It’s a closed deal. The media has widely reported the imminent acquisition
of Yammer, the enterprise social network provider, by Microsoft for a
whistle-evoking 1.2 Billion dollars. Everyone knows something big is
happening here, and experts, in characteristic style, have quickly
congregated around opposite ends of the pole – equally shrill in lauding or
denouncing the move.
It is unclear as yet how Yammer will fit in Microsoft’s product portfolio
– will it be used to bolster Sharepoint’s outdated and weak social
capabilities? Or will it go the Skype way, where Microsoft uses it to enter
enterprises through the backdoor (employees using it in small groups with or
without official approval), and then upsell heavier Microsoft enterprise
products like Sharepoint, Dynamics CRM and Office through integration points?
Social business is the winner
But underlying both of ... (more)
This post would qualify as a part of the “back to the basics” series.
While cloud based business software has gained mainstream adoption over the
past couple of years, many companies are dipping their toes in it for the
first time, and are still asking the “why” questions.
This post answers the “why” for intranet software. Why should my company
implement an intranet at all? How will it benefit me? Here’s why.
1) Productivity. An intranet is the “home” for employees (ideally) and
the intranet desktop is probably the first thing they see in the morning. An
intranet which gives empl... (more)
We tend to get carried away in the mood of the moment. As enterprise social
networks started to pick up, weren’t we a little too quick to grab our
shovels, prepare tearful eulogies post the “death of intranets” in the
manner of “intranets were great BUT…..”, and start to drag the intranet
Not so quick.
Admittedly, intranets have had a rocky past, suffering from adoption
problems, never quite delivering their promise. However, the objectives where
sound, and lots of companies which thought through their intranet
implementation, did have great success. Social software on th... (more)
Collaboration, or the act of working together, is universal across business
types and industries – education, healthcare, real estate, government or
any other. However, each industry has its own specific language for referring
to things, and puts different emphasis on different collaborative
The purpose of this series is to use a simple visual format to describe how
cloud collaboration technology could be useful in your industry.
The first infograph is about cloud collaboration software in the healthcare
and wellness industry – hospitals, doctors offices, laboratories,... (more)
Communications Service Providers are reaching the tail end of an era of
unprecedented profits driven by mobile voice and messaging revenues. Those
days are over.
The strategic dynamics of the market are in the middle of a paradigm shift
where communications are increasingly data centric – VOIP, M2M messaging,
social messaging, file sharing etc. There is a power struggle between telecom
companies, carriers, and service providers on one side and OTT (over the top)
vendors (Apple, Microsoft, Google, Skype, WhatsApp) on the other side
for control of these new forms of communication.... (more)