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Reading the Patterns in the Collaboration Tool Landscape

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Have you ever been asked, "Why can't you just tell me what's the best tool to collaborate with?”

If you are feeling challenged by the number of collaboration solutions and options available, you're not alone. Working as both a consultant and practitioner over the last 15 years, I can testify that the collaboration software landscape's complexity has grown exponentially over that time.

Metalogix Buys MetaVis In Advance of SharePoint 2016 Release

Cloud management and migration specialist Metalogix announced this morning that it is buying MetaVis for its cloud collaboration service management platform. The price was not disclosed.

Metalogix CEO Steve Murphy told CMSWire the deal is designed to secure the cloud management and migration space in advance of the SharePoint 2016 release.
 

Glip Wants You to Hear What It's Saying About Collaboration

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Glip has wasted no time making news in 2015. It's also wasted little time calling out competitors.

The Boca Raton, Fla.-based vendor released version 2 of its enterprise collaboration software platform last month. Today, Joomla, an open source content management system powerhouse, signed on to use the Glip platform.

Meanwhile, Glip CEO Peter Pezaris, in an interview with CMSWire, called out at least six competitors as inferior.

"Hall, HipChat and Slack are all cool messaging apps," Pezaris told CMSWire. "But Slack solves one problem -- it replaces email."

Pezaris also cited Basecamp, Asana and Trello as "cloud-based project management solutions" that are "universally pretty poor at messaging."

"Some of them have some sort of built-in message board but you never consider them as a replacement for how you communicate with co-workers," he added.

Why Choose? Mix and Match Tools to Fit Your Digital Workplace Needs

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Traditional intranets, dominated by top-down corporate communications, are seen as outdated, no longer fit for modern, networked organizations. ESNs, so their champions say, are the way of the future -- enabling conversation in a way that’s flexible and responsive, aligned with modern ways of doing business. 

But what the debate should really boil down to is what does it take to create a productive digital workplace?

Simplicity Must Be the Mantra of the Digital Workplace

Employees are reaching a breaking point. They are exhausted and overwhelmed, alienated and disengaged. They are cynical and distrustful. 

Slack Attack: Collaboration Provider Reports Security Breach

Hackers exposed the database that stores profile information for platform users of enterprise collaboration startup Slack, company officials reported Friday.

The news comes just a month after the 2-year-old enterprise collaboration provider out of San Francisco boasted of unprecedented growth, clearing the $10 million mark in annual recurring revenue in what officials called record time.

"We have since blocked this unauthorized access and made additional changes to our technical infrastructure to prevent future incidents," Anne Toth, vice president of policy and compliance strategy for Slack, wrote in a company blog post. "We have also released two-factor authentication and we strongly encourage all users to enable this security feature."

Slack officials declined comment when reached by CMSWire Friday.

Oracle Gives Workforce Learning a Consumer Feel

The consumerization of IT has been the rallying cry of enterprises — or rather their workers — for some time now.

Long-gone are the tedious client-server applications with dull user interfaces. In their place are cloud-based apps with streamlined portal designs and news feeds that unabashedly have taken a page from Facebook. Another sign of this revolution? Apple's products are making steady inroads into the enterprise and even government sector.

And now so it goes for workforce training.

Oracle has unveiled its latest app at Oracle HCM World called Oracle Learning Cloud, part of Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud. It has been designed so that employees can learn contextually and socially wherever they are located.

What's the Sweet Spot Between Intranets and ESNs?

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A speaker at a recent intranet conference declared “Intranets will be dead within five years.” He waited for the horrified gasp, but none came.

In fact the seasoned audience seemed to agree, at least in the sense that we were all trying to push intranets on from the top-down, publishing paradigm of old. Enterprise social networks (ESNs) have sometimes been positioned as being ideologically at odds with intranets, but in practice most organizations have embraced both (see, for example Jane McConnell’s annual survey).

The more pragmatic question then, is what is the right balance point? 

Beware Red Herrings: Intranet vs. ESN is a Sham

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Should I replace my intranet with an Enterprise Social Network?

Internal communications departments have debated this question, as have ESN teams and intranet teams. Maybe they saw higher adoption and engagement on their ESN platform, or read success stories from their peers. Or maybe their tired intranet publishing platform is in desperate need of replacing.

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

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When the Internet came along, optimism was at an all-time high. We thought we would solve all the problems of the world, possibilities were endless.

And granted, we solved many. We work much better today because of the innovations of the last 20 years. The scope of these improvements has been massive. However, one major problem still looms -- collaboration in the workplace. Seems like a no-brainer doesn't it? Everyone is connected, so it should be easy to work in unison, splitting tasks and having every specialist do their own thing.

"Should" is the keyword here.

Forget Intranets, Give Me an ESN

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We heard it all a decade ago: Intranets are the wave of the future. Intranets are a waste of resources. Intranets are valuable tools. Intranets need to be social. Intranets are dead.

The only thing that's true is that Intranets need to solve an actual problem. Many organizations wanted an Intranet to replicate a little of the Internet inside their organization. Very few asked why they needed one.

Endangered Species: The Corporate Intranet

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The very idea that we’re still doing old-fashioned, browser-based, news-publishing intranets in the mobile era is downright antiquated. They’re no different than rotary-dial phones. And they’re going the same direction as your old olive-drab rotary phone did -- and as a result of the same technologies.

The question facing intranets should be how internal collaboration and communication tools are going to evolve in the world of social, cloud and mobile -- and whether there’s any place left for the traditional intranet down the line. We shouldn’t be asking if enterprise social will replace the intranet, but rather how long the whole idea of a browser-based intranet portal really has left in the face of mobile apps and form factors (of which social is only one example).

You may not like the message. You may care a great deal for your intranet. You may be tied to it for professional, emotional or financial reasons. You may not see how your company could live without it. And I get it. Believe it or not, I envision, plan and build intranets in my day job. I’m close to this patient. But I know where it’s going.

Multitasking? You're Killing Yourself for Nothing

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Midway between juxtaposed thoughts about a report I was struggling to complete and a phone call I just missed, I decided to check my email, look at LinkedIn and scan my Facebook feed – all while taking a brisk morning stroll in beautiful Beaufort, S.C., what I have come to consider one of the most pleasant places on the planet.

Then I stumbled on a post by Rohit Bhargava — a marketing author, keynote speaker and "nice guy" — and everything became clear.

This multitasking is crazy.

Or to paraphrase what he stated so much more eloquently: when you aren't fully present, you miss 100 percent of the experience in the places you're thinking about as well as the place you are in.

I stood there, momentarily paralyzed, on a trail full of trees draped with Spanish moss, overlooking a river dotted with sailboats. And then I did the only logical thing I could think of doing.

I walked down the dock to enjoy the view.

This is How We DevOps

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Last month, instead of retreading over the tired “What is DevOps?” ground, I asked a different question: “How Do You DevOps?” While the debate over litmus tests and succinct definitions continues, one voice struck a chord. While I empathize with Josh Johnson’s angst and frustration, I would offer an alternative conclusion.

Do You Connect? Collaboration's New Kids on the Block #SXSW

Assuming you weren’t one of the Meerkat minions running around live-streaming your every experience at SXSW Interactive, you probably noticed that collaboration technology continued to be a top trend among exhibitors this year.

And for good reason. Much the way computers transformed business productivity in the late 80s and early 90s and the Internet apps fuel-injected the 2000s, collaboration technologies promise a similar leap in productivity for the 2010s.

Brian Solis, principal analyst with the Altimeter Group, defines collaboration technologies as one of the trends changing the way we work. "Collaboration platforms give us the ability to connect our people and information together anywhere, anytime, and on any device," he noted.

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