10 Good Reasons To Use Google Wave for Business

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

google-waveWe had projected Google Wave as the vision of Web 3.0. In the short term of its existence, Wave has gained momentum as a consumer tool, but it is still to prove its feasibility as a business tool. The question remains will businesses adopt Wave as a way to communicate collaboratively and share business docs. Google Wave certainly encloses features that can assist businesses in multiple ways. It integrates all communication methods into one paradigm.  However, success of Google Wave depends entirely on the adoption rate. Google thrives on a world wide audience that would surely adopt the product, if they can realize efficiency of the product. One of the most feasible reasons for adoption of Wave’s could be its open source nature. There are several other reasons which contributes to Google Wave’s success, we listed 10 of them.

1. Migration tools and services

Most of the companies today use Outlook and Exchange. Using Wave could assist today’s users of Outlook, Exchange, Notes or even SharePoint to share a part of their workflow. Further, the third parties will be able to use migration tools and services that will allow companies to get started and port their existing data. They could store terabytes of emails and documents into Google Wave.

2. Enterprise Wave

This could be the crucial element for making the companies switch to Google Wave. It is fully featured for enterprise use. It’s difficult to see anymore switching from Outlook without any tight group calendering, task lists and mobile sync. Given that Google Wave is an open source, companies can add them in and sell an enterprise version of Wave under a brand.

3. Hosting

Google Wave being an open source, the server can be host on the company’s hardware. There are no shortage of hosted Exchange providers. Exchange providers - the quick searches will give you several offerings that can be accessed at an exchange account for $ 9.95 a month. In a similar way companies could host Google Wave accounts for a minimal charge.

4. Novell Pulse

Novell Pulse, a new enterprise-level communication platform deeply integrated with Google Wave could be a significant breakthrough. This could be Wave’s first major test as a platform for conducting business. It is scheduled to be launched in mid-2010. Pulse would offer real-time communication platform for the enterprise. It would enhances productivity and innovation by making it easier to share information, documents, and conversations. It will also offers information and people filtering, enterprise-level security, and social messaging. This could be a great boost for Google Wave.

5. Extensions

Google Wave comes with developers API. This ensures that the total ecology of extensions and the completely new services would be build on top of it.

6. Versatility

Google Wave works on the web, mobile, and integrates with other key services of Google provides (such as google maps). And it can be integrated into any other social networking service.

7. Embedded API

Google has created a huge API for Wave. What’s interesting is the ability to embed a Wave into any web page. This could be lucrative for any blogger. A blogger can create a Wave and then publish it to the blog. When someone comments on the blog post, it appears as a reply in the Wave client. You would not require to visit the site.  This provides a new way for interacting with it. It is fundamental and quite exciting change for content industry.

8. Collaboration

Wave unifies the entire document and emails will be completely removed with Waves. Waves will be edited by more than one person. This could be a great example for taking notes in a meeting. Let’s take an example

  • Suppose you create a Wave titled  Notes from website * project
  • Add the other people in the meeting as participants in the Wave
  • Those participating in the Wave can take notes simultaneously
  • After the meeting is over others can copy the notes

Further, people can  chat during any meeting, by creating private replies right inside the Wave.

Moreover, it works on the web, mobile, and it fully integrates with other key services Google provides. Additionally, it can be integrate into any other social networking service such as Facebook or MySpace

9. Google Web Toolkit (GWT)

Google Wave has been written using Google Web Toolkit. With GWT you can write HTML 5 web apps in Java. These can be cross-compiled into optimized JavaScript.
There is always intricacies surrounding auto-generated codes, but this is an exception that ensures HTML is accessible and standards-compliant. Look at the Wave demo in order to realize GWT. For the developers this would be a great opportunity to step through. Programming in Java gives you all the traditional benefits of breakpoints. In case you are interested you might get a plugin for Eclipse.

10. Playback

With the increased collaboration made possible with Google Wave it might be difficult to Wave after a lot of editing and replies have been made. To sort out this problem you can enter Wave Playback. Using the Playback users can clarify any conversation and make it simple to get anyone up-to-speed. So instead of going to check your email, you can just playback the wave. It will give you all the information that you need. You could get someone up-to-speed within minutes, that took hours earlier.

December 2, 2009: 1:30 pm

You stated: “the success of Google Wave depends entirely on the adoption rate”. It obviously depends on what you are referring to as success. IMHO, Google Wave offers nothing more enabling than a chat client - what is the justification of replaying a conversation when you can just scroll through it? It is not a Web 3.0 product as you predict, having embedded applications is retrogressive and encourages a closed environment, in a typical business conversation it is far easier to include a link to a resource, there is already an established player in the market which can do this, without all novelties.

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