iCloud is great news
iCloud is great news for the cloud industry as a whole. As everyone knows,
the genius of Steve Jobs is to show everyone the importance of “sexy” in
technology (for lack of a better word) – take an existing technology, and
make it so compelling, so beautiful, that people can’t wait to lay their
hands on that sleek shiny new thing. He did that with iPhone, and repeated
it with iPad.
The same could well happen with iCloud. The cloud has been around in the
consumer market for more than a decade, and the business world has finally
embraced it in the last couple of years. But Steve Jobs’ visibility and
marketing genius could make the “cloud” meme so commonplace, that no
cloud vendor ever has to lose hair again trying to explain to a prospect what
the cloud is.
However, iCloud is not a team tool, nor is it intended to be.
iCloud is not for collabora... (more)
Although simplicity is the hallmark of modern cloud collaboration software,
the decision to implement collaboration software in the company is not to be
taken lightly. This seriousness is apt given the strategic nature of
collaboration technology – while most software are used by some of the
people in the organization some of the time, collaboration software is by
used by most of the people (if not all) much of the time (and extends to
partners and clients).
Collaboration (or working together) is at the heart of what every
organization does, and collaboration software can be tho... (more)
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– will it be used to bolster Sharepoint’s outdated and weak social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 i... (more)
Technology has been taken over by the Cloud. Putting it in simple terms,
‘Cloud’ is the new meme used to describe nirvana from clogged up
computers and saving files directly to the internet. So how does it work?
Essentially, instead of saving files to a hard disk or using software on a
computer that is directly installed, the Cloud offers the ability to quickly
and easily access these files using an Internet connection. It all sounds
very swish, but what actually are the benefits?
Services that offer Cloud storage can provide businesses with the storage
space that they simply wo... (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)