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You Called? Lync Is Out, Skype for Business Is In #Conv15

The Skype communications platform officially became part of Microsoft Office today At the Convergence conference in Atlanta, the company announced the end of the Lync era with the launch of the Skype for Business technical preview.

It is indeed Skype.

With this new edition, the directory scheme is effectively flattened, making traditional Skype users available on calls placed through the Skype for Business client — formerly the Lync client.

The traditional Skype calling system, which uses P2P protocol over the Internet and the SILK codec for call clarity, is now bolted onto the Business edition as well.

But with a few other feature exceptions, the client remains quite similar.

From Build It and Go, to Ready to Go with SharePoint

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For many years, businesses viewed SharePoint as a framework on which to build solutions. The combination of flexibility and editing tools provided allowed them to design customized solutions which met business requirements.   

But technology is changing. And so is how we use and want to consume it. We hunger for solutions that can be quickly acquired and implemented, not ones that require building out complex and robust solutions.  The world around us is changing fast and it's exciting to see how productivity tools are beginning to encompass almost every area of our lives.

Office Delve Wants You to Work Like a Network #Conv15

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Office Delve can surface data in email and social feeds.

Julia White, general manager for the Office 365 team, made the announcement at Microsoft's Convergence 2015 in Atlanta today.

During the next two months, Delve will be made available to all users on Office 365 business plans, she explained.

Discussion Point: How Can Your Company Innovate Faster?

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Every business dreams of doing things things differently, uniquely, innovatively. But how can businesses best achieve innovation?

Some prescribe a culture of innovation. Some want to teach innovation in schools. Some suggest hiring innovators. Still others link innovation to agility. And they all may be right.

However, in a competitive world where everyone is trying to innovate, it's also critical to innovate faster than the competition.

Don't Let History Repeat Itself with Social Tools

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Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs) have become commonplace in organizations, creating networks based on a need and identifying experts who can solve a problem. ESNs can overcome barriers of location, language and time zone.

Between the well documented benefits and the rise of C-level engagement, this should be the latest phase of a digital revolution. Yet short sightedness prevents organizations from achieving the full potential of these tools, largely due to a failure of thinking beyond the tactical.

What's Taking So Long With Enterprise Mobility?

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Every year companies and research agencies conduct surveys to establish the current state of enterprise mobility within the business market. If you are one of those people who keep an eye on such reports you've probably noticed that the numbers haven't really changed much in the past couple of years.

So my question is, why?

Are We Asking the Right Questions of the Digital Workplace?

2015-11-March-Hands-Raised.jpgAre you asking yourself where intranets fit in with enterprise social network (ESN) platforms? Or wondering if you should replace your intranet with an ESN platform?

Maybe you have both, but struggle with adoption and suspect it has something to do with how well they fit together. You're not alone.

But before you try to answer these questions, are these the right questions to ask?

They aren't. What we should be asking is what do people need to get work done. Focus on the work, not the tool.  

Clarizen Wants to Make You More of a Team Player

Team players are in demand. According to a recent survey of 500 professionals, 87 percent work on distributed or hybrid teams. And nearly 40 percent of those spend at least 65 percent of their workdays on these teams.

There’s no shortage of collaboration tools. But many companies are still struggling to find the optimal technology.

Clarizen is attempting to help with an update to its workplace collaboration software. Along with enhanced integration with Box, the update should drive efficiency, participation and motivation, the company claims.

Meeting Marvel Do Raises $2M, Integrates with Office 365

Meeting productivity platform Do has wowed its particular corner of the market with two announcements. One, it has raised $2 million in seed funding. Two, it's integrating with Microsoft Office 365.

It is, in short, a heady day for a company not quite a year old but with excellent tech pedigree.

Do launched in July 2014 with backing from SherpaVentures, SherpaFoundry and Salesforce and headed by Jason Shah, previously a product manager at Yammer.

Its target was the $37 billion worth of knowledge worker productivity lost to bad meetings every year, a target it attacked with a novel mix of tools for users to take meeting notes, share files, assign tasks, and send out meeting summaries.

To date its approach has clearly resonated: more than 5,000 companies are using the platform, including employees from Costco, Domino's, the United States government.

When Your Intranet and Enterprise Social Network Get Married

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Pop the champagne and get ready to celebrate: your Intranet and Enterprise Social Network are getting married!

As we prepare to toast this joyous integration, remember that the Intranet and the ESN are strong, independent entities with many individual merits. As in any marriage, each partner must remain unique with its own purpose. By tying the knot, however, the Intranet and the ESN will complement each other’s strengths (and minimize their weaknesses), improving the overall employee communication experience.

Bridging Senior Management Disconnect with Digital

This is the age of fast, give-it-to-me-now, you-better-make-it-simple convenience. But how do we convince senior management of this new reality?

Are ESNs Just Intranets In New Clothing?

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The term "intranet" has been around for a relatively long time in technology-speak. And while it seems that every time an upstart comes on the scene people question the relevancy of the intranet, I've got something to tell you:

Intranets aren't going anywhere. 

Want Good Employees? Stop Trying to Improve Them

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If you want engaged, happy employees, focus on what they do best, rather than making recommendations for improvement, a new study concludes.

The 2015 Strengths @ Work Survey includes feedback from 1,000 full- and part-time employees in the United States about what motivates them most to keep coming to work every day.

The answer? The opportunity to do what they do best.

Are You Looking for Secure Open-Source Messaging Options?

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The open source community is, if nothing else, fiercely loyal.

Users love the flexibility, the lower cost and the community effort to continually improve the code — and will proclaim these benefits to any and all who will listen.

So it's significant when a survey of this group reveals a failing of any type, in this case a lack of a good messaging system.

Which Enterprise Social Network is Right for Your Intranet?

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Some managers may still view them with suspicion, but Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs) are an increasingly common part of the modern workplace, and in cases, replacing intranets. The emergence of consumerized IT has lead employees to expect user-friendly systems that offer the UX and functionality they can find on the Web. A number of ESNs have stepped up to try and meet these needs.

For those thinking about investing in an ESN for the first time -- or who are fed up with their current one -- there’s a range of platforms to choose from. However, picking the right ESN for your organization is far from easy.

Different platforms cater for the needs of different kinds of businesses. The ESN appropriate for an international corporation will be very different to that required by a small company of 30 employees. Considering the scale this kind of investment can represent, choosing the right ESN for your company is therefore a serious responsibility.

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