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Box Hits Puberty and Starts the Journey From Product to Platform
Mon, Sep 8th 2014 8:53p   Alan Lepofsky
Remember those awkward teenage years when you were no longer a child but not quite an adult? That is where Box finds itself today, as it matures from a cloud based file storage and sharing company to one that is facing the expectations and challenges of adolescence. Last week at their annual BoxWorks conference, in front of 5000+ customers, partners, press and analysts Box set out to answer the life defining questions, "What do I want to be when I grow up? What do I want to do with my life?" [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm notes policies application applications development enterprise google linking mac microsoft mobile network networking office oracle sap security sharepoint
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Connected Enterprise Innovation Summit
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 11:03a   Alan Lepofsky
Next month, Constellation Research is holding our annual conference, Connected Enterprise, an immersive innovation summit for senior business leaders. The theme of this year’s event is Dominate Digital Disruption. Join 200+ other early adopters to learn and share how digital business can transform your company and improve the way you work. This 3-day executive retreat includes mind expanding keynotes from visionaries, interactive best practices panels, deep 1:1 interviews with market make [read] Keywords: enterprise networking
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42 Really Was the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 12:03a   Alan Lepofsky
As I start my 43rd revolution around the sun I reflect upon the variety of highs and lows that my 42nd brought me. While unfortunately there were sad events, there was also the best day of my life. I love you Samara, thank you for making my life so amazing. [read] Keywords:
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Six Companies That Exemplify The Future Of Work
Fri, Aug 29th 2014 1:33p   Alan Lepofsky
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PeopleLinx Pivots To Social Selling
Thu, Aug 14th 2014 11:10a   Alan Lepofsky
Yesterday's launch of PeopleLinx version 3 represents an important evolution for the company, as they shift their platform from being LinkedIn-centric to broader platform for helping Sales Professionals do their job. When I first met with PeopleLinx, the company was focused on helping businesses improve their employee's LinkedIn profiles. The idea was that employees are embassadors of the company they work for and therefore their LinkedIn profiles should properly represent their employer. T [read] Keywords: connections desktop email linkedin mobile network profile
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What Do You Like and Dislike About Mobile Computing
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 12:40p   Alan Lepofsky
Love it or hate it, mobile computing is (has) dramatically changed the way we work. In my opinion, working mobile means more than just using phones and tablets, it's any time you're doing your job away from your standard office environment. Being mobile could mean using your laptop in your backyard or at a coffee shop. It could be virtual desktops shared from one machine to another, or via a kiosk. It could mean a screen in your car or in an airplane. It could be wearable technology like glass [read] Keywords: laptop mobile office
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People, Places and Things
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 12:40p   Alan Lepofsky
Everything old is new again... In response to my Tweet I find it amazing how many of the 2014 business goals for #socbiz are the exact same as the 1995 goals of the early Lotus Notes days.— Alan Lepofsky (@alanlepo) July 31, 2014 Joel Demay pointed out to me that Facebook's Graph Search helps you search for people, places and things... Which was the main focus of Lotus's ~1999-2002 Knowledge Management efforts. "People, Places & Things as the three essential ingr [read] Keywords: lotus notes community facebook twitter widgets
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What Do You Like and Dislike About Mobile Computing
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 12:40p   Alan Lepofsky
Love it or hate it, mobile computing is (has) dramatically changed the way we work. In my opinion, working mobile means more than just using phones and tablets, it's any time you're doing your job away from your standard office environment. Being mobile could mean using your laptop in your backyard or at a coffee shop. It could be virtual desktops shared from one machine to another, or via a kiosk. It could mean a screen in your car or in an airplane. It could be wearable technology like glass [read] Keywords: laptop mobile office




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Oracle Adds LinkedIn Support To Their Social Publishing Platform
Sat, Jul 19th 2014 10:10a   Alan Lepofsky
This past week at Oracle's Marketing Cloud Interact 2014 conference they announced the addition of LinkedIn as one of the destinations that their Social Relationship Management (SRM) platform can publish articles to. The Oracle Social Marketing Cloud Service (OSMCS) enables marketing professionals to create, publish and monitor content across multiple web sites from a single location. The new LinkedIn capability expands the existing Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Youtube destinations. [read] Keywords: policies applications facebook google integration linkedin network networking oracle twitter
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Is Your Company An Awesome Showcase For Purposeful Collaboration?
Tue, Jul 8th 2014 12:03p   Alan Lepofsky
Call for Applications for 2014 SuperNova Awards for Leaders in Disruptive Technology Deadline August 1, 2014 In its fourth year, the Constellation SuperNova Awards will recognise seven individuals who demonstrate true innovation through their application and adoption of new and emerging technologies. As always, we’re searching for leaders and teams who have overcome the odds to successfully apply emerging and disruptive technologies for their organizations. Special emphasis will be [read] Keywords: collaboration application applications enterprise
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For SAP Customers The Future of Work Is Collaborative
Mon, Jun 16th 2014 12:06a   Alan Lepofsky
At SAP, collaboration is more than a 3 letter word. (Jam) In late May, SAP released the latest version of their collaboration platform, Jam. A week later at their annual SAP Sapphire event I had the opportunity to speak to several members of the Jam team. The three key themes I took away from those conversations are: - Integration Is Essential - SAP Understands How People Work - It’s Time To Build An Ecosystem MyPOV: These are excellent business focused areas that provide more su [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus notes applications community development email enterprise integration microsoft mobile network networking office outlook sap sharepoint widgets wiki
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Cisco Needs To Broaden Their Definition Of Collaboration
Thu, May 22nd 2014 1:50p   Alan Lepofsky
As I watched the CiscoLive! keynote titled Exceptional Collaboration Experiences in the Age of the Connected User, a line from one of my favourite movies The Princess Bride kept going through my head: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." In this case it's collaboration, as Cisco and I clearly have a vastly different definition of the word. We all know WebEx web-conferencing. Similar to Microsoft Office, it's one of those tools that is almost always [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm sametime apple citrix community desktop enterprise google microsoft mobile network networking office
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Infor Mingle Provides Purposeful Collaboration
Mon, May 19th 2014 1:20p   Alan Lepofsky
New York based Infor may not be a household name the way IBM or Microsoft is, but the tech giant has close to 13,000 employees, 70,000 customers and $3B in annual revenue. Infor's main business comes from providing business applications (such as CRM, ERP, HR) to specific industries such as pharmaceutical, aerospace, automotive and healthcare. Leveraging their expertise in these "vertical solutions", they then then develop more granular applications, or micro-verticals. For example, for heathc [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm applications enterprise integration microsoft mobile network oracle sap
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Look Up From Your Screen
Sat, May 3rd 2014 7:40a   Alan Lepofsky
This is another one of those great reminders, ironically shared by the medium it critiques. There are some brilliant lines in it. My favourite is probably "Give people your love not your like." The timeline section of meeting his wife, getting married, having a daughter, becoming a grandfather, then becoming a widow had me in tears. So when you watch something like this you nod and say "that's so true", but what do you do about it? Will you declare a "tech free" day at your home? Wil [read] Keywords: google twitter
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Cisco Does A Song And Dance With Jive
Thu, May 1st 2014 7:10a   Alan Lepofsky
Today Jive Software and Cisco announced they are partnering to provide integrated collaboration and unified communication (UC) solutions. There are two main components to the announcement: 1) "By combining Jive’s industry-leading enterprise collaboration platform with Cisco’s real-time technologies like WebEx and Jabber, the result is a complete communication and collaboration offering” For customers using both technologies, a seamless experience between both styles of wor [read] Keywords: agent collaboration connections ibm sametime citrix community enterprise google integration microsoft network office outlook vmware
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Some Thoughts On The Downfall Of Google+
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 4:40p   Alan Lepofsky
It has not been a good week for Google+. Yesterday Vic Gundotra head of the Google+ division announced he was leaving Google, then today TechCrunch is reporting 1000-1200 employees will be moved off of G+ onto other projects. Many of you may not even know what Google+ is, and there in lies the problem. On the surface, the easy explanation is that Google+ was Google's version of Facebook. It's a social network where people create circles of friends, family and colleagues and you can then s [read] Keywords: collaboration facebook google integration network twitter wiki
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No BS! The Reality Versus Hype of Working Social
Thu, Apr 24th 2014 4:00p   Alan Lepofsky
Often enterprise social networking platforms are touted as the solution to every communication and collaboration problem that organizations experience. While it's true "working social" has many benefits, it's naive to think it does not have its own set of challenges. Don't worry though, there are solutions to these challenges. This presentation cuts through the "fluffy" industry hype and provides a realistic look at social networking. The slides may be hard to follow with the words th [read] Keywords: collaboration enterprise networking
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My Top 10 Tweets From March 2014
Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 8:10a   Alan Lepofsky
Below are my top 10 tweets from March 2014 based on combined number of replies, favourites and retweets. I weighted each of those three actions equally. Top Tweets March 2014 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); [read] Keywords: twitter widget widgets
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A Guide to the New Actions and Objects of the Digital Workplace
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 6:40a   Alan Lepofsky
In the Constellation Research report, Segmenting Audiences By Digital Proficiency, we introduced the idea of categorising people by a combination of their comfort and skill level with technology instead of by age. One of the things that contributes to a person's knowledge and comfort is an understanding of the current terminology used in the digital workplace, in this case specifically social networking. Not long ago the main tools people used at work for communication were email and chat, [read] Keywords: connections ibm email enterprise facebook integration networking twitter
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It’s Time To Put The Millennial Argument To Bed
Tue, Apr 8th 2014 11:20a   Alan Lepofsky
Last year my colleague Ray Wang introduced The Five Generations of Digital Workers. Expanding upon this excellent work, I've just published a new report: Segmenting Audiences By Digital Proficiency: Using Knowledge and Comfort with Technology as a Framework for Digital Transformation The proliferation of digital technology is causing businesses to go through one of the largest shifts since the Industrial Revolution. This digital transformation forces organizations to rethink everything abo [read] Keywords: collaboration
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Purposeful Collaboration with Microsoft Yammer and Dynamics
Thu, Mar 20th 2014 11:20a   Alan Lepofsky
Below is the recording of my session at the SharePoint Conference 2014 that explains how collaboration should not be a stand-alone process but rather integrated with the business tools people use to get their jobs done. Towards the end I interview Steve Novoselac, Technology Director at Trek Bikes about their use of collaboration tools. [read] Keywords: collaboration microsoft sharepoint
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Microsoft Announces Office Graph - Connecting People And Content
Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 9:40a   Alan Lepofsky
Today at the SharePoint Conference 2014 (#SPC14) Microsoft unveiled Office Graph, a new architecture layer that maps the connections between people and content across the Office 365 family of products. Office Graph is not something people will see directly, instead it is a "behind the scenes layer" that will be used by developers to create user experiences that surface the information in various ways. Think of it more like the electrical wiring running through your house. You don't interact w [read] Keywords: connections ibm application community email enterprise exchange exchange integration microsoft network office outlook sharepoint skype
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Video Interview On SharePoint And Purposeful Collaboration
Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 7:40a   Alan Lepofsky
I had the pleasure of speaking with the always charismatic Dux Raymond Sy last night about collaboration, social business, SharePoint and other enterprise software topics. Below is the 6 min video and if you want to hear more about this, please come to my SharePoint conference session at 10:45am on Tuesday. [read] Keywords: collaboration application enterprise sharepoint
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My Top 10 Tweets From February 2014
Sun, Mar 2nd 2014 7:40a   Alan Lepofsky
Below are my top 10 tweets from Feb 2014 based on combined number of replies, favourites and retweets. I weighted each of those three actions equally. Feb 2014 Top Tweets !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); [read] Keywords: twitter widget widgets
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Facebook Lookback Provides A Personal Touch To Social Networking
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 9:40a   Alan Lepofsky
A few years ago I started to get frustrated with the way the market (vendors, press, analysts) was focusing primarily on how "social" could help teams and communities. While of course there are great benefits to this, I believe it leaves out the most important target, the individual. That's why I started my "Don't forget the ME in social MEdia" campaign. [slideshare id=13401488&doc=socialfatiguee2confboston2012-120621005415-phpapp02] I strongly believe that in order for p [read] Keywords: application enterprise facebook networking
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IBM Mail Next - Your New Personal Interaction Manager
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 3:00a   Alan Lepofsky
Last week at IBM's annual conference IBM Connect they announced a new project code-named IBM Mail Next. Via a series of screenshots, IBM showed their vision of a new way for people to interact with their email, tasks and social networks. By leveraging IBM’s extensive analytics capabilities, Mail Next aims to help people focus on what the most important things they have to work on are, not just what’s new at the top of their inboxes. While the initial reaction of attendees [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm inotes lotus notes notes client sametime xpages applications blackberry development email enterprise google integration microsoft mobile networking widgets
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My Top 10 Tweets From January 2014
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 3:03p   Alan Lepofsky
Below are my top 10 tweets from Jan 2014 based on combined number of replies, favourites and retweets. I weighted each of those three actions equally. I believe personal analytics such as this can help people know which topics they should spend more time working on (are popular with your audience) and which don't resonate as well. Of course, a single snapshot does not provide all the details you need, but each data point helps. Jan 2014 Top Tweets !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElemen [read] Keywords: twitter widget widgets
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Innovation Powered By Collaboration Software
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 7:10p   Alan Lepofsky
Both innovation and improvement are important concepts, but unfortunately the two terms are often used interchangeably. This presentation discusses these differences and shows how collaboration software can be used through all the stage of the innovation process. This public deck is a subset of my longer talk about innovation. For more details, please contact me. Innovation Powered By Collaboration from Alan Lepofsky [read] Keywords: collaboration
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Making Personal Analytics Fun
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 7:40a   Alan Lepofsky
These days when people talk about "big data", the most common scenarios involve things like shopping statistics for national holidays, global weather patterns, or perhaps the participation in online communities. While these topics are important, in my research I'm more focused on what I call Personal Analytics, or "small data." The goal of personal analytics is to provide a look at the statistics and patterns of a single person's work or activity, and help them determine ways to improve w [read] Keywords: collaboration enterprise network
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Google Adds Basic Activity Streams To Drive
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 11:20a   Alan Lepofsky
Google has introduce activity streams to their file creation and sharing service, Google Drive. From the screenshots they have provided, it appears to be just a simple list of events, offering no collaboration features such as commenting, liking, task assignment or re-sharing. They have made filtering the stream quite simple, if you select specific files or folders only the events related to those will be displayed. While streams are a great way of discovering information, the problem is [read] Keywords: collaboration google interface
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Rise of the Social Enterprise - Game Changers Broadcast
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 7:50a   Alan Lepofsky
Below is the webcast on the rise of the social enterprise that I participated in along with Michael Miscisin from Ernst & Young and Anthony Leaper from SAP. The show was hosted by Bonnie D. Graham. We discussed several aspects of social technologies and the culture around them. Here are a few of the key talking points: Alan: “Changing to ‘social’ just for the sake of it is a losing strategy. You need to have a plan that maps the right tools as solutions to specific proble [read] Keywords: enterprise linkedin sap
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IBM Software Group Organization Chart Jan 2014
Tue, Jan 14th 2014 12:20p   Alan Lepofsky
IBM likes to shuffle around their executives every 2 to 3 years. In my opinion this is good thing, as it ensures the senior leadership team has a deep understanding of several different aspects of the company. Below is my understanding of the current org chart of the IBM Software Group led by Steve Mills. This is not an official IBM chart. Congratulations to those in new roles and those who've been promoted to higher positions. [read] Keywords: ibm
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Salesforce.com Puts Less Emphasis On Social More On Business
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 9:50a   Alan Lepofsky
This morning at Salesforce.com's World Tour event in New York city, I meet with Mike Stone, SVP Chatter Marketing to talk about Salesforce.com's messaging around enterprise collaboration. I mentioned to Mike that if you look back over the last few years, Salesforce.com used to put a lot of emphasis on social business and specifically the Chatter brand, however now both terms have faded from Salesforce.com's marketing. Case in point, out of 16 sessions on today's agenda the word Chatter only [read] Keywords: collaboration applications enterprise integration network
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Salesforce Chatter: The Collaborative Foundation of Salesforce1
Wed, Dec 11th 2013 1:30p   Alan Lepofsky
Today Constellation Research published my latest report, Salesforce Chatter and the Salesforce1 Platform from Dreamforce 2013 and Beyond Executive Summary: Over the last three years, Salesforce.com has evolved its overall marketing message from “Social Enterprise” to “Become a Customer Company” and then to “The Internet of Customers”. Constellation supports the increased emphasis on customers and the reduced focus specifically on “social”. This change [read] Keywords: collaboration applications enterprise network
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Purposeful Collaboration - How To Make "Social" Work
Sun, Dec 8th 2013 12:40p   Alan Lepofsky
The following is the 18min talk I gave at Constellation Connected Enterprise on how to move social from being a stand-alone service for sharing, to integrating social features into the business tools that your company relies on the run your business. [read] Keywords: collaboration enterprise
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It’s Simple To Get Started Developing On Salesforce
Mon, Dec 2nd 2013 9:40p   Alan Lepofsky
I've often said one the main factors that influences the success of a platform is the business partner ecosystem that develops applications for it. Partners don't want to struggle with complex setups and complicated development tools. With all the hype around Salesforce.com these days, including the new Salesforce1 platform (essentially the evolution, or next generation of the Force.com platform) I decided to see for myself what it was like to get started. What I discovered is that it only ta [read] Keywords: ibm application applications development enterprise microsoft
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The Internet of Customers - Are You Ready?
Wed, Nov 20th 2013 7:30a   Alan Lepofsky
Below is my review of the Salesforce Dreamforce 2013 keynote. Topics include: - Salesforce - more than just technology... philanthropy is at the heart of the company's core values - Introducing Salesforce1, the platform for the Internet of Customers - The impact of connected devices - Demonstrations of Salesforce1 Service Cloud, Sales Cloud, ExactTarget Marketing Cloud MyPOV: - Salesforce focused on providing business outcomes versus focusing on the technology - I would have l [read] Keywords: application office
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The Internet of Customers - Are Your Ready?
Wed, Nov 20th 2013 7:20a   Alan Lepofsky
Below is my review of the Salesforce Dreamforce 2013 keynote. Topics include: - Salesforce - more than just technology... philanthropy is at the heart of the company's core values - Introducing Salesforce1, the platform for the Internet of Customers - The impact of connected devices - Demonstrations of Salesforce1 Service Cloud, Sales Cloud, ExactTarget Marketing Cloud MyPOV: - Salesforce focused on providing business outcomes versus focusing on the technology - I would have liked mo [read] Keywords: application office
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Salesforce Dreamforce Day 1
Tue, Nov 19th 2013 3:00a   Alan Lepofsky
Here is a four minute video with my thoughts on the Salesforce Dreamforce Day 1 keynote, which focused on Salesforce as a platform for applications, how customers can leverage this to improve their businesses and the opportunity available for applications developers and ISVs. Some highlights: - Two million applications have been installed from the AppExchange - Salesforce (and their partner ecosystems) next stage of growth will come from vertical focus solutions such as healthcare, finance [read] Keywords: application applications
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Should Your Company Be Looking Into Cloud Computing?
Wed, Nov 13th 2013 2:00p   Alan Lepofsky
Below is a short video interview I did with BBC Click tech reporter Kate Russell on the BizCouch, where we discussed some of the things organizations should know about cloud computing. 0:00 - 2:05 - Overcoming resistance to cloud-based infrastructures 2:05 - 3:40 - What type of companies should be investigating using cloud-based infrastructures? 3:40 - 5:09 - Never run old versions of software/apps again! [read] Keywords: application oracle twitter
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Webcast: Virtual Hives for Collaboration and Innovation
Wed, Nov 6th 2013 10:40a   Alan Lepofsky
Yesterday I participated in the SAP Game-Changers broadcast, Virtual Hives for Collaboration and Innovation, where I provided my thoughts on the pros and cons of teams using collaboration tools to work together. Today’s buzz: The hive. Your search for the best talent no longer has to be limited to candidates within driving distance of your site. Now the world can be your proverbial workforce oyster. But before you salivate over the benefits of talent globalization and diversity, first [read] Keywords: collaboration email sap
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A Collection of my JiveWorld 2013 Tweets
Thu, Oct 24th 2013 2:00p   Alan Lepofsky
Tweets about "#jiveworld from:alanlepo" !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); [read] Keywords: twitter widget widgets
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JiveWorld 2013 Less Preachy More Practical
Wed, Oct 23rd 2013 6:00p   Alan Lepofsky
Today at the 5th annual JiveWorld conference in Las Vegas, in front of approximately 1600 attendees, Jive Software announced their upcoming Fall Cloud release, Jive 7. Here are my high level thoughts on the event and today’s announcements. - I much prefer JiveWorld’s new slogan “Get Real” over previous “new way to work” style messaging. Rather than continuing to preaching about how organizations should dramatically change the way people work, "Get Real" reflect [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm citrix development email google instant messaging integration interface linkedin microsoft mobile networking oracle outlook profile sap sharepoint social software unified communications
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Up Up and Away. Box Makes Their Enteprise Application Vision A Reality
Tue, Sep 17th 2013 8:40a   Alan Lepofsky
I can still remember the first time I heard about this little startup called Box.net who decided to play David to Microsoft's SharePoint Goliath by providing a simple web based file sharing service. Fast forward a few years and not only has that startup renamed themselves to Box.com, but they have evolved far beyond their "file manager in the cloud" roots to become a powerful content centric platform that straddles (and blurs) the lines between file-sharing, enterprise content management, col [read] Keywords: administration collaboration notes policies application applications development enterprise facebook google microsoft mobile network networking security sharepoint twitter
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42: The answer to life, the universe and everything
Wed, Sep 4th 2013 8:20a   Alan Lepofsky
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My Tips For Effective Product Briefings
Tue, Aug 20th 2013 11:10a   Alan Lepofsky
I spend a lot of time in product briefings. Unfortunately, many of them are not nearly as effective as they could be. Below are my top 10 tips for how to prepare for and conduct a product briefing that does not waste everyone's time. 1. Do your homework. Before the meeting I am going to visit your company's website, read your about page, watch your product videos, see who your leadership team is and maybe do a little research into your funding on CrunchBase. I will probably send connect r [read] Keywords: collaboration email linkedin mobile profile twitter
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New Report: Purposeful Collaboration
Mon, Aug 19th 2013 3:30p   Alan Lepofsky
Earlier this month I published my latest Constellation Research report, Enterprise Collaboration Software: From Simple Sharing to Purposeful Collaboration.This report covers the evolution of collaboration platforms, showing how they have grown from stand-alone tools used primarily for sharing news and status updates, to platforms supporting the integration of external data for business use, to enterprise business applications that now have social features built right in and are designed to suppo [read] Keywords: collaboration applications development enterprise integration social software
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Purposeful Collabroation - What Is Enterprise Collaboration Software?
Mon, Aug 19th 2013 3:10p   Alan Lepofsky
Earlier this month I published my latest Constellation Research report, Enterprise Collaboration Software: From Simple Sharing to Purposeful Collaboration. This report covers the evolution of collaboration platforms, showing how they have grown from stand-alone tools used primarily for sharing news and status updates, to platforms supporting the integration of external data for business use, to enterprise business applications that now have social features built right in and are designed to supp [read] Keywords: collaboration applications enterprise integration
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Pictures From My Engagement Shoot
Mon, Jul 29th 2013 4:40p   Alan Lepofsky
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Thoughts On How Sharing Impacts Privacy And Equality
Mon, Jul 22nd 2013 11:40a   Alan Lepofsky
The following video is part 2 of 3 of my conversation with BBC Click tech reporter Kate Russell on the BizCouch while at Oracle CloudWorld in London Resisting Opportunity 0:10 - 2:39 - Points of view around privacy and collaboration. How much of my business life do I really want to share? Knowledge is power vs. sharing is power. What is the epiphany moment that makes people see the value in sharing. 2:40 - 4:10 - Can openness and sharing help equality? Will it make our future society more [read] Keywords: collaboration application oracle social software twitter
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IBM Reports 22% Growth In Social Workforce Solutions, the Former Lotus Division
Wed, Jul 17th 2013 8:10p   Alan Lepofsky
Earlier today IBM announced Q2 2013 financial results. The number of most interest to me is a 22% year over year increase in revenue in the Social Workforce Solutions (formerly Lotus ) division. In August of 2012 IBM acquired Human Resources vendor Kenexa for ~$1.3B. That company is now part of Social Workforce Solutions. Accord to Kenexa's Q2 2012 financial report revenue for that period was $86M. Assuming that Kenexa's revenue has remained at approximately that level, then an added [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotus notes sametime
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You Need To Have A Strategy For Social Software
Wed, Jul 17th 2013 8:02a   Alan Lepofsky
While at Oracle CloudWorld in London, I had the honour of speaking with BBC Click tech reporter Kate Russell on the BizCouch. The first of our three part interview is now available. Improving Marketing Through Social Strategy (2:53 min) 0:10-1:00, Customers at CloudWorld are asking a lot about how they can improve their brand marketing via social media 1:00-2:45, You need to have a strategy around doing social, not just choose a tool. You have to have a reason why (specific use-cases), how [read] Keywords: application oracle social software twitter
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Siemens Announces Their Vision For Enterprise Collaboration
Tue, Jul 16th 2013 9:00a   Alan Lepofsky
Today Siemens Enterprise Communications publically announced Project Ansible, their vision for the next generation of communication and collaboration. Developed with support from Frog Design, Project Ansible is Siemens attempt to compete with enterprise collaboration platforms like Microsoft SharePoint, IBM Connections and Jive Software. Siemens is not the first vendor with a strong unified communication/call center heritage to dip their feet into the enterprise collaboration space, as Cisco (We [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm application applications citrix enterprise google instant messaging integration microsoft office oracle sap sharepoint
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Call for Applications: Constellation SuperNova Awards for Innovators In Disruptive Technology
Wed, Jul 10th 2013 6:30a   Alan Lepofsky
This is a re-post from Constellation's website to raise awareness for the SuperNova awards In its third year, the Constellation SuperNova Awards will recognize seven individuals who demonstrate true innovation through their application and adoption of new and emerging technologies. As always, we’re searching for leaders and teams who have overcome the odds to successfully apply emerging and disruptive technologies for their organizations. Special emphasis will be given to projects that [read] Keywords: application applications community enterprise facebook twitter
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The What? When? Why? and How? of Enterprise Collaboration
Thu, Jun 27th 2013 7:00a   Alan Lepofsky
Here is my interview with BizTech 2.0 TV, where I discuss enterprise collaboration. 0:00 - 1:53 : Evolving from generic collaboration to making social features part of the way people work. Choosing the right tools and learning when and how to use them. 1:54 - 3:24 : Using collaboration tools internally among employees 3:25 - 4:19 : Extending collaboration externally to partners, customers, etc. 4:20 - 5:40 : Why (and how) should an organization get started using collaboration in the fi [read] Keywords: collaboration email enterprise oracle
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The What? When? Why? and How? of Enteprise Collaboration
Thu, Jun 27th 2013 6:50a   Alan Lepofsky
Here is my interview with BizTech 2.0 TV, where I discuss enterprise collaboration. 0:00 - 1:53 : Evolving from generic collaboration to making social features part of the way people work. Choosing the right tools and learning when and how to use them. 1:54 - 3:24 : Using collaboration tools internally among employees 3:25 - 4:19 : Extending collaboration externally to partners, customers, etc. 4:20 - 5:40 : Why (and how) should an organization get started using collaboration in the first [read] Keywords: collaboration email enterprise oracle
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Getting Glassy
Thu, Jun 20th 2013 12:23a   Alan Lepofsky
MyPOV It's certainly an interesting experience. It's really impressive how clear the display is and how good the camera is. The audio is a bit quiet. I would not call them "comfortable", but they are not invasive. I imagine after a day or two you probably forget you're wearing them. Google Glass does not do anything my (Google) phone can't do (pics, video, directions, search, weather, stocks, etc), it just does it hands-free. It's important to note, this is NOT augmented reality y [read] Keywords: apple google mobile
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Comparing the Various Flickr Account Types
Tue, May 21st 2013 9:10a   Alan Lepofsky
On May 20th Flickr announced their new design as well as new account plans and storage options. As a long time Flickr Pro user, there are a few things I wanted to understand before making a decision about how I'll use Flickr in the future. Since I was finding it difficult to understand the changes, I created the following spreadsheet and asked the world to help me fill it in. (go crowd-sourcing!) I had always used a Pro account because of the need for more than 300MB of storage, but now wit [read] Keywords: facebook google integration widget
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It’s Important To have Intelligent @Mentioning
Tue, Apr 30th 2013 11:50a   Alan Lepofsky
As the size of our social networks grow (meaning we connect with more people) it's important that the tools we use make it simple to interact with the right people at the right time. (context matters!) I've found that some collaboration platforms do this well, while others do not. Here is a good example from Yammer. Notice when I type "@k" it first suggests Kevin Young, he is not the only person in my network who's name starts with K, but he is person I interact with most frequently. Th [read] Keywords: collaboration facebook google network
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Socialcast Adds Integrated Social Task Management
Thu, Apr 18th 2013 11:20a   Alan Lepofsky
Today SocialCast by VMware announced the new version of their enterprise social networking platform. The main new feature of this release is the integration of Social Task Management, which they are calling Socialcast Projects. As you know, I've been preaching about the benefits of Social Task Management for quite some time, so clearly I am happy to see Socialcast provide this new element to their product. With this new enhancement people using Socialcast will be able to more easily to organise [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm notes applications desktop email enterprise exchange exchange integration microsoft networking server virtualization vmware
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Socialcast Adds Integrated Social Task Management
Thu, Apr 18th 2013 11:00a   Alan Lepofsky
Today SocialCast by VMware announced the new version of their enterprise social networking platform. The main new feature of this release is the integration of Social Task Management, which they are calling Socialcast Projects. As you know, I've been preaching about the benefits of Social Task Management for quite some time, so clearly I am happy to see Socialcast provide this new element to their product. With this new enhancement people using Socialcast will be able to more easily to organise [read] Keywords: enterprise integration networking vmware
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WorkinBox By Tylr Mobile Brings Email and CRM Together
Wed, Apr 17th 2013 10:30a   Alan Lepofsky
Today Tylr Mobile unveiled WorkinBox, an iPhone application designed to help sales professionals by bringing together email (via IMAP) and CRM (currently Salesforce.com) information. Unlike so many of today's startups who pontificate about the evils of email, WorkinBox embraces the fact that email is a critical tool for Sales professionals. They recognise that the problem with email is that it does not contain all the information Sales people need about an account or opportunity, as that inf [read] Keywords: application citrix email enterprise integration iphone linkedin mobile
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Video Interview On Purposeful Collaboration
Sat, Apr 6th 2013 8:00a   Alan Lepofsky
The following five minute video was recorded following my keynote on Purposeful Collaboration at Oracle CloudWorld Mumbai on April 2nd, 2013. Note: the caption for the first question is incorrect, they asked "How has collaboration changed..." not "How has Constellation (where I work) changed..." [read] Keywords: collaboration application oracle
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The Rise of Purposeful Collaboration: From Simply Sharing to Getting Work Done
Tue, Apr 2nd 2013 8:33a   Alan Lepofsky
The Rise of Purposeful Collaboration From Simply Sharing to Getting Work Done Collaboration tools enable people to discover and interact with, the content, colleagues and communities, that can help them get their jobs done. Purposeful collaboration from Alan Lepofsky Culture, Technology and Business Practices are evolving to adapt to today’s more social working environment. The first era of enterprise social was about collaborating more effectively by working more trans [read] Keywords: collaboration enterprise social software
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In Google We (Don’t) Trust
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 2:20p   Alan Lepofsky
This week Google made two product announcements that generated a lot of press. The first is that it would be shutting down Google Reader on July 1, 2013. The second was the introduction of Google Keep, which people are referring to as the evolution of Google Notebook and a competitor for Evernote. (more on that below) The closing of Google Reader has infuriated many people the tech community who have in turn stated they won't look at future Google offerings (like Keep) because they no lo [read] Keywords: notes rich text community google mobile
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Collaboration Vendor News For March 12, 2013
Tue, Mar 12th 2013 8:40p   Alan Lepofsky
Here are just a few of the product stories that I noticed today. I don't have time to write full posts about all of them, but I will try and cover a few of them in more detail in the next day or two. For now, I'll offer up a quick point of view on each. IBM Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition - MyPOV: (more detailed reviewing coming) The biggest innovation here is the addition of (OpenSocial based) "embedded experiences" inside Notes email messages and applications. That means developer [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm notes notes client applications email facebook google integration mac microsoft oracle
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Saba Summit 2013: Getting Back To Their Strengths In Learning and Development
Sat, Mar 9th 2013 8:40a   Alan Lepofsky
This past week in San Francisco Saba held their annual customer conference, Saba People Summit. After several hours of meetings with their executive team, my primary take away is that Saba is returning their focus (in both product development and in marketing) to their core strengths in Learning (formal and informal) and Development (ex: career planning, improving skills, etc.) This is a shift from the 2012 summit, where they launched Saba People Cloud (SPC), which they referred to as: "The fir [read] Keywords: collaboration development enterprise integration social software
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To Boldly Train and Certify - Announcing Constellation Academy Workshops
Thu, Feb 28th 2013 9:50a   Alan Lepofsky
I'm excited to announce the launch of our new Constellation Academy Workshops. In these two hour, half-day or full day courses our analysts work with your organization to train and certify your employees on a variety of topics such as: - Advanced Mobility Management for the Enterprise - Big Data Analytics - Building an Effective Customer Engagement Strategy - Creating A Collaborative Workforce - Designing A Gamification Strategy For The Enterprise - Getting Work Done Via Social T [read] Keywords: collaboration enterprise networking social software
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Upcoming Technologies Set To Change The Way We Interact With Our Surroundings
Sat, Feb 16th 2013 3:00a   Alan Lepofsky
I can't wait for these technologies to be part of our daily lives. Which do you want the most? Tactus Technology, transparent physical buttons that rise up from a touchscreen surface Leap Motion, control your computer in three dimensions using just your hand and finger movements Google Project Glass, augmented reality glasses Samsung Youm, flexible screens for phones, tablets, etc. [read] Keywords: application google
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Three Technologies Set To Change The Way We Interact With Our Surroundings
Fri, Feb 15th 2013 11:50p   Alan Lepofsky
I can't wait till these technologies are just part of our daily lives. Which do you want the most? Tactus Technology, transparent physical buttons that rise up from a touchscreen surface Leap Motion, control your computer in three dimensions using just your hand and finger movements Google Project Glass, augmented reality glasses [read] Keywords: application google
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Repeat After Me - There Is No One Perfect Tool
Wed, Feb 13th 2013 2:30p   Alan Lepofsky
I'm tired of people talking about how social software solves everything and call for the end of email. Let me make my opinion perfectly clear: No one tool is perfect for all scenarios and no tool is effective without the right use-cases and process for using it. Phones have a purpose. They are good for some things, bad for others. Email has a purpose. It is good for some things, bad for others. Forums/Communities have a purpose. They are good for some things, bad for others. Blogs have [read] Keywords: email instant messaging social bookmarking social software
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I’m Getting Married!
Fri, Feb 8th 2013 10:20a   Alan Lepofsky
Toronto (Feb 8th, 2013) - With a great deal of excitement we'd like to announce the planned merger of Lepofsky LTD with Chitayat Corp. After twelve months of due diligence, Alan Lepofsky proposed the merger to Samara Chitayat, who responded with a booming "Woooooo! Wooooo!" Prior to the proposal Lepofsky spoke to the parent companies in Toronto and Montreal as well as the Board of Advisors in New York, New Jersey, DC and Atlanta with each unanimously approving the deal. The transaction is exp [read] Keywords:
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IBM Introduces Their Vision Of The Smarter Workforce
Mon, Jan 28th 2013 9:20a   Alan Lepofsky
Today at IBM Connect (the conference formerly known as Lotusphere), IBM unveiled their vision for how businesses can find, attract and hire the best employees; empower those people to get their jobs done as effectively as possible; and motivate them to be happy, productive and successful employees with long and rewarding careers. These three areas combine to deliver what IBM refers to as the Smarter Workforce. My Point of View For the past decade or so, the core messages at Lotusphere ha [read] Keywords: administration collaboration connections domino ibm lotus lotusphere notes quickr sametime applications community development email integration microsoft networking oracle sap social software tivoli
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Putting Together the Puzzle of IBM Connect Websites
Tue, Jan 22nd 2013 2:40p   Alan Lepofsky
Next week IBM will be putting on IBM Connect, the conference formerly known as Lotusphere. The theme is "Get Social. Do Business." and the sessions are divided into two primary tracks: 1) Create a Smarter Workforce and 2) Create an Exceptional Customer Experience. Think of the first track as focused on employees (internal) while the second is focused on customers (external), although both topics do have some overlap. [read] Keywords: ibm lotusphere
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Do you use mobile applications at work?
Thu, Jan 17th 2013 10:00p   Alan Lepofsky
I'm gathering information about the usage of mobile applications for accessing work related content. I'd appreciate it if you could take a few minutes and answer the following questions: (you may have to scroll down through the survey) Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool. [read] Keywords: applications mobile
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TTEST 1/2/13
Wed, Jan 2nd 2013 7:50a   Alan Lepofsky
here is some text [read] Keywords:
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Social Business 2013: Less Talking. More Doing.
Mon, Dec 3rd 2012 11:40p   Alan Lepofsky
It's that time of year where analysts gaze into our crystal balls and make predications about the trends we expect to see in the upcoming months. My thoughts about 2013 are based on the hundreds of conversations I've had with social business product vendors and customers over the last twelve months. Below I'll list my top predications for 2013, but if you only have a moment here are the mains idea that I want to share: For customers, 2013 will be a year of taking action. Over the last few [read] Keywords: administration collaboration connections ibm lotus notes application applications community enterprise facebook google microsoft mobile network networking oracle profile security
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Lotus Is Dead. Long Live Lotus
Thu, Nov 22nd 2012 12:23p   Alan Lepofsky
Over the last few days I've had dozens of inquires about my thoughts of IBM removing the name Lotus from Lotus Notes and Domino, effectively putting to rest the Lotus brand name. Rather than respond to everyone individually, I figured I'd post my Lotus eulogy here. I started with IBM in 1993 as a coop student working with Lotus Notes 2.1a and left in 2008 when I went to work at Socialtext. During those years I had the privilege of working with one the most significant collaboration portfol [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm inotes lotus notes quickr sametime application applications blackberry enterprise mobile
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Lotus Is Dead. Long Live Lotus
Thu, Nov 22nd 2012 12:14p   Alan Lepofsky
Over the last few days I've had dozens of inquires about my thoughts of IBM removing the name Lotus from Lotus Notes and Domino, effectively putting to rest the Lotus brand name. Rather than respond to everyone individually, I figured I'd post my Lotus eulogy here. I started with IBM in 1993 as a coop student working with Lotus Notes 2.1a and left in 2008 when I went to work at Socialtext. During those years I had the privilege of working with one the most significant collaboration portfol [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm inotes lotus notes quickr sametime applications blackberry enterprise mobile
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Three Areas I’d Like To See Improved In Social Business Software
Tue, Nov 20th 2012 3:20p   Alan Lepofsky
I spend a great deal of time advising software vendors ranging from stealth startups to the world's largest enterprise software companies. While I am optimistic about many of the innovations I see coming, I'm also troubled by some of the recurring themes. The slides embedded below are from the presentation I gave at the excellent Defrag 2012 conference. They highlight three of the areas I would like to see software vendors improve upon. It's a bit hard to follow without me narrating, but [read] Keywords: community enterprise social software
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Jive Software Acquires Producteev and MeetingsIO To Help Employees Get Work Done
Mon, Nov 5th 2012 5:51p   Alan Lepofsky
Today Jive Software announced the acquisition of two companies, Producteev for social task management and Meetings.io for group chat and video conferencing. Both are excellent additions to the Jive platform. However, it's not their stand-alone functionality that is important. Instead, both of these products will enhance the way Jive enables people to work together to get their jobs done. Producteev, which has seven employees and is headquartered in New York, helps individuals and teams orga [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm notes sametime citrix community email integration microsoft sharepoint social software
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Jive Software Makes Two Acquisitions To Help Employees Get Work Done
Mon, Nov 5th 2012 2:20p   Alan Lepofsky
Today Jive Software announced the acquisition of two companies, Producteev for social task management and Meetings.io for group chat and video conferencing. Both are excellent additions to the Jive platform. However, it's not their stand-alone functionality that is important. Instead, both of these products will enhance the way Jive enables people to work together to get their jobs done. Producteev, which has seven employees and is headquartered in New York, helps individuals and teams orga [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm notes sametime citrix community email integration microsoft sharepoint social software
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What I Hope To Hear About At YamJam
Sun, Oct 28th 2012 4:50p   Alan Lepofsky
On Oct 29 & 30, Yammer is holding their annual conference YamJam in San Francisco. I will be there both as an attendee as well as to moderate a panel. (more information on that below) The following are three key questions I hope Yammer will answer during the event: How Are Customers Deriving Value From Yammer? - Social Business is beginning to move past the initial hype stage to the point in the market life-cycle where the focus is now on business value. Yammer needs to showcase cus [read] Keywords: ibm applications integration microsoft networking office sap sharepoint
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The Future of Social Inside the Enterprise
Mon, Oct 22nd 2012 10:50a   Alan Lepofsky
Below is a recording of the presentation Dion Hinchcliffe and I gave at Salesforce's Dreamforce 2012 conference, titled The Future of Social Inside the Enterprise. The session was divided into 3 sections: The Journey – What led us to where we are today? - The evolution of social software over the last 20 years. Today – From simply sharing to Getting Work Done - The benefits organizations are seeing today with social software as well as the challenges they are facing. What’s N [read] Keywords: applications enterprise social software twitter
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Introducing Box Embed - A New Framework For Content Collaboration
Tue, Oct 9th 2012 8:10a   Alan Lepofsky
Today Box announced Box Embed, their new HTML5 based framework that enables the content collaboration features of Box to be embedded into any web-based application. At the time of launch ten enterprise software vendors announced their support for Box Embed: Concur, Cornerstone OnDemand, DocuSign, Eloqua, FuzeBox, Jive, NetSuite, Oracle, SugarCRM and Zendesk. MyPOV What's In A Name? Box Embed is the latest example of how Box continues to differentiate themselves from their competition in t [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm application applications enterprise integration oracle sap security
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What I Hope To Hear About At JiveWorld
Tue, Oct 9th 2012 4:00a   Alan Lepofsky
October 9-12, Jive Software is hosting their annual conference JiveWorld in Las Vegas. Jive is one of the most important Social Business vendors, having helped shape the market in terms of both messaging and product design, so I'm very eager to see what they have in store this year. Here are a few of the areas I hope to hear about. Product Roadmap: Via a combination of acquisitions and their own development, Jive has spent the last few years building quite an impressive platform. In add [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm application citrix development enterprise google integration microsoft office oracle outlook sap sharepoint wiki
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What I Hope To Hear At BoxWorks
Sun, Oct 7th 2012 11:00a   Alan Lepofsky
October 7th through the 9th Box is hosting their customer/partner conference, BoxWorks. The theme of the show is Business Without Boundaries. While there will obviously be lots of information about Box, the conference also features several keynotes by some of the industry's most notable visionaries and business leaders such as Marc Andreessen and Clayton Christensen. It should be quite an informative and entertaining event. Box is one of the industry's hottest tech startups. At the beginni [read] Keywords: collaboration application enterprise google microsoft oracle sharepoint twitter
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Wherefore Art Thou Oracle Social Network
Sat, Oct 6th 2012 6:23p   Alan Lepofsky
Last week Oracle held their annual OpenWorld conference. You can watch many of the keynotes on Youtube and a great deal of additional footage on Oracle's media site. Below are my key takeaways and recommendations, keeping in mind that my focus is on social software/collaboration tools. (not hardware, databases, Solaris, Java, or any of the other things discussed at OpenWorld) Oracle is delivering a good message around social software The key message I heard at the show is that Oracle is [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm application applications beehive database email facebook google integration java microsoft mobile network oracle sap sharepoint social software unified communications
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Watching America’s Cup Sailing and the Blue Angles
Sat, Oct 6th 2012 9:51a   Alan Lepofsky
On Friday Oct 5th I was a guest of Oracle Racing Team USA to watch the quarter-finals of the America's Cup World Series race in San Francisco. Our view was spectacular as we were onboard the 139ft yacht America, positioned just meters away from the race. A special treat was seeing the Blue Angles practicing for the airshow that is part of Fleet Week's weekend activities. It was incredible to be so close to these amazing planes especially with the icon background of the Golden Gate Bridge. I'v [read] Keywords: application oracle
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New Report: Getting Work Done Via Social Task Management
Tue, Oct 2nd 2012 12:00p   Alan Lepofsky
I'm pleased to announce the release of my latest research report, Getting Work Done With Social Task Management. This document provides an introduction to this emerging market, where traditional project management tools are augmented with social networking features to enable teams to work together more effectively. The report is divided into the following sections: Traditional Project Management Fails to Meet the Needs of Today’s Social Era Project Workflow in a Pre-Social [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm networking sap vmware
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What I Hope To Hear At Oracle OpenWorld
Sun, Sep 30th 2012 2:50p   Alan Lepofsky
Oracle OpenWorld (OOW12) is taking place in San Francisco Sept 30 - October 4th. There are two main areas that I will be focusing on: Will Oracle Social Network Finally Be Available? At OpenWorld 2011 Oracle announced their cloud-delivered collaboration platform Oracle Social Network (OSN). It's been a year, and unfortunately when you sign-up for OSN you're still met with the message "You have been placed in queue for access to controlled availability services." I really hope at OOW1 [read] Keywords: collaboration application applications database development integration java mobile network networking oracle sap security twitter
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Speed Up File Sharing With Box Accelerator
Mon, Sep 17th 2012 7:10a   Alan Lepofsky
File sharing and synchronisation services is one of the hottest areas of social business right now. It seems like everyday a new vendor is entering the market or enhancing their portfolio. Just this past week Acronis acquired GroupLogic, SkyDox merged with Workshare, and Salesforce leaked a rumour that they will be launching their own file sharing tool named ChatterBox this week at their DreamForce conference. Not to be upstaged, veteran file-centric collaboration vendor Box (hot off their $1 [read] Keywords: collaboration enterprise mobile security
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What I Hope To Hear About At Dreamforce
Wed, Sep 12th 2012 9:30a   Alan Lepofsky
Next week Salesforce is holding their massive Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. I think it's incredible that in just a few years Salesforce has evolved from being a cloud based CRM vendor to now being one of the leading providers of complete social business solutions. Of course it took several hundreds of millions of dollars in acquisitions and marketing, but still can you name another vendor who's had such a rise recently? With that in mind, below is a list of things I hope to hear [read] Keywords: collaboration exchange exchange integration
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It’s Time For HR To Embrace Social Technologies And Culture
Tue, Aug 28th 2012 8:50a   Alan Lepofsky
On Oct 24, I will be speaking at Impact 99, a conference about how HR is being impacted by social technologies and culture. Below is a short promotion video we shot for the event. I hope to see you there. [read] Keywords: application facebook
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IBM Acquires Kenexa To Help Customers Create A Smarter Workforce
Mon, Aug 27th 2012 10:40a   Alan Lepofsky
Today IBM announced the acquisition of Kenexa, one of the leading providers of talent management (a fancy term for Human Resources) software. This move follows similar deals by IBM's competitors, such as Salesforce acquiring Rypple, SAP acquiring SuccessFactors and Oracle acquiring Taleo. See here for a full list of social business acquisitions. Kenexa, which provides cloud based solutions for HR functions such as recruitment, on-boarding, learning management, career development, etc. will b [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus lotusphere development integration microsoft oracle sap
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Is Social Networking All About Vanity?
Sat, Aug 25th 2012 8:40a   Alan Lepofsky
Yesterday some colleagues and I were having a discussion around the death and recent resurrection of Plancast. This lead to some concerns that social technologies (like sharing your calendar for the world to see) are just there for people who are seeking attention. I understand how someone not entrenched in social business could think that. Sure, certain elements of social networking are great at filling (or deflating) egos. Think about it... People post on Facebook or Twitter with the hop [read] Keywords: development facebook networking twitter
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Interview: My Career In Social Business
Wed, Jul 18th 2012 11:44a   Alan Lepofsky
Th following article in reproduced from it's original publication at BraveNewTalent. Career Advice interview with Alan Lepofsky, Industry Analyst and expert in Collaboration Software, Social Business and Social Media. How did you decide to pursue your career? What attracted you to it? For many years I worked at IBM, learning about enterprise needs and requirements as I supported some of the world's largest companies (as customers) and also via use of IBM's own internal systems. Next I w [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm blogging enterprise facebook linkedin twitter wiki
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Citrix Podio Adds New Calendar Features
Tue, Jul 17th 2012 8:36a   Alan Lepofsky
Today Podio enhanced their collaboration platform with the addition of several new calendar related features. I've always been a firm believer that calendars are a vital component in helping both individuals and teams stay organized, and that organization is a critical component in getting work done. Unlike most collaboration platforms, the Podio calendar does more than just display events (like team meetings) and tasks/todos. Instead, the calendar for each workspace can display a link to a [read] Keywords: calendaring collaboration application applications citrix exchange exchange google integration microsoft workspace
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Damn It Robin Stop Using The Word Social
Sat, Jul 14th 2012 11:56a   Alan Lepofsky
I've seen this Batman picture flouting around the intrawebs, so I could not resist adding my caption to the meme. [read] Keywords:
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There’s A (Business) App For That! - Enterprise Application Stores
Sat, Jun 30th 2012 8:47a   Alan Lepofsky
Yesterday I participated in the In The Cloud podcast, hosted by Bonnie Graham where we discussed the topic of Enterprise Application Stores. My co-presenters were Adrian Drury from Ovum and Dan Maloney from SAP. During the hour we talked about things such as what an application store is, how app stores at work differ from those in your personal life, the need for social features, security and licensing implications and we even made some predictions as to where application stores are heading in t [read] Keywords: apple application applications enterprise iphone mobile network podcast sap security twitter




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