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In a post from several months back I mentioned the Google "Wave" server technology that had been announced by many of the IT media shops. Google provided many tech. videos on the service on youtube and after watching a few of them I got the gist of the service as being basically an open source collaboration server for a more real time collaboration experience between users on the server. Shortly afterward I was asked by Juliette Powell what the main differences were between the service and google wave were. I explained some of the architectural differences based on what I knew of them at the time in this post which had some great input in the comments for that post but on the business end, collaboration provides a solution for small businesses that makes it more efficient than going with any server based system for several important reasons as indicated in the list below:

  1. No need to host the collaboration server and services yourself. This is a huge win for small to medium sized businesses that are not capable or interested in hosting their own collaboration solutions on site. The additional management headache exceeds the monthly cost of just licensing the service from these businesses will not see any advantage to going with google wave as they would have to host the server on site to keep their business processes and content secure from prying eyes, making a subscription service ideal for their particular needs.
  2. No need to hire a manager for the server. Google Wave servers have to be managed, though Google touts the ease of use of management the fact that they need to be managed means that some one has to be paid to do it or delegated to do it for any stand alone servers. The service enables easy delegation of functions most critical to the business to enable collaboration, creating users, creating categories and workflows can be delegated to users very easily, the core complexities of the service are managed by Apriority LLC and thus there is no need for the business to hire experts to mediate these aspects of the server they can simply delegate them up to Apriority LLC.
  3. No need to pay for the costs associated with maintaining or upgrading the server. Any hosting of a server will require costs of a machine to host the service, possible need to ensure redundancy should that machine go down, need to license operating systems to run the server (s) and then hire individuals to manage the service. All these actions can incur costs that many small to medium sized businesses are not interested in dealing with, subscriptions eliminate these hassles by hiding the service away in a secure data center, where service is distributed across a cluster of AgilEntity servers and management is distributed between the physical machines of the hosting provider and the management team of Apriority LLC reducing the over all costs for the subscription service.

So in addition to the architectural changes mentioned in the previous post, these front end considerations highlight the advantage of having a subscription collaboration server service with branding and security have over installing your own Google Wave server and dealing with the required managements hassles that might entail particularly when you are a small to medium sized business trying to run the business as efficiently as possible in tough economic times. I am excited about Google Wave's attempt to address the need for a collaboration server and service that I saw several years ago, it makes me confident that my solution is primed to allow businesses and individuals to conduct their business or social collaboration activities in the hyper efficient ways that will be a hallmark of the years to come.


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