Novell Pulse All Set To Ride Google Wave

by Gaurav Kheterpal on March 20, 2010

Ready for preview on March 21

Ready for preview on March 21

Novell is making its much anticipated foray into social collaboration space with Novell Pulse, a collaboration platform that will be available as a preview for all attendees of Novell BrainShare conference on March 21, 2010. Built on the Google Wave Federation Protocol, Novell Pulse will ‘eventually’ fully integrate with Google Wave.

In November 2009, Novell had announced its plans to develop a real time collaboration platform for the Enterprise on top of Google Wave Federation Protocol. Though the preview version for Novell BrainShare conference will not be integrated with Google Wave, Novell is committed to joining hands with Google on evolving the Wave Federation protocol. All BrainShare attendees will get afree Pulse invite. It is expected that Novell will fully integrate OpenID authentication as a core component in the Pulse platform.

Novell Pulse allows co-workers to work together on documents in real time, setup employee profiles; post status updates and broadcast various notifications. Novell aims to make Pulse compatible with micro-blogging and social networking in order to make it social media friendly. With the recent success of cloud computing, it is expected that Novell Pulse would be offered in 2 variants, a cloud hosted SaaS package and an on premise package.

As far as the user interface goes, I see striking similarities between Novell Pulse and Google Wave. Users can create groups, activities streams closely resemble Google Wave conversations, streams can be co-edited by multiple users like Google Wave allows multiple changing the same conversation. When it launched, Google Wave was touted to be the next big thing. Though Google managed to get nearly a million users to signup for Wave, it missed a trick on the scalability aspect of Wave. Google Wave users reported frequent crashes when conversations were heavily loaded.

The biggest challenge for Novell is to showcase how Pulse can be used as an enterprise collaboration tool, something which Google Wave failed to do miserably. I, for one, hope that Novell does a better job with Novell Pulse than what Google did with Google Wave.

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