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Early Days of Corporate Email: Some Personal Observations

Curator’s note: We’re delighted to receive this piece from Ralph Ehlers, which is the museum’s first piece by an IT implementer. We hope to have many more contributions from IT professionals. Ralph was in charge of the email system at ABB and Roche, two of Europe’s largest businesses. He was also chairman of the user... read more »

Setting Archiving Strategy

How should you build a strategy to address corporate archiving? Here’s a task checklist I propose, to ensure you have all bases covered. Bob Spurzem Setting Archiving Strategy: A Nine-Step Plan Industry. What industry is your organization in and what regulations ( Fed, state, local) have impact?  Here you can rely on inside experts (legal or... read more »

Microsoft Exchange Server Not Going SQL Back End, for Now

According to this recent statement from Microsoft, Exchange Server 2010 will not move to a SQL back-end. This confirms that a possible port from the Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) to SQL has not simply been a rumor, while leaving the door open for future post-Exchange 2010 releases to use a SQL store. As noted in... read more »

Microsoft’s Approach to the Cloud

As we noted in our posting Cloud Computing – A Taxonomy, cloud computing can be delivered in three guises: As Public Services (PSs) hosted in large, multisite data centers, and delivered over the public Internet. As Virtual Private Services (VPSs) hosted in large, multisite, multitenanted data centers, and delivered securely over the public Internet. These... read more »

Cloud Computing – A Taxonomy

Cloud computing is becoming important for very massive messaging systems, such as Gmail and Microsoft Exchange Online. And there is no doubt that “cloud computing” is the IT industry’s latest “buzz” phrase, but what does it mean? At its simplest, it describes computing cycles delivered over the net. But how is this different from the... read more »

Microsoft’s Identity Roadmap: In the Cloud

In an earlier posting, I wrote about Microsoft Identity Roadmap. I now want to look at Microsoft’s cloud-based identity offerings in greater detail. These include: Microsoft Live Identity Services The Live Identity Framework (an SDK) The Microsoft Federation Gateway (a Live service) The .NET Access Control Service Microsoft Live Identity Services is a successor to... read more »

Microsoft’s Identity Roadmap: On-Premise

In an earlier posting, I wrote about the Microsoft Identity Roadmap. I now want to look at Microsoft’s on-premise identity offerings in greater detail. These include: The “Geneva” Server (the project name “Geneva” will almost certainly change) The “Geneva” Framework The Microsoft Services Connector Microsoft CardSpace “Geneva” The “Geneva” Server is in beta now and... read more »

Microsoft’s Identity Roadmap

In an earlier posting (Microsoft on Identity), I wrote about Kim Cameron’s work on identity. Cameron’s work has given rise to a truly open Microsoft Identity Architecture and a set of emerging Microsoft Identity products and toolkits that span the gamut from a browser, through the Windows desktop, to on-premise Windows Servers and on-premise third-party... read more »

Microsoft Innovates in the Identity Arena

Over the last couple of years, when acquaintances have moaned that Microsoft is primarily a copycat and not an innovator, I have pointed to the work of Kim Cameron as a primary counterexample. There are others. The products of Cameron’s innovation have been threefold. Two seminal papers: The “The Laws of Identity” The “Identity Metasystem,”... read more »

Instant Messaging: New Developments in Presence and Real Time Information Interchange (2006)

This report looks at new developments in presence and real-time information interchange systems, services, and standards, and identifies the issues that require resolution.... read more »

Instant Messaging: New Developments in Presence, and Real Time Information Interchange

In this webinar, we will discuss new developments in presence and real-time information interchange systems, services, and standards, and a variety of problems that still require resolution.... read more »

Why Exchange 12 Will Be 64-Bit Only

The next major release of Microsoft Exchange (Version 12, which is due in 2007) will be available in a 64-bit variant, with no 32-bit version.... read more »

Instant Communications Services and Voice/Video Conferencing (2006)

This brief focuses on the instant communications services provided by the latest releases of the IBM Lotus Sametime Server and the Microsoft Office Live Communications Server.... read more »

VoIP Doesn’t Work Over Low Bandwidth, Noisy Networks Such As GPRS

VoIP services designed for broadband Internet connections, such as Skype and Vonage, aren’t viable over GPRS links today: There is not enough bandwidth. In reality, users only achieve 1-2KB/sec data rates. This is much lower than the circa-96Kbit/sec data rates employed out of the box by these services Packet losses (and hence voice dropouts) are... read more »

Making Directories Face the Outside World (2005)

Directories contain a lot of valuable information, usually to do with people, or security and access controls. Hitherto, the information has mostly been available to people within an organization. Now, the information is beginning to be shared with external parties, to provide for such applications as white and yellow pages lookups, and secure transactions and messaging.... read more »

Introduction to Presence Models and Standards (2005)

This technical report presents and explains the key interoperability standards for presence information.... read more »

Cross-Organizational Calendaring and Scheduling: Tutorial

This brief defines calendaring and scheduling, outlines the history of electronic calendaring within organizations, and discusses key calendaring and scheduling standards. It also assesses support in leading products today, and details current issues and problems with cross-organizational calendaring and scheduling. ... read more »

Cross-Organizational Calendaring and Scheduling: Key Trends

This research brief summarizes and elaborates on the key trends in cross-organizational calendaring over the next five years, as discussed at our February 26 teleconference.... read more »

Cross-Organizational Calendaring: Future Trends (2003)

In this teleconference, the current state of the calsch protocols are described, and two vendors outline their support for calsch protocols in current and future products.... read more »

Enterprise Voice Telephony Alternatives: Part I, Technology Tutorial

Telephony needs at medium and large enterprises have traditionally been solved by building a private telephone network. A connection to the public telephone network provided inter-enterprise telephony support. Two new technologies are challenging this approach: Voice-over-IP, which involves routing voice calls over Internet-type networks; and cellular wireless telephony.... read more »

Enterprise Voice Telephony Alternatives: Part II, Business Implications

This market analysis report outlines the benefits to enterprises from embracing Voice-over-IP (VoIP) and private cellular wireless networks instead of traditional PBX networks.... read more »

Microsoft’s .NET My Services (“Hailstorm”): Assessment

This report investigates Microsoft’s proposed “HailStorm” initiative, and its impact on the messaging, directory and collaboration market spaces.... read more »

Exposing Directories to the Outside World (2000)

This paper explores directory exposure today, high value applications, implementation issues, and future trends.... read more »