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Will Microsoft Beat the Legacy Enterprise Resource Planning Meltdown?

Gartner recently warned enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors to move to the cloud or face extinction. Microsoft beat the rush last June, when it pushed its Dynamics GP ERP solution to the cloud. This week it announced that Dynamics GP's next major release will be unveiled in November.

Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mid-market business accounting and ERP Software package that uses either Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008 or 2012 to store data. The current version of Dynamics GP 2013 (Version 12) was released by Microsoft in December 2012, evolving from a pure client-server application to a web-enabled application.

4 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Moving Email To The Cloud

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Despite the best efforts of social networking vendors to convince us to the contrary, email is alive and kicking in the enterprise. In fact, research from Dell shows 81 percent of enterprise workers consider it their most important collaboration tool.

The problem is it is not evolving.

Big is the Next Big Thing: 6 IT Trends Driving Digital Business

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The definition of "digital business" is a lot broader than you may think. "It's not just about technology companies and start-ups anymore," said Michael J. Biltz, an executive at Accenture, a firm specializing in consulting, technology services and outsourcing. "Every company is a technology company at its core and in the process of converting to a digital business."

Think of a company that's looking for new ways to weave social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies into its next generation business strategy — and don't stop at Google. Instead, consider how almost every business of any size — from multinational conglomerates like General Electric to fledgling neighborhood retailers and restaurants — are reimagining themselves, exploring opportunities and embracing the digital wave.

And while businesses differ in size and scope, they share common goals. As Andy Markowitz, director of Global Digital Strategy at GE, noted: "The objective of our role, from a global perspective, is to help our businesses — no matter where they are and what they do — connect with our customers or sell more product."

Can you afford to sit on the sidelines? Not if you believe Biltz — director of Accenture Technology Vision and co-author of the Accenture Technology Vision 2014 report, the firm's annual take on the future of technology and how it will affect businesses in the next three to five years. He thinks mastery of digital technologies is an essential core competency for any successful business.

News Bites: LibreOffice Upgrade, Biscom Launch and More

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Hungry for news? Whet your appetite with a sampling of some of the latest developments in everything from open source software to digital asset management.

This Week: Marketing Automation Meets Gmail + Hybrid Clouds and SharePoint a Good Marriage?

IBM: Nothing Like Us Out There
IBM's vision with Mail Next? Upgrading mail with social business capabilities and giving mail users the ability to share with a wide audience, IBM told CMSWire this week.

Marketing Automation Meets Gmail
Cirrus Insight's integration of Pardot and Hubspot marketing automation with Gmail means Pardot and Hubspot customers who use Salesforce will have access to all of their marketing automation intelligence in their Gmail inbox. Meanwhile, Forrester produces its top nine marketing automation vendors.

Better Yammer-ing
Using Yammer? Here are four suggestions for improvement and ultimately better social collaboration.

Telecommuting and its Downside
Working from home is the best job ever … as long as you're willing to tether yourself to technology, produce twice as much as you would in an office, blur every possible work-life boundary and have the discipline to bite your tongue when someone asks you if you ever plan to get a "real" job. 

Save Your Big Data from Landfills
Dealing with your big data landfill requires a new strategy that goes beyond the current data preparation methods used by IT.

Hybrid Clouds for SharePoint?
The hybrid cloud is the talk of the industry for 2014, and a hybrid cloud for SharePoint/Office 365 is no exception. But not everyone is going hybrid, at least not permanently.

Maximizing the Value of Online Marketing Video
Tips for content marketers considering adding video to their content marketing strategy.
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Think the PC is Dead? You May be Right

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Wall Street must be pretty muted today. It has been a bad week with a lot of big companies calling out some pretty miserable results. IT companies are no exception, but we’re not going to talk about Twitter here. Instead, we’ll simply say Sony’s figures were so bad, that it has decided to pull out of the personal computer market.

It has also decided to pull out of the television manufacturing space, but we don’t really care about that. But PC’s are different though and the announcement by Sony comes just a day before Gartner published figures to show that the European PC market is down another 4 percent.

There are no recent figures for the US market yet, but they should land soon. While analysts will be looking desperately to find a silver lining, it’s a good bet that those figures are going to be pretty poor, too.

All that stuff about the death of the PC ... Maybe it really isn't exaggerated.

Document Mgt Roll-up: A Win - and Possible Loss - for Office

This week there have been a number of interesting stories in the document management space, not least of which is the fact that the British government appears to be reconsidering its contracts with Microsoft. Meanwhile, Huddle has announced an integration with Office, while Box and KnowledgeTree have struck up a new partnership.

Rescue Your Data From the Big Data Landfill

Reducing the Risk of the Data LandfillThe big data revolution has led to an exponential increase in the volume, velocity and variety of information available to businesses for use in decision making. It has also greatly complicated the work lives of business analysts who are expected to turn mountains of data into actionable insights for their marketing departments.

These professionals now have to deal with a data landfill -- mountains of data that enterprises are collecting and trying to use to make business decisions. This fast changing world requires a new strategy that goes beyond the current data preparation methods used by IT.

OpenText Evolves Biz Management with Tempo Upgrade

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OpenText is redesigning the way business information management is done with a number of new upgrades to its OpenText Tempo product line. The upgrades also offers practical examples of how its Project Red Oxygen will work.

The upgrades, announced this week, are intended to provide users a way to increase business productivity through secure social collaboration. OpenText is changing Tempo — essentially a collaboration application — into something that covers all the bases of enterprise collaboration, including enterprise file synchronization and sharing.

5 SaaS Advantages To Confound Your Competitors

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is not just about cutting costs anymore, it’s about getting a competitive edge. While slashing capital expenditure on software is still a primary reason for taking the SaaS route, recent research from IBM shows that leading companies are using it to give them an edge over the competition.

Q1/Q2 Planning: Top Digital Marketing, Social Business Conferences & Events (5-Feb-14)

Our industry event planner gives you the heads-up on what key industry events are coming around the corner. If we've missed something, don't hesitate to add your event to the list. (You can also view the full calendar here.)

Webinar: Forrester Discusses Secure Collaboration
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Challenges Abound for New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

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As founder and chief marketing officer of a Seattle-based business collaboration software provider, Brent Frei’s not only close to Microsoft geographically. He’s worked closely with the company on a business level -- and, particularly, he knows a little about new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

“Since the recent re-org at Microsoft and possibly also before the re-org, Satya has been very active in reaching out directly to ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) like Smartsheet to prioritize how best to get the cloud ecosystem rallied around Microsoft,” Frei told CMSWire. “And, it's more than lip service. We've been in direct contact with the senior folks that have made rapid progress in addressing specific infrastructure areas that enable third party apps to successfully operate with their products at enterprise customers.”

So was Nadella the right choice to become the Redmond, Wash. software and technology giant’s third CEO?

“We Seattle-based companies have a big stake in a strong set of thriving technology anchor-titans,” Frei said. “Clearly Microsoft is a central figure in that set. There has been plenty of concern in recent years that Microsoft's slow pace and progress into the cloud was the front end of a long decline. Satya is likely the best of the choices I'm aware of to address that head on.”

EPiServer Release Focuses on Multichannel Content

EPiServer is out with version 7.5 of its CMS, which, like other content handling systems, is facing the challenge of adapting content to so many kinds of devices.

Bob Egner, Vice President of Product Management, told CMSWire the key improvement in the new release is enhanced adaptive rendering of content. In 7.5, he said, “the rendering is different based on who will be looking at it,” and the device on which it is being viewed.

Why You Should Care About Microsoft's CEO Choice

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Microsoft announced today what most of the business world presumed last week: Satya Nadella is the new CEO of the Redmond, Wash.-based software and technology giant.

Surprised? Probably not. We understand.

But the company also announced something that may surprise othersBill Gates is still around. Previously chairman of the board, Gates is now the board's founder and technology advisor. John Thompson, lead independent director for the Microsoft board, maintains his role and is now also the board chairman.

HP Autonomy Clouds E-Discovery Trend

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If we’ve been carrying on a lot recently about HP Autonomy, it's only because it seems HP has finally cranked up the gears. It's starting to develop Autonomy as an asset rather than looking at it through the lens of the disastrous acquisition process that still hasn’t finished. The latest release is a new cloud-based e-discover offering.

While HP is promoting this as a new product, it's just an old product migrated to the cloud. That makes it accessible not just to big businesses and major law firms, but also to companies in the lucrative small-to-medium business (SMB) market.

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