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Building a Hybrid Bridge to the Microsoft Cloud

2014-29-August-Rope-Bridge.jpgWhen Satya Nadella announced Microsoft’s new Mobile-First, Cloud-First strategy, he drew a line in the sand with Microsoft employees and set the company on a new course. When Microsoft COO, Kevin Turner reiterated the message at the World Wide Partner Conference in July, he sent partners scrambling to get cloud certified, saying “Selling on-premises software was good for you and us for a long time but the future lies in the cloud and mobility, and Microsoft plans to go in that direction with our partner community intact.”

Customers have felt the shift as well as they ponder what solutions can be cloud based and how to integrate them without significant effort and cost. Some organizations look at Office 365 and feel insecure about moving to a multi-tenant environment. Many organizations have significant investments in on-premises applications and infrastructure so moving to the cloud will not be an easy process.

These critical business systems have kept the wheels of commerce running for some time and have been built up with many layers of complexity and integration. Strict compliance regulations prevent many companies from exposing data in a cloud environment. With these constraints and issues in mind Microsoft has created a number of hybrid options that allow companies to selectively migrate enterprise solutions or build new applications that use cloud services while maintaining an on-prem infrastructure.

Let’s look at the options.

Zocalo + Amazon Web Services Could Be Game Changer

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Things are already pretty messy in the productivity space between Microsoft and Google. But it could get a whole lot messier.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)  just announced that its document storage, sharing and collaboration application for the enterprises is now on general release.

Amazon Zocalo has been in limited preview since July, but is now available to all AWS customers with bargain basement prices, and could be a game changer in the document collaboration and sharing and sync space.

Enterprise File Sync & Share Solutions: What's the Difference?

2014-29-August-Confusion.jpgHey IT Manager: if you don’t think your company has a file sync and share solution, you’re fooling yourself. By some estimates, over one third of your employees are using one as many as four times per day. And if protecting your company’s information is your responsibility that spells trouble. Because whether you want to admit it or not, you've lost control.

Microsoft Secures SharePoint Online Data

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Microsoft has taken another step to secure data in SharePoint Online with the introduction of Data Loss Prevention (DLP). The only thing surprising is that it has taken this long to do it, given that Microsoft already provides DLP for Exchange, Outlook and Outlook Web App (OWA).

However, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to introduce DLP to SharePoint Online without also applying it to OneDrive.

So Microsoft has gone ahead and done that, too.  With it, users will be able to to search for sensitive content in the enterprise eDiscovery Center, but keep the content where it was originally located.

Quick Start Guide to Archiving Documents in the Cloud

2014-27-August-Squirrel.jpgIf you're considering whether your organization should go with cloud-based archiving for some of your documents, take a two step approach in your decision making. First, understand what your archiving requirements are — whether on premises or in the cloud. Then clarify what the pros and cons are of on premises versus cloud based archiving and decide which approach makes sense for your organization right now.

IBM Pumps Up the SoftLayer Data Volumes

IBM is pumping up the SoftLayer volume again, this time with the announcement that it is opening a new SoftLayer data center in Australia, with another due to be opened later in the year. It also announced the availability of new bare metal servers that can be deployed in less than 30 minutes and billed by the hour.

The latest SoftLayer data center continues IBM’ push into the Asia Pacific region with hybrid, private and public cloud environments, while the introduction of bare metal servers will make this kind of cloud deployments cheaper and easier to install.

Has Google Delivered a Killer Blow to Microsoft Office Apps?

Google quietly landed what could be a killer blow for Microsoft Apps with the release of a number of upgrades to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.

The first piece of bad news for Microsoft: Google created a separate iOS app for Slides, its answer to Microsoft PowerPoint.

The rest of the bad news comes in the form of upgrades to the existing Google Docs and Sheets apps for iOS. With them, users can open, create and edit native Microsoft Office files on any iOS device for the first time.

Google Apps are platform and device neutral — and they are also cheaper than Microsoft's offerings.

VMWare Goes Big on Desktop, Mobile, Content Management #VMWorld

Forget mobile-first, cloud-first. It’s a “liquid world” said VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger … a world in which companies like Uber, an app that connects people needing a ride with drivers, has a higher market capitalization than Hertz and Avis combined. What’s remarkable about this is that it’s a company without any physical assets.

This is the brave, new world of IT, he told a packed house of more than 20,000 in San Francisco at VMWorld, the company’s annual user conference. He also, for what might be the first time ever, mentioned the company’s End User Computing Business, which promises to provide users with secure anytime, anywhere access to their desktops, applications, and content via any device.

Will iOS 8 Reinvent Document Storage, Access for Mobile?

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Apple's iOS 8 operating system is set to hit the streets next month.

We talked earlier this summer about its impact on mobile marketers. How they must be able to adapt to the changes, such as actionable push notifications, a notification center and lock screen widgets, developer access for in-app fingerprint passcodes and updates to limit location tracking.

But the new iOS is also going to have a deep impact on the way documents are accessed and stored on iOS devices, according to Mika Javanainen, product development executive for M-Files, a Dallas, Texas-based content/document management software provider. His thinking?

Apps will be able to extend beyond their sandbox, into other apps, thereby avoiding duplicate document copies during editing. For Apple, this is a huge departure from the separate silos system and makes the iOS platform more appealing to the enterprise market. Content management software/app providers will finally be able to access other apps to manage and edit documents

Change is Scary, But Needed for EIM Success

2014-26-August-Changing-Letters.jpgThere’s no shortage of voices talking about the need for a new approach to enterprise information management (EIM). We can spend a lot of time unpacking all of the societal, individual, technological and digital forces that have brought us to what Andy Grove of Intel calls the inflection point: a time in the life of a business when its fundamentals are about to change.

But how can we make this change happen in EIM?

Without principles at its core, EIM Strategy will degenerate into an insignificant organizing and reorganizing of already existing situations — a “rearranging of deck chairs on the Titanic.”

You Will Never Get Enterprise Content Management Right

2014-22-August-nope.jpgNo one will. At least not in the way we typically think about it.

We all seem to want to solve it narrowly, tactically, with concrete steps we can begin taking today, making progress step by step until we’ve got ECM down. We think we need to find the right systems, or migrate this or that swamp of content from where it is to a better place, or get our user interface more intuitive. And then, with that heavy lifting done (and the promised land reached), we can run and maintain our optimized ECM environment on and on into the future, delivering value to our overjoyed stakeholders, who shower us with accolades and $25 Starbucks cards as tokens of their eternal gratitude.

HP Fuses Data Management Assets for Internet of Things Play

2014-8-22 HP Strealines Data Business.jpgThe pieces are finally falling into place. Over the past two years since that acquisition, HP has been building up Autonomy’s portfolio and pushing it in a million different directions. Late last night the master plan became clear.

HP is pulling Vertica, HP Autonomy’s core IDOL business, and all of the HP Autonomy Information Management and governance businesses to form the Big Data business group.

It is also taking its Aurasma augmented reality software and tying it into HP Autonomy’s customer engagement solutions to form the Marketing Optimization business group.

Will Alfresco's New Round of Funding Generate Returns?

It’s hard to know if Alfresco CEO Doug Dennerline knew what he was getting into when he took the helm at the open source enterprise content management provider 19 months ago. He was brought in to take the company public, and needless to say, that hasn’t happened.

And while for companies like Box, which filed for an IPO in March but has not even started its road show thus far, the state of the stock market might be an impediment, with Alfresco, it’s something else. They don’t yet have the right stuff.

So it’s no surprise that today they announced that they have raised a new round of “growth funding,” $45 million “to increase velocity of its Go-to-Market (GTM) strategy globally — focused on adding sales people, investing in marketing, and expanding development to drive the SaaS-ification of the content market,” according to a press release.

Google Dealing With 1M Data Takedown Requests Daily

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Google is attempting to sink information pirates by processing more than one million takedown requests every day. The number of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), requests has rocketed since Google started making the information public and looks set to grow for the rest of the year.

In the last week alone, according to figures that appeared on Google’s Transparency Report today, Google received 7.8 million requests, up 10 percent from the previous week.

Take Back Your SharePoint Governance Plan

2014-21-August-Tug-of-War.jpgLet’s start at the beginning … What is a governance plan? In the IT world a governance plan is typically a set of roles, responsibilities, procedures, policies, etc., that an organization can build around the usage of a particular piece of technology. When you are implementing new software either for the first time or in preparation for an upgrade, a governance plan is important, but depending on the technology, may not always be required.

When you are implementing SharePoint, a governance plan is definitely required.

Microsoft Leaves Ballmer Bleeding as It Moves On

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If Steve Ballmer’s decision to step down from the board of Microsoft was sudden, it wasn’t a surprise. 

Once Satya Nadella stepped in as CEO and started changing Microsoft from a devices and services company to one focused on productivity and platforms, Ballmer had to go. "Cloud first, mobile first," became the new mantra.

In an open letter to Nadella, Ballmer explained that he thinks it would be impractical for him to stay on the board. Ballmer's commitment to Microsoft is clear. “I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will,” he said in the letter. Microsoft, though, doesn’t really care. It's already ancient history.

Taking the First Steps Toward ECM in the Cloud

2014-20-August-Climbing.jpgIt was only two or three years ago that clients would ask about storing their content in the cloud in purely theoretical terms. There was no interest in actually doing anything about it, but it was a sexy conversation to have.

Now the conversation is no longer about "if clients could move their content to the cloud" but "when will they move content to the cloud." And if our clients are really honest, the conversation is about how they get control over all of the content they currently have in the cloud regardless of if the platform is official or not.

By 2020 every enterprise organization will be running cloud content management for a portion of their application needs. So the question becomes, where do you start? How do you begin building a strategy when we don't know exactly what things will look like when we get to the end?

Steve Ballmer Steps Down From Microsoft's Board

Thumbnail image for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.jpgAfter more than a third of a century at Microsoft, Steve Ballmer announced today he'll leave the software giant's board, effective immediately.

Ballmer, who remains the company's biggest shareholder — he owns more shares than Bill Gates, who has pared his holdings in recent years — said he's been reflecting on his role at Microsoft since he yielded the CEO job to Satya Nadella almost a half a year ago. Notably, he took on a new challenge during that time as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The transition from Ballmer to Nadella represents a shift in direction for Microsoft from a software company that dominated desktop computing to one that is fighting to find its place in a world where mobile is destined to become the leading computing platform and software will increasingly be sold as a subscription service. Nadella is leading multiple initiatives in that direction by championing Office 365, SharePoint Online and other products.

Look What Dropbox for Business Has Made Available Now

Dropbox doesn’t have to worry much about gaining an enterprise footprint, the reality is that it’s already huge. There are over 4 million unique companies using the service, according to Ilya Fushman, head of product, Dropbox for Business. And there are likely to be a good number of users within each one. Consider that Dropbox, as a whole, has more than 300 million users, many of whom use Dropbox in the workplace — with or without their employers’ blessings.

We’re in an era of consumerized IT where the worker, rather than IT, chooses the tools. And according to a survey released by mobile gateway provider Wandera, Dropbox is 13 times more popular in the enterprise than file sync and share competitor Box and nine times more popular than Google Drive.

That being said, it’s only in the last 18 months that Dropbox has actively and seriously gone after business customers. This has meant rethinking what they bring to market. After all, as a consumer you own your content, in the workplace it belongs to your employer and it’s under their purview to protect, track and control it.

Microsoft Frees-up Storage For SharePoint Online Sites

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Microsoft just announced a service that will make it easier to manage storage for SharePoint Online within the Office 365 suite.

The move effectively tackles one of the big problems users were having with storage allocation to SharePoint site collections. It also makes the management of entire SharePoint environments easier.

The changes announced last night makes the storage limits associated with each group of sites more flexible. It means storage that is not used with one site collection can be moved to another to facilitate the development of that collection.

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