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MindTouch has announced the launch of Deki for CRM today at the Web 2.0 Expo in NYC. Deki for CRM combines the MindTouch Deki Enterprise Server and SnapLogic’s open source data integration framework. The concept is relatively simple: CRM systems are limited in collaboration functionality. Deki for CRM hopes to change that by adding a Wiki to nearly everything inside of the CRM system.
When you look at a customer record inside of a CRM, the Deki for CRM option allows you to add an open wiki-style box where you can collaborate with your colleagues about the customer. Deki for CRM also offers pre-made widgets for stock price, Google News searches and Twitter results. The idea with the widgets is to track the customer across the Web.
MindTouch notes that Deki for CRM will work with any CRM platform. They have pre-configured installations for SugarCRM and Salesforce.com. The basic service comes at a cost of $15,000.
MindTouch is announcing the latest release of their Deki Wiki (8.05) open source enterprise collaboration and integration platform today. I’ve embedded a short video below that reviews the new features. MindTouch is also announcing that their platform has been selected to power the upcoming re-launch of their Mozilla Developer Community.
The major update to Deki Wiki in this new version is a new "polyglot" feature. MindTouch describes polygot, "will allow Mozilla to host all languages as a single site. Now language can be specified by sections and pages thereby automatically adapting the user interface of Deki Wiki to the appropriate language. Also, users may search across all languages and search results are prioritized by the user’s default language."
The new version also supports OpenSearch along with what the company notes is over 100 additional features. Check out all of the updates on the MindTouch press room.
Today at MIX08, MindTouch has announced support for Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft ADO.NET Data Services (code-named “Astoria”), and new Windows Live services inside their Deki Wiki product. They have also added a mashup generator with a variety of partners including Yahoo and Microsoft.
Using Microsoft’s new Windows Live Messenger library, Deki Wiki now supports instant messaging within the wiki.
MindTouch has also launched Wik.is which is an online hosted version of Deki Wiki. Think of it as wordpress.com hosted version versus wordpress.org downloadable version. The free version comes with 100MB of storage, unlimited users, unlimited pages, unlimited access to the API. They have started with no ads on the free version and there is a pro version for $99/year which offers 10 GB storage and more customization options.
MindTouch last released a variety of new features in January 2008.
In September we reported on DekiWiki reaching 100,000 installations in their first year of operation. Today DekiWiki makers MindTouch are announcing a new version of the program along with a note that they are hitting upwards of 30,000 downloads a month. Just a quick note that downloads does not mean installs and installs does not mean active, but the numbers are still encouraging. They also claim to be the largest "vendor-backed" Wiki platform.
New features include integrated scripting engine, support for Dapper, Amazon S3, and Google Charts, multi-user edit merging, and is now available in nine languages.
Marshall has a good overview of the new features.
Here’s an overview video of the new version:
Have any of ya’all used DekiWiki? If so, can you report in with your thoughts. I haven’t used the app so I can’t give you a full review at this point. Any input is very much appreciated.
MindTouch has announced this morning that they have reached the 100,000 installations of their Wiki software, Deki Wiki. Check out a full review on ReadWriteWeb. I have copied the entire press release below as I can’t find it on the MindTouch Web site.
<begin rant>There have been many releases over the past week with numbers in them: installations, registrations, users, etc. Not a one talks about current usage. As an analytics nut, this really frustrates me. In this example, MindTouch has noted installations, but how do they track an installation? Does the install procedure send something back to the MT servers? Otherwise I would assume the number is actually SourceForge downloads. Just once, it would be great to see a company talk about actual current usage. </end rant>
I have spoken with a few people who have tried Deki Wiki and each of them has given the tool a glowing review. It seems to be more user-friendly than MediaWiki and is a downloadable application versus the service-models from Squarespace, pbWiki and Wetpaint.
(press release follows)
MindTouch Reaches Over 100,000 Wikis for Intranets, Enterprises and Communities
Thriving global user community and rapid innovation drive adoption
San Diego, CA – September 26, 2007 – MindTouch, the wiki platform company, today announced it has reached over 100,000 wiki installations since releasing Deki Wiki a year ago. Deki Wiki, an open source wiki and application platform, is now being installed over 500 times per day, making it the fastest-growing wiki software on the market.
MindTouch is seeing adoption accelerating by 50% each month and trending upward. Since launching in July 2006, Deki Wiki has added four languages (German, French, Portuguese, and Russian), over 100 new features, and received numerous awards and recognitions from reviewers and adopters alike, including endorsements from both Microsoft and Novell.
MindTouch credits its success to the quality of its platform and its thriving user community <http://www.opengarden.org> from around the world that keeps driving innovation. Deki Wiki is free for download and use without restrictions. It integrates with numerous online services, including Google Analytics, ThinkFree Office, Windows Live Controls, and the Windows Desktop for easy wiki management. MindTouch backs Deki Wiki with professional support contracts for businesses, enterprise and communities.
“Our ability to grow a global community so quickly is largely attributable to our product. Early adopters are the best judges of innovation, and they have emphatically voted for MindTouch with their downloads,” said Aaron Fulkerson, co-founder and VP of Products at MindTouch.
MindTouch Deki Wiki is innovating on many levels:
* Its page scripting support enables users to create content mashups with data from various applications as if they were part of the wiki.
* Its web-oriented architecture enables new features to be added as web-services in a programming language and operating system agnostic manner.
* Its comprehensive REST API enables integration with other applications using XML, JSON or PHP.
* Its packaging as a VMware certified virtual appliance or as source code provides the quickest and most flexible deployment options available.
Thousands of organizations have already deployed Deki Wiki and are reaping the benefits. Flexible and easy to use, Deki Wiki features a polished WYSIWYG editing experience and is an ideal choice for intranets, extranets, and interactive web sites. It can also power community sites and encyclopedic resources as a platform for social content creation and aggregation. To learn more, visit http://www.mindtouch.com or MindTouch’s developer community at http://OpenGarden.org.
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About MindTouch, Inc.
MindTouch is the wiki platform company. MindTouch wikis improve communication, collaboration, and are easy to use tools for creating web-based communities. MindTouch is deployed by major media companies and online communities, small to large enterprises, research institutions and government agencies worldwide. Today, thousands of organizations already use MindTouch, including Microsoft, Fujitsu, British Petroleum, Stanford University, San Diego Union Tribune and many more. Visit www.MindTouch.com for more information.