Little Black Rain Clouds

Michael Sampson - Currents

With many vendors offering cloud delivery of applications and services, the issue of changing what is delivered becomes critically important. With cloud delivery, one of the value propositions in the eyes of providers is the ability to get new features and capabilities out to market much faster, and indeed while it can be delivered much faster, the change can cause multiple problems.

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How Big is the Cloud?

Portals and KM

The global cloud computing market will grow from $40.7 billion in 2011 to more than $241 billion in 2020, according to new Forrester forecast data reported in Sizing The Cloud by Stefan Ried, Ph.D. Based on Forrester’s cloud market taxonomy, this new report outlines the different market dynamics for the three core layers of cloud computing - the public cloud, the virtual private cloud, and the private cloud.

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Trending Sources

Should You Move Your Email To The Cloud?

Portals and KM

I attended the session, Extending Workplace Strategies To The Age Of Distributed Work - Should You Move Your Email And Collaboration To The Cloud? It was twice as many as evaluating options to move to the cloud. Chris’ data support that the challenge is email as over 90% of firms are now keeping email on premise while many other collaboration apps are moving to the cloud. When you move to the cloud mobile device options are limited.

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IBM Enables Cloud-based Social Business for Government

Portals and KM

IBM introduced a new set of social collaboration offerings on t he IBM Federal Community Cloud. The new set of social collaboration Cloud offerings on the IBM Federal Community Cloud addresses the Obama administration's drive to adopt a "cloud-first" policy that is designed to help the government reduce and consolidate its 2,100 data centers. IBM is now providing tools for organizations to collaborate both on premise and in the cloud.

The Further Integration of Cloud Services

Portals and KM

While the PaaS (platform as a service) market is currently smaller than both IaaS and SaaS segments of the cloud computing industry, Forrester says this technology could be one of the most important cloud-based services for businesses moving forward.  The cloud is growing.

The Growth of Personal Cloud Storage

Portals and KM

I keep reading about more uses of the cloud and it all makes sense.    Although aspects of the cloud have long been in the consumer world also.  As Brandon Butler writes in Network World, Gartner predicts that 1/3 of consumer data will be stored in the cloud by '16. Social media sites like Facebook are the near-term repositories for cloud-based data storage, but other vendors will have opportunities to grab consumer market share, Gartner predicts.

The Cloud Keeps Getting Bigger

Portals and KM

The IT Channel Planet reports that Gartner has predicted SaaS revenue within enterprise application software market will jump up 14 percent over 2009, based on convergence with cloud computing models and diminished security and availability concerns among business customers. However, I have seen that most collaboration platform vendors are offering a SaaS option.

Inside or Outside? Gartner Attempts to Clear Cloud ‘Confusion’

Green Chameleon

Analyst firm Gartner just issued a statement that it believes there is “confusion&# in the market over the definition of “cloud computing,&# and wants to set the record straight. Gartner defines cloud computing as “a style of computing in which massively scalable IT-related capabilities are provided ‘as a service’ using Internet technologies to multiple external customers.&#.

Potential Cloud Growth within Mid-size Companies

Portals and KM

According to a recent surve y over 60 percent of respondents in the mid-size business space say they are ready to look to the cloud. Many are already using virtualization but only 4 percent are using the cloud now to back up data.    It seems that there is work to be done as 79% do not have a plan for their move into the cloud.    Many see the advantages as 63% feel that the cloud offers cost savings and 29% feel that the cloud offers more flexibility.

When a Client Only Wants Part of Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

– is trending in the direction of cloud-only infrastructure. While OOS runs on your own servers, we are working hard to give you the same experiences you would get if you used our cloud service. The license conditions of Office Online Server prohibit installation in a cloud environment. What’s happening with Dropbox and Box could happen with other cloud storage partners too … but there is some work to be done at a vendor level to get there.

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Enterprise Email Wars Heat Up in the Cloud

Portals and KM

I recently received a review copy of a useful new Forrester report, Four Giants Compete For Your Cloud Email Business. by Ted Schadler, that has a cost breakdown of cloud-based email services from the four leading vendors- Google, Microsoft, IBM and Cisco - and indicates that Google and Microsoft are in the lead for customers. Google jumped into the enterprise email market in 2007 with a $50 annual subscription to its cloud email service and turned the market upside down.

Social Software Vendor Roundup

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network KM

Visitor Map Subscribe to Collaborative Thinking Add me to your TypePad People list Burton Group Complimentary Content INFLECTION POINT Client Inquiry Request Vendor Briefing Request About Blog Roll Adam Gartenberg Alan Lepofsky Alarm:Clock Alec Saunders Amy Jo Kim Bill Ives Carl Tyler Carol Jones Christopher Allen Collaboration Loop Craig Roth Danah Boyd Daniel W.

Sonoa ServiceNet Enhances Security, Interoperability, and Performance in Enterprise Cloud Computing

Portals and KM

Sonoa ServiceNet is a network and virtual appliance that supports enterprise cloud computing by enforcing security, interoperability, and performance policies. The use of cloud computing is exploding, in part because of the huge potential cost savings.

Forrester: Enterprise Search is Maturing and Becoming More Social

Portals and KM

As the industry standards for search evolve, vendors will change their products to adapt to new customer investment trends with changes in semantics capabilities and increased usage of search-based applications (SBA). Search vendors are making it easier to develop search based applications on top of their platforms via prebuilt components and templates. Cloud and mobile will have an impact on search programs. Yesterday I wrote about social search and the Web.

The Visualness of Microsoft Planner with the Rigour of Microsoft Project #office365

Michael Sampson - Currents

If you want a functional integration, there are three third-party vendors that you should explore. This offer is cloud-side (rather than a client-side plug-in), allowing details between the two services to flow automatically and seamlessly.

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Update on Microsoft Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

Having access to “tons of information to help shape the product” is a significant benefit for any vendor, and is greatly enhanced in cloud-delivered services. Update from Kirk on the Office 365 Team on the new (still in preview) Microsoft Teams service in Office 365: … Microsoft Teams has picked up momentum since its launch last November. In the last month alone, 30,000 organizations across 145 markets and 19 languages have actively used Microsoft Teams. snip).

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Forrester on Enterprise Content Management Suites, Q4 2011

Portals and KM

Forrester uses 66-criteria to evaluate enterprise content management (ECM) vendors. Add to this mix are open source, industry specific, and cloud solutions and the filed is becoming more complex rather than narrowing. The report goes into great detail on each of the vendors.  Forrester has release their report, The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Content Management Suites, Q4 2011 , by Alan Weintraub with Stephen Powers and Anjali Yakkundi.

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My Favorite Tweets for December 1 – 15 2011

Portals and KM

Phones Get Game Power in the Cloud [link]. billion for cloud vendor SuccessFactors [link]. Cloud Computing as a Threat to Older Tech Companies [link]. Here is another in a series of posts that provide access to my favorite tweets that contain links to useful information.    Some of these I did to link to things I found useful and others are RTs that I want to save for the same reason.

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Blog>> Social Internet is the new KM

Green Chameleon

cloud-based solution drive people to store their information in a central location which makes sharing and collaboration easier. social business applications have matured and are now available for large vendors. With great interest I have read Roan Yong’s “ Knowledge Management in 2012? Probably Dead ”. And yes, I agree to what he has stated: KM got too academic - or always was? And the social web will be what will replace it.

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Using Machine Learning to Help Process Email – Microsoft Adds Clutter to Declutter the Inbox

Michael Sampson - Currents

In thinking about #4 above, one of the beautiful things about cloud based services is the opportunity for the vendor to recreate a more direct relationship with each end user, and hopefully by doing so create increased loyalty among a much larger customer base.

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Forrester on Enterprise Search Trends

Portals and KM

As the industry standards for search evolve, the report predicts that vendors will change their products to adapt to new customer investment trends with changes in semantics capabilities and increased usage of search-based applications (SBA). Cloud and mobile are certain to have an impact on search programs as well, but plans for standalone enterprise search services in the cloud lag far behind cloud-based email or collaboration.

News Roundup – Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014

Michael Sampson - Currents

Nintex’s 1000 Cloud Customers … Nintex announced that over 1000 customers are using its cloud-based tools for Office 365 and other cloud-based services. Nintex customers are “ are embracing the Nintex mobile and cloud-based digital forms, together with the workflow systems, to drive efficiencies within operational processes and to enable a stronger management support framework.

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Lotusphere 2011 Notes: IBM Social Business Partners

Portals and KM

Participants included: Jim Engelking, Genus Technologies; Jebb Dykstra, Meetrix Communications; Robert Al-Jaar, Silanis: and Flavien Boucher, Global Lead IBM Cloud collaboration. This is another in a series of my notes on Lotusphere 2011. I am very pleased to be back after ten years.

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Demand for on-demand too demanding for enterprises?

Green Chameleon

The success of on-demand, Software as a Service, or Cloud computing has raised expectations beyond the point where enterprises and vendors can deliver, a new study concludes. And, by extension, SaaS is spreading throughout the enterprise, whether the vendors - or their offerings - are ready to support and deliver what users want. Longer-term, “Wave IV&# threatens to sweep IT and business together and forward beyond user and vendor experience.

Integrating Alfresco with Office Online in Office 365 – Options?

Michael Sampson - Currents

Alfresco is an enterprise content management and business process management vendor. In the early days, Alfresco cut through the noise due to one of the founders being ex-Documentum, one of the players-to-beat in the ECM space at the time.

The Mindset of Work


My favourite one that raises eyebrows time and time again is the following: with the emergence of all of these social, mobile and cloud technologies, ‘ how does it make you feel when each and everyone of your employees is your new CIO?’ What’s the future of work?

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Enterprise 2.0: A Transition From Destination Site To Platform Services

Collaborative Thinking

To enable this type of application delivery, social network sites need to develop the type of platform interfaces needed by application developers and third-party vendors. This type of pragmatic approach is more doable as vendors in this space prioritize API's to integrate "social" into the flow of work and adding a social layer as many have argued. on-premises, cloud, hybrid)?

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Looking at Middle Management’s Role in Business Software Decisions

Portals and KM

However, because of increased access to the Web, greater use of cloud applications and simpler applications, a growing number of software purchases do not require senior level support nor need to involve IT.    They want to talk with vendors about their offerings.  In another related question about their preferred ways to gather information from vendors, the largest category was the 38% who said they do not bother because they do not have purchasing authority.

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My Reflections on the Mobile World Congress

Nancy White

This event grew to over 220,000 attendees and over 20,000 vendors. The buzz was about Android, security, services, reliability, mHealth, the Microsoft/Nokia partnership, femtocells, NFC, cloud services, mobile money and global opportunities for mobile. Imagine a vendor listing of almost 1,400 with no search or even the capability to move to an individual letter of the alphabet. Over my career I have become a technology "conference veteran" beginning with Comdex in the 80’s.

Moving Beyond “Collaboration” Meaning Video and Calling: Cisco Partners with Jive

Michael Sampson - Currents

Fast forward to last month, when I was reviewing a “cloud collaboration” offering from a vendor. Clearly the ESN suite never gained as much traction in the market as Cisco expected it to, so the company is pulling its horse from this race, where competition is broad and intense among vendors like Microsoft with Yammer and Sharepoint; IBM with Connections; Tibco with Tibbr; and Zimbra with Telligent.

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Forrester: Mobile Apps Will Change the IT Market and Drive Software Innovation

Portals and KM

As part of the report, they interviewed 27 vendors in this space. This second wave of innovation will leverage cloud-based services. As innovation continues and services vendors help IT pick up the slack, the app Internet will also accelerate the evolution of the enterprise desktop and business applications markets.

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Lotusphere 2012 Notes: Social Business for SMBs

Portals and KM

Cloud will be big in the SMB market for both cost and staff savings.  Roxanne was asked about the concerns over going with one vendor. Roxanne said they like the integration with a single vendor and will go with IBM even if not top rated on that app as long at it is near the top.

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Lotusphere 2011 Notes: Interviews – Kevin Cavanaugh - Mobile and Social

Portals and KM

Meetrix has created an open standards-based Sametime platform that integrates seamlessly with third party vendors up in the cloud, including integrations with Broadsoft for VoIP/IP Telephony and Polycom. This is another a series of my notes on Lotusphere 2011. I am very pleased to be back after ten years. I first came to co-present a Lotus Notes based KM project with my client. Now I return as a blogger. IBM was kind to set up some individual interviews.

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Forrester Covers Top 15 Enterprise Technology Trends for 2011 To 2013

Portals and KM

The top five are in order: next-gen BI takes shape, combining real-time access with pervasiveness, agility, and self-service; business rules processing and policy-based SOA move to the mainstream; SaaS and cloud-based platforms become standard; system management enables continued virtualization; and collaboration platforms become people-centric. I have recently talked with a number of vendors who are working to support this trend.

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Looking Deeper into Getting Social Business Right

Portals and KM

This should be obvious since we are talking about a new way of working, not just installing some software from the cloud. However, the hype from some vendors helps to mask this point. For example, there are many new vendors that sit on top of SharePoint that claim to take care of many of the social needs that are not covered in SharePoint. Yesterday I offered some high level requirements for making enterprise social business work.

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Introducting social media in organisations to improve the learning function is more difficult than you may think.

Joitske Hulsebosch

We chose to use existing social media services in the cloud instead of buying a company package, because this creates flexibility and is cheaper. You are not dependent on one company/vendor and can benefit from the further development of social media in the cloud." For some time now, I have an evaluation report of an organization that has experience with the introduction of social media (like wikis and blog) in the organization since 2009.

Looking at the Social Enterprise with eXo CEO Benjamin Mestrallet

Portals and KM

  It describes itself as a “user experience platform” for creating modern, user-centric Java applications that can be deployed on premise or in the cloud. Benjamin said that software vendors should be aware that social capabilities need to be at the  core of content and collaboration platforms and not simply features. ?Much has happened to bring social applications into the enterprise in the past few years.

Building Great Enterprise 2.0 Communities

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Enterprise CMS Vendors Must Adapt or Die. Phrases like "the cloud," "web service" and "web 2.0" vendor and wait for the magic to happen. Phrases like "the cloud," "web service" and "web 2.0" Enterprise CMS Vendors Must Adapt or Die. about us. research resources. contact us. advertise here. Newsletter. Latest News. Features. Interviews. Product Reviews. Web CMS. Enterprise CMS. Document Management.

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Marissa, we need to talk: This genie is way out of the bottle

Endless Knots

Tom Ashbrook (On Point, " Yahoos Ban on Working From Home ") is holding forth with some savvy guests even as I type; Maureen Dowd has a biting op-ed in yesterday's NY Times (" Get Off Of Your Cloud "); and the bloggers have gone wild. Vendors?

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SharePoint: Is It Worth Using as a Collaboration Tool?

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Vision and Reality view comments The True Nature of a Social Intranet view comments Is Your Enterprise CMS Ready to Move to the Cloud? Even if you found a vendor who provided all of these (and there are a couple out there), I would question whether you really truly needed all of them.

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