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Can Microsoft Reinvent Productivity? #MSIgnite

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Productivity has been a recurring theme in the first two days of Microsoft's Ignite conference in Chicago. CEO Satya Nadella started the beat and other Microsoft executives, including Julia White, general manager for the Office marketing team, quickly followed.

Microsoft wants to use Office as a tool to reinvent productivity for people and organizations, White told the crowd yesterday. To find out more, we sat down with her to discuss Microsoft's plans for its productivity apps.

Nadella Shares Microsoft's Mobile Productivity Vision #MSIgnite

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella opened the Ignite conference in Chicago this morning with a promise of what's to come -- both in the announcements that will be made over the course of the five day event and in the direction that Microsoft will be taking for the enterprise. 

A hint of this direction can be seen in the announcement of the release of Windows Update for Business.

Rewiring SharePoint Around End User Experiences

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​From the earliest days of SharePoint, companies were attracted to the platform's range of functionality, relatively quick installation and the ability to shape the platform to meet an organization's unique business needs.

But as Microsoft shifts its focus to the cloud, many organizations are struggling to maintain the last point -- as the ability to shape SharePoint Online (SPO) is not quite the "Swiss army knife" that its on-premises version has been for the industry.

While Microsoft pushes forward with its NextGen portal solutions on top of Office 365, there is a gap in understanding how these new pieces will fit into existing strategies.

As a result, companies are increasingly looking at hybrid solutions, which promise the bet of both worlds: management and control over data, maintaining custom solutions and custom branding, combined with the power and innovation of new cloud platform capabilities. In effect, the cloud has expanded the options available to organizations -- not limited them.

Harmion.ie Aims to Simplify Digital Worker's Lives

Harmon.ie today announced a significant expansion of its Collage digital workplace app, which the company claims offers workers rapid access to all of their content.

High on the list of improvements is easy access to email content. In spite of the proliferation of communication channels and the many complaints against it, email still holds strong in the digital workplace. Combined, the upgrades to Collage will offer a substantial improvement in the user experience, David Lavenda, vice president for products at Harmon.ie told CMSWire.

Week in Review: Salesforce for Sale + Intranet Killers

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No Hope for Social Marketing 
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4 ways to do it.

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Sick of Grunt Work? There Should be an App for That

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Want to know why you feel like you can’t get much accomplished at work, regardless of the number of hours that you put in? It’s because you spend two days each week on administrative grunt work: the repetitive activities required to get something done, but that aren’t core to your job.

And you’re not going to get a raise for doing them well. When was the last time you were rated on things like email, making phone calls or updating spreadsheets? How about putting together status reports, filling out forms or requesting support services?

Probably never. But here’s the kicker, if you don’t do the drudge work, then the job you’re actually paid to do can’t get done.  

AvePoint Lets You Share With SharePoint

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AvePoint just released a new service pack that lets you share and sync files in and out of SharePoint, through the company firewall. More accurately, AvePoint has upgraded its Perimeter Service Pack 4 that allows file syncing and sharing in both directions.

Daniel Wilkens, product manager at AvePoint, called it a substantial upgrade that extends Perimeter's functionality from one-way sharing of information to two-way collaboration.

It allows people outside of the organization to use Office Web Apps "to securely edit content shared with them or upload new content to shared folders or libraries within the Perimeter Portal," he said.

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Jive Launches Secure, Real Time Enterprise Messaging

We work in a digital world. There’s no time for email or waiting for return phone calls. We need collaboration now, in real time — and few of us work alone.

But can we really be expected to sit at our desks 24/7? Because that’s when we work, ask and answer questions … We’re global, we’re mobile and we need everything now. It has become our nature, and it can even be our key to gaining a competitive advantage.

While this work style might seem intrusive to those who grew up with landlines, snail mail and fax machines, it’s the norm to digital natives. They’ve refused to be weighed down by their employers’ ball and chains, and it’s not really necessary for them to be in the office all of the time anyways. They’re always on alert.

But it doesn’t seem to be a bother— it’s a BYOD world in which 83 per cent of millennials sleep with their phones.

8 Ways to Kill Your Intranet

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A good intranet comes with ... well, it's been a source of debate lately. It's a debate hot enough to draw its own conference.

Of all the talk, it's about one tenet -- make people want to use it.

Good design. Helpful information to enable people to do their jobs better. Good search. Strong collaboration features.

Easier said than done, right?

"Intranets that lack structure are ticking time-bombs in practically every manner," said Tim Eisenhauer, president of social business software provider Axero Solutions out of San Diego. "If your intranet isn't organized, it can easily turn into a muddled mess."

It's good to avoid time bombs and muddled messes. Eisenhauer caught up with CMSWire about mistakes organizations can avoid when constructing intranets.

4 Ways to Accelerate the Value of Your Intranet

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The New Age of Intranets is already here. We're finally at the inflection point — the point at which we can see real value from the ephemeral concept we’ve been chasing for some 20 years. 

During this evolution, intranets have accumulated a ton of baggage. In fact, some naysayers have warned that intranets are on the verge of extinction.

So believe me when I tell you that when you advocate for your next intranet, speed-to-value is extremely important. Executives want to see their return on the technology investment ASAP.

And let’s be honest: that’s true of all technologies, even ones without the baggage that intranets carry. 

Let's look at four ways to enhance speed-to-value for your intranet or any similar collaboration solution.

Dropbox Wants You to Be More Productive

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When it comes to sharing content in the cloud, Dropbox is the default for many of us.

With 300 million individuals using Dropbox in their personal lives and more than 100,000 businesses having Dropbox for Business accounts, Dropbox is to “file sync and share” what Microsoft Word is to “document”.

Consider that when you enter the term “like Dropbox” into Google you get 405,000 results. Not just that, but last November we learned that there were more than 35 billion Microsoft Office documents stored in the cloud service.

But owning the lion’s share of the marketplace now doesn’t give CEO Drew Houston reason for rest. There are nearly 100 Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) vendors chomping at Dropbox’s heels, after all, each claiming to offer better compliance, security, governance … you name it.

Should We Bother Meeting Face-to-Face? (Part 2)

Two out of five people spend half their days in meetings, according to joint research by CMSWire and David Coleman, founder and managing director of Collaborative Strategies.

And I don't have to tell you how many complaints that generates. A lot of people think meetings waste their time. And we get that: people come late, there are often unclear agendas, people arrive unprepared.

But a lot of those meetings today are held remotely. Could that be the problem?

When it comes to meetings and networking in general, would we benefit from more in person contact? We put that question to the test — and present the answers to you in the second of a two-part Discussion Point today. We invite you to also read the first part, Do We Need Face Time?.

Discussion Point: Do We Need Face Time?

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I could do my job without ever leaving my living room again. Really, I could.

Write some quality stories. Talk over the phone. Tweet some people. 

Done. Boom.

That said, my favorite work days are the ones I hop on the commuter rail to Boston for an industry conference.

It gives me a chance to put a real face to the Twitter avatar, hear a real voice versus the webinar/conference-call one. I like it a lot.

When I went to San Francisco for a company meeting, I liked that time, too.

I feel rejuvenated when I have a chance to meet the best of the best of the tech world in person. In reality, though, do we have to do this anymore? Mingle? Network in person? We put that question to the test — and present the answers to you in a two-part series, starting today.

Take the Work out of Your Enterprise Networking

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Why does everything to do with social collaboration sound like so much work? We talk of enterprises, vast collaborative landscapes and complex user bases. 

For those taking the first brave steps, it can seem more of a learning cliff than a learning curve. And for those doing this on top of their day job, insurmountable.

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