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Happy 25th Birthday Lotus Notes
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It’s Like Facebook For Work. Wait It Is Facebook For Work
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The New Collaboration UI?
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Alan Lepofsky
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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");
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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,
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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");
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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
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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
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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




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