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IBM's Take on Going 'Mobile First'

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For businesses to really nail success in the mobile enterprise, the first thing they should probably realize is it’s not easy.

It’s one of IBM’s messages from its report, “The upwardly mobile enterprise: Setting the strategic agenda.”

How does your company interact with customers on mobile? How does it develop and deliver products and services via mobile? How does mobile apply to physical, human and digital capital?

“While there are always risks associated with the use of new technologies,” IBM concluded in its study, “we also see risks associated with not taking advantage of mobile capabilities as customers’ expectations grow, and new and emerging competitors achieve results in this space.”

SharePoint, Collaboration Success Through Lens of Former Dell CTO

Call it a chief change in technology.

HiSoftware Inc. announced earlier this month the appointment of former Dell chief technology officer and Microsoft SharePoint MVP Chris McNulty as its company's CTO. 

With an MCTS, MCSE, MSA and MVTSP certification, McNulty has more than 20 years of software experience, including overseeing Dell solutions for SharePoint, Office 365, Yammer and related technologies.

He's also an occasional CMSWire contributor who's written recently about new patterns of collaboration in SharePoint and SharePoint's key enhancements over the last 10 years.

CMSWire caught up with McNulty for a Q&A on his new role, his past role at Dell and collaboration in the enterprise.

Alfresco CTO: Intelligent, Adaptable, Amazing Tech Ahead

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John Newton has a vision of what technology and enterprise collaboration will look like in 2024. 

Trust these future goggles. They've got plenty of experience. Newton is the CTO and chairman of Alfresco, an open source enterprise content management provider. But back in 1990, he co-founded, designed and led the development of Documentum, which was later acquired by EMC.

"Assuming that it continues on more or less the pace it has so far, and there’s no reason not to think that, there is some amazing stuff that’s possible," Newton told CMSWire in a phone interview from the AIIM Conference this month, where he spoke. "Extremely high resolution displays. Virtual reality types of devices. New ways of inputting into computers. A lot of wearable technology that will go beyond the consumer stuff and actually make systems more usable for us."

How to Avoid SharePoint Governance Mistakes

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If you're wondering what your SharePoint governance plan should look like, look around you. It should probably look a lot like your organization.

There's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach, even if you're in an highly regulated industry like healthcare of financial services that imposes strict regulations on information sharing. At least that was the consensus of a panel of experts from Avanade, HiSoftware, Portal Solutions and Metalogix in a webinar today.

The panel explored some of the most common mistakes about governance in SharePoint, but focused more on common misconceptions that surface when companies set out to create their governance plan. While there are some fine examples of governance plans, the panelists said no template is automatically right for your organization.

How to Win with SharePoint #AIIM14

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The challenge was big. Get a company to collaborate better. 

But not just any company. A global human resources consulting firm that had more than 14,000 employees distributed in 1,500 locations across 35 countries.

It was the task of the team at Buildingi and Roberto Yglesias, the consultancy's business technology director.

"In their case, after a large merger they had no real way of collaborating across teams and geographies, and it was done through file shares if it was done at all," said Yglesias, who is speaking on the topic at the AIIM Conference in Orlando tomorrow.

"We architected a SharePoint deployment that allowed them not only to collaborate across all regions effectively and easily but also it automatically implements all required retention policies."

Cisco Releases New Video Collaboration Tools

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Smile. You're on camera. With your work colleagues. Harrowing, right, in this work-from-home, don't-care-about-my-hair environment today?

But Cisco is all about enterprise collaboration through video and today released a series of video systems that offer HD quality. It wants enterprises to make video the de facto meeting-room collaboration tool.

The systems are called Cisco TelePresence MX200, MX700 and MX800, the first geared toward smaller conference rooms and the latter two for medium- to large-sized ones. They come with technologies associated with the video platforms from Cisco.

Workplace Social Software Update Highlights Zimbra's Vision

It's been about eight months since Telligent acquired Zimbra in the social enterprise software space, and all things point to a complete transition. In fact, Telligent is so confident in Zimbra's platform that it has rebranded to the latter.

A regular in the Magic Quadrants and Waves for social software and communities, Zimbra's hoping to make another splash with today's release of its community software solution: Zimbra Community 8.0, which Zimbra says features customer support and private social networking for remote and mobile workers.

Volerro Launches Free Collaborative Screen Sharing

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Hoping to attract customers to its new marketing collaboration tools, Volerro today launched a free interactive tool called ReVu.Me that allows business teams to discuss and annotate print documents, videos, photos and more in real time in the cloud.

ReVu.Me is available to anyone as a stand-alone service. It is also integrated into Volerro's marketing collaboration suite, which has attracted 1,100 paying customers during the beta phase, the company claims. The collaboration suite also was formally launched today.

Together, they offer a broad set of low-cost document management capabilities for smaller companies that have outgrown Basecamp, but lack the financial cost and technical complexity of SharePoint.

OpenText Evolves Biz Management with Tempo Upgrade

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OpenText is redesigning the way business information management is done with a number of new upgrades to its OpenText Tempo product line. The upgrades also offers practical examples of how its Project Red Oxygen will work.

The upgrades, announced this week, are intended to provide users a way to increase business productivity through secure social collaboration. OpenText is changing Tempo — essentially a collaboration application — into something that covers all the bases of enterprise collaboration, including enterprise file synchronization and sharing.

4 Ways to Make Yammer a Better Workplace Tool

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Ever since Microsoft bought Yammer in June 2012 and announced plans to integrate it with SharePoint, there has been considerable interest in the social network and getting the most out of it. Now GoodData has entered the fray. It researched how companies use Yammer in the enterprise, and offers four suggestions for improvement.

So Bill Clinton is a SharePoint Expert? #SPC14

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It's hard to think of former President Bill Clinton as a SharePoint geek. But Clinton is always full of surprises — whether it's a spur-of-the-moment  trip to Burma or an appearance at the Golden Globes.

So maybe his selection as the keynote speaker at SharePoint Conference 2014 isn't as random as it seems. Besides, conferences have long histories of selecting keynote speakers with little or no connection to the topics at hand.

Collaboration and the Internet of Things

How to Collaborate with the Internet of ThingsThis is not an article about SkyNet and Terminators that come back in time to save the future. It is not about the rise of the machines, and it is about the rise of the machines … but not in the way you might think.

Cubicles, Corner Offices, Open Workspaces: Who's More Satisfied?

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Does how and where you work affect privacy and communication? As anyone who's worked in a cubicle or a corner office can attest, it's an obvious question. And yet, the answer isn't as straight forward. Many tech firms will tell you how open workspaces have helped teams collaborate more efficiently, while most executives know they've made it when they achieve the corner suite. Recently a team of researchers set out to find out the distinct benefits associated with various office spaces and how they affect workspace satisfaction. 

Marketers Pick Their Social Media Channels of Choice [Infographic]

Despite being lumped together under the social media banner, not all social sites are the same, a difference that is reflected in how social media is used by marketers.

Voluntary Code of Conduct for Mobile Apps Takes One Step for Consumer Privacy

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Mobile apps are the wild west of software, but there's a new sheriff in town -- if you're in the U.S that is. It's a voluntary sheriff, in the form of an optional code of conduct whose testing by signatories was announced this week by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

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