Over the past few weeks, there have been some interesting developments that support our predictions that RIAs will become a trend in the enterprise over the coming year. The first move came from ReadWriteWeb (RWW), a popular and widely respected technology blog. Recently, RWW launched its new Enterprise Channel. While this channel is not purely about rich Internet applications (RIAs), its broad Enterprise 2.0 focus will no doubt touch on them. In fact in the channel’s first post, RWW does a great job of presenting the perfect storm that’s hitting enterprises and causing the push toward RIA-driven interfaces.
Archive for 'August 2008'
In an effort to help corporate librarians build compelling business cases for their electronic library projects, INM has published a new whitepaper. This free white paper, entitled Creating Your Corporate eLibrary, looks at the benefits of creating an eLibrary and walks librarians through the steps for analyzing their needs, evaluating potential solutions, choosing technology, and building a compelling business case.
This white paper is also supported by a webinar on the Best Practices for Creating your Online eLibrary.
Microsoft’s Silverlight technology is making waves this month with two very high profile events. First, Silverlight was the technology of choice for NBC’s streaming Olympic video coverage on NBCOlympics.com. The site racked up 70 million page views on Friday August 8th, and 4.8 million people watched 3.1 million video streams on Saturday. These are impressive numbers for Silverlight’s big debut. However, there were a number of critics that commented on the frustrating delays for online coverage, as well as the lack of full screen support and the size of the windows.
Silverlight is also the official software and HD web content provider for this week’s Democratic National Convention. Although many networks are offering streaming video from the convention, the official site is the only one showing HD video content. The HD is quite impressive, and was even dubbed as "awesome" by the Washington Post.
Even with these two high-profile events, I’m not sure it will allow Microsoft to catch up to the massive install base Adobe Flash Player already has, but it certainly brings Silverlight closer to being a true contender.