet or in the digital cloud.  The "cloud" term essentially comes from a lack of knowledge of exactly where or how stuff is actually happening, so it is referred to as happening in the cloud. I don't know exactly where my blog is hosted for instance and I certainly don't know where my gmail account sits.  But that doesn't matter as its the service that counts, the fact that it works as advertised.   The computing infrastructure required is someone else's problem and can be accessed when required just like electricity is today.

This video from Common Craft called Cloud Computing in Plain English explains it quite nicely.

What does a digital cloud mean to you?


Digital Cloud planned for London 

There were a number of reports yesterday on plans to build a giant "digital cloud" that would "float" above London's skyline.

The amazing proposal is to create a construction, building is not really the right word for it, that would include 120m- (400ft-) tall mesh towers and a series of interconnected plastic bubbles that can be used to display images and data.

The Cloud, as it is known, would also be used an observation deck and park.  The final size of proposed structure will be related to the amount of funding that is raised.  The project plans to raise the funds to build it by asking for micro-donations from millions of people, which is an interesting approach and given the interesting ideas and plans for how the structure will interact with visitors, technology, geography and the environment may be something that will generate enough interest to work.

Ideas include a zero enegy structure, using wind, solar and other sources of energy for its power needs. Provision and display of dynamic data and information related to various potential sources in the local area and further afield.  Intrigued? Check out the Cloud.

Altogether an interesting proposal and one I wish every success. Welcome to all those who have found their way to this blog from search for the digital cloud! 

Page last updated at 08:14 GMT, Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Digital cloud plan for city skies

By Jonathan Fildes
Technology reporter, BBC News
The Cloud
The inflatable elements of the building would sit on top of thin, lightweight towers

A giant "digital cloud" that would "float" above London's skyline


Private Digital Clouds 

EMC, Cisco and VMware have got together and created the privatecloud.com website which bills itself as the the industry destination for news, resources, and conversation on enterprise cloud computing.

So does this mean that private clouds equals enterrprise cloud computing?  Well I am not sure about that but they are certainly part of the current picture.  The website goes on to explain;

"The private cloud is rapidly becoming the preferred enterprise cloud model, as IT organizations learn how data center virtualization gives them the power to achieve new levels of efficiency, control, and choice. Visit privatecloud.com to understand and learn to how to use this dynamic model of enterprise computing to help organizations of all sizes draw unprecedented value from IT investments and information assets"

Setting up the website is an interestiing move by the three companies to gain some thought leadership.

What do you think? Are private clouds going to be leading the move to enterprise cloud computing?


Google Wave 

I have finally received an invitation to Google Wave.  So of course I now have to try it out.  The first problem of course is that as a collaboration tool you really do need to have other people to collaborate with to get any real value. I have invited a number of people I know both at work and privately and I am looking forward to trying to unlock the tools potential.

My first impression is that the interface is a little overwhelming, but sort of familiar as well given that I am a Gmail user already. From what I can see this seems to be a very common reaction.  One website that I have found extremely helpful in finding my feet is completewaveguide.com.

Accessing public waves is one other way to get started, and doing this shows that the majority of people, in public waves at least, are using wave as a sort of manic Facebook crossed with an instant messaging tool.  Still I think that is inevitable result of everyone's prior experience and usage will evolve over time. I think that one of the biggest areas of value will be in shared document collaboration, and as the tool matures and people inovate I am sure other areas will become clear.

Are you using Google Wave?