Novell Pulse

At the Enterpise 2.0 conference yesterday Novell announced (wave from presentation) that they would launch Novell Pulse. eWeek has covered the release in Novell Pulse Launches with Google Wave Support for Real-Time Collaboration, with some interesting insights.

Novell engineers was excited about the Federation protocol and had been working on the product for a while. According to the eWeek article they worked on an internal project (Codename cockpit), but found that Google Wave was on the same path as they wanted to go. Google and Novell has been working together on making the protocol work, so Pulse will work with Wave. (Question will there be a Wave client certification?). At first glance Pulse just look like an ordinary group wave solution, but is has the Wavelets/blips and real time editing. It was a really smart move for Novell to use the hybe from Wave instead of creating their own protocol. It will defiantly get more attention that way.


Screen shot from the video. They have not rebranded the product on the video.

Pulse will be avaible in first half of next year as a SaaS solution and then in the second half it should be available to a on premise solution. It will be intersting for companies to have alternatives to using Googles Wave.

Novell has been making groupware for ages, so they know how users interact and groups. When you start pulse for the first time it has all the persons or groups you need to talk with. This is done by using the identify and user administrative systems Novell has. It will be more interesting to have a list of all the people, you are going to start conversations with from the first day you use the tool.

You are able to subscribe to a list of persons groups and get their status. This is much like twitter or the Esme project. If people write their problems then it will be easier for other to interact with them and help solve the problems. Wave has the option of saving searches, but it is not feasble to search for 10 people easy. Google Wave group functionality is currenly not very good, hopefully Google will be inspired by the content of wave.

To see a demo of pulse see this video, that gives a really nice view of how Pulse works.

The video does not show anything on how Robots or Gadget will work. It will be interesting to see if they will work. It can be one of the features which currently have not been developed, but they will also need to at least support the gadgets. If not it will be strange to collaborate from Wave to Pulse, if the gadgets cannot be seen from Pulse. Robots can have a seperate API since they can be developed inside the Enterprise.

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Attending conferences via Wave

I wrote about how Wave could be used for documenting conferences in this post. Unfortunately I was only able to write a little, because of a shaky Internet. And beeing offline does make it a bit more deficult to write in wave at the same time. I did write some notes from some keynotes and lectures, but there needs to be more people working on the wave at the same time, otherwise you could just as well use Evernote for the notes.


Since SAP Teched there has been two conferences for Enterprises/Wave with relevant content. The first was eComm in Amsterdam where the starting wave is this.
This starting wave is a index, contain basic information about the venue and a list of all the different session with waves. In the Waves it looks like one or two authers has written the main blip, while others have commented bellow. A wave form the event from the session “Why Should You Care About Google Wave?”, is dealing with Wave and is the most interesting.

The intro Blip is have not been touch, but a lot of people have commented on the wave. With this form of communication you get a lasting conversation, and are able to have a conversation about all the different areas covered. Presenters can also help sorting out some of the questions.

The other conference is the E2conf, which is currently taking place in San Fransisco. The main wave is this wave. The layout is almost the same. On some waves they have more tags concerning how has created the wave. The use of tags will in future make it easier to do research.

An example of a Wave from E2conf is the debate about Integrating Google Wave into the Enterprise. This has a main blip written by three authors. After the talk a Ben Kepes wrote about highlights from the talk at a blog with the same name. Using this form of communication will make it much easier for bloggers/reporters to capture everything and create their versions of the content.

I like being able to read what has been said in a presentation. That way I don’t have to see the presentation, if nothing new has happened. It will make it much easier to find the content worth looking into. Get the links showed on it.

The TEDxCopenhagen is currently running. They are writing in this wave in Danish. They are just using one wave, but the depth of the conference is probably not as big as for a 1 hour session. So each session has its own blip, where the comments are written in. It make it really easy to see what is live and who said what. But you cann’t have discussions about any items in this context.

It is interesting to see someone typing, a summery of what is going on live. With each of those waves you have someone to talk to, how is also interested in the topic and you can learn more from the sessions.You can also find pictures someone has taken, so you can illustrate your posts.

I hope there will be more waving from conferences, because it adds more content than you get from the tweets.

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