Microsoft Ignite 2016, held in Atlanta, September 26-29, has come and gone. However, it positioned Microsoft clearly as a leader and leading voice in cloud infrastructure, collaboration and artificial intelligence (AI). There were lots of announcements around products and services for security, productivity, collaboration, AI and cloud. The major categories I’ll focus on are Cloud, … Read more
I truly believe and say often that information is the lifeblood of every organization along with its people. In fact, I believe the major digital disruption and transformation we are witnessing in business is in large part driven by the information enabling of everything. That is the big disruption behind Waze, Uber and Airbnb to … Read more
Spending time at the BMC Engage 2016 conference in Las Vegas September 6-9, revealed that BMC is sharply focused, in my estimation, on supporting a people-centric Digital Workplace. Oftentimes we hear the terms digital transformation or digital workplace, and the focus goes to technology or a specific process, but leaves out the fact that it … Read more
Successful Enterprise Collaboration has to be focused on actual business outcomes and be centered around people and how they work. As the buying centers for collaboration technology switches to lines of business leaders, there needs to be an ever tighter synergy between all lines of business including IT. This overall shift to business buyers means … Read more
Microsoft, on June 13, 2016, announced it was acquiring LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion. LinkedIn, a Social Network for professionals has 433 million users. LinkedIn will keep its branding and product as it comes under the Microsoft Productivity and Business Processes segment. LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner will report to Satya Nadella. The deal is expected to … Read more
As I discussed WeChat being a sign of things to come for mobile messaging platforms in What WeChat Means to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and the Rise of Consumer Mobile Messaging Platforms, the other move is for providers to then leverage the popularity and user base of their consumer mobile messaging platforms and networks to target … Read more
WeChat, which is a very popular mobile messaging app in China, has emerged as a prototype if you will, to where I believe mobile messaging is headed. It’s more than just the current hype around chatbots, which have been around for years. This is about platforms and ecosystems that then serve as a place where … Read more
Rumors have been circling for some time now about a possible Mitel and Polycom merger. It has been fueled even more with activist investor Elliott Management applying pressure for Mitel and Polycom to merge. It became clear that something was definitely going to happen this year. On April 15, 2016, it was officially announced Mitel … Read more
I’ve been covering the collaboration space for some time now and I have seen a lot of trends come and go. What’s been happening in the past few years, as we’ve seen the Social trend evolve, is that there has been a refocus on people workflows. There has been focus on supporting how people actually work.
Collaboration PaaS offerings are emerging to support collaboration enabling any business application or process.