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HP Autonomy Unleashes New Data Recovery Vision with Data Protector v8.1

HP Autonomy (HPA) has just announced Data Protector v8.1 will be available in January. While it comes with a bunch of new features, the real significance of this release will be the introduction of an entirely new way of looking at and implementing data recovery.

M-Files v10 Tackles Enterprise Content Management User Adoption Problems

M-Files, an enterprise content management solution, ends a successful year with this week's release of v10.0. With it, M-Files tackles the problems of traditional, folder-based enterprise content management (ECM) navigation, as well as the problem of developing hybrid cloud-on premises systems. Both issues create considerable problems for business users with limited technology skills, impeding user adoption, the company reports.

Cloudy Outlook for Enterprise Customer Relationship Management

There's new research from software consultancy Software Advice on the way enterprises are deploying customer relationship management (CRM) systems. It shows sales force automation is the most requested application — and that the vast majority of enterprises prefer CRM in the cloud.

Microsoft Abandons Controversial Employee Review System

Microsoft is abandoning its controversial stack ranking employee review and compensation system, which encourages workers to compete rather than work collaboratively. The move comes just months before Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to retire.

If you were cynical, you might think the review system and Ballmer's imminent departure are related. Is Ballmer unwilling to review his controversial 13-year tenure at the helm? Maybe, but it is probably pushing the analysis of this change a little too far.

Breaking Through the Content Management Cloud Cover

While there’s no question that cloud computing is here to stay, the numbers suggest that the need to manage content in the cloud has a variety of business drivers. The challenge facing organizations is that these various drivers are not necessarily consistent or aligned with each other. 

EMC's Syncplicity File Sync and Share Is Built for the Enterprise

Up until now, most enterprise File Sync and Share vendors have provided a service that looks -- and works -- much like Dropbox for Companies. Sure, the players in the space have added all sorts of security, controls, mobile capabilities, corporate branding, as well as integration with other enterprise applications to their offerings, but they’ve missed two important marks -- they weren’t built from the ground up for the way work gets done or with the deep, difficult to penetrate protections that companies need.

Syncplicity, with its latest release, becomes the exception.

SaaS Tools Bridge Gaps between Business Users, IT

image-cloudsummit-2013.jpgAs business technology moves to the cloud, software as a service (SaaS) providers are banding together in online marketplaces. This is helping IT teams provide business tools to end users in less complex ways.

Whether or not "the cloud" is still just a buzzword belies the fact that business applications are becoming more valuable when they can be delivered online to end users who are less technologically savvy.

Centrify for SaaS Unifies Identities, Mobile Management

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How many passwords do the employees in your organization manage? How many apps and software require unique user logins? If you're like most companies, the answer could be "too many to count."

Passwords have become easy to hack and hard for IT departments and employees to manage. But Centrify claims its User Suite, SaaS Edition, can help organizations eliminate password sprawl, while giving IT managers centralized access to an ever-increasing number of SaaS apps and mobile devices.

Shareholder Vote Against Oracle Pay: What's it Mean?

larryellison.jpgOracle Corp. shareholders are putting up a rare and semi-successful fight against rising executive pay at Oracle Corp. In a non-binding "say-on-pay" vote at Oracle's annual meeting yesterday, they rejected the pay packages for top managers, including Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Larry Ellison.

The protest vote was influenced by a group of powerful institutional advisors,  including the Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), which recommended the vote, and the California Employees' Retirement System, which supported it.

File Share Won't Solve Enterprise Content Management Problems

The fragmenting Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems market has file share vendors eager to take the place of production-ready ECM suites. But agile and effective as they may be, file share applications fall flat when compared with an Enterprise CMS for securely managing content.

Social Business Tools, Talent Keep Workers on Task

Social Business Tools, Talent Keep Workers on TaskThe productivity of knowledge workers in the digital age clearly depends on the tools and talent available for given projects. Social business systems that include an activity feed with document sharing capability, for example, are important. But so is the right talent to go with them.

Microsoft Upgrades Search for SharePoint Online

In keeping with its push to be the productivity suite of choice, Microsoft announced today two new search features for SharePoint Online, which will be rolled out globally over the next few days. The new Content Search Web Part (CSWP) enhances overall search functionality and result displays, while Cross-Site Collection Publishing (CCP) gives users the ability to publish content on multiple sites from the same content source.

Office 365 Gets Social CRM with Nimble Integration, Passes 2M Subscriber Mark

Microsoft continues its push to increase the functionality of Office 365 with the announcement of a partnership with Nimble which brings customer relationship management (CRM) to the productivity suite. The news coincided with Microsoft's report that Office 365 home subscriptions have hit the 2 million mark. 

Oracle Buys BigMachines, Increasing Cloud-Based Sales Functionality

Oracle just announced it has bought Chicago-based Configure, Price and Quote (CPQ) provider BigMachines in a move that will greatly enhance its cloud-based sales functionality. While the details of the deal were not disclosed, some sources suggest Oracle could have paid more than $400 million.

Jive Updates Flagship Software, Intros Cloud-Based Customer Platform

Jive is out with the fall release of its flagship enterprise social software, as well as a cloud-based version of its customer community platform.

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Jive's Universal App for iPad, with new features from the company's fall update

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