June 3rd, 2010 — Community, Enterprise, Reviews
At Google IO, I talked with several of the companies presenting there. It was quite interesting to see what the different companies put into their Wave efforts. But, is there a business model around building wave applications. If there is on way to make money in the future on the app, it might not be interesting to start developing applications for wave.
There were the big players – SAP, Novell, Salesforce and Oracle. SAP and Novell both presented their “Wave” servers. Obviously, there is a model for providing servers/services to organizations with a higher level of group control or/and enterprise scalability. The services interact with Google and other Wave servers, but are being run on independent servers.
SAP is already providing Streamserve to their customers as an on demand solution that they can easily implement already. Novell Pulse is still not available and is waiting for more development, thought it looked like their service was pretty cool. I was standing beside Novell and saw what their application is capable of doing. ProcessOne was doing the same by creating a Wave server.
Salesforce and Oracle showed off how Wave could assist their customers interact differently with their platform. For them, Wave is just another platform they support to get more customers to user their services. I’m not sure if they charge extra for their services or it is just a free add on. If they can get some more customers based on the Wave platform then, it is a success. But they must be making the money on their other subscription service.
For Prezi’s presentation, they used Wave to just get another platform to show their presentations. With the help of the wave interaction Prezi will be able to get more exposure and other channels to deliver their cool presentations. This model is probably one that most of the companies at the stand used – to get more people to use their service, by offering Wave as a spate client for their services.
My goal is to build applications that we can charge for, or some premium model. We will be targeting the Apps Marketplace where we have an easy way to offer applications to organizations, and we have a pretty easy log in concept to make everything work. I’m really happy with the release of Wave for Google Apps and the Apps marketplace. It means that there will be a place where we can sell our services. In the first term it will be Caseish.com, but there will be other.
Then there was the student project processWave.org, a Gravity clone, which seemed to have taken a lot of improvements and was working pretty slick. But they did not seem like they were going to take any future actions in commercialize their projects.
We are also wandering to create a few games. Just to try out how it is possible to create games in Wave. We should provide some free games, and then the ideal would be programs with some more features. But without an appstore it will be more difficult to use and distribute the games. We have wandered to use Adsense on our games, but have no idea on it will be worth the while. So I guess we will have to wait for a free version or make a paid app using a robot to add the access control.
What is your view on how to monetize the way Google Wave applications are built?
May 26th, 2010 — Community, News, Reviews
Google I/O 2010 has remarkably served as a good platform for new application developers working on collaboration tools and software. And, I am very pleased with how everything turned out both for MasteringWave and especially Caseish.
After Caseish was launched, it has received good reviews and news coverage which is really a great sign for me that people are becoming aware and interested with it.
Caseish has been featured in “Dansker promoverer Wave-baseret system,” an article post in ComputerWorld.dk
Another post in ReadWriteWeb also featured Caseish as one of the latest 5 Services that Leverage Google Wave.
I hope to see more write ups and reviews about this product in the future.
May 25th, 2010 — Development, Enterprise
I have been a fan of using Google Wave for communication. I have started to use wave in the sandbox, but at that time, it was not ready for enterprise use. Nothing has changed until the announcements at Google IO.
- Google can be run on your domain in the Google Apps environment. I wrote on my experiences with this earlier in “Announcing New Google Wave Application Developed by Masteringwave.” I think that this is a killer feature of the Google Apps which allows more users to switch to Gmail, because they get the functionality they want.
- With the help of wave for Google Apps it is possible to sell extensions to users of Google Wave for Apps. With the Google Apps Marketplace, it is possible to sell applications that can be used on the domain. I see this as a really nice way to start the promotion and selling of products, because it leverages the authentication of users that already exists in the enterprise. I’m expecting that this so fair is the best way to start selling products for Wave, and the way Caseish will be sold.
- The groups’ functionality is going to be extended more, making it possible to tailor the groups’ experiences even better. This is something that from the Wave Fireside chat at Google IO was something that was going to be released at some point.
- There are at least three servers that can federate with GoogleWave Sandbox at the moment (SAP, Novell, and ProcessOne). I only think that SAPs Streamworks is the only one already available.
- The stability and users experience have grown. Now it is much easier to get started using Google Wave. You don’t need to be a geek anymore to start using Wave for your projects.
May 20th, 2010 — Development, Enterprise, News
Given the chance to be a participant in the event, I can say that Google I/O is really amazing wherein all developers are surprised with the new innovations when it comes to collaboration.
And, all of us are very surprised with the new API releases which were announced, namely:
“Wave This” Service
Run robots on any server
Fetch waves with Wave data APIs
Use a robot to manipulate and retrieve attachments
Other companies also presented their current innovations like:
Seeing all these announcements prove what Google I/O truly stands for…
According to Vic Gundotra, Engineering Vice-President of Google, I/O embodies the spirit of the Web, a spirit of collaboration, a spirit of inclusiveness rather than exclusiveness, and, a spirit of innovation and of openness.
I/O also stands for two most important elements of Web Culture: Innovation in the Open.
Keep posted for more updates!
May 20th, 2010 — Development, News
I’m really pleased with the announcement of open access to Wave for all at the opening keynote at Google IO.
The IO team at the fireside.
The part that we are most interested in is that wave is availed on my domain, like all the other Google apps. We covered this earlier on Testing Google Wave for Apps. So that means that everyone can start to use wave for organizing their organization. I really believe that there is a large potential for using Wave in organizations instead of using mail to all communication. I have in countless examples seen email been used where wave would have made decisions would have been made much easier.
With our product caseish, that helps you and your group can get at much better insight on what is going on with your status. We see that there is a fantastic opportunity for selling our application on the Google Apps Market place, because we support organization or groups collaborate better. With the apps market place we are able to monetize our application fairly easy since we just need to connect to the apps market place and then we can start with getting customers aboard. We though still need a little way to go before we are ready to launch to the apps market place.
I had also hoped that there would be an announcement on a Wave marketplace, so it also was possible to sell apps to individuals like games or other features. I talked with the Wave team and found that the issue they had with it was the complexity of how such a market place should work. There are defiantly a lot of legal issues that needs to be addressed before it is possible to sell application for Wave on that account.
There was also all the API changes that I’m going to look into in the coming weeks.