Embedded Experiences Are Coming to the Browser

One of the most interesting and valuable developments in enterprise social software (ESS) over the last few years has been the introduction of embedded experiences. Simply put, these are event-driven notifications, usually from other enterprise applications and systems, that surface within the activity stream of an ESS application. Embedded experiences go beyond merely notifying of something important; they also allow one or more actions to be taken to move a business process to the next step.
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Embedded experiences are great, but they have been written in proprietary code tied to a specific ESS vendor’s offering. It has not been possible to reuse actionable notifications across vendors’ solutions.
Google has announced a new feature in the latest beta version of its Chrome browser that will provide an open standard alternative for the delivery of extended experiences. Chrome 48 Beta enables developers to quickly create notifications with buttons that let users complete tasks. Those notification can be pushed from browser-based applications and webpages, as well as from Chrome OS applications and extensions to the Chrome browser.
Google and Mozilla employees have contributed to the development of the fledgling Notifications API standard under the auspices of the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) community. This specification is what has been implemented in Google’s Chrome 48 Beta.
A Notification Generator built to define HTML-based embedded experiences has been created by Peter Beverloo. The generator shows how easy it is to define an embedded experience that can appear in any HTML5-compliant web browser.

Notification GeneratorSource: http://tests.peter.sh/notification-generator/#actions=1;;requireInteraction=true

As previously noted, embedded experiences have been proprietary to individual vendor’s applications and platforms. Google’s beta implementation of the WHATWG’s Notifications API specification is a first important step toward embedded experiences that will work across operating systems and applications. When the feature is properly vetted and becomes part of the stable release of Chrome (and, we assume, Mozilla’s Firefox browser), open, actionable notifications will be reality.
This is important because it will make the development and use of embedded experiences far more practical and widespread. Enterprise software vendors who choose to implement the WHATWG’s Notifications API specification will empower their customers to more easily create interoperability with other vendors’ browser-based tools. Actionable data embedded in notifications will be able to be passed between systems, business process execution will be accelerated, and personal productivity will be increased.
This news further intensifies the browser-based versus operating system-dependent application debate, especially with regards to mobile computing. The current preference for native applications on mobile devices will be challenge to the uptake of the Notifications API specification, given its dependence on the Web browser. Development of more of these types of Web standards is precisely what is needed to swing the pendulum back toward browser-based applications.

No, Facebook’s CFO is not to blame for the stock going down

Is it fair to blame Facebook’s CFO for the failure of the company’s IPO, and the subsequent decline in the share price? Not really. The wildly inflated hopes and dreams of an overheated technology sector were also to blame, and he had no control over that.

Is Groupon killing its IPO, or is it dying of natural causes?

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PC World- 15 Tech Secrets for the Serious Road Warrior

Auto_businessman_185239Road warriors are always on the lookout for those easy to use things that will make an already hectic work life a bit less so.  An article on PC World found 15 things for the road warrior that can go a long way to tame the road warrior’s existence a fair bit.  Many of the tips they publish are common sense but there are also detailed instructions for some such as sharing a wired Internet connection that I have used before and it can make all the difference in making a trip more productive.  They also have a reminder to forward your AIM messages to your cell phone which can play an important role for those work teams who depend on IM to communicate.  It’s a good article and worth checking out.

VeraSun, Seeing Stock Dive, Sells More Shares

The good news for VeraSun (s VSE) on Thursday was that, early in the morning, its stock was up 42 percent from Wednesday’s close.

Now the bad news. That 42-percent jump was just a bounce from one of its stock’s worst days ever. On Wednesday, VSE plummeted 73 percent to $1.41 a share. What’s more, by the end of Thursday’s trading, the stock gave up all those early-morning gains, closing at $1.46.

Even worse for VeraSun: the company has nobody to blame but itself.

First, VeraSun notified investors that its attempt to manage volatile corn prices through complex hedge positions backfired horribly, forcing it to buy corn at prices that were well-above the market rates. So, the company warned, it would face a third-quarter loss between $65 million and $103 million, or between 40 cents and 65 cents a share. Wall Street had been expecting a loss, but nothing nearly that big.

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