Have We Reached Collaboration Conflict? Time for Glue

A swarm of collaboration tools in the typical enterprise presents challenges such as data silos and tool overload for managers. The solution just might be more, but better, tools.
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Zoho’s latest pitch: Run your entire business for $1 a day per user

Zoho wants to be the operating system for your business. That’s how the company puts it, and what it means is that you can now get just about any application you need to run a business using Zoho One, which gathers all of Zoho’s applications for $ 30 a month per user.

Zoho One, announced and available Tuesday,  includes all 38 Zoho cloud-based applications, plus about a half dozen native apps as well more than 40 mobile apps. It offers centralized administrative control through an Admin Panel, which lets companies manage applications and define administrative groups as well as security and access privileges.

In the cloud era, the price of productivity applications in particular has come down. For example, Google offers G Suite applications for $ 5 per user a month. But Zoho’s applications span the spectrum of sales and marketing, including CRM; operations, including finance, recruiting and HR software; collaboration and productivity, including an office suite, email, and project management; and IT and help desk apps. Zoho also offers Creator, to build custom applications.

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Enterprises can put Oracle’s entire public cloud in the data center

While Amazon is raking in the lion’s share of money spent by public-cloud users, Oracle is doubling down on its hybrid-cloud strategy, appealing to enterprises that want to put data and applications behind their firewall while taking advantage of cloud pricing models and technology.

Oracle has greatly expanded the services available through its on-premises Cloud at Customer offering so that they are essentially at parity with what the company has on its public cloud. The company announced Tuesday that a broad portfolio of SaaS (software as a service) applications as well as PaaS (platform as a service) and Oracle Big Data Machine services are now available via Cloud at Customer.

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Enterprises can put Oracle’s entire public cloud in the data center

While Amazon is raking in the lion’s share of money spent by public-cloud users, Oracle is doubling down on its hybrid-cloud strategy, appealing to enterprises that want to put data and applications behind their firewall while taking advantage of cloud pricing models and technology.

Oracle has greatly expanded the services available through its on-premises Cloud at Customer offering so that they are essentially at parity with what the company has on its public cloud. The company announced Tuesday that a broad portfolio of SaaS (software as a service) applications as well as PaaS (platform as a service) and Oracle Big Data Machine services are now available via Cloud at Customer.

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Healthcare CIO advocates a faster move to the cloud

With more than 35 years of health IT experience, UC Irvine Health CIO Chuck Podesta has witnessed the dramatic evolution of IT as well as the impact that technology has had in transforming medical operations and patient care.

That said, Podesta believes the healthcare industry still lags in certain areas, particularly in its adoption of cloud computing and its efforts to develop effective, efficient partnerships with vendors. As a frequent speaker at national conferences, Podesta offers strategies to bring health IT to its next level while at the same time developing strategies that advance the effectiveness of his own organization’s technology. Here, he shares some of his insights and ideas:

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Cloud app slow? Blame the app, not the cloud

It’s 7:00 a.m., and you’re in the office early. You’re hoping that nobody else is accessing the public cloud the company uses and that the inventory application will perform well for a change. However, even with just a handful of users on the cloud at that time of the morning, performance is still lackluster. 

The knee-jerk reaction is to blame the cloud provider. The provider is, of course, the host of the application and data thus any performance problems fall on its shoulders, right? Wrong.

Nine times out of ten I’m finding that performance issues are due to application design and the selection of enabling technology, rather than issues with the cloud infrastructure. Keep in mind that if you’re at capacity in a public cloud, you can simply add more. You can even scale on-demand as needed.

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Cloud app slow? Blame the app, not the cloud

It’s 7:00 a.m., and you’re in the office early. You’re hoping that nobody else is accessing the public cloud the company uses and that the inventory application will perform well for a change. However, even with just a handful of users on the cloud at that time of the morning, performance is still lackluster. 

The knee-jerk reaction is to blame the cloud provider. The provider is, of course, the host of the application and data thus any performance problems fall on its shoulders, right? Wrong.

Nine times out of ten I’m finding that performance issues are due to application design and the selection of enabling technology, rather than issues with the cloud infrastructure. Keep in mind that if you’re at capacity in a public cloud, you can simply add more. You can even scale on-demand as needed.

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What is Microsoft Azure Stack? | Tech Talk Ep 1

Learn the ins and outs of Microsoft’s upcoming private cloud offering, Azure Stack, as editors discuss its expected benefits and drawbacks.
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IDG Contributor Network: Fix poor VoIP call quality with a dedicated circuit

This is a bummer but I’m going to say it.

Getting a huge fiber Internet connection may not do anything to help your company’s VoIP call quality.

Assuming everything is squared away on your LAN, the most common causes of poor call quality are latency, packet loss and jitter; None of which can be controlled over the public Internet, no matter how much bandwidth you throw at it.

“But what if we have a 1G dedicated Internet connection?” Sorry, it’s not immune.

“But what if it’s fiber from a Tier 1 provider?” Your call quality is still high-risk.

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Amazon Positioned to Use Data to Dominate Where It Wishes

If Amazon expands into food delivery, it will obtain a treasure of consumer information that it can use for its next expansion.
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That said, Podesta believes the healthcare industry still lags in certain areas, particularly in its adoption of cloud computing and its efforts to develop effective, efficient partnerships with vendors. As a frequent speaker at national conferences, Podesta offers strategies to bring health IT to its next level while at the same time developing strategies that advance the effectiveness of his own organization’s technology. Here, he shares some of his insights and ideas:

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Why Elon Musk says 50% of all cars will be electric by 2027

It’s time to hit the reset button on the gas engine. As you may already know, the electric car is now much more viable than it was 10 years ago—there are charging stations in every major city scattered everywhere, particularly at hotels and along major highways. One glance at just the Tesla supercharger network of 900 stations proves that point.

Yet, to reach the point where more than half of all new cars are fully electric by 2027—as Elon Musk predicted recently—there needs to be a massive undertaking that only the enterprise can understand. It is not a consumer endeavor but one that must be backed by IT, similar to an ERP roll-out or a massive Windows deployment.

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Cloud portability is still science fiction

Enterprises want cloud portability. Why? Well, they want to hedge bets in case a public cloud provider “breaks bad” in terms of consistently poor service, or performance issues, or, more likely, jacking up the subscription fees to obnoxious levels.

As many CIOs I have talked to put it: “We need to have choices. Choices mean leverage.” I get that.

However, to have true choices, the workloads, including applications and data, need to be easily moveable from public cloud to public cloud. This means that the code will move, the data will move, and it’s a matter of recompiling, configuring, and testing on the new cloud platform. 

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That said, Podesta believes the healthcare industry still lags in certain areas, particularly in its adoption of cloud computing and its efforts to develop effective, efficient partnerships with vendors. As a frequent speaker at national conferences, Podesta offers strategies to bring health IT to its next level while at the same time developing strategies that advance the effectiveness of his own organization’s technology. Here, he shares some of his insights and ideas:

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Not Easy To Get To Digital Transformation Jump-off Point

The Hackett Group has attempted to define how a company gets to the digital transformation stage in its latest statistical report.
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IDG Contributor Network: How to plan your successful cloud migration

Recent Accenture Strategy research found that four out of five companies run up to half of their business functions in the cloud. Moreover, that figure is likely to increase significantly over the next few years. The research reveals that a clear majority of business leaders see the cloud platform as a critical enabler of greater innovation and competitive edge.

Yet, companies still struggle when it comes to structuring the cloud transformation, beginning with the fundamental first step — planning a successful migration. What’s lacking is a solid comprehension of what value the cloud brings, its potential and its elasticity.

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IDG Contributor Network: How to plan your successful cloud migration

Recent Accenture Strategy research found that four out of five companies run up to half of their business functions in the cloud. Moreover, that figure is likely to increase significantly over the next few years. The research reveals that a clear majority of business leaders see the cloud platform as a critical enabler of greater innovation and competitive edge.

Yet, companies still struggle when it comes to structuring the cloud transformation, beginning with the fundamental first step — planning a successful migration. What’s lacking is a solid comprehension of what value the cloud brings, its potential and its elasticity.

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2 useful Google Docs features you probably aren’t using

Google Docs may be known as the “lightweight” word processor, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in advanced productivity features.

Even with the once-touted add-ons for Android program apparently in limbo, Google Docs has some handy and easily overlooked options for making your mobile or desktop-based document work a little bit easier.

Two such examples I myself forgot about up until recently and then was delighted to rediscover:

1. Explore: Intelligent in-document multitasking

Ever find yourself editing a document on your phone and needing to get more info about a particular subject? Google Docs’ Explore is just the thing you want.

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CompTIA: IT Skills Gap Appears to be Growing

A survey of 600 IT and business professionals finds more new skills are needed to keep the business up to date and competitive.
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SLA definitions, solutions and best practices

SLAs are a critical component of any technology vendor contract. Beyond listing expectations of service type and quality, an SLA provides remedies when requirements aren’t met. 

Following are answers to common questions about SLAs and tips on how your organzation can craft effective SLAs with your vendors and partners.

What is an SLA?

A service-level agreement (SLA) is simply a document describing the level of service expected by a customer from a supplier, laying out the metrics by which that service is measured, and the remedies or penalties, if any, should the agreed-upon levels not be achieved. Usually, SLAs are between companies and external suppliers, but they may also be between two departments within a company.

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Can Amazon Disrupt More Markets? Let Me Count the Ways

Amazon may be poised to enter the pharmacy as well as grocery business; it trains customers to expect quick delivery.
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Microsoft consolidates its mobile management tools under Azure

Microsoft has consolidated its Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite of products under its Azure portal, combining its Intune mobile application management tools and its Azure Active Directory (AD) and Information Protection under a single console.

The move offers a unified admin experience aimed at bolstering enterprise mobility management efforts.

Microsoft introduced the EMS suite in March 2014, targeting businesses with strong mobile and cloud-first strategies.

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Microsoft rumor: Company to reorganize cloud computing division

Multiple news outlets in Seattle and the tech press report that Microsoft plans to announce a significant reorganization in an effort to refocus its cloud computing division. In the process, a lot of people are going to lose their jobs.

The Seattle Times, Puget Sound Business Journal, Bloomberg and TechCrunch all cite sources claiming that the news could come this week, and that could mean layoffs in the thousands. 

The Seattle Times said it was unclear what groups would be affected and where they are located but that the move would be to get its sales teams to emphasize its cloud computing products instead of pushing packaged software. 

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IDG Contributor Network: Future-proof your business with cloud ERP

Today you face a choice. Be a disruptor or be disrupted. Beat or be beaten by the opposition. And while you’re weighing the options, every new digital development is making your margin for error smaller.

What you could have dealt with 10 years ago, before the availability of real-time data and digital channels, is now enough to be fatal. Company size, market share and market cap aren’t the only metrics that matter to a company. Digital value and innovation are increasingly important and with good reason. It’s about being able to create digital value and innovate – and that’s no longer just a nice-to-have.

If you’re like me, and billions of others, you expect customization and personalization. You’re unique. Your needs are unique. Why should your car or your Nikes be just like all the others?

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Blockchain Moving Beyond Bitcoin

Experts expect to see the shared database technology securely managing transactions in areas ranging from real estate to digital.
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Microsoft rumor: Company to reorganize cloud computing division

Multiple news outlets in Seattle and the tech press report that Microsoft plans to announce a significant reorganization in an effort to refocus its cloud computing division. In the process, a lot of people are going to lose their jobs.

The Seattle Times, Puget Sound Business Journal, Bloomberg and TechCrunch all cite sources claiming that the news could come this week, and that could mean layoffs in the thousands. 

The Seattle Times said it was unclear what groups would be affected and where they are located but that the move would be to get its sales teams to emphasize its cloud computing products instead of pushing packaged software. 

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The Seattle Times, Puget Sound Business Journal, Bloomberg and TechCrunch all cite sources claiming that the news could come this week, and that could mean layoffs in the thousands. 

The Seattle Times said it was unclear what groups would be affected and where they are located but that the move would be to get its sales teams to emphasize its cloud computing products instead of pushing packaged software. 

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12 ‘hot’ technologies not living up to the hype

This is tech. We make the future. However, we often get a little ahead of ourselves. Oftentimes the promise isn’t fulfilled as soon or as well as we imagined or vapored forth. Here is my list of stuff that may be good, but perhaps isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be as of mid-2017.

1. Chatbots

It is ironic that I’d call chatbots a bit overhyped given that I work for a search company (full disclosure: I work for Lucidworks, a search technology firm with products in this area). I don’t mean to say that NLP and conversational search and such don’t have a very bright future, but chatbots will only be useful as an interface to a search engine—as the thing that asks follow-up questions to refine your search to find exactly what you’re looking for. All of the other uses, like the one that tries to sell you something or tries to work in customer service, are just fancy dressed up IVR systems.

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If you’re like me, and billions of others, you expect customization and personalization. You’re unique. Your needs are unique. Why should your car or your Nikes be just like all the others?

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Finding data sources is only the first step in a successful data analytics strategy. After that, the hard work begins.
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