Box.net Unites with Fuze Meeting

first_imgsteven walling Box.net has partnered with Fuze Meeting to add real-time online meetings and screen sharing. Now the SaaS file-sharing and collaboration suite, which is going after SharePoint head on, has the added component of Web conferencing. For those unfamiliar with it, Fuze Meeting is a fairly slick alternative to popular options like GoToMeeting, Dimdim and WebEx. The company — formerly a public one listed as Callwave — was recently revitalized and now revolves around its online software service. Both software as a service offerings are on a freemium basis, so there’s a complete spectrum of payment options. The limited personal versions are free, while real enterprise use will require an annual fee. Using Fuze as part of your Box account will allow you to conduct meetings, share your desktop (which requires a download), and upload your Box files to a Fuze collaboration space.Box has added the Fuze Meeting support as part of its OpenBox system, which allows users to share their files with a plethora of services. Everything from Gmail to Zoho and beyond can be connected to a Box account, so this is really just another addition to the ecosystem for Box. But Fuze is competing against some extremely entrenched services, namely WebEx and GoToMeeting. To draw in Box account holders, an enterprise user base that is naturally more open to new SaaS tools, might be a big boost in its quest to gain market share. Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Internet of Things Business Models: Pachube Partners With Current Cost

first_imgAs we’ve noted in previous posts, up until now Pachube has been mostly used for experimental applications. However, Current Cost may be its first important commercial case study. The Current Cost Bridge enables users to analyze their energy use via a website dashboard, on iPhones and other smart phones, and via Google’s energy service, Google PowerMeter. This week at the second annual Internet of Things 2010 conference in Brussels, British service Pachube announced a partnership with Current Cost, a producer of real-time energy monitors. Current Cost is using Pachube’s Internet of Things platform for the Bridge, an ethernet device that connects Current Cost electricity monitors to the Internet. Pachube founder and CEO Usman Haque called this “a major step in making the ‘internet of things for consumers’ a reality.”We’ve long been a fan of Pachube (pronounced Patch-Bay) and named it one of our Top 10 Internet of Things Products of 2009. Pachube is an open platform for sensor data. We first reviewed it in May last year, and since our last update in October, Pachube has followed through on Haque’s promise to develop a viable business model. The Current Cost partnership is a part of that evolution.The Move From Experimental to CommercialOne of the most exciting things about covering the Internet of Things, is watching the slow but gradual move from experimental apps to commercial ones. I watched – and blogged – this same evolution in the years before Web 2.0 existed (2002-2004) and it’s happening again in 2010 with the Internet of Things. Startups like Pachube are literally inventing the business models as they go. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Pachube is being used for data management on the Bridge, enabling the device to deliver tracking, notifications, comparison tools and more. The Bridge also has “enterprise level features” such as privacy groups, statistics API, user management and a device provisioning server.Pachube’s New Revenue ModelsPachube now has what it terms a “corporate” service – essentially a third-party service for companies that want to connect devices to the Internet. For example Pachube provides bulk accounts to “web-enable thousands or millions of devices,” such as electricity meters. Other services include delivering out-of-the-box tools for consumer-facing companies, building communities around products, and developing branded Web portals for manufacturers.In addition, Pachube has added premium accounts to its consumer service offering. These include value-added features such as privacy options, statistics and aggregation, greater bandwidth,history and search. Tags:#Internet of Things#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It’s great to see Pachube develop its business and we’ll continue to track its efforts! richard macmanuslast_img read more