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Microsoft Reveals Office 2016 for the Enterprise #Conv15

Microsoft has finally put Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer into technical preview.

To be clear about this, this is not the first time glimpse of Office 2016. It was in private preview, so we knew quite a bit about it already.

But now we have the definitive word. At the Convergence conference in Atlanta today, Microsoft gave a clear outline of where it stands with Office 2016 and where it wants to go with it.

Microsoft's New BI Tool Plays Nice, Even With 3rd Party Vendors

If you haven’t at least experimented with Microsoft’s business intelligence visualization tool Power BI yet, now there are no excuses left.

Microsoft made many announcements during its Convergence conference in Atlanta this morning. They included news that the preview of Power BI is now being released worldwide to 140 markets.

Thinking of Moving to a Public Cloud? Think Again

The public cloud is more than 30 percent riskier than on-premises applications — and security concerns remain a strong barrier to cloud adoption.

Those are just two of the findings from a new Cloud Security Spotlight Survey (registration required) by Campbell, Calif.-based Bitglass.

The data security company surveyed more than 1,000 IT and IT security practitioners to assess the state of cloud in the enterprise.

It found a third of respondents have experienced more security breaches with the public cloud than with on-premises applications. In addition, 90 percent still express concern about public cloud security.

The report also exposed other interesting facts, including that there are greater fears about employee misuse and access control than malware and hacking. In addition, Microsoft is making big gains in the enterprise, pushing past Google as an email provider and challenging Salesforce as the cloud service of choice.

What Does Box's Lousy Showing Mean to the Enterprise?

Box CEO Aaron Levie better have had an extra cup of coffee before he arrived at his company’s Silicon Valley offices this morning. Chances are he was staring at the NASDAQ ticker all morning -- his company’s shares are down a whopping 15.64 percent (as of 3:03 EDT).

Big Data Bits: Making Sense Edition

For all we write about Hadoop, Spark, NoSQL databases and the geeky IT-facing side of big data, what really matters is how it brings value to knowledge workers. That’s the point, after all, isn’t it?

Discovering actionable insights and finding new, data-rich perspectives to study and look at problems is the promise of this data age.

And it’s not only that, but it’s delivering data smarts to the people who need them most and, more often than not, they’re not data workers.

So when solution providers make progress in these areas, we can’t help but get excited.

Enterprise Search's Future Relies on Information Science Skills

Clinton Gormley and Zachary Tong published an excellent new book on Elasticsearch. It weighs in at over 700 pages -- a commitment for even the most dedicated reader -- but worth the effort for those interested in the topic.

In it, the authors describe the information retrieval functionality of Elasticsearch. They describe several hundred functional elements in the book. The skill lies in knowing which to implement given the nature of the content and the type of query that will be used. This requires information science/information retrieval skills, not developer skills. There's a shortage of these skills, but they are essential in four areas of open source search implementation.

9 Metrics To Assess SharePoint Content Security

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Is your SharePoint content secure? More importantly, do you know how to assess your content security?

Given the number of SharePoint environments, it’s likely that a lot of people would answer "no."

Metalogix, however, has just released a new tool it claims will help. The new Insider Threat Index (ITI) offers SharePoint managers insight into their content security based on nine metrics.

Before creating the ITI, Metalogix surveyed a large number of enterprises. It found many are at risk of major data breaches.

Steve Marsh, director of product marketing for Metalogix and an expert in SharePoint migration and management technologies, said governance, monitoring, and compliance are still major headaches for many enterprises.

Three's a Cloud: Are You Using Too Many Cloud Providers?

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Go ahead: Try to avoid conversation about the cloud. Odds are it will be impossible.

The cloud has evolved from a buzzword to an enterprise essential. But most companies have embraced the cloud a little too enthusiastically, a new study from Telstra shows.

Telstra, an Australian telecommunications company, found a disconnect between cloud desires and realities. Specifically, more than seven out of 10 IT decision makers want to store all their data on a single cloud provider. But the majority instead use three vendors.

While more vendors theoretically reduce risks by creating redundancies, too many clouds — like too many cooks — spoil the soup of enterprise simplicity.

It's a Long Road Ahead for Net Neutrality

On Feb. 26, the five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines -- 3 (Democrats) -- 2 (Republicans) -- to enable net neutrality.

While this debate started many years ago and is far from over, especially with Senate testimony from the five FCC commissioners expected on March 18, it's worthwhile to look at the history of the Internet to better understand how we’ve landed here and what this might mean going forward.

Cleaning Up File Shares: Keep, Move, Delete or Archive?

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Destruction of significant, unique objects from a file share is rarely the first step in the destruction phase of the life cycle of the record. Usually the process of elimination from deduplication to significant, unique object deletion is multi-faceted.

Here is one way your company might approach a few of the decisions.

OpenText Automates Contract Process Management

OpenText announced the release of a new contract management solution. It will enable enterprises to automate the entire contract process and related tasks by pulling together a number of technologies from OpenText’s enterprise information management portfolio.

The new product offers contract process management — for the smallest and simplest contract to the most complex contracts for global organizations.

The release comes at an opportune time for legal departments, which we reported last week are struggling with even the simplest document management tasks.

In a statement OpenText noted that its new Contract Center solution offers automation and management of processes from the very first contact through authoring, negotiation, execution, renewal and retention.

Here's Another Reason for CIOs to Like Dropbox

There’s a reason why Dropbox is one of the defaults for saving Microsoft Office documents: 35 billion of them already live in the cloud file storage service. And though some might be homework assignments, recipes, directions to soccer fields and such, a large portion of them are about business.

Yet according to a recent survey only nine percent of work documents are stored in a company-sanctioned file sharing service.

This spells h-u-g-e  o-p-p-o-r-t-u-n-i-t-y for Dropbox for Business. After all, Dropbox is the unofficial file sharing service used by most workers. All Dropbox for Business needs to do to win the market is to earn IT’s blessing.

The company is working feverishly to do exactly that.

Are You Managing Documents Like It's 1990? [Infographic]

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Forget file-sharing services like Dropbox, Box, Nitro, Syncplicity and OneDrive for Business. Ditto for high resolution monitors, tablets and digital signatures. 

More than a third of us are working with documents and collaborating the old fashioned way, via email, printing and editing, hand signing and scanning -- you get the idea. So says a survey conducted by Nitro and the PDF Association. It looked at the way 1200 knowledge workers in 56 countries across 13 industries and 10 professions used documents on the job. And it’s not just small companies that we’re talking about, but those with as many as 10,000 employees as well. 

Gartner's Look at Advanced Analytics Vendors: Are You Using a Winner?

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Hats off to Gartner for resisting the temptation to call Advanced Analytics “Analytics 3.0” because no one knows what that means. Some say that 3.0 suggests “analytics for all," referencing “all” as average workers.

Advanced Analytics, by Gartner's definition, are anything but that, according to the Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms (registration required).

Instead, Gartner defines them as “the analysis of all kinds of data using sophisticated quantitative methods (for example, statistics, descriptive and predictive data mining, simulation and optimization) to produce insights that traditional approaches to business intelligence (BI) — such as query and reporting — are unlikely to discover."

In other words, advanced analytics are the scalpels used by highly trained data scientists.

The Continued Failure of Risk Management Practices

Risk management is not about avoiding failure -- it is about achieving success.

The ERM Initiative at North Carolina State University, led by Mark Beasley, has published its sixth report on the state of risk management. I saw the first report in 2010 and frankly, not much has changed.

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