Google just announced its cloud storage service called Drive that offers 5 GB of free storage, mobile access (except iOS, but coming), and integration with Google Docs. Drive is the latest entry in a growing market of cloud storage providers. My colleague Michael Porter recently posted a story about VMWare’s plans to create a private enterprise version of cloud storage.
Google Drive seems to be similar to many other services, but it does offer some nice extras such as a search feature. You can search for your files using a variety of attributes (name, owner, etc) and even perform searches on images or scanned files. Drive also recognizes 30 file formats, so you can view a Photoshop file without having Adobe Photoshop on your PC. With its integration with Google Docs, you can upload files to Drive and then collaborate on them with others using Google Docs.
So, now there are cloud storage services from Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, DropBox, SugarSync, Amazon and others. PCWorld put together the comparison chart shown here that summarizes the major features of each service.
I’ve used every service listed except SkyDrive and now Google Drive. I really like the integration of DropBox with apps on my iOS devices, but it would be better if I could sync any of my folders. I like SugarSync because I can sync any folder on my Mac and I have 50 GB of free storage, but its not integrated with my mobile apps like DropBox. Box is ok, but it lacks a good Mac client, so I don’t use it much. I’m going to give Google Drive a try when they come out with support for iOS devices.
But Don’t Stalk Me
Fri, May 10th 2013 6:21a Michael Porter Back in March, I mentioned a Global Survey Oracle did on customer experience. That’s been a hot topic of late in my world. As part of that survey, they continue to build off of the nuggets of information found in that survey. Emil Fernandez pointed me to an update on that survey that includes a video on millenials and how they wish to engage or be engaged. The short video highlights a few way they would prefer to engage. I found it hilarious that at about 45 seconds, one teenager say [read] Keywords: oracle
Portal Beauty and the User Experience
Thu, May 9th 2013 6:18a Michael Porter Dr. Marci Stochak-Chavez just posted an article on our health blog somewhat related to yesterday’s post. She focuses on whether beauty is in the eye of the beholder for a portal. In here article, she references a design a portal challenge in New York City. This challenge pushes contestants to create a nice interface while also using key standards like the Blue Button and the Direct Protocol to transmit medical records.
Dr. Marci makes one quote it’s easy to agree with.
I be [read] Keywords: interface
If You Build a Patient Portal Why Won’t They Come?
Wed, May 8th 2013 6:21a Michael Porter Joe Jacobellis, a member of the Design Experience team at a client pointed out this interesting article about patient portals by Steve Wilkins. It’s titled, “If You Build a Patient Portal Why Won’t They Come?“ Before you read it, let me give you some history:
The Affordable Care Act mandates that all patients have access to their medical record (lab test, allergies, discharge instructions, etc.)
In various stages, hospitals and clinics need to give you electronic acc [read] Keywords: community
Salesforce Communities: The Portal is Dead…Long Live the Portal
Thu, May 2nd 2013 6:18p Axel Newe Today Salesforce.com announced its long awaited release of Communities, which in Salesforce’s own words ended the era of legacy portal software. These are heady words, but Salesforce may have actually created something that is taking the portal concept into a different direction. The motor that is driving Communities is Chatter, Salesforce’s social collaboration platform. Salesforce.com used to have distinct offerings for Partner and Customer portals. With Communities, Partners, [read] Keywords: collaboration
Gartner Keynote: Don Norman on emotion
Wed, May 1st 2013 4:18p Jonathan Distad Don Norman is well known cognitive scientist who has spoken and written extensively on emotion and design in everyday things. Today he is speaking at the Gartner Portal, Content and Collaboration Summit in San Diego. He talked about how why and how emotions drive our decisions and our behaviors. Something that we all know is important but in IT we often focus on the function and too little on the emotion.
Employees are people. If they are seen as a cost center that is a missed opportunit [read] Keywords: collaboration
Gartner Portal, Content and Collaboration – Opening Session
Mon, Apr 29th 2013 10:17a Jonathan Distad Live blogging from the Gartner summit in San Diego, CA
Engaging at the nexus of Social, Mobile, Information and Cloud. Innovation supports a new reality.
The threat to China is the 3D printer and the reality is innovation is around us that are trivial and some that are game changing. They need to be in the context of our lives. Disruption is around us. We have to react to the disruptions. We need to apply disruptions in a positive way. Don’t be a deer in headlight when it comes [read] Keywords: collaboration
Salesforce: Customer Company – Chicago
Thu, Apr 18th 2013 9:16a Jonathan Distad McCormick Place – Chicago
Waiting for Marc to hit the stage in this ‘intimate’ town hall here is Chicago. A client of ours, Cars.com, is talking about how they use Salesforce to help sell and crunch data:
Adding value to the data through customizing reporting back from the dealer giving a better experience for the consumer.
“we love chatter” – it is THE tool that makes work better. Onboarding has never been more fun that using Chatter.
Every person at t [read] Keywords: