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IBM on Mail Next: No One Else Offers Anything Like This

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Remember that email you sent asking someone to do something? Me either. Delegating tasks are great, but follow-through to ensure the tasks get done -- in an electronic world -- can be challenging.

Therein lies one of the major pain points IBM attempts to solve with its forthcoming email social business collaboration platform, Mail Next. 

"The most important problem is that of recall and prioritization," Kramer Reeves, director of product management with IBM Messaging and Collaboration Solutions, told CMSWire. "When an action comes in by email, how do we solve the problem of remembering who we assigned the action to or who we asked for help? Mail Next’s follow-up mechanisms solve this problem, using technology in place of memory, and allowing us to put our full focus on the work. The impact of this feature will be on management, executive assistants and really anybody who uses email."

How Social Technologies Impact the Balance of Power

How Social Impacts the Balance of PowerOrganizations, businesses and entire industries are becoming more social. Does that really translate to better collaboration?

Extreme Goes Deep at the Super Bowl with Analytics

Networking hardware makers are seeing a unique opportunity in analytics. Why? All the data passes through their pipes. Extreme Networks has grabbed onto this trend with the release of an analytics product that was rolled out at the Super Bowl on Sunday, providing detailed information about the digital activity on the wireless network in MetLife Stadium.

Do Enterprise Social Networks Really Help Collaboration?

One of the most cited reasons that companies deploy enterprise social networks is to enhance collaboration. It’s easy to see why. The theory goes “Your team will collaborate better with an enterprise social network helping people to share information more easily.”

But is this true? Can sharing information more easily really help people to collaborate better?

4 Ways to Make Yammer a Better Workplace Tool

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Ever since Microsoft bought Yammer in June 2012 and announced plans to integrate it with SharePoint, there has been considerable interest in the social network and getting the most out of it. Now GoodData has entered the fray. It researched how companies use Yammer in the enterprise, and offers four suggestions for improvement.

The Fall of Collaboration, The Rise of Cooperation

oldtools,newtricks.jpgIt’s the year 2014, and we are trying to do today's jobs with yesterday's tools.

As we move into a new way of work -- one based on more fluid and looser connections, grounded in freethinking, humanist and scientific approaches to the social contract -- it's becoming clear that the traditional model of "collaboration tools" is based around outmoded structures of control rather than the shape of our work today, or the nature of networked sociality. We need a different take on the tools we are using to get work done, one based on open cooperation at the core of our work instead of closed collaboration running alongside it.

Working in Pajamas: The Downside of Telecommuting

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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.

Telecommuting is a disaster for anyone who is unmotivated, disorganized, thin-skinned or has fantasies about working in pajamas. Trust me. I'm speaking from experience.

And remember this: it's the wrong choice if you expect to have regular lunch or coffee breaks (a blessing in disguise, actually, because you often won't have time to avail yourself of the restroom, either.) Your boss will call the minute you step away from your desk, creating suspicion about whether you're working at all. Differences in time zones mean calls at almost any hour of the day (or night).

No wonder those spoiled, entitled, forever-whining tech-obsessed millennials (aka Gen Y) are just so over this whole telecommuting thing. And guess what? They aren't alone.

This Week: Is IBM Disrupting Email Collaboration? + Why OpenText Invested $1 Billion in GXS

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Let us know your thoughts on the new design! Happy 2014! 

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Roadblocks to Epic Customer Experiences
If customer experience is so critical, why do so many companies stink at it? Our columnist took this to heart, and started a three-part series examining key obstacles that hinder companies from delivering the experiences customers want.

Content Management vs. E-Commerce
This week, we looked at different approaches to bridging the gap between content management and e-commerce. In the first part, we saw that e-Spirit has adopted a best-of-breed approach. We then went on to show how Elastic Path is using e-commerce APIs to integrate content and how Sitecore puts customers at the heart of the retail process by providing personalized content and user experiences.

IBM's Mail Next an Original?
IBM turned a lot of heads when it unveiled plans for Mail Next in the Enterprise at IBM Connect 2014 in Orlando, Fla. But is it all that original, really? Meanwhile, IBM launched at the conference a new global customer experience consultancy.

SharePoint's Transformation
Our three-part series on SharePoint developments concluded this week with a look into how collaboration changes have been transformative. Earlier in the series, we discussed enhancements for capacity and information management and the user interface — designing a new user experience, and coloring documents with rich palettes of metadata.

OpenText Takes Dive for Big Boys
With GXS and its B2B integration services, OpenText is gunning for the top of the space -- and they just might be there already, one analyst told us

Will Internet of Things Ever Take Off?
We take a look at some of the myths surrounding the IoT and examine why it may never reach its potential.

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Social Media Addiction and Other Mobile Marketing Trends [Infographic]

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With Lenovo buying Motorola and a new generation of devices on the way, there's rumblings of change in the mobile marketplace. But none of the hardware and network juggling will stem the tide of mobile marketing.

Marketing campaigns are focusing on apps and social media. But as the dollars continue to flow, are marketers who are following the money risky their creativity and niche opportunities? A new infographic highlights the trends.

IBM Looks Forward to Next Generation Computing #IBMConnect

Each year, the IBM faithful gather in Orlando Florida for IBM Connect, previously Lotusphere. This year, IBM combined it with the Kenexa World Conference as well, leading to an interesting mélange of IBM Notes administrators, Domino developers, human resources practitioners and social business strategists. The program was a similar gumbo of topics cutting across several IBM initiatives and product lines. It would be fair to say that, if you wanted to stretch beyond your usual topics, it would be easy at IBM Connect 2014. 

4 Ways to Follow Through on Business Goals

4 Ways to Follow Through on Business GoalsSetting goals is a common undertaking, but it can be useless unless you understand action steps. As a recruiter I usually ask my clients two questions: “What are your goals for this position? What are the actions you are going to take to achieve your goals?” Most of my clients can easily describe their goals but many have trouble articulating the action steps necessary for achieving those goals.

Raising the Bar for the Enterprise Software User Experience

Raising the Bar for the Enterprise Software User ExperienceIn December, The Wall Street Journal reported that Avon Products, Inc. had spent 4 years and $125 million with SAP on a major software project that was being terminated. Apparently, Avon discovered that “users -- the company’s sales force -- found the new system so burdensome and disruptive to their daily routine that many left Avon.” Avon paid dearly in money and time, as well as employees, for a poor user experience. In this case, that cost has been quantified.

Q1 Planning: Top Digital Marketing, Social Business Conferences & Events (29-Jan-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.)

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Social Business: The Next Big Thing is Already Inside #IBMConnect

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The smart business of today (and tomorrow) will use technology to make better decisions by leveraging the cloud, big data analytics, mobile and social.

As these four forces converge, businesses will be empowered to scale one-to-one, personalized experiences both inside and outside the walls of the company, hire the right people, capture knowledge across the organization and innovate quicker. These are the central themes emerging at IBM Connect 2014.

But I want to discuss another topic that (thankfully) has been given visibility, prominence and significance at this conference. Today, let’s look at the massive role that the employee plays in the development of a social business. But first ...

Is IBM's 'Mail Next' Just Google Plus for Enterprise Email? #IBMConnect

social business, Is IBM's 'Mail Next' Another Google+ for Enterprise Email? #IBMConnect

IBM’s new social business enterprise email collaboration software “Mail Next” is a “great idea” and “represents the natural convergence of social and email.”

While he's a fan, however, the platform announced at this week IBM Connect 2014 in Orlando, Fla., is not all that original, said Tom Petrocelli of Neuralytix, a New York City-based IT market research and consulting firm. “It’s basically what Google has already done with Gmail, Google Plus and Hangouts,” Petrocelli told CMSWire. “We are seeing this type of convergence in other places: Microsoft also has the pieces and similar functionality in its outlook.com platform or Office 365 plus SharePoint and the Yammer offering.”

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