Friday, March 17, 2006

Mar 22nd Join us for the chat - Do we need a Desktop - Part1- AJAX Internet Desktop Applications

When: Wed Mar 22nd, noon PST (3pm EST)
Where: Here at iblogcom, click on diamond on the right join the chat.
How to: Just click and join the chat and share your questions and comments with the community. Its free, all content will be moderated by Richard Seltzer and archived here.

Getting started: We'll open the chatroom 1 hour before the chat. Then the red diamond will turn green. Just click and it will open a window and enter your name and URL (optional) and start typing.

Topic: Do we need a Desktop? Part 1 - AJAX Internet Desktop Applications
Lets discuss with industry experts and look at cool products and discuss where the future in web based Applications. Will you use it as a consumer? What b-model will you support? Will you like it for your enterprise? What are your thoughts? Questions and Comments?

Invited Guests:

1. Yoah Bar-David: co-founder of irows.com
2. Raju Vegesna from
Adventnet, makers of the zoho suite of AJAX Web Apps including zohosheet

(More details and bios below)
iRows (http://www.irows.com/) is an online (web based) spreadsheet offering. iRows allows users to create and manage spreadsheets online, store them globally, and access their data with just a web browser (no installation is required).iRows offers a rich and growing functional subset of what Excel offers, with some unique features that Excel does not have, like collaboration, permission, and web publishing.

Yoah has over 20 years experience in managing R&D teams. Yoah co-founded Neat Group (http://www.neatgroup.com/) and acted as its VP R&D (acquired by Cendant - http://www.cendant.com/). Neat Group customers included United Airlines, Marriott, Orbitz and other leading travel players. Previously he led development teams at Ubique, an internet startup company that was acquired by AOL and later by IBM, and Sapiens (http://www.sapines.com/) during which he was located in California and in Hong-Kong. Yoah Holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science.

Zoho Sheet is a web-based collaborative spreadsheet application which offers complete spreadsheet functionality and user experience of a standalone app on the web. The functionality is almost comparable to an offline spreadsheet application with very good support for formulas, graphs etc apart from additional collaborative functionality which is not available with offline apps.

If you cannot make it but want to send a question, post it as a comment here or email Richard at seltzer at samizdat dot com or Sudha at sujamthe at yahoo dot com
-Sudha Jamthe

7 Comments:

Blogger Sudha (Su) Jamthe said...

Richrd and I had a dicussion about AJAX and explaining it jargon-free to chat users here.

I like Jesse James Garrett's article explaining AJAX http://adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000385.php

Of course wikipedia is always my first stop, its has AJAX explained for programmers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AJAX

7:42 AM  
Blogger Ramesh said...

Hi Sudha,

As you had requested, here is the comparison document between iRows and Zoho Sheet.

http://www.zohowriter.com/public/24/31761

We have more features coming soon in Zoho Sheet.

Regards
Ramesh
http://blogs.zohosheet.com

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Richard Seltzer said...

Please explain the meaning and purpose of “web-based applications”. Do you mean a mode of working where the application software resides on the Web and not in your PC? And do you mean that the applications are completely compatible with Microsoft applications on your PC so you can quickly and easily move files back and forth? If so, is this meant to make you more mobile — able to do useful work and share that work even when you don’t have your own personal laptop with you? (Can you securely store your data and files on the Web as well as use the web-based applications?) Do the applications themselves become more useful when you can share them simultaneously with colleagues either in work-mode or in presentation-mode? Are spreadsheets, in general, more useful if you aren’t the only one who inputs data; if instead any member of a team (securely defined) can input data at any time, and the rest of the team will see the results whenever they connect? (Is this different from what you can do over a LAN? If not, perhaps there’s a benefit from linking more closely people at remote locations, including people who though important members of the team work for different companies). Does this approach change how you buy and how you pay for desktop applications? Could you operate efficiently without the equivalent software on your desktop at all? If so, could this approach totally undercut Microsoft? If so, what can/will Microsoft do to torpedo it? On the other hand, what new business models does this open up? What kinds of businesses/services could you build on a platform of this kind? Does the application design make piggybacking (for instance, with “plug-ins”) easy or difficult? What’s the compatibility with
remote/mobile/portable devices? Do these applications make it practical to read documents and/or input data to documents from a palm or blackberry or even a cellphone?.Once desktop applications are on the Web, what new ways of working, what new business opportunities, and what new business risks open up? For instance, is anybody combining secure web-based storage of documents with these web-based applications? In the future will anyone need a “desktop”? Will anyone need a LAN?

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