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IBM Shuffles the Deck with Revamped Partner Program

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It looks as if IBM is taking a page out of Microsoft’s book. Last night it announced the launch of its new One Channel Team operations strategy, as it works to turn itself around after some poor quarterly figures.

According to Marc Dupaquier, general manager for IBM Global Business Partners, IBM developed this strategy to align core IBM business units around a single channel team.

Plan for Migration Success with Search

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Migrating a website or an intranet to a new CMS or new information architecture comes with considerable challenges. Automated tools can support the process, but almost inevitably a great deal of discussion and work will need to take place around specific areas of the site. Having information management policies and strategies in place goes a long way in helping to define content quality, metadata and a taxonomy for the new site. Moving file shares and other repositories into a cloud storage and application environment such as Google Drive has emerged as another requirement.

Effective search will play a vital role in adoption if the migration results in any changes to the intranet structure, and will continue to do so until users have found their way around the information architecture (IA), new content types and repositories.

You Go Girl! Jive's Got a New CEO

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Silicon Valley isn’t known for its plethora of female CEO’s, but now it can proudly claim one more — Jive Software’s Elisa Steele.

Steele, who joined the social business software provider only 13 months ago, has proven herself in short order. She started as the executive vice president (EVP) of strategy and chief marketing officer in January 2014, was promoted to EVP of marketing and products last August, and to president of Jive in November when former CEO Tony Zingale retired.

Cryptzone Company Promises to Secure Office 365 Data #SPTechCon

Although Microsoft has been building up Office 365 at a furious rate, the development of its security features haven't kept pace. Enter the Sheriff — or at least Cryptzone’s version of it.

HiSoftware, a Cryptzone company, now offers Security Sheriff for Office 365, which extends the features and functions of its on-premises solution for inspecting, classifying, securing and auditing content to Office 365.

Austin's 1st #SPTechCon Meets in the Less Weird Part of Town

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Austin’s famous for a number of things: breakfast tacos, live music, a thriving startup and tech community and the number of places one can go with virtually no clothing and not get arrested.

But the city’s first SharePoint Tech Conference took place in the other part of Austin, in the northwest suburbs, close to Microsoft and Dell’s corporate headquarters and number of upscale retail chains.

Excuse Me SharePoint: A Crossroads or an On-Ramp? #SPTechCon

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It may be time for SharePoint to pick a new analogy. After all, how long do you stay “at the crossroads?” And isn’t it true that, at crossroads, you pick one direction and forgo the other?

I don’t think there’s a hybrid solution to a crossroads. And what SharePoint is doing looks more like an on-ramp to a cloud-based superhighway than crossroads.

But at the 2015 SharePoint Tech Con in Austin, Texas yesterday, the keynote panel was packed with IT professionals talking about SharePoint at the crossroads, as they’ve been doing for a few years now, ever since Microsoft started ooching the platform toward the cloud.

How Did Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Do in Year 1?

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Happy Anniversary Satya Nadella.

You became the CEO of Microsoft this time last year, and what a year it has been.

The house that Gates built (and Ballmer almost wrecked) has gone from being perceived as “old and tired” to being called “cool." And that’s largely because you haven’t taken your customers for granted and have understood that every day and in every way you must earn their trust and love.

After all, if Microsoft fails to delight, there’s an app or web service that can replace it. You understand this in a way that your predecessor, Steve Ballmer, did not.

For that, we commend you.

Adobe Enters Government Cloud Space [Infographic]

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Adobe is moving into the government cloud space.

What’s more, it's doing so with Adobe Experience Manager. The result is a set of solutions that many public users will already be familiar with — and should also provide other vendors in the space something to think about.

According to Adobe’s John Landwehr, Adobe public sector Chief Technical Officer, the product has a punch that its competitors don’t have. Landwehr told CMSWire that the Adobe offering is more than just cloud infrastructure. It’s an entire integrated solutions package, he said.

Did SAP Just Change the Game for Enterprise IT?

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Let’s face it. Most of the line of business applications that managers use to run today’s enterprises are pretty clunky.

Kind of like your grandfather’s rusted out, gas-guzzling Cadillac that was his pride and joy more than 20 years ago. Sure, it will still get you from here to there as it putters along, but try to get somewhere quick, to drive in the snow, on ice or off-road, and forget about it.

It can’t compete with today’s automobiles that automatically adjust for weather conditions and the terrain, help you hug curves like a racecar driver, and warn you before you back into something.

It’s prime time for something to change where line of business applications are concerned. And that’s precisely the vision that SAP unveiled for the world of business yesterday before a crowd at the New York Stock Exchange.

“It’s maybe the biggest innovation in enterprise IT in history, not only for SAP, but for the industry,” said Steve Lucas, president of SAP global solutions, during an interview following the presentation. “We’re ushering in a new wave of productivity unlike anything the world has seen before.”

What's Really Going on at EMC's Content Group?

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Shock and awe can be a good thing, especially if you’re introducing a change that’s long been desired. That’s why EMC’s Information Intelligence Group (IIG), which holds Documentum, Captiva, Syncplicity, among other product lines, waited until its annual partner pep rally last week to announce that it was changing its name to Enterprise Content Division — ECD is its acronym.

“We wanted to create some excitement around it,” said Rohit Ghai, EMC ECD’s new president. He knew that almost no one showed affinity for the old name, Information Intelligence Group (IIG) as it has been called for too many years.

“No one knew what that meant,” an EMC partner who asked not to be identified told us.

And while that kind of feedback matters a great deal to Ghai, there were three primary drivers behind the renaming: legitimacy, heritage and evolution.

Jive Brings Workstyle Apps to the Rest of Us

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We’ve all been told that mobile and the cloud are great equalizers. But how often do small and mid-sized businesses continue to find technologies and solutions beyond reach because of their cost, required technical know-how, difficulty of implementation and so on?

Far more often than most vendors are prepared to admit.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, said Colleen Jansen, vice president of global marketing, Jive Software. Today the company that has brought communication and collaboration solutions to enterprises and their business partners since 2001, unveiled three new workstyle apps: Jive Daily, Jive Chime and Jive People.

They’re consumer-like in look and feel, functional in that they work the way you work, easily accessible (not just anywhere, any time, any device) in that you don’t need much help (if any) from IT to set up and use them, and affordable to business and organizations of all shapes and sizes. (Though large enterprises might fare better with Jive and Jive X).

Here’s the low down on the three apps.

3 Reasons Amazon's Email Could Dent Google, Microsoft

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Think Microsoft and Google have the business email market tied-up? Think again. Amazon has come up with a new business email service called WorkMail that ties in nicely with its file-sharing service Zocalo, and WorkSpaces, a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution.

The new service, launched in preview late last week, provides an email and calendar service that aims to cut into a market that has been dominated by Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google for Work Apps. It has three key features that just might help it dent the market leaders.

Microsoft Gives Apple Users OneDrive For Business Access

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Last year, Microsoft promised OneDrive for Business for Mac would be ready by the end of the year. It wasn't. However this week Microsoft finally released the first public preview.

The comes only two weeks after Microsoft announced that it was pulling the OneDrive consumer storage service and the OneDrive for Business storage together so that users will be able to sync shared folders across the entire system or selectively chose files to sync, just like products like Dropbox.

Google, VMware Partner for Hybrid Cloud Computing

Google announced today that it has inked a new partnership deal with VMware that should give its public cloud services a considerable boost in the enterprise.

According to a statement issued by the two companies, VMware is making four Google cloud services available to enterprise customers through its vCloud Air hybrid cloud. The services include Big Query analytics, Google Cloud Storage, as well as Google Datastore and DNS services.

Office 365 Shines, But What About Microsoft Windows?

You’d have to be a forensic accountant to understand Microsoft’s financials. However, a few things are clear from this week's second quarter earnings release.

The first is that the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant is starting to make serious ground in the cloud space. The second is that CEO Satya Nadella’s strategy of revamping and remarketing Windows is needed more than ever. The third: there's no beating Office 365, at least for the moment.

While the numbers triggered only tepid enthusiasm from the financial markets, from an IT perspective there are a lot of positives that show Nadella’s strategy of moving Microsoft from packaged software company to cloud-based software provider is beginning to pay off.

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