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2014 Wish List ... from Alan Lepofsky, Part 2

2014 Wish List ... from Alan LepofskyWhat I'd love to see is a single messaging protocol that allows people to use whatever client they choose for communication. That would include email, chat (Skype, Google Hangout, etc.), text message, Twitter direct message, Facebook message, etc. I should be able to simply "address" messages to people and those recipients should be able to receive them however they want. The fragmentation in messaging today is a terrible problem. -- Alan Lepofsky, vice president and principal analyst, Constellation Research 

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Will Huddle Note App Hammer Another Nail in SharePoint's Coffin?

Huddle has just announced the general release of Huddle Note, a new iOS application that enables users to create content in the cloud, share it inside or outside the firewall and collaborate with other workers on documents — all from a mobile device. Taking all Huddle’s functionality into account,  the company's management claims it provides a viable alternative to SharePoint.

2014 Wish List ... from Alan Lepofsky

2014 Wish List ... from Alan LepofskyI would like to see less discussion/marketing about the technology itself and more focus on how new tools and processes can help people and their organizations succeed. Companies should not be focusing on social, mobile, cloud and big data. What they need to care about is closing sales deals, providing better customer support, making better products, innovating and staying ahead of their competitors.

We in the industry live too close to our own hype to realize that most people don't operate the way we do. The typical employee is not glued to their desk all day staring at a screen filled with tweets and other social media posts -- they are busy going about their day trying their best to do their jobs. There is a huge opportunity to improve the way most people work. It's not about creating a better social network or a fancier word processor, it's about improving the job specific processes people already use. That way doctors, lawyers, engineers, bank tellers, factory workers, small business owners and many other professions can see similar benefits to the ones we close to the technology are experiencing today. (to be continued ...) -- Alan Lepofsky, vice president and principal analyst, Constellation Research

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A Cloud Based Intranet, Courtesy of eXo

In the four years since I last took a good look at the eXo platform, quite a bit has changed. Back in the day when I was a web and intranet consultant, eXo positioned itself as the premier open source web content management (WCM) platform -- a more extensible platform than out of the box applications like Drupal. I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Patrice Lamarque, vice president of products for eXo and we discussed eXo's new premium cloud offering, its new marketing focus and the changing enterprise software market.

 

What You Need to Know about Enterprise Mobility for 2014

2013 was a banner year for enterprise mobility. In case you weren't keeping track or had an actual day job that kept you away from the day-to-day changes in mobility, here's a look at what you missed.

Social Fears and Anxiety in the Enterprise

Social Fears and Anxiety in the EnterpriseIn my work as a consultant I frequently come across organizations that appear terrified of allowing or enabling social features in the enterprise.  It doesn't matter if it's SharePoint’s newsfeed, MySites, Yammer or other social tools -- the thought of introducing these tools internally meets with resistance.

2013 - The Year Social Business Got Real, What it Means, What's Next

2013 - The Year Social Business Got Real, What it Means, What's NextJust recently I've seen a number of industry discussions that allude to the death of social business, posts about the declining interest in communities, big moves from industry peers who are moving on and conversations about how social marketing is now mostly blended with advertising.

What's happened? Have we lost our way or is the path just rockier than we expected?

2014 Wish List ... from Robin Daniels

Social Business, 2014 Wish List ... from Robin DanielsI wish 2014 becomes the year when we put users first, not technology. Technology should be an empowering tool to free knowledge workers everywhere to do things they never thought possible. Instead of thinking about technology as a way to control, we should think about technology as a way to liberate.

I wish 2014 is the year when we move from "Mobile first" to "User first." It shouldn't be about the device or devices, but about what's best for the user to get anything done, regardless of job, title, location or industry. Software companies should collaborate to make this priority number one to help information workers everywhere. -- Robin Daniels, head of enterprise product marketing, Box

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SharePoint, Yammer, Office 365 Sessions Dominate Microsoft Conference #SPC14

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SharePoint Conference 2014 is just a few months away. The Microsoft-sponsored event runs March 3 through 6 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Microsoft is firming up the roster of keynote speakers and setting the agendas for about 200 sessions on the increasingly integrated worlds of SharePoint, Yammer, Office, Office 365 and more.

Marketed as an event to help "connect, reimagine and transform," there will be some 24 inclusive tracks for the four major audiences of IT professionals, developers, executives and power users.

Cell Phone Habits of Highly Annoying People [Infographic]

MadonnaYou have to love a business that has the gumption to ban Madonna -- simply for having the audacity to use her cell phone. But that's just what happened in October after the performer dared to ignore the strict no-talking and no-texting policy at the Alamo Drafthouse, an indie cinema chain known for its commitment to cinema-going etiquette.

It was probably the smartest marketing move the chain has made since opening its first location in 1997. It not only demonstrated that it treats everyone equally, but also proved that nonstop texting and talking are simply out of control.

And it left a lot of people wishing they had the power to do exactly what management at that New York City theater did to a performer who clearly thought she was more important than those around her: Stand up, speak out and tell someone to get off the phone.

Webinar Recap: Have Social Business Tools Killed the Intranet?

Webinar Recap: Have Social Business Tools Killed the Intranet?Intranets have for many years been a place where companies disseminate information to employees in a top down, static way. As workers become more remotely distributed, the need for online collaboration tools is butting up against the concept of the traditional intranet. Combining the two is a hot trend in the social business world.

9 Ways to Avoid 'Meeting Mania'

Social Business, 9 Ways to Avoid 'Meeting Mania'Many people claim that meetings are a waste of time these days. For those who don’t know how to run them or why to have them, they probably are. But the idea that you don’t need any meetings is a bit silly -- like banning something people don’t like just because they’re too lazy to regulate it. 

More and more I see some companies who’ve stopped having meetings because the person who usually runs them refuses to admit they dawdle and use meetings to satiate their egos. No wonder so many employees are in ecstasy at the notion of not having to attend yet another aimless meeting.

2014 Wish List ... from David Diamond

2014 Wish List ... from David DiamondMy wish for 2014 is that the value of creativity and inspiration will stop playing a supporting role to the pursuit of ROI and measureable goals. Ideas are the only reason a business exists. And while the people that come up with ideas most often might not have C-suite titles, they are often the most important people on payroll.

Let’s stop pretending that business is a numbers thing. Business is an ideas thing, and it’s time the ideas people were better appreciated and compensated for their intangible gifts -- gifts that are not easily replaced, and gifts that cannot be taught in degree programs. -- David Diamond, director of global marketing for Picturepark; author of DAM Survival Guide.

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2013 in Review: Intranet Deja Vu All Over Again

Intranet talk appears to be on a three-year hamster wheel in which we have come full circle. So what is it that causes this cycle? It may be caused by the failure of intranet professionals to point to the higher ground  — an integrated and holistic employee experience strategy. Isn't it about time to stop vacillating between concepts that are barely discernible from one another (e.g., ESNs, Intranets, employee portals, etc) and reach for the higher goal?

2014 Wish List ... from Ana Silva

2014 Wish List ... from Ana SilvaIn 2014 I wish that business leaders, managers and employees embrace uncertainty and find the courage to question the practices and structures that have governed organizations for more than 100 years. Only then can we start to develop truly social businesses in the sense of connected, deeply human and agile organizations. -- Ana Silva, head of digital and social media in a multinational company, lecturer on Enterprise 2.0 and Social Business

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