Microsoft has made no secret of its newfound love for a touch interface (I’m assuming we are ignoring Windows for Pen Computing and Windows XP Tablet as pretty much everyone else did). It is the standout feature for the majority of its latest product offerings.
Microsoft made it official this week -- it is taking the enterprise social network provider Yammer under its wing. The news has brought up a number of questions, including what this means for SharePoint. In this week's discussion point we went out and asked a number of industry analysts and Microsoft partners for their views. Here's what they said.
It hardly seems like it, but it is a year since Steve Ballmer officially launched Office 365 and Microsoft wasn’t going to let the occasion go by without the announcement of some notable customer wins and a couple of other interesting tidbits about its traction in the market.
Enterprise social platform provider Telligent has been named Microsoft Digital Marketing Partner of the Year for 2012. The Digital Marketing Partner of the Year Award recognizes an “exceptional partner who has excelled in developing rich Internet solutions that are highly functional, scalable, flexible, and secure through a unified platform for intranet, extranet, and Internet sites.”
Oh how the smell of money draws us in. Really, who could stare at US$ 1.2 billion and walk away? Yammer has agreed to that nice tidy sum and joins Microsoft's ranks. Everyone has a thought on it, and it isn't all nice.
With next week's Tweet Jam looming, the Social Enterprise conversation continued this week with reports from the front line of the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston, suggestions on how social workflows can make the enterprise more productive, and reminders that this is not just about being social, there is true work involved in implementation, adoption and continuation.
We also heard a cautionary tale of the poor use of localization in a marketing campaign and the new way that businesses can get in touch with our inner couch potato.
While attending Microsoft TechEd 2012 in Orlando, Florida, I participated in a Birds of a Feather (BOF) session in which we discussed one of the more controversial topics within the SharePoint community: at what point can you call yourself a SharePoint developer?
This week, it seems everyone is concerned about finding the right information in the right place. MetaVis makes its migration tools compatible with Office 365 for Government, Recommind adds a SharePoint module for Decisiv Search, DiscoverReady and Equivio extend their partnership, while QlikTech buys Expressor.
If there's one thing we learned this week between info360 and the acquisition of Yammer by Microsoft, it's that the question is no longer if you should adopt social business strategies within your enterprise, but how.
While you're busy figuring out the ROI on social software and questioning if it will turn into a breeding ground for idle chatter, your employees are already finding and using the tools they need to get the work done.
We heard how socializing activity streams can help bring unity to a scattered digital workplace, how HR can use these tools to expedite and streamline all elements of human capital management and how all of these tools combined just spell out good business.
Today, we’re live from info360 in New York. As we make our way through the many keynotes, sessions and exhibits, there are many trends we look forward to investigating, including the social workplace, the mobile workforce and how to manage all the information in-between.
Here's harmon.ie VP Marketing and Product Strategy, David Lavenda, discussing the results of a recent survey on mobile workers:
Establishing corporate governance policies are one thing; implementation and enforcement are another. AvePoint has announced its DocAve Governance Automation product to enable end-to-end service request management for creating and managing governance policies in Microsoft SharePoint 2010.
With broad adoption of SharePoint 2010 coupled with the business need to drive down costs and management overhead of information technology, many organizations are looking more closely at hosted versions of SharePoint -- both private and public cloud offerings, as well as Office365.
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