Google and K-Logs

Searching for solutions in InfoWorld: “Similar to what Cisco did with routers, Google is looking to hit the sweet spot with a best-of-breed point solution, according to Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.”

I have mixed feelings about Appliances. On the one hand, they offer an all-in-one solution. Plug-and-Play. On the the other hand, for a company focused primarily on software, its an additional hassle maintaining and managing the hardware. Perhaps, thats best left to system integrators.

I have a feeling, though, that we are going to start seeing more appliances in the enterprise.

On the same page, there is a very interesting sidebar by Jon Udell on “Google and Weblogs: best hope for KM”. Writes Jon:

Webloggers are becoming the guerrilla warriors of a KM (knowledge management) revolution.

Weblogs serve KM by making it cool to communicate. Before: “OK, OK, here’s my status report.” After: “Hey, look, I blogged my analysis of the requirements spec.” The presence of Google motivates in ways that go beyond the trendy appeal of Weblogs. Of course, posted items can be found later on. But more subtly, they participate in a status hierarchy.

The knowledge effects of Weblogging, or “k-logging,” go far beyond search-and-retrieval. A collection of Weblogs isn’t just a pool of documents. It’s also a knowledge network, where at each node human intelligence performs the routing function. The network’s architecture is publish/subscribe. Its protocol is RSS (Rich Site Summary), a simple, powerful, and popular application of XML. Bloggers tune into other bloggers’ RSS channels; they select and react to items flowing through those channels; they post items that also flow out on their own RSS channels. It’s a kind of Krebs cycle where the input is individual thought and the output is group awareness.

Very much what we’ve been thinking and I’ve been writing about. These are the underlying themes for the Digital Dashboard as the new Desktop.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.