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Mimecast Wants You to Trust Business Email to the Cloud

A new, web-based secure messaging system announced this morning by Mimecast aims to address the continuing problem of malicious payload passing through email.

Mimecast’s strategy with its simply named Secure Messaging service is not entirely new: Direct Outlook to upload email attachments to a web gateway, encrypt them there using AES protocol and let browsers manage the transfer of the encrypted attachments through secure sessions.

What's new, however, is Mimecast’s appeal to customers. Please trust a cloud for your security.

“We do retain data in the cloud, so you can archive perpetually with us,” said Orlando Scott-Cowley, Mimecast’s director of technology marketing and a certified security engineer, speaking with CMSWire. “Or alternatively, if you have legal concerns about security and privacy of using a cloud service, we have a zero-drag or zero-retention which just sends the mail straight through to the organization.”

Tomorrow's Too Late: App Delivery in Digital Time

Ouch!

It takes only four letters to describe the sting that line of business users feel about the rate at which their IT departments bring new applications to market. According to a September study by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, companies need to dramatically change the way in which IT and business users work together to build applications as well as the IT infrastructure on which they’re deployed.

And this isn’t just supposition.

“Success in the digital economy is increasingly driven by a company’s ability to leverage information for real-time decision making, or to improve customer experience via customer-facing products and services,” the study noted.

Enterprises that are “digital masters” are 26 percent more profitable than peers in their industries, according to cross-industry research conducted by Didier Bonnet of Capgemini Consulting together with George Westerman and Andrew McAfee of MIT.

These companies are leveraging information from social, mobile, cloud, analytics and big data. In addition, IT and the business are working together to build applications collaboratively and in short order. And when it comes to deployment, there’s a fraction of the lag time.

This means that yesterday’s systems development life cycles, reliance on coding, and old IT infrastructures may actually prove to be a disadvantage.

Cloud, mobile, social, big data, the Internet of Things and digital have disrupted the status quo and changed the game.

For quick-thinking business leaders and technology providers this spells opportunity.

Today, Mendix and Pivotal Cloud Foundry announced a new partnership to speed Enterprise IT’s journey to the digital era.

Is Adobe Building A Productivity Cloud?

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It’s been a busy week in the document management space. Adobe let loose its Document Cloud, Accusoft and EMC teamed up on a release, and Microsoft shared some new releases and promises of things to come.

Shadow IT Isn't Going Away - and That's a Good Thing

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There's a new public enemy number one in the land of information management -- shadow IT.

The name alone sounds ominous, as if the “The Imperial March” from "Star Wars" should play in the background when you say it. It portends rogue employees, covert operations and malicious attempts to undermine the good work of corporate IT. The negative hype surrounding shadow IT has reached fever pitch -- which means that it's grossly overblown.

While shadow IT has its share of drawbacks, the overwhelmingly negative connotation attached to it is unwarranted, and the notion that organizations need to destroy it is false.

Shadow IT is not going away. Not now, not in the future. In fact, the formation of shadow IT groups will only grow larger as the data landscape and thirst for analytics continues to expand. More important than its staying power, however, is something no one wants to acknowledge: shadow IT is a good thing.  

Hello Nano: Your Guide to Microsoft's New Server

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To quite possibly no one’s surprise Wednesday, Microsoft made it official that its “dramatically refactored” Windows Server operating system will be entitled Nano Server. It further acknowledged a preview edition would be made available to testers within a few weeks.

Nano Server will be Microsoft’s minimalistic approach to serving applications, stripped down to the bare essence.

In itself, it's certainly not Windows because it will not have windows, mouse pointers, menu bars or anything else related to a graphical environment.

It's a back-end system and nothing else — a concession, at long last, to the fact that the only thing a server needs to do is manage its share of the workload.

Why You'll Stay Loyal to Dropbox and MS Office

Microsoft and Dropbox have one big thing in common. They both own their audiences where productivity tools are concerned.

Think about it. When you go to create a document, you think Word. To create a spreadsheet, you think Excel. To create a presentation, it’s PowerPoint.

But where will you save your creations if you want to share them or store them in the cloud? Most people think Dropbox rather than OneDrive.

Todd Klindt: Tell Me You Like Me & We'll Party at Ignite

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Microsoft Ignite is less than a month away in Chicago. There's going to be a ton of things going on.

But one of the things you never want to miss when you go to these big conferences is the AvePoint RED Party. They have it every year and it's always crazy, over-the-top. Those AvePoint folks have never thrown a reasonable party in their lives!

There was one that I was at — a lot of them blur together and a lot of them have included things that I just can't speak about publicly — but one of them had a fire dancer — this woman, she had things that were on fire like batons and rings and all kinds of stuff.

I thought it was gonna be dumb. And then I saw it — and it was not dumb.

But anyway, AvePoint is doing it again on Tuesday, May 5 at Chicago Union Station.

So now you may be thinking, "This sounds amazing. How does one get into such a thing?" And I'm going to tell you — even though you may have heard it was sold out.

Ex-Ektron Pres Tim McKinnon Now Sonian CEO

Tim McKinnon — the man who steered Ektron through its merger with EPiServer before leaving the company himself — started a new job this week. And he said he couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to take the helm of a small but growing company.

The former Ektron president is now president and CEO of Sonian, a Dedham, Mass-based provider of cloud-based archiving. Founded in 2007, the company helps businesses preserve, retrieve and "bring meaning to their vast expanse of data," McKinnon claims.

"It's a perfect fit," McKinnon told CMSWire today. "It matches what I like to do with what the company needs."

Microsoft Adds More Security to Select Office 365 Plans

Microsoft is introducing a new security layer to Office 365 with advanced threat protection for Exchange for Office 365 government and business users.

Now in testing, Microsoft expects it to be generally available later this summer.

While Microsoft has made much about the security of Office 365, it's a constant challenge to stay ahead of spammers and other malware producers.

These 3 Vendors Help You Get Smart With BPM

Business process management (BPM) can improve your organization's efficiency and its ability to adapt to changing market conditions.

Now new software suites are taking these tools to the next level.

They are enhancing support for greater system and human intelligence within business processes — and helping business transformation leaders, business process directors and solution architects become more agile and responsive to change change.

But what is the best intelligent business process management suite (iBPMS) on the market? According to Gartner’s just released Magic Quadrant for iBPMS (iBPMS), three vendors lead the pack.

Egnyte Supercharges Google for Work

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Every time we build something we shake up the world.

Egnyte co-founder and CEO Vineet Jain was somewhat kidding when he said that. But he was half serious, too.

He and his team have been busy building out an Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS)-like offering that they’re labeling as “Adaptive Enterprise File Services."

No matter what you call it, it’s about providing businesses users with a secure, policy driven way to work and share content from anywhere, any time, on any device, regardless of where it is stored, whether in the cloud or on-premises.

“It’s intelligent file sharing,” said Jain.

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Does Lexmark Have What it Takes to Be an 800 Pound Gorilla?

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Where does an 800 pound gorilla sit?

Anywhere it wants.

And in the case of Lexmark, it wants to sit in the enterprise software space.

Brian Anderson, Chief Technology Officer for enterprise software at Lexmark, told CMSWire that the combination of Lexmark's hardware business, plus the enterprise content management capabilities gained through its 2010 Perceptive buy, plus the business process management spoils from its recent Kofax acquisition will turn Lexmark into an 800 pound gorilla.

Can the Cloud Handle Failover from SharePoint and CMS?

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A new service that leverages Microsoft’s Azure cloud for large-scale extended storage could enable more, and perhaps smaller, businesses to host their own applications in a hybrid cloud configuration.

SIOS Technology’s DataKeeper Cluster Edition is a service that could compel CIOs to think differently about “the cloud” than just that place where all the Dropbox files hang out together.

Most discussions of cloud storage in the pages of CMSWire are about file repositories, file sharing and document-based collaboration. For some CIOs, “the cloud” is the general name for Dropbox or Google Drive or whatever space all those various shared documents cohabitate.

Dramatic Shifts Ahead in the ECM Market

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The very nature of content is changing. After years of convergence and consolidation, we're seeing a new way of thinking about enterprise content management (ECM) emerge -- what's possible and what it means for business.

The future of ECM is Deep Content. This new form of information-rich content is highly-structured and human-readable, yet also computer-ready. With deep content, metadata is often content, often very structured and nested, and sometimes carrying very large payloads. 

If you take a step back and look around, how many old paper-based or paper-inherited process do you see? They are everywhere in the corporate and government world.

The deep content approach offers tremendous value. It transforms documents into software in order to improve the way we work, create new lines of business and get a new level of insight, agility and actionability on business processes.

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