The latest in splitting, marketing, certifying and questioning from The Land of Milk and Honey, the City of Spires, Rotown and The Harbour City.

Lickety-Split

After several years of blissful togetherness Google Plus has made it official. It’s splitting up with Google Photos and Google Stream.

While there have been rumors swirling recently about a possible breakup, Bradley Horowitz, a longtime Google VP of product, released the news through a Google Plus update, announcing he would be the new lead for the two features.

“It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users,” he wrote.

According to Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President at Mountain View, Calif.-based Google, “Things like photos and communications are very important, we're reorganizing around that.” He added that Google Hangouts would still be around as an individual communications product.

No telling yet who’ll get the china and silver.

A Sitecore for Sore Eyes?

Sitecore this week released its rewritten, redesigned “beautiful, blazing fast” third generation of Facebook ads tool – Sitecore Social Ads.

In a blog post for Copenhagen, Denmark based Sitecore, Mikael Lemberg, Global Product Specialist boasts: “We are going to revolutionize your work.”

According to Lemberg, some of the features of the new release are real time insights, automations and better speed and performance.

IT Getting Lean and Mean

Is your IT getting a little paunchy around the middle?

Look no further than the Lean IT Association, a non-profit consortium of professionals in the IT Training and Certification Industry. The organization this week announced a new Certification Scheme.

Based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, the Lean IT Association (LITA) “was founded to set a global standard for Lean IT education and certification” with four levels:

  • Entry level with Lean IT Foundation
  • Lean IT Kaizen Lead
  • Lean IT Leader
  • Lean IT Coach.

Nick Houlton, board member of LITA and Chief Operating Officer at APMG International, a global certification body, said the association hopes to create a “universally accepted program or thought leadership” for Lean IT concepts setting a global standard.

The $64 Questions

If you’ve got questions, Atlassian thinks Confluence Questions 2, released this week, can help you get answers. The update includes segregated content to keep tighter control over who can see and respond to questions.

John Wetenhall, marketing manager for Confluence, headquartered in Sydney, Australia, said the new release "will help you share information within your team by making sure questions are both relevant and secure.”