The Enterprise 2.0 Launchpad is done. Four companies each got six minutes on stage, and two analysts, Stowe Boyd and David Coleman, were allowed one minute each to critique.
- Collanos showed an application that was essentially Groove. A peer-to-peer file sharing and workplace collaboration environment, their big announcement today was that they've added voice. Now you can talk as well as share information.
- Clarizen showed a collaborative project management solution. Dismissed by the analysts as yet another file and project management tool, I had to agree. Stowe Boyd kindly suggested that this would be a tough row to hoe, given the number of companies out there.
- LiquidTalk is like a PVR for business voice. It allows the user to time shift voice interactions by essentially recording short messages, and then posting them online in a folder. Think SnapVine for business. David and Stowe suggested that it probably belonged as a feature of another application.
- KnowNow offered a tool for aggregating important information in the business, and pushing it to the user (presumably using an RSS feed, or some other similar technology.
The whole thing was a little underwhelming. The presentations were heavy on PowerPoint, superficial, and somewhat hype laden. A better format would have banned PowerPoint altogether. The presenters would have been more effective if they had focused on what they do, rather than setting up the problem.