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Parlez-Vous Windows 9? Microsoft French Exec Leaks Update

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The Microsoft rumor mill became reality in France.

Reports are blowing up on the Web that a French Microsoft executive revealed Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 next Tuesday.

"Last year we had Windows 8. In the next few minutes, the next few days, we'll be releasing Windows 9," Alain Crozier, president of Microsoft France and a vice president of Microsoft International, said during a company presentation.

Ever since Microsoft sent out invitations to a secret press event for Sept. 30 in San Francisco, rumors have been circulating that it would mark the next major release of Windows.

But no one wants to have the thunder of a secret press conference spontaneously dashed by the mutterings of an international VP. So naturally, the Redmond, Wa. software giant went into backtrack mode immediately, telling ZDNet in a statement, "We look forward to seeing you in late September in San Francisco for the future of Windows, which actually at this stage does not have a name as such."

Intranet Search: Where Documents Go to Die or KM Enabler?

2014-23-September-Lost-and-Found.jpgOrganizations look at search, its use, management and funding in different ways. My colleague who runs our organization's corporate intranet noted that although he isn't the business owner of “enterprise search” for the organization, employees go to the intranet, see a search box and assume that the intranet team is responsible for search.

Microsoft: Get 'Em While They're Young

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What's the best way to make a lifelong customer? Microsoft apparently believes in getting them while they are young. In its latest assault on the productivity suite market, it is offering Office 365 to students for free.

Yes, yes. They were getting it free already through the Student Advantage program, but that wasn’t quick enough.

Microsoft wants all students signed up lickety-split and that means enabling them to sign-up themselves, for free and without all the rough stuff around licenses and school-based IT departments.

The Key to Security is Subtlety

2014-23-September-Megaphone.jpgPeople are similar when you dig deep: they want to get thing done and move on to the next thing. Even procrastinators get great work done when faced with having to get an even larger task accomplished.

Most people also share a degree of stubbornness. People are happy to do things your way if they see the benefit, but anything that's perceived as getting in the way is quickly worked around. When you try and force something, they will dig in their feet on sheer principle. It's amazing how hard people will work around things that they view as unnecessary change.

For organizations rolling out new systems, this is a problem.

Changes Ahead for EMC's Documentum, Syncplicity, AirWatch?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that EMC is weighing its options for a merger or the possibility of being acquired. Though seemingly serious conversations about an HP/EMC merger have fallen apart, according to the New York Times, some industry-watchers suspect they could be revived.

EMC is also reportedly talking with Dell which might be interested in buying pieces of the storage giant. Analysts have told Market Watch that Cisco or Oracle may be potential suitors as well.

What SAP Gets With Its $8.3 Billion Acquisition of Concur

SAP's acquisition of Concur Technologies expands its cloud network, gives it access to another large list of customers and keeps it competitive with Oracle and IBM, analysts told CMSWire.

SAP announced last week it had acquired the Bellevue, Wash.,-based business travel management software provider that will beef up its HANA platform.

The estimated $8.3 billion deal brings Walldorf, Germany-based SAP 23,000 customers and 4,200 employees, according to a letter to customers from the SAP Global Managing Board. SAP is led by CEO Bill McDermott, and Concur's chief is Steve Singh.

"The end game for SAP, as shown by its acquisition of SuccessFactors and now Concur, is to assemble a big portfolio of horizontal cloud business services useful to many customers," said Ted Schadler, vice president and principal analyst for Forrester Research.

Why HP Pulled Autonomy and Vertica into a Big Data Union

2014-22-September-Drum-Duo.jpgHP ended months of speculation on its plans for the Autonomy acquisition in August with the announcement of its Big Data business group, which brought Vertica and Autonomy together on the same platform. 

Badly stung by the Autonomy acquisition, it had taken HP some time to stick its head up over the parapet again. But by pulling together Vertica and Autonomy, it did just that, and a lot more besides.

Quick Start Guide to Selecting Information Management Solutions

2014-22-September-Multiple-Choice.jpgDeb Lavoy recently argues that IT’s approach to providing enterprise software solutions is not effective. IT often buys complex enterprise software platforms and then starts a “science project”:

"Most enterprise software is more like undertaking a science project than buying a product that solves a problem. Organizations buy a 'platform' and have their IT departments build the 'solution' on it."

Lavoy maintains that this IT approach to acquiring and deploying enterprise software is slow, costly and often ends in project failure. I completely agree. Then how should you select your software products and implementers? Here’s a methodology that I’ve found to be very effective.

Week in Review: Does Technology Sap Productivity? + SharePoint's Cloudy Days

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Apple's iPhone 6 is officially on the streets. Here's why digital marketers should drive by.

Content Marketing Chief's Message
Those who don't have a plan -- and revisit it -- won't succeed in content marketing.

Can Yammer Save SharePoint?
Microsoft's social integration future in SharePoint is all about Yammer.

When Technology Hurts Us
Is technology actually sapping our workforce productivity?

Box the ECM Killer?
Box may be writing Enterprise Content Management's obituary

Cloudy Times for SharePoint
Movement to the SharePoint cloud was all the buzz at the SPTechCon -- and so were SharePoint risks.

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SAP Acquires Concur for Estimated $8.3 Billion

SAP announced it has acquired a business travel management software provider that will beef up its HANA platform.

It will acquire Bellevue, Wash.,-based Concur Technologies for an estimated $8.3 billion. Concur comes with 23,000 customers and 4,200 employees, according to a letter to customers from the SAP Global Managing Board.

SAP officials said this supports the SAP "run simple" plan for business software.

SharePoint Users Stick with Older Versions, Eye Hybrid Cloud #SPTechCon

When we caught up in Boston a year ago with SharePoint Technology Conference Chair David Rubinstein, SharePoint 2013, Office 365 capabilities and mobile were all the rage.  

Same conference, next year at the Boston Park Plaza hotel? The cloud. SharePoint Online. When's the big move coming?

The truth is, for most organizations -- at least those among the 1,000 at the conference this week -- they're still flying in 2010 and even 2007 air space when it comes to SharePoint technology.

"The majority of our attendees still sit on 2010 and 2007 versions of SharePoint," said Rubinstein, whose Melville, NY-based media organization, BZ Media, has put on 12 SPTechCons over the last six years. "There's where we're going to be until things change."

Gimme a Break, Larry Ellison's Still Running Oracle

2014-19-September-Larry-Ellison.jpgLarry Ellison got just what he wanted. Instead of everyone criticizing his leadership when Oracle reported that it had missed both its sales and profit estimates yesterday, they’re talking about his heralded career and how he just ceded his CEO position to become the company’s CTO.

Not only is he being called a visionary and one of Technology’s foremost luminaries, but a CEO who has planned well for his succession.

All of this is true, of course, but so is something else.

The only thing that actually has changed at Oracle is a few job titles.

Want proof?

Hoarders Anonymous for Unstructured Data

2014-19-September-Pez-Collection.jpgDo you have a storage area where you keep items you rarely or never use? Do you periodically sort out your stuff, or do you keep collecting items of debatable value? It’s human nature to hold onto things we never use for extended periods of time -- it's like the junk drawer everybody has somewhere in their house that holds a collection of random items we think are important, but we usually use the same few items every time we open the drawer.

It’s called a “JUNK drawer” for a reason -- because it’s mostly junk, and most of it should be tossed in the trash. So why do we keep these items of questionable value or use?

Microsoft Puts Pieces Together with Office 365 Home Page

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Google has been making a lot of ground in recent months with the addition of lots of new functionality to Google Apps, now called Google Apps for Work.

And Microsoft hasn’t been slouching either. However, Microsoft upgrades have been a little more subtle — and it’s often hard to track what has been added or even what tools you have at your disposable.

But now we have something concrete: Microsoft just announced that it has upgraded the portal page for Office 365, which is being rolled out to current SharePoint and Exchange customers as of today.

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