This week we looked at a variety of enterprise-y nuggets, including the benefits of offering freemium and whether or not SharePoint is worth your time when it comes to collaboration.
Freemium vs Paid: Is the Traditional B2B Model Dead?
The checkout counter has generally been a place for leaps of faith when it comes to enterprise software and services, but today’s startups are challenging that approach with freemium models that allow consumers to test adoption and success before purchase.
At this year’s Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, the CEOs of Box.net and Yammer articulated their success in the face of traditional providers such as Microsoft, and explained why this is perhaps the most promising time for startups that has ever been.
A few points:
- Product failure is no longer detrimental
- A free product doesn't mean no cash flow
- Large companies have too much baggage to compete
- You no longer have to choose an audience before designing a product
Check out a full review of the conversation here.
Accellion Brings Safe and Simple File Sharing to the Enterprise
In yet another example of consumerization, Accellion has released a new product that aims to bring Dropbox-style file sharing and collaboration to the Enterprise without skimping on the security.
Accellion Secure Collaboration provides workspaces for sharing files (of up to 100Gb) with both internal and external parties, complete with security measures such as the ability to assign access privileges and encryption options. As for usability, anyone who's used Dropbox or Box.net will be familiar with the interface:
- Ensures end-to-end file sharing security
- Enables sharing of files up to 100GB in size
- Provides comprehensive file tracking for SOX, HIPAA, GLBA Compliance
- Eliminates FTP security and support issues
- Addresses email attachment size limits
- Reduces email storage requirements
- Provides account management
- Automates file lifecycle management
- iPhone/iPad app (available late April), and BlackBerry and Android apps also in the works.
- Plug-ins are available for SharePoint and Outlook
“The solution combines all the best of our secure file transfer offering with easy-to-use secure collaboration functionality that improves business productivity while reducing the risk of enterprise data breaches," said Yorgen Edholm, president and CEO of Accellion.
New Viber 2.0 VoIP App Aims to Out-Do Skype Further
Viber has been a viable alternative to Skype for some time now, offering HD Voice features for iPhone users and thereby pushing other popular VoIP providers to up their mobile solutions. The company is riding that wave even further with the release of Viber 2.0, which offers free texts to fellow Viber users, along with an improved interface and free calls.
Sadly, iPhone users are still the only ones who will benefit, but according to the company there will be an Android option in the hear future.
Check out our full review here.
Can Documents Become More Social?
In this article, Yaacov Cohen, Co-Founder of Mainsoft, wonders whether documents are still relevant in the world of Enterprise 2.0. "Web 2.0 pundits have argued that wikis, activity streams and real time status updates will soon replace the 'archaic' document concept. But they’re wrong..."
Cohen argues that enterprise users are creating and sharing more documents than ever before, which wouldn't be that game changing if they weren't routinely authored and edited by multiple contributors. Some sort of evolution needs to take place, and it has to be social.
SharePoint: Is It Worth Using as a Collaboration Tool?
Meanwhile, Joe Shepley of Doculabs is stirring the pot with an honest question: should you even be using SharePoint 2010 for your collaboration platform in the first place?
After all, SharePoint 2010 and social computing platforms are very different kinds of products with fundamentally different aims:
It's a heated battle, but Shepley makes some good points.