Teqlo RSS Widgets

We released a new “widget pack” tonight for RSS. Look at this as a starting point, we didn’t build this just to be another RSS client… and quite honestly this isn’t going to replace Google Reader or NetNewsWire. We’re all about making widgets integrate together, so this is starting point to enabling RSS to integrate with other components and we’ll have more on that in the weeks ahead.

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Mike Gotta Responds

Mike Gotta posted a response to my enterprise IT post a couple of days ago. All things considered, Gotta’s post is reasoned and well argued, I appreciate him taking the time to post a detailed piece and that actually serves one goal I had with the post, to spark debate.

Prior to being an industry analyst, I was in enterprise IT for 15 years holding a variety of positions. I’ve hung tapes on mainframes, punched JCL decks, developed transactional systems, worked on IVR systems, played the role of lead architect for client-server systems, been a project leader, application architect, emerging technologist and product manager for content and collaboration-related technologies.

In reading the intro I couldn’t help but think that with so much of Gotta’s resume tied up in enterprise IT, it does not surprise me that he comes to the defense of IT. While I appreciate his post I find nothing in it to suggest anything other than a defense of the status quo. This really doesn’t surprise me, it would be like me walking into a crowd of Oracle DBAs and telling them that we’re gonna switch to MySQL because it’s a less costly solution and it will accommodate our needs… none of them are going to be happy about it and each one will offer an impassioned response on why Oracle is a superior product when in fact they are offering little more than an impassioned response for why I should not devalue their hard earned skillset.

However, it’s a little hard to argue that I’m wrong for suggesting that enterprise IT should get smaller when your consulting organization’s primarily serves enterprise IT. You are about big IT, I am about small IT… we can agree to disagree.

BTW, I know IT does a hell of a lot more than select, implement, and maintain business applications, but that’s really all I care about. The other things just don’t interest me so I don’t write about it, and from the perspective of a (former) user in big company with a direct line of sight to a large cross section of IT organizations, I offer my own experiences in dealing with IT as my prima facie case. I’ve lived the flip side of shared services, IT lockdown, inflexible approaches to business needs, and budgeting that values the “use-it-or-lose-it” model that ends up wasting shareholder resources. I’ve also witnessed incredibly frustrated IT professionals who were unable to deliver the best and most cost effective solution because of tangental requirements and management more concerned with process than results.

UPDATE: Courtesy of Chris Anderson comes this quote: (via Susan Scrupski)

“CIOs don’t seem to care all that much about the needs and desires of the next wave of workers, who come from Gen Y and are also referred to as Millenials. The gestalt of the Millenials (a.k.a., the “I’m special” generation) is that they grew up with a boundless sense of self-importance, always have had the Internet, love to share digital content, need to be constantly challenged, want high-level responsibilities immediately, expect a work-life balance with telecommuting options, and will go around IT practices and policies without hesitation. The old-school CIOs I spoke with seemed both annoyed with their audacity and mildly interested in what this new wave of employees could deliver in the IT department.”

The source of the quote was in CIO Magazine’s blog coverage of CIO ’07 conference. So much for the close working relationship and the “sharing and caring” attitude.

Cloud 9 Analytics

I think we’re gonna see a flood of these companies, and it goes without saying that not that all of them will succeed, but I think this could be an interesting one to watch. Cloud 9 Analytics is apparently is the rebirth of Certive, which should squash any critics who would suggest that a startup can’t possibly have much substance when it comes to doing the degree of analytics that they promise.

This is a next generation BI deal, it’s up in the cloud and rides on an ecosystem that offers a low cost product delivery channel, meaning they can sell it cheaply and at the same time bypass IT and go directly to users.

The question that I will be anxious to see answered is how non-SFdC apps that are offered through Appexchange can take advantage of analytics engines like this one.

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My Firefox Rig

I recently replaced my Macbook Pro so I had to reinstall a bunch of software. This is always a good time to clean up the configuration, especially if you are like me and tend to try pretty much everything. I took a look at my browser and all the crap that I had added on to it, and then stripped it down to just what I need. BTW, I also use Camino, which I think is a better Mac browser but the extensions that are built for Firefox make it a much more productive environment. Camiscript comes close but it’s just not the same as all the Firefox add-ons.

Here’s my Firefox extension inventory:

Foxmarks: Absolutely have to have this in order to keep my computers synced up.

Linkedin Companion: I’ve been using Linkedin with increasing frequency and we built a pretty cool app in Teqlo that uses Linkedin so I wanted to keep this extension.

Greasemonkey: At this point this should just be included with Firefox.

PDF Download: Makes managing PDF links so much easier.

CoComment: The essential tool for managing your online presence if you comment on other people’s blogs.

TabGroups: Use one browser window with a lot of tabs? If so, this is for you.

Google Notebook: I think this is one of the better services that google offers, but also one that doesn’t get much attention. I was previously using Yojimbo to track bits and pieces of information but now I’m using Google Notebook and the fact that it is integrated with browser is plain ‘ol goodness.

VideoDownloader: This is really handy when you need it.

What I gave up:

Performancing. This is a really good extension but I use Ecto (please please please come out with v3) for all my blog postings so I just don’t need it.

Clipmarks. Just couldn’t get in the habit of using it.

FireFTP. For FTP I like Transmit and find that having a full blow app is better than a browser extension.

Cooliris: This just got to be annoying after a while.

Snap Preview: Same thing as Cooliris, started to irritate me.

Del.icio.us toolbar: I use Cocoalicious for managing my del.icio.us bookmarks so having something in the browser just isn’t necessary.