***SUMMARY: List of P2P Applications from P2P Panel on June 28, 2001
On behalf of the Center and CommerceNet, we would like to thank everyone who attended the Interactive Panel Discussion co-presented by both organizations this past Thursday, June 28 entitled "Catching the P2P Wave: Adoption & Diffusion of Peer-to-Peer Networks for Business Use." A well-attended program, participants had the opportunity to network over hors d'oeuvres and wine prior to and after the Panel.
A list of applications, facilitating factors, and general comments from panelists are below.
A special thanks goes to the panelists and moderator for a well-crafted and in depth knowledge exchange with one another and with the audience participants:
* Mr. E. Russell Braziel, President & Chief Executive Officer, Netrana http://www.netrana.com
* Dr. Susan J. Duggan, Chief Executive Officer, Silicon Valley World Internet Center (moderator)
* Dr. Li Gong, Distinguished Engineer & Director of Engineering, Peer-to-Peer Networking, Sun Microsystems http://www.sun.com
* Mr. Mark Resch, Chief Executive Officer, CommerceNet http://www.commerce.net
* Dr. Peter Schaefer, Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer, DaimlerChrysler Research and Technology North America http://www.daimlerchrysler.com
* Dr. Christopher S. Thomas, Chief e-Strategist, Solutions Channels Group, Strategic eMarketing, Intel Corporation http://www.intel.com
SELECTED COMMENTS FROM PANELISTS
* Will P2P dry out? Not if have business models -- Need for business models!
* P2P not new; originally file transfer
* Business processes not defined yet; can not force but can start using technologies and playing with applications
* Need to add business processes with business models
* Bi- and multi-directional flow
* Will come first in applications (Groove Networks)
* Peer-client will be the first model for applications
* messaging model instead of virtual private network (VPN) model
* P2P: to improve process, business, and management
* P2P has taken off in Germany
* Devices are serves and clients -- centrally functional
* We are witnessing the first stage of P2P computing - > pervasive computing
* Given what has happened to B2B market, companies are being more conservative about adopting new technologies and applications that are not yet mainstream
* DaimlerChrysler uses applications in three areas: file sharing, shared working environment (has been for the last twenty years), and shared-computing
* European vs. U.S. business models - will be differences in approaches!
* Evolve toward Seti@home -- distributed and make use of existing computational power
* Need for a browser-like tool for P2P based on open standards -- to be interoperable and able to communicate
* What will it take for P2P to take-off? Not PCs but handheld devices and for back office uses
* P2P will take off (data searches, enhance existing tools) even if don't have "killer" or new applications
* P2P for eMarketplaces among 'peers'
* Currently we have more questions than answers
* Will be a combination of server + browser
* P2P will not negate other computer systems; will be an alternate
* Networks have P2P possibilities but nothing yet; some possibilities include 80211 and Bluetooth
* Applications in the areas of databases and distributing data, SMS, payment (clearing, fulfillment processes)
* Security is a key issue but also an opportunity
* Business model based on a hub + spoke; needs to be more fluid and P2P holds this promise
IDEAS FOR P2P APPLICATIONS
* Collaboration in multi-use environments
* Ad hoc collaboration bringing people together
* Sharing collaborative digital discussion and project space between external, third-party collaborating companies solving a client business problem
* Monitoring and knowledge management on a whole new, dynamic level where the global brain is accessible, and a money model exists to flow cash to modules of this.
* Sharing knowledge in a business environment
* Personal profile, opinion, preference, or intention sharing in any ad hoc point of interest/environment.
* Medical records processing (primary care physician, HMO, specialist, insurance carrier, patient)
* Pharmacology and healthcare with patients and doctors/healthcare providers
* Finding specific information
* Distributed project management (badly needed by global systems & software companies)
* Portal software for geographically dispersed work teams
* Talking cars! (i.e., like swarms of bees or a flock of geese)
* File sharing within Intranet/Extranet to allow for distributed data, efficient data delivery/caching, network & data redundancy
* Real-time surveys/polling
* Business processes automation tools focused on verticals to handle the exceptions current IT can not handle
* Creation and management of a namespace (directory), controlling & monitoring
* Distributed video rendering
TOP FACILITATING FACTORS FOR P2P AS IDENTIFIED BY PANELISTS
* Web services/UDDI
* Standards -- negotiation among the top companies (including Sun and Microsoft) is key!
* Management -- need a compelling reason, along with an accepted standard(s), for CIOs and others to adopt P2P
* Investment in this area over the next 18-24 months
* Drop the P2P acronym -- too connected to Napster!
* Discover; collaboration among companies
* Authentication (PKI - a massive failure, let's not repeat it!)
* A move towards multi-authorization