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What Enterprise Apps Could Learn From Consumer Apps

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Development of mobile apps for consumers and enterprise are two different animals. Consumer apps come from a broad range of sources, from individual hobbyists building Flappy Bird clones to publicly traded kings of the consumer app industry unleashing Candy Crush Sagas upon the workers of the world. For many consumer app creators, the approval process and product cycle is not complicated: make your game or widget, get the bugs fixed, and put it out there for everyone to enjoy. If it’s engaging and you catch viral lightning in a bottle you might see the ROI shortly, from ad impressions or in-app purchases.

Enterprise app development typically includes many more levels of approval, including getting buy-in from an organization’s CTO and other key stakeholders. This can result in more refinement to ensure all the requirements of the enterprise are met, but this comes with the risk that the app could sprawl to become an over-packed, unwieldy platypus.

Slack Extends Collaboration Offering with Plus Plan

Collaboration software provider Slack launched some new features this week that target companies with growing teams.

The San Francisco-based provider is betting on these teams needing help with single sign-on, compliance exports, a 99.99 percent uptime guarantee and 24/7 premium support. It's called a Plus plan, a new option priced at $12.50 per user per month.

"Slack puts all your team communication in one place and integrates with the tools you need to get your job done," a Slack spokesperson told CMSWire. '"They offer a better, more seamless experience than anyone else."

Office 365: 2014 Highlights, Preparing for 2015

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We've heard a lot about the "new" Microsoft over the last few years, complete with promises of fast innovation and the impact this would have on existing products. Microsoft delivered on these promises in 2014, with the addition of many new features and products within Office 365. It was a year of open communication filled with Roadmaps, Yam Jams and User Voice sites. In many ways, 2014 was a fulfillment of the promises made by Microsoft at the last SharePoint Conference.

Who Wants To Play With Facebook At Work?

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Facebook unveiled its new social network Facebook at Work today, a sign of its interest in the lucrative office productivity and collaboration market. A smartphone app called Facebook At Work, with the look and feel of classic Facebook, is now available in app stores.

However, just because you can download the app doesn't mean you can use it. "Facebook at Work is only available to people who have set up a work account through their employer," the app states.

Facebook is limiting initial use to a select few companies as it continues to test the platform. The promise is a new social network with familiar interfaces that will limit itself to enterprise communications.

Where Social Collaboration Is Heading

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Social collaboration software has come a long way, both in terms of acceptance in organizations (if not daily usage) and products. Ten years ago social collaboration was mostly thought of as Facebook for the enterprise, an unfortunate tagline that suggested frivolity and not utility. Since then, social collaboration has embraced many different types of technology that help knowledge workers find and share content and ideas. An explosion of new ways to work together gradually coalesced into the form we see today. This process is driving what we can expect in the next year or so.

Don't Be Afraid of SharePoint Customization

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When SharePoint first came on the scene many years ago, Microsoft embraced a broad and deep partner ecosystem, supported all sorts of educational events to train people and placed millions if not billions on marketing events, all focused on showing us how to customize SharePoint.

With the release of SharePoint 2013, we suddenly had Redmond telling everyone to stop customizing SharePoint. A lot of companies are now embarrassed and ashamed to admit that they have customized their SharePoint sites. In less than three years it went from de rigeur to risky and questionable.

Pitfalls of Enterprise Collaboration (and the Solutions)

Collaboration today is critical for any organization’s success. Organizations are becoming more geographically distributed, and though there are some exceptions such as Google and Yahoo, most organizations have no choice in the matter.

Although research claims collaboration works better if teams are all together, there is also the 50 yard rule -- anyone over 50 yards from you will collaborate with you in the same way as they would in a distributed office. Architects are working to create more collaborative physical spaces in organizations to maximize casual serendipitous interactions. Yet most organizations have not worked out how to collaborate face to face, let alone distributed collaboration. Let's look at the most common collaboration and distributed collaboration problems, identify a solution and explore specific actions.

Why does collaboration fail so often? It’s simple: people can’t make the mental shift!

Do You Really Need a College Degree to Work in IT?

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is known for her insistence on hiring employees with stellar college credentials. She even reportedly turned down actress Gwyneth Paltrow for an editing job with Yahoo for that reason, according to The New York Times. Paltrow is also the author of cookbooks and head of the lifestyle blog Goop—making her a natural fit, it would seem, to be a contributing editor of Yahoo Food.

Mayer "balked" at hiring Paltrow, though, according to the Times, because she "disapproved of the fact that Paltrow did not graduate college." According to the Times, Mayer "habitually asked deputies where they attended college."

Mayer might be taking her views on education to the extreme with Paltrow, but surely this opinion is appropriate for the numerous tech jobs that are filled at Yahoo every year. Right?

Not necessarily, say some in the industry. Granted, certain positions that require engineering skills, for example, call for not only a degree but advanced education as well. 

Glip Releases Asana Integration, Tackles 'Email Overload'

Less email, less stress, better collaboration.

Social enterprise collaboration platforms push this theme regularly. Some think email is dead. Others don't. It's a pot-stirrer in tech, no doubt.

Boca Raton, Fla.-based startup Glip is right in the thick of it, like hundreds of other social collaboration platforms. Does Glip expect companies to completely move away from email? Patrick Carmitchel, product evangelist for Glip, referred to this digital agency in a Glip promotional video that is "completely rejecting" email.

Making Social Business More Social #CES2015

Social business tools don't always live up to their promises of effective, real time, collaborative communication.

Yammer may look a bit like Facebook, but not everyone is comfortable working in groups on Facebook. Conference calls are useful, if you get past the garbled voices. And while Google Docs are convenient and compatible with many programs, many users also find their functionality somewhat limited.

What's really missing is the "social" aspect of social business. It's typically a lot more fun -- and potentially more productive -- to collaborate face-to-face with your coworkers . Of course, that isn't always possible when colleagues on the same teams may work thousands of miles apart.

Build Better Knowledge Management

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Long before Google Glass wearers made the news (and became pariahs within San Francisco-area coffee houses and restaurants), research projects at huge companies like IBM and Microsoft sought to bridge the gap between the capture and storage of corporate knowledge and intellectual property, and the difficult-to-archive individual narrative that attempted to make sense of this important, yet mostly disconnected content.

The effort of transcribing a personal experience or individual learning in context to our projects, business initiatives and other corporate artifacts (e.g., presentations, documents, spreadsheets) is incredibly difficult to accomplish in a way that can then be utilized by our knowledge management systems.

The problem with knowledge management (KM) is not a matter of data infrastructure -- whether your data resides on premises, in servers that you manage versus out in the cloud is irrelevant (to some degree) to the argument -- but with a user experience that fails to align the needs of the complex, non-linear playback mechanisms of the human brain with our systems of record.

Segway Inventor Dean Kamen: Science Isn't a Spectator Sport

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Dean Kamen has invented hundreds of things, including the first insulin pump for treatment of diabetes. But he'll probably be forever known as The Segway Guy.

Kamen made his fortune developing medical devices, but gained worldwide recognition in 2001 when he unveiled his Segway Personal Transporter. At the time, Kamen predicted the Segway would have an impact on society similar to that of the personal computer.

And while that claim remains debatable, the Segway has made significant inroads in niche markets. It's gained acceptance in police departments, military bases, warehouses, corporate campuses and industrial sites — despite the highly publicized and unfortunate device related death of the British tycoon who bought the company in 2009. The man, Jim Heselden, 62, accidentally steered the Segway off a 30-foot cliff and into a river while riding on his estate, about 140 miles from London.

But let's get back to Kamen, whose resume extends far beyond the Segway. The son of an illustrator for Mad Magazine and Weird Science, Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur and an autodidact who advocates for science and technology.

Building a Digital Workplace with Office 365

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Our workday world has changed dramatically with the advent of always on internet access and the explosion of mobile devices in the enterprise. Employees are no longer tethered to their desks in office buildings but are in the field working face to face with clients and customers. Microsoft’s vision for the future of work is made up of the Cloud OS (Office 365) and the mobile devices you use every day to get work done. The intersection between the two is the digital workplace.

2015: Time to Redefine Business Relationships?

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Would you do business with a liar?

On the face of it, this seems like a ridiculous question. After all, who is willing to be in a relationship with someone who is less than transparent or even downright deceitful? But the reality is that a good number of us are doing exactly that.

Who can’t name a vendor (or even a project team) that promises to deliver software or a solution with agreed upon features by a fixed date and fails to do so? Ditto for consulting firms who make commitments that they can’t or don’t keep. 

Social Collaboration Software: 2 Leaders Emerge in Rankings

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As we welcome 2015, it's clear that enterprise collaboration software is a booming market.

And if you look to three organizations that provide software rankings in this space, two leaders emerge across the whole rankings landscape: Microsoft and Salesforce.

Only Microsoft's social enterprise collaboration offerings and Salesforce Chatter and Communities got leaders citations in all three organizations we checked: Forrester Research, Gartner Research and G2 Crowd, the latter of which just released this week. 

Several collaboration offerings got cited by more than one org, but only Microsoft and Salesforce got the nod from all three.

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