Category: "Open Source"

Zvents and the TeleInterActive Network

As I mentioned, Clarise and I met Allie and Ethan of Zvents, through Andrea.

We were discussing the new direction in which we are taking our service, The TeleInterActive Network. Our service is focused on small businesses, with little or no Internet presence. Maybe they paid someone a lot of money to set up a static web site, updating it is expensive, and it just sits there like a printed brochure in a potential customer's desk drawer. That potential is only realized if they stumble across the web site at just the right moment, but no one has any incentive to visit often.

An Internet presence is a powerful tool for business, only if it provides timely and interesting information to the community the business wants to serve. We help small businesses do this by consulting with them, learning their goals, and hosting open source software to meet those goals. That software may be a CMS to start - we use Mambo. As we work with our customers, we can add blogs, wikis, portals, and other tools as needed.

Andrea and Allie thought one tool that might help our customers is Zvents, and thus they dragged over Eric. After talking with them, we heartily agree. Having a zvent widget on our customer's web site, with appropriate events, can help them easily keep their site current, and providing good information for their communities.

As we bring our customers along in small steps to acclimitize them to the new Web, we'll be reporting on what works and best practices. We have a feeling that zvents will be one of those best practices.

Open Source and the Long Tail

Bernard Golden recently turned Clarise and I onto a series of articles documenting Chris Anderson's talk at the Churchill Club, "The Long Tail: Finding New Markets in the Niches".

It's interesting that Chris Anderson brings up Open Source at the end of the fifth and final part of the talk. Open Source is all about niches, and making a niche work as a market is all about community. And as we all know, succeeding with an Open Source project depends upon building the community around it.

Open Source is very much D.I.Y. There are over 100,000 projects listed with SourceForge. These projects provide the framework to have software do exactly what you need it to do for your niche. One problem is to break out of the D.I.Y. crowd of programmers, and bring these wonderful capabilities to those who need it most, the SMB market. Those niche businesses run by creative individuals who definitely don't have the time, and may not have the desire to customize an Open Source project to do what they need. We're striving to solve this problem in a variety of ways.

But more about that another time.

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The TeleInterActive Lifestyle is about the business processes, life choices, management challenges and technical issues facing organizations and individuals as individuals and organizations adopt the Internet of Things, Mixed Reality, wireless networks of all levels, mobile devices, long-distance collaboration, social networks, digital transformation, and adjust to growing urbanization.

Sensor Analytics Ecosystems for the Internet of Things (SAEIoT) brings value from emerging technologies through data management and analytics, advances in data science, as the IoT matures through the 5Cs: Connection, Communication, Contextualization, Collaboration and Cognition. The socialization of machines will allow for Privacy, Transparency, Security and Convenience to be flexibly provided with two-way accountability to build Trust among Humans and Machines.

AsDataArchon, we have evolved our consulting data scientist work from learning how to incorporate sensor analytics into data warehouses, business intelligence and analytics to focusing on IoT data management and forming sensor analytics ecosystems.

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