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Wizeline Releases Free Product Management Tool

Wizeline has good news for product managers who have outgrown spreadsheets and presentation software as tools for managing their company’s products.

The product management solutions company just announced its free Wizeline Starter plan, which allows product managers overseeing a single product to evaluate product feature requests, plan and prioritize releases, and develop visual roadmaps.

“It’s all about centralizing the information that's out there,” said Bismarck Lepe, Wizeline founder and CEO, in an interview with CMSWire. “Companies generate a lot of data, but it’s not in a place where it’s very useful. We help companies use the data to make better prioritization decisions, and then track whether the decisions made were the right ones.”

Atlassian Releases Secure Collaboration Platform

Atlassian today released HipChat Server, a communications platform that runs behind a corporate firewall.

The platform addresses the needs of companies in the financial services, government, healthcare and other sectors with stringent security requirements, said Bernardo de Albergaria, vice president and general manager of the collaboration group for Atlassian, a Sydney, Australia-based tech company founded in 2002. (Atlassian acquired San Francisco's HipChat in 2012).

You Support Your Customers - Now Support Your Employees

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A good customer experience is critical for any company, no question about it. Whether it’s a product or service being sold, a company can’t survive without satisfied customers. Online customer communities have been shown to be highly effective tools to provide service, relationships and knowledge that crate brand loyalty -- and more profit -- through more engaged customers who will spend more over a longer period of time.

It’s time to take that same approach with the internal employee social network.

Five Hot HR Tech Trends for 2015 [Infographic]

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Performance management, employee engagement and learning are top priorities this year for Human Resources executives, finds new research from The Starr Conspirancy Intelligence Unit and Human Resource Executive.

Summed up in the infographic, Hottest HR Technology Solutions in 2015, the survey reveals what HR executives find most important when considering investing in new technology solutions.

Pair Writing: A Revolution in Content Creation

There is an accepted wisdom that content creation must be a solitary activity if you want quality and creativity. But this is a consequence of the content tools (pens, typewriters) that have been available. As collaborative, network-oriented content tools emerge, we will see a lot more collaboratively created content. 

Office For Windows 10 Optimizes Mobile, Touchscreen

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During this week's Windows 10 reveal event, Microsoft gave a glimpse of the future. And yesterday Microsoft’s Julia White, general manager for Office Product Management, provided a few more details.

Here's what we know. In addition to the soon to be released Windows 10 Technical Preview, look for a touchscreen version of Office as well as Office for Windows 10, a suite of apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and Calendar.

Have Status Meetings at Work? No, No, No and ... No

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Hey, whatcha working on? How's that project coming?

We've all prepared for these questions in upcoming meetings. We work hard, and we want people to know it. Nothing wrong there.

Well, except maybe that preparing for those questions actually takes longer than the work we do.

Ah, the proverbial status meeting. Something that should die -- now, some say.

Clarizen, an online project management software provider, thinks this way. Of course, their product is a good replacement for the "status meeting," they think. But the San Mateo, Calif.-based tech company did produce some food for thought in its new survey about status meetings.

FaceBox at Work: The Newest Collaboration Solution?

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We are hardly out of the 2015 gate and the enterprise collaboration market is already experiencing a shakeup.

Facebook released Facebook at Work on Jan. 14, the same week Box resuscitated its delayed IPO event, slated to launch tomorrow. While seemingly unrelated, these two events underscore the continued significance the "consumerization of the enterprise" trend will continue to play in 2015, especially as it relates to collaboration.

Jostle Adds Secure File Sharing, Viewing to its Intranet Platform

Jostle is adding a secure file sharing and viewing component to its existing cloud-based intranet solution to provide a higher level of "robustness, security and functionality," Jostle’s CEO Brad Palmer said.  Through an integration with Citrix ShareFile, Palmer said Jostle will be better able to meet the needs of its clients.

The company introduced a file sharing and discovery service two years ago. But as customer use of the search feature has scaled and the platform attracted more enterprise clients, Palmer said the need for a more reliable and robust solution became clear. So Jostle went shopping for a partner and ultimately chose Citrix, due to its reputation in the industry, Palmer said.

Stay Alert: The Future of the Activity Stream

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How do you keep track of everything going on that might affect your work? It’s probably a combination of internal and external social media, email, word of mouth and a whole range of other notifications, an approach that can be both ineffective and overwhelming. Even if you achieve the pristine state of inbox zero, there’s no such thing as Twitter zero.

Companies Desperately Seeking IT Talent

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It would be a simple matter, it would seem, to hire a senior developer with Microsoft Dynamics skills. Yet, Kelly Bedrich, the director of IT for the non-profit firm APQC (the American Productivity and Quality Center), has been having difficulties filing the position.

He has his theories.

One is simply that local talent who can perform development, training and tier 2 support is scarce, he tells CMSWire.com. Another: organizations are starting to realize how critical the customer relationship management (CRM) function is to effective sales and marketing "so they are protecting their resources," he said.

It's not as though the non-profit was trying to hire one or more data scientists, a highly-sought skill. But then again, it might as well be. In general, the demand for IT talent has typically outstripped the supply and as the economy continues to recover that is hardly changing.

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.

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