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The increase in digital clutter has led to the emergence of collaborative technologies that promise to minimise information overkill and help us find what we need to do our jobs more effectively. However, while these technologies foster a culture of sharing, IT security and management need to be addressed before businesses simply leap onto the Web 2.0 bandwagon.


Dropbox boosts business tools with AdminX launch - 28 Jul 2016

From Dropbox has announced the launch of a major set of controls for business customers to give IT teams more oversight and management of information shared on the platform. The AdminX launch was 'months in the planning', according to the firm, and is designed to make it as simple ... read more..

Microsoft's new service is like YouTube for the enterprise - 21 Jul 2016

From CIO It's called Stream and it's supposed to let people easily work together with one another on videos, and then share that content both inside and outside their company. In the realm of consumer web services, video is ascending. Facebook has been emphasising video posts on its popular social ... read more..

Skype for Business will translate meetings into 40 languages - 14 Jul 2016

From Microsoft is bringing the dream of the Star Trek universal translator to businesses later this year with the launch of a new beta feature that offers live captioning of Skype for Business meeting broadcasts in 40 languages. Using Microsoft's Bing Translator technology, speakers will be able to talk ... read more..

Google goes after SharePoint with new enterprise tools - 15 Jun 2016

From CIO Google isn't kidding when it says it's serious about the enterprise. The company announced a pair of new services on Monday that are aimed squarely at helping businesses access information and share it internally, similar to what Microsoft's SharePoint product offers. A new Springboard app gives employees at ... read more..

What's really new in SharePoint 2016? - 01 Jun 2016

From CIO The SharePoint community has reacted with enthusiasm to Microsoft's roadmap for SharePoint 2016, even though much of it is familiar to anyone who's been using SharePoint for a while. It's so confusingly familiar, in fact, that you may find yourself asking whether that wasn't what SharePoint already did ... read more..

Dropbox to end support for Windows XP from 26 June - 29 Apr 2016

From Dropbox is ending support for Windows XP and nudging people in the direction of Windows 10. The Dropbox desktop app, at least the Windows XP version, will cease to be available for download from 26 June, according to a Dropbox post, at which point signing on or creating ... read more..

Bring on the DevOps, say IT support managers - 16 Apr 2016

From ZDNet The vast majority of IT support people say they don't have enough of a connection with the development side, save the post-release cycle. In many cases, they're simply not ready to handle the volume of new releases, fixes or features that are sent out by their development teams. ... read more..

IM surges in enterprise, but ushers in security concerns - 05 Apr 2016

From InformationWeek For the past 20 years, most office workers who have been desk-bound and using PCs or workstations, relied on corporate email for the bulk of their communications, including sharing documents, spreadsheets and other files. Now, in just the past five years, the workforce has switched from stationary to ... read more..

Skype for Business will give businesses Surface Hub-like collaboration on a budget - 17 Mar 2016

From CIO Microsoft wants to help businesses bring their meeting rooms into the future of videoconferencing without spending a whole lot of dough. That's why it announced two new Skype for Business initiatives aimed at getting existing technology connected to its work communications service. The first, codenamed Project Rigel, is ... read more..

Shadow IT? Blame the IT department for lack of support for new ways of working - 02 Mar 2016

From 'Shadow IT is the new way of doing IT,' suggests Mark Crosbie, international head of trust and security at Dropbox, the popular cloud file hosting service. 'It's the new way of provisioning fast, lightweight, agile solutions for people to collaborate and work,' he adds. Crosbie blames inflexible IT ... read more..

Five things you need to know about Microsoft's new Office 2016 - 28 Oct 2015

From InfoWorld Microsoft's latest version of its Office suite is here and it has been getting rave reviews. Here's what you need to know about Office 2016's capabilities: Collaboration is the killer feature, but it's not fully baked yet. Microsoft is facing increasing pressure to compete with Google's own productivity ... read more..

IT admins should enjoy Dropbox for Business - 17 Jun 2015

From IT Management News Dropbox announced some updates to Dropbox for Business, which should make things a little easier for IT teams in the administration, security and integration areas. For one, they've added tiered admin roles. There are three tiers: team admin, user management admin and support admin. The idea is that ... read more..

The best business apps for your Apple Watch - 28 Apr 2015

From TechRadar The Apple Watch is a polarising device. You either love it or hate it. Either way, you probably need to get used to seeing it around. With more than 3,000 apps available, Apple has developed a ton of utilities for Watch wearers. Included in this long list of apps are ... read more..

Three-quarters of employees think collaboration is essential to the daily running of their business - 23 Apr 2015

From Over three-quarters (77%) of UK employees say that collaboration technology is vital in the way they work with colleagues and clients on a daily basis. But many workers still face significant tech challenges, whether working in the office or remotely. Almost four in every five (79%) of Brits experience ... read more..

Corporate IT failing to meet employee needs - 05 Mar 2015

From IT departments need to reassess the technology they deliver, given that users are circumventing corporate IT and using their own applications in preference to those supported by their employer. A TNS survey of 2,016 people by Trustmarque found that 40% of cloud users admitted to using applications that have not ... read more..

Implement an internal social media channel: add this to your IT to-do list today - 05 Mar 2015

From TechRepublic For the past several years, corporate managers have experimented with social media engagement that enables employees and customers to participate; they have also endured the misfirings and blunders that inevitably occurred. Accordingly, companies have been busy revising how they engage their customers in social media and also which employees ... read more..

The death of email? No way, it’s becoming seriously cool again - 11 Feb 2015

From Information Age The death of email has been one of the go-to predictions in technology over the past few years. I've been as guilty of this as anyone, taken in by the rise of social networks and enterprise collaboration systems that provide real-time communications with a host of other features ... read more..

Time to market could be reduced if companies used existing unified comms technologies better - 02 Feb 2015

From Companies are missing a trick by failing to use unified communications and collaboration (UCC) tools to optimise their supply chains. In a survey of 150 IT decision makers at medium-to-large organisations, Computing found that UC tools were mainly being deployed internally rather than externally. While supply chain management could definitely benefit ... read more..

IBM's new enterprise email aims to organise your day - 25 Nov 2014

From Computerworld UK IBM is going up against cloud-apps powerhouses Google and Microsoft with its next generation email client, called Verse, designed to enrich email with social media and analysis. 'We felt we could leverage analytics to build an experience that understands your priorities,' said Jeff Schick, IBM general manager of IBM ... read more..

Dropbox for Business grows more security, IT admin muscles - 28 Jul 2014

From Computerworld UK Dropbox will continue beefing up the business version of its cloud storage and file sharing service, adding security features to shared links, full-text search capabilities and new tools for enterprise developers. For Dropbox content shared via links, it will now be possible for users to require a password for ... read more..

Many employees won't mingle with enterprise social software - 07 Jul 2014

From Computerworld UK In a great IT industry irony, enterprise social networking (ESN) software, designed to boost interaction and collaboration, is often ignored by users and ends up forgotten like the proverbial ghost town with rolling tumbleweeds. The promise of a successful ESN deployment is appealing to businesses: implement a Facebook and ... read more..

Majority of Microsoft SharePoint users 'disillusioned' with its services, claims report - 23 Jun 2014

From Almost two-thirds of Microsoft SharePoint enterprise users are 'disillusioned' with the services provided by the collaboration tool, believing it to offer an 'unsatisfactory' performance when it comes to meeting the original brief of what SharePoint was deployed for. That's according to Collaborative Credentials, a new report by online application developer ... read more..

Improve Efficiencies and Reduce Costs with Business Intelligence & Business-Critical SharePoint - 22 Oct 2013

Date: 19 September 2013 Time: 9.00am-3.00pm Location: Microsoft's office in Cardinal Place, 80-100 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5JL (see map). Nearest tube station is Victoria Cost: Free of charge includes free morning tea Enrol: Click here Overview: Discover how to improve productivity and process efficiency across your organisation with Business Intelligence portals, SharePoint and ... read more..

Top 10 collaboration pitfalls: and how to avoid them - 14 Oct 2013

From IT Adviser Virtual collaboration has shot up the IT agenda in recent months, thanks to its potential to enable employees to communicate and work with each other, irrespective of time or location and with no loss of productivity or effectiveness. In particular, businesses are recognising the growing importance of effective communication, ... read more..

Dropbox further promoting business angle with new apps hub - 16 Sep 2013

From ZDNet UK Dropbox is further pushing its business-friendly services into the spotlight with the addition of a new hub dedicated to third-party apps. The new page launching last week highlights some of the apps that integrate with Dropbox for Business and leverage the Dropbox Platform for fostering collaboration and facilitating identity ... read more..

Business-Critical SharePoint – Webinar - 22 Aug 2013

Join Microsoft and ClearPeople for a Webinar on August 29 Learn how to improve productivity and process efficiency across your organisation with SharePoint and line-of-business data in this 45-minute webinar presented by Microsoft and ClearPeople. This 45-minute webinar on Business-Critical SharePoint (BCSP) is a lead-in to the major event on September 19. Microsoft ... read more..

Improve Efficiencies and Reduce Costs with Business Intelligence & Business-Critical SharePoint - 22 Aug 2013

Date: 19 September 2013 Time: 9.00am-3.00pm Location: Microsoft's office in Cardinal Place, 80-100 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5JL (see map). Nearest tube station is Victoria Cost: Free of charge includes free morning tea Enrol: Click here Overview: Discover how to improve productivity and process efficiency across your organisation with Business Intelligence portals, SharePoint and ... read more..

Enhancing legal business efficiency through the use of IT - 13 Jun 2013

Date: 27 June 2013 Time: 9.00am-1.00pm Location: Microsoft's office in Cardinal Place, 80-100 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5JL (see map). Nearest tube station is Victoria Cost: Free of charge includes free breakfast Enrol: Click here Overview: Learn how to improve your internal efficiencies, boost ROI on existing IT infrastructure and increase profitability at this ... read more..

Is Google mature enough for the enterprise? - 03 Jun 2013

From The enterprise business is core to Google's future. Its approach to collaboration has potential benefits. But are IT directors ready to give it a go? The company is known for its Software as Service tools, which include collaboration and the Google+ social network. Big Query provides business intelligence in the ... read more..

One in four admit employees use ‘unofficial’ cloud file-sharing - 28 May 2013

From Information Age A quarter of organisations admit that their employees are using 'unofficial', cloud-based file-sharing services to share content and collaborate, according to a survey by information management professional body AIIM. AIIM surveyed over 500 of its members to gauge the current state of content management. It found that 9% of ... read more..



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