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Novell Rivals Google with Real-time Enterprise Collaboration


Betting that Google Wave would've fared better had it been released for business folk rather than consumers, an enterprise software company called Novell recently announced their own real-time collaboration mashup platform. Because it uses the Wave Federation Protocol, Novell Pulse is essentially Google Wave with a greater emphasis on security and management.

In a Nutshell…

Novell's angle is serious. "We include features that the business consumers want, but also the security and controls the enterprise demands," said Ken Muir, CTO for Novell WorkGroup.

Those features include:

  • Security: Provisioning, sign-on and permissions leverage enterprise identity and access management systems, directory servers and audit tools to integrate with established processes, keep data safe and support compliance requirements.
  • Real-time collaboration: Collaborative editing and document sharing enables users to get work done with other users in real-time, from co-editable online documents to the ability to share and comment on traditional office documents in real time.
  • Unified Inbox: A single interface allows users to see, sort and filter all their personal and professional content from various social messaging services, email, Wave, etc. all in one place.
  • Enterprise social messaging: Social Blog allows users to share, follow and comment on topics and ideas.
  • Real-time awareness and chat: Allows users to know exactly when their colleagues are available via people, group and message activity monitoring

“Novell Pulse is the first enterprise class, real-time collaboration platform that unites communication, authoring and social messaging tools. Novell Pulse helps drive enterprise productivity and innovation by making it easier to communicate digitally, generate ideas and share information,” said the Novell team in a recent statement.

Don't Call it Wave

Who knows what upcoming versions of Wave will include (Google is scheduled to release a business-y version the the collaboration platform later this year), but for now, it looks like Novell is attempting to fill in the Google gaps. In addition to being able to collaborate with Wave users and offering what Wave is known for, Pulse provides social-networking features like profiles as well as the option install the tool locally. Local installations do not rely on Google for any of these features

Moreover, the security features are a big deal, and certainly a must for any enterprise customer.

2010 CODiE Award Finalists Include Bridgeline, CrownPeak for Best CMS

Awards season rolls on and some familiar names are lined up in the many categories for the CODiEs (site), now in their 25th year.


The Golden Envelope

With three sections covering software, education and content, the CODiEs have to be one of the best-established and most comprehensive technology awards. This year there are nearly 70 categories covering everything from Best Database Management Solution to Best Online Government Information Service. 

Last year,, Adobe and Novell were the recipients of multiple awards. This year, the cloud makes its appearance in a couple of new categories and there are many familiar — and some newer — names aiming for the biggest awards.

The content category winners have already been announced here, with Alacra Pulse winning Best Online Business Information Service and Reuters Insider picking up the Best Video Content Aggregation Service.

And The Nominees Are…

The much sought after Content Management Solution award is between iAPPS Content Manager from BridgeLine, CisionPoint and The award for Collaboration Solution will go to either AngelSoft, U.K. firm Mimecast for Unified Email Solution or Wimba.

The Open Source Solution award is where Drupal is in with a shout, the Social Networking Solution award sees up for another gong and the Mobile Experience Solution award is between WebEx, NetSuite CRM+ and

Among other categories of interest to our readers are:

  • Application Integration Solution which sees Boomi Atmosphere taking on Cast Iron Integration Solution and Persuasive Software Integration Business Unit.
  • Asset Management Solution which sees BDNA Insight 6.0 up against Express Software Manager and K2 KeyAuditor and KeyServer.
  • BI/KM Solution sees PivotLink, Luxid and NetCharts in with a shout.
  • Cloud Infrstructure Platform is up between JasperSoft, and Zetta Enterprise Cloud Storage.

To get to the nominee stage, companies and products have already been through several phases of judging, with more to come before the winners are decided — those announcements are to be made on May 25.

You can read the full list of categories and nominees here. Winners get to use the CODiEs logo on their products.