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– will it be used to bolster Sharepoint’s outdated and weak social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)
It is a great moment in the history of social collaboration. The moment of
social business is here. The idea itself is not new. Much has been written
over the last 2 years about what enterprise software can learn from the
principles of “social” design of popular consumer tools like FaceBook and
Twitter – the impact on user adoption, on information access, on time
saving, on productivity, and indeed, on the fundamental structure of
There are also scores of solutions in the market which specialize in
“social collaboration” – Yammer, Chatter, Podio, SocialText and so... (more)
$104 Billion in valuation, 16 billion raised in its IPO, we can’t help but
gape at this phenomena of our age with open mouths.
With more than 900 million actively engaged users, it’s the largest
community the world has ever known. Google search is not quite dead yet, but
Facebook is where we spend our internet time – we discover, share, and
connect like never before. And we spend a lot of internet time..
Facebook has no plans of slowing down at 900 million. Zuckerberg is likely
eyeing at the 7 Billion odd global population. The mobile phone is how it now
plans to enter our lives.... (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)