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Novell Unveils Enterprise Collaboration Suite

In a move that could comprehend the practical usability of Google’s new Wave, Novell has announced the first real-time communication collaboration tool for enterprises.

Dubbed as “Novell Pulse”, the new tool is embedded in Google’s Wave collaboration suite and enables colleagues to effectively collaborate on a range of documents.

The tool also enables employees to create their own profiles to publish details about their sphere of expertise, and share updates and status, along with several other notifications of their recent actions with co-workers.

“With Novell Pulse, people continents apart can work together in real-time, sharing and co-browsing information or creating or editing a document”, Novell cited on its website.

The tool was demoed on Wednesday 4th November at the Enterprise 2.0 symposium in San Francisco, and the tool is expected to launch in beta phase in as early as the first half of next year.

The tool would initially be available in an internet-hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model in the first half of 2010, and would later be launched as on-premise software.

Pulse is joining the league of some of the established enterprise collaboration suites, including IBM Lotus, Jive Software, NewsGator, and Socialtext.

The newly demoed tool aims to tether in various features from popular social networking platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, to workplaces, with enhanced security and IT management capabilities that modern organisations need the most.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.