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Save Your Tears, Intranets Aren't Dying

Save Your Tears, Intranets Aren't DyingExpect nothing new for the intranet this year. No new major innovations, or paradigm shifts, or evolutionary arcs. The intranet will not die, nor will email, nor will any other enterprise technology. Some of the supposed "experts" (who are really just grandstanding) have predicted in recent years the death of the intranet, the death of email, the death of enterprise social media (one self-proclaimed guru even told me recently that wikis are dead). No one is dying, and no one is giving birth to any great innovation.

Nor should you be fooled by old sheep in new clothing with five-dollar handles like “digital workplace” and “enterprise social network.”

Sign Posts to Watch on the Social Enterprise Journey

goldenpath.jpg“It’s the journey, not the destination.”

This well known cliché holds true for enterprise social maturity. In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her friends traveled the yellow brick road believing the wizard would fix all their problems. Turns out there was no wizard -- just a man behind the curtain. But they didn't need a wizard, because the answers and abilities to solve the problems lay within. 

When you first embark on your journey to enterprise social business, it's hard enough to define the path, have a concept of the grand vision and take the first few steps to piloting and experimenting within a new world of technology. As the journey matures, the focus turns to finding like-minded people to evangelize and support, understanding detractors and defining the boundaries of the path within your organization.

LinkedIn Asks: How Good is Your Content?

LinkedIn is stepping up its focus on content. After releasing a site-wide Publishing Platform last month, the professional social networking site will be launching a Content Marketing Score and a way to measure trending content. 

Amazon Joins Trend of Desktops in the Cloud

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Amazon today announced a new cloud-based desktop service that may suit companies where more workers are using their own devices to connect to the enterprise.

Amazon WorkSpaces allows end-users to access their documents or applications remotely from Amazon Web Services (AWS) by both computers and mobile devices, including iOS, Android and Amazon Kindle Fire tablets.

A company's Active Directory can be integrated so users can continue to logon with their work credentials. Including storage, directory access and a desktop, it costs $35 per user per month.

Enterprise Collaboration Tools a 'Must' For Business Success

AIIM lede.jpgMost organizations see collaboration as crucial to their success, but nearly two-thirds of those organizations feel confused about the dovetailing of collaboration and social tools.

And while document and content sharing outside the firewall is considered a necessary evil, many onsite systems have been secured against access to outside systems, forcing business workers to rely on unsecured file sharing systems.

These results and more from recent AIIM research points to a C-Suite that favors collaboration, but puts many obstacles in the way to achieving it.

Thank You, Jive, Let's Get Producteev

ProducteevDomestic task management is hard enough, unless you’re one of those drones who gets a charge from crossing something off of your “honey do” list. 

Put yourself in the office where teamwork and collaboration are defaults and keeping track of things — like who’s doing what, where’d you put that, when are you going to finish your part so that I can do mine, what’s the priority — becomes a nightmare.

Or not, if you have Producteev, a social task management solution, offered by Jive.

Vendors Fail Regulated Industry Customers with Rush to the Cloud

Judging from the messaging, reviews and conversations that came out of the SharePoint conference earlier this month, the word from Las Vegas could be summed up as, "It's all about the cloud stupid!" 

With Office 365 growth surpassing SharePoint's, Yammer the new focus of social and the newest buzzwords, Office Graph and Oslo, the drum beat you hear is the continued push to the cloud.

The $100 Billion People Directory

Facebook started off as a people directory. Why connecting people is the new goldmine both inside and outside organizations. 

Cisco, Google Collaborate on Chromebook #EnterpriseCon

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Google and Cisco are putting their enterprise collaboration faith into the little $200 laptop.

Or maybe they're just trying to gang up on Microsoft.

No matter how you slice it, the companies announced today at Enterprise Connect in Orlando a collaboration for collaboration software: the Cisco WebEx experience on Google's Chromebook and the integration of Cisco UC technologies into Google Apps.

The Future of SharePoint and the Social Pivot

SharePoint and the Social PivotEveryone wants to understand the future roadmap of SharePoint. There is no shortage of content and discussion around Microsoft’s every move in the content management and collaboration space, with both angst and praise expressed about each individual feature and announcement. As with the idiom "not see the forest for the trees," focus too much on the short term features and you may lose sight of the broader SharePoint platform strategy.

Stop Working So Hard: Your Health Depends on It

social business, Hard Work, Long Hours Means Bad Heart, Dumber Brain?

News bulletin: After reading this article, get offline, go home, take a nap — or if you're lucky enough to be in a warm climate — have a date with the sun. (Wait, it's Friday! aren't you doing this anyway?)

Why?

Because working too hard is bad for your health, of course. 

Marianna Virtanen, professor at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Finland), proved this point with her research in the last few years, which led to this thesis. The title of her work pretty much summed it up: "Long Working Hours and Health in Office Workers: A Cohort Study of Coronary Heart Disease, Diabetes, Depression and Sleep Disturbances."

Checking email at midnight? Heart attacks coming. Putting the finishing touches on that proposal for the morning meeting at 1:30 a.m.? Diabetes is on its way.

The Future of Office and Features to Use Today

During the Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas the big emphasis was on -- to no one's surprise -- Office 365 rather than on-premises versions of SharePoint. While it was great to see the new features Microsoft unveiled, the conference also gave us time to look at existing features that you may or may not be aware of. Let's take a look.

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.

Organizations Need to Cultivate Poets, Not Mushrooms

Thumbnail image for the crow.pngA while back, I delivered a presentation originally titled “writing customer experiences.” Writing because I think of a customer experience as an emotional journey and of the process of designing for customer experience as similar to the process of structuring an evocative story.

But maybe the individual moments in the customer experience are opportunities for poetry.

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.

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