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Apply for a Constealltion SuperNova Award - Recognizing Leaders In Digital Business
Tue, Jul 14th 2015 4
Has Microsoft Just Redefined Collaboration? Introducing Project Gigjam
Mon, Jul 13th 2015 2
The Future of Work: Collaboration Tools Become More Intelligent - CxOTalk
Wed, Jul 8th 2015 12
Future of Work: What Does The IBM and Box Partnership Mean?
Thu, Jun 25th 2015 4
Collaboration Hits The Big Screen
Thu, Jun 11th 2015 9
Can you see beyond your own beliefs?
Sat, Jun 6th 2015 5
Collaboration Around Files - A Case Study On Working With Clients
Fri, Jun 5th 2015 2
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The Future of Work: Collaboration Tools Become More Intelligent - CxOTalk
Wed, Jul 8th 2015 12
Infor Mingle Provides Purposeful Collaboration
Mon, May 19th 2014 11
Dear Citrix, I Want To Work Here!
Fri, Oct 10th 2014 11
Introducing IBM Verse
Tue, Nov 18th 2014 11
Cisco Does A Song And Dance With Jive
Thu, May 1st 2014 10
The 25 Year History of Lotus Notes
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 10
The New Collaboration UI?
Fri, Nov 21st 2014 10
My Greatest Collaboration
Wed, Dec 31st 2014 10
It’s "Apps For Social Business On Mobile Devices" Day!
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 10
Connected Enterprise Innovation Summit
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 9


Alan Lepofsky
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Apply for a Constealltion SuperNova Award - Recognizing Leaders In Digital Business
Tue, Jul 14th 2015 10:41p   Alan Lepofsky
Every year the Constellation SuperNova Awards recognize eight individuals for their leadership in digital business. These people are leaders that demonstrate excellence in the application and adoption of new and emerging technologies. We’re searching for the boldest, most transformative technology projects out there. Apply for a SuperNova Award by filling out the application here: https://www.constellationr.com/node/3137/apply There are eight SuperNova Award Categories (listed below
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Has Microsoft Just Redefined Collaboration? Introducing Project Gigjam
Mon, Jul 13th 2015 4:03p   Alan Lepofsky
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The Future of Work: Collaboration Tools Become More Intelligent - CxOTalk
Wed, Jul 8th 2015 3:57p   Alan Lepofsky
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Future of Work: What Does The IBM and Box Partnership Mean?
Thu, Jun 25th 2015 8:17a   Alan Lepofsky
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Collaboration Hits The Big Screen
Thu, Jun 11th 2015 5:01p   Alan Lepofsky
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Can you see beyond your own beliefs?
Sat, Jun 6th 2015 10:16a   Alan Lepofsky
Here is a wonderful story by a wise friend of mine Tom Dickson. I love the section: "challenging a believer of conspiracy theories, I’ve learned, is a waste of time ... however strong your argument, he contorts it to fit his beliefs ... however reputable your sources, he dismisses them as complicit in the conspiracy … further discussion, you soon realize, is pointless, and you’re tempted to just leave it at that and move on." The same holds for any "firm believer" whethe
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Collaboration Around Files - A Case Study On Working With Clients
Fri, Jun 5th 2015 3:44p   Alan Lepofsky
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Moving Beyond Likes To Business Actions
Fri, May 29th 2015 2:37p   Alan Lepofsky
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Google Now - Helping You Get Things Done
Fri, May 29th 2015 12:24p   Alan Lepofsky
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Getting the Swing of Microsoft Sway
Fri, May 22nd 2015 11:15a   Alan Lepofsky
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Can Microsoft Spark the Next Generation of Collaboration
Mon, May 11th 2015 12:30p   Alan Lepofsky
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Next Generation Collaboration and Microsoft’s Vision for Dynamic Teamwork
Mon, May 11th 2015 12:26p   Alan Lepofsky
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Citrix Podio Gets @DBLookups... Sort Of
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 12:34p   Alan Lepofsky
Citrix Podio is a platform for developing applications which can be used on the web or mobile devices. People can build business applications by simply drag and droping fields to create forms and views. It requires very little development knowledge and no actual programming language skills. Then have recently added a feature I asked for, which allows you to limit the choices that are displayed in drop down lists. While I like the addition, you still have to create a view for each filtered va
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My Thoughts on the State of Collaboration via CMSwire’s SocBizChat
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 10:00a   Alan Lepofsky
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How Do I Know You?
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 10:00a   Alan Lepofsky
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Email In Real Life
Sat, Apr 11th 2015 11:43a   Alan Lepofsky
Kudos to my friends at Workfront for putting together this great parody on email.
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The First (IBM) Verse in a Long Journey
Thu, Apr 2nd 2015 5:16p   Alan Lepofsky
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Social Business News - March 16
Wed, Mar 18th 2015 10:13a   Alan Lepofsky
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A Great Initial User Experience Is Critical
Mon, Mar 2nd 2015 2:55p   Alan Lepofsky
As they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Well, spreadsheet/database vendor Airtable gets a 9/10 for creating an amazing first time user experience that helps guide you through getting started. To help you successfully use their product, they: Start you off with a virtual user manual complete with short training videos Pre-populate your home page with a few default databases Display pop-up guides as you work that highlight key features and functions Provide incentives/aw
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IBM InterConnect 2015 - The Power of One
Thu, Feb 26th 2015 11:18a   Alan Lepofsky
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New Report: The Strategic Impact of Mobile Transformation
Thu, Feb 19th 2015 11:30a   Alan Lepofsky
In Q4 2014 Constellation Research surveyed over 500 organizations of at least 1,000 employees in the education, healthcare, high tech and retail industries to determine the current state of mobile transformation. This report uncovers three core areas: 1. Mobile transformation is top of mind for most organizations: 82% of organizations reported having dedicated teams for mobile transformation. From an industry point of view, education had the lowest rate, with only 68 percent of organizations re
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The 25 Year History of Lotus Notes
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 6:30p   Alan Lepofsky
Last week at Lotusphere 2015, I mean IBM ConnectED 2015, I had the pleasure of presenting with Mat Newman and Carl Tyler on the 25 year history of Lotus Notes. The session included live demos (including V1), marketing videos (some of which can be seen here), long lost products like Actioneer, Lotus Components and Lotus VIP as well as some of our favourite features from each major version. While Notes most popular days are long gone it is still amazing to recall how pioneering Notes was in areas
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It’s "Apps For Social Business On Mobile Devices" Day!
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 5:00p   Alan Lepofsky
Apparently today was "new apps for social business on mobile devices" day. Below are four announcements that I'm aware of. (in alphabetical order) CoTap - Introducing 4 new premium file integrations: addition of Citrix ShareFile, Egnyte, Microsoft OneDrive for Business and Microsoft SharePoint. (they already support Box, DropBox and GoogleDrive) Jive - Introducing Workstyle Apps: Jive announces Jive Daily (share news and other information), Jive Chime (chat/messaging) and Jive Peo
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Jive Software Says There Is An App For That
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 11:22a   Alan Lepofsky
On Feb 3rd, Jive Software is launching the first of what Jive calls Workstyle applications. These specific purpose applications expand, not replace the platform they offer today with Jive (internal) and JiveX (external) community software. Scroll down to after the pictures to read my thoughts on the announcements. The first app, Jive Daily, which will be available for download the 3rd week of Feb allows people to share news, web sites and other stories with their colleagues. It's not re
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Jive Software Says There Is An App For That
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 11:00a   Alan Lepofsky
On Feb 3rd, Jive Software is launching the first of what Jive calls Workstyle applications. These specific purpose applications expand, not replace the platform they offer today with Jive (internal) and JiveX (external) community software. Scroll down to after the pictures to read my thoughts on the announcements. The first app, Jive Daily, which will be available for download the 3rd week of Feb allows people to share news, web sites and other stories with their colleagues. It's not real
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2015 Event Schedule
Fri, Jan 30th 2015 5:10p   Alan Lepofsky
Below is a list of the events I will be attending in 2015. The information will change frequently, so please check back for the most up to date information.
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The State of Collaboration in 2015 - Collaboration Goals and Plans For the Future
Wed, Jan 28th 2015 4:00p   Alan Lepofsky
Constellation recently published our "State of Enterprise Technology" series of research reports. These reports assess the current state of the enterprise technologies Constellation has deemed significant to digital transformation. These reports also describe the future usage and evolution of these technologies. Constellation will continue to publish reports in our State of Enterprise Technology series throughout Q1. The State of Collaboration in 2015 is my first contribution to this series
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It’s Like Facebook For Work. Wait It Is Facebook For Work
Fri, Jan 16th 2015 10:40a   Alan Lepofsky
On Jan 14th, Facebook officially announced their much rumoured Facebook at Work offering. This private version of the popular social network is designed to provide employees a place to collaborate securely with their colleagues. This sounds like a great idea, if it were still 2010. In the late 2000s a shift began taking place that was commonly referred to as Enterprise 2.0, or E20. In E20 companies began adopting "social tools" such as blogs, wikis and activity streams to enable employ
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My Greatest Collaboration
Wed, Dec 31st 2014 11:40p   Alan Lepofsky
Toronto Ontario, Dec 30th 2014 4:22am - Lepofsky Inc. released their newest product, Isabelle Jordyn Lepofsky. Isabelle, also known as Serafina in Hebrew, was under development for a little more than 9 months and entered the world weighing 7lbs 11ozs. Executive VP of Engineering, Samara Lepofsky is doing great after an incredible evening of pushing to get the product shipped. Chief Fathering Officer Alan Lepofsky was beaming with joy about the new release. "I know version 1 has minimal fea
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9 Actions For Your Digital Strategy
Tue, Dec 23rd 2014 12:50p   Alan Lepofsky
The following is reported from it's original source at Constellation Research This year end checklist offers suggestions designed to enable you to take control of your digital strategy in 2015. Consider these actions to ensure you dominate digital disruption in the new year. 1. Matrix Commerce: Scrub your data By Guy Courtin When it comes to Matrix Commerce, companies need to focus on the basics first. What are the basics? Cleaning up and getting your data in order. Much is discuss
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Interested in Collaboration Software? Then Think About These Things
Mon, Dec 22nd 2014 11:50a   Alan Lepofsky
As 2014 comes to a close, here are ten things for organizations to think in regards to collaboration software as we head into 2015. Of course there are more areas such as application development, partner ecosystem and security. Which of the items in the video to you agree or disagree with? What's missing? Here is a graphical summary of the video above.
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Constellation Research Named Top Firm of 2014
Sat, Dec 20th 2014 8:50a   Alan Lepofsky
Thank you to our amazing customers and to my hard working colleagues for making Constellation Research the #1 Independent Analyst Firm of 2014. More information about the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations, visit their site here.
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Happy 25th Birthday Lotus Notes
Thu, Nov 27th 2014 12:00p   Alan Lepofsky
My career in technology began in May 1993 when I was a coop student at IBM Canada. My responsibilities there were spilt between AS/400 tasks and setting up this new groupware thing called Lotus Notes. Well today Lotus Notes celebrates its 25th birthday. Image taken from Mat Newman's blog. It's amazing how pioneering Notes was in creating the industry that we today call ‪"social business." I, along with many of my friends and colleagues owe our careers to Lotus Notes. Let's l
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The New Collaboration UI?
Fri, Nov 21st 2014 10:13a   Alan Lepofsky
Remember when every software product was designed to look like Facebook? Now it appears a new "common UI" being used in many of the new collaboration tools. Here's a quick UI comparison of Slack, Glip, Unify Circuit and Cisco Project Squared.
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Introducing IBM Verse
Tue, Nov 18th 2014 8:20a   Alan Lepofsky
About a year ago IBM first announced they would be developing their next generation email client, code named MailNext. Today in NYC (and similar satellite events around the world) IBM unveiled the official product, now named IBM Verse. That's verse as in converse, or social interaction, not the shoe company. It's not a play on universe, nor a song or poem, nor related to Lotus "Notes" making up a verse! One of the most significant things about IBM Verse is the level of attention it ha
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It’s Like Facebook At Work
Mon, Nov 17th 2014 9:40p   Alan Lepofsky
For the last few years many software vendors in the enterprise social market have explained what their product does by using the analogy "It's like Facebook at work". Well, now it appears Facebook themselves will be getting into the game by actually offering, Facebook At Work. At the moment there are few official details from Facebook about the product such as when will it be available, what will it cost, what will it do, etc. Below are a few of my thoughts about the potential Facebook At
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Analytics Is At the Centre Of IBM’s Future
Wed, Nov 12th 2014 10:50p   Alan Lepofsky
Today was Day 1 of IBM's Analyst Insight Summit. This exclusive event brings together the top industry analysts from around the world to meet with the heads of IBM's software division. If I had to sum up the event in one word, it would be analytics. IBM has a vast software portfolio that covers a variety of topics, but at the centre of all of them is IBM's message around using data to gather insights that can lead to better decision making. While IBM has several technologies in the an
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Microsoft Office Begins Plan For Mobile Domination
Thu, Nov 6th 2014 10:03a   Alan Lepofsky
For the last two decade Microsoft Office has been the dominate desktop productivity suite. Argue about "cool alternatives" all you want, but who doesn't come across Word, Excel or PowerPoint at some point in their day? As web-based applications began to take hold, alternatives to Office became quite viable, most notably Google Apps. The rise of web apps also brought into question the need for word-processors, spreadsheets and presentation software. Alternatives like wiki pages, blogs, coll
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My Thoughts On Jive Software’s Jiveworld 2014
Mon, Oct 27th 2014 12:43p   Alan Lepofsky
Last week in Las Vegas Jive Software held their annual JiveWorld conference. In front of around 1600 people Jive talked about how their products and services enable people to "Work Better Together". Below is my analysis of some of the key announcements, including: - Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 integration - A new view for "Top and Trending" in the newsfeed/activity stream - The introduction of Jive's WorkTypes tool - Analytics and insights, including a look at their fu
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My Thoughts On Salesforce Dreamforce 2014
Sat, Oct 18th 2014 12:03a   Alan Lepofsky
If you've never attended Salesforce.com's annual Dreamforce conference the first thing you need to know is that no single blog post or video recap can properly express the enormity of this event. It's huge. Gigantic. Enormous. For a week more than 100,000 people descend upon every street, hotel, restaurant, art gallery, museum and even movie theatre for blocks around San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center to participate in the spectacle. The event is part technology conference, part fund-
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Dear Citrix, I Want To Work Here!
Fri, Oct 10th 2014 9:33a   Alan Lepofsky
Yesterday I attended the opening of Citrix's new office in Raleigh, North Carolina. This new facility was built upon the foundation of an old factory and warehouse and will be used primarily by employees working on the ShareFile product family. But the scope of this building is much larger for community around it. Just a 10-15 minute walk from downtown, this new office is in an area dominated by abandoned warehouses. Citrix has spent more that 3 years working with local, state and federal of
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Microsoft Begins Bridging The Worlds Of Email and Social Networking
Thu, Sep 25th 2014 9:26p   Alan Lepofsky
Today Microsoft announced that the group functionality commonly found in social networking tools will now be available right inside the Office 365 Outlook client. As seen below, people can access their normal email Inbox and folders as they always have, but now below that they can navigate to the groups they are part of. A group is a place where people can share messages, files and take advantage of a group calendar.
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Infor is Hooked On Collaboration, Design and Data
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 11:23a   Alan Lepofsky
This week enterprise software vendor Infor held their annual customer conference in New Orleans. While Infor may not be a household name the way Microsoft, Google, SAP or Oracle are, they are a massive multibillion dollar company that focuses on solving specific business needs of over 73,000 customers. Rather than simply making CRM or ERP software, Infor focuses on tailoring solutions for specific industries. For example, 95% of the largest aerospace companies use Infor. As do 80% of the major t
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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?"
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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
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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.




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