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Cisco Rebrands 'Squared,' Wants to Spark Your Collaborative Energies

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Is the principal tool you use for inter-office communication still Microsoft Outlook? A number of companies, including Microsoft, IBM, Unify (formerly part of Siemens), Google, and Salesforce all have a stake in replacing it with a service that connects you with your colleagues using live text and videoconferencing.

Cisco is also among this group — and arguably has the most to gain. It made significant investments in networking infrastructure gear and videoconferencing appliances. It's also the parent company of meeting facilitator service WebEx.

So the company’s announcement today that it is not converging its business communications platforms into one, at least for now, is perplexing.

You Called? Lync Is Out, Skype for Business Is In #Conv15

The Skype communications platform officially became part of Microsoft Office today At the Convergence conference in Atlanta, the company announced the end of the Lync era with the launch of the Skype for Business technical preview.

It is indeed Skype.

With this new edition, the directory scheme is effectively flattened, making traditional Skype users available on calls placed through the Skype for Business client — formerly the Lync client.

The traditional Skype calling system, which uses P2P protocol over the Internet and the SILK codec for call clarity, is now bolted onto the Business edition as well.

But with a few other feature exceptions, the client remains quite similar.

From Build It and Go, to Ready to Go with SharePoint

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For many years, businesses viewed SharePoint as a framework on which to build solutions. The combination of flexibility and editing tools provided allowed them to design customized solutions which met business requirements.   

But technology is changing. And so is how we use and want to consume it. We hunger for solutions that can be quickly acquired and implemented, not ones that require building out complex and robust solutions.  The world around us is changing fast and it's exciting to see how productivity tools are beginning to encompass almost every area of our lives.

Office Delve Wants You to Work Like a Network #Conv15

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Office Delve can surface data in email and social feeds.

Julia White, general manager for the Office 365 team, made the announcement at Microsoft's Convergence 2015 in Atlanta today.

During the next two months, Delve will be made available to all users on Office 365 business plans, she explained.

Discussion Point: How Can Your Company Innovate Faster?

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Every business dreams of doing things things differently, uniquely, innovatively. But how can businesses best achieve innovation?

Some prescribe a culture of innovation. Some want to teach innovation in schools. Some suggest hiring innovators. Still others link innovation to agility. And they all may be right.

However, in a competitive world where everyone is trying to innovate, it's also critical to innovate faster than the competition.

Week in Review: Cool CMOs + SharePoint Content Security

What's Hot at #SXSW
What you'll hear at the Austin conference.

Top CMO Qualities
Six things that make the leaders stand out.

Right Digital Path?
Evaluating the right questions in the digital workplace.

SharePoint Security Metrics
Nine ways to measure content security.

What to Do With File Shares
Keep, move, delete or archive?

Box's Bad Showing 
And what it means for the enterprise.

Choosing the Right Digital Experience Platform 
How to increase agility and reduce costs

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Don't Let History Repeat Itself with Social Tools

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Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs) have become commonplace in organizations, creating networks based on a need and identifying experts who can solve a problem. ESNs can overcome barriers of location, language and time zone.

Between the well documented benefits and the rise of C-level engagement, this should be the latest phase of a digital revolution. Yet short sightedness prevents organizations from achieving the full potential of these tools, largely due to a failure of thinking beyond the tactical.

What's Taking So Long With Enterprise Mobility?

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Every year companies and research agencies conduct surveys to establish the current state of enterprise mobility within the business market. If you are one of those people who keep an eye on such reports you've probably noticed that the numbers haven't really changed much in the past couple of years.

So my question is, why?

Are We Asking the Right Questions of the Digital Workplace?

2015-11-March-Hands-Raised.jpgAre you asking yourself where intranets fit in with enterprise social network (ESN) platforms? Or wondering if you should replace your intranet with an ESN platform?

Maybe you have both, but struggle with adoption and suspect it has something to do with how well they fit together. You're not alone.

But before you try to answer these questions, are these the right questions to ask?

They aren't. What we should be asking is what do people need to get work done. Focus on the work, not the tool.  

Clarizen Wants to Make You More of a Team Player

Team players are in demand. According to a recent survey of 500 professionals, 87 percent work on distributed or hybrid teams. And nearly 40 percent of those spend at least 65 percent of their workdays on these teams.

There’s no shortage of collaboration tools. But many companies are still struggling to find the optimal technology.

Clarizen is attempting to help with an update to its workplace collaboration software. Along with enhanced integration with Box, the update should drive efficiency, participation and motivation, the company claims.

Q1/Q2 Planning: Top Marketing Technology, Social Business Conferences & Events (11-Mar-15)

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.)

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Meeting Marvel Do Raises $2M, Integrates with Office 365

Meeting productivity platform Do has wowed its particular corner of the market with two announcements. One, it has raised $2 million in seed funding. Two, it's integrating with Microsoft Office 365.

It is, in short, a heady day for a company not quite a year old but with excellent tech pedigree.

Do launched in July 2014 with backing from SherpaVentures, SherpaFoundry and Salesforce and headed by Jason Shah, previously a product manager at Yammer.

Its target was the $37 billion worth of knowledge worker productivity lost to bad meetings every year, a target it attacked with a novel mix of tools for users to take meeting notes, share files, assign tasks, and send out meeting summaries.

To date its approach has clearly resonated: more than 5,000 companies are using the platform, including employees from Costco, Domino's, the United States government.

When Your Intranet and Enterprise Social Network Get Married

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Pop the champagne and get ready to celebrate: your Intranet and Enterprise Social Network are getting married!

As we prepare to toast this joyous integration, remember that the Intranet and the ESN are strong, independent entities with many individual merits. As in any marriage, each partner must remain unique with its own purpose. By tying the knot, however, the Intranet and the ESN will complement each other’s strengths (and minimize their weaknesses), improving the overall employee communication experience.

Bridging Senior Management Disconnect with Digital

This is the age of fast, give-it-to-me-now, you-better-make-it-simple convenience. But how do we convince senior management of this new reality?

Week in Review: Web CMS Selection + Change for Windows Server

5 Web CMS Selection Tips
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Mobile Mistakes to Avoid
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Find the Right ESN
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Stop Fixing Your Employees
Focus on strengths, new study says.

Gartner's Analytics Dive
Which platform is a winner?

Microsoft Innovates Windows Server
A "dramatic refactoring" is on the way.

Why Companies Are Integrating DAM & Online Proofing 
3 of the Most Commonly Cited Reasons

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