Microsoft announced that it is working on a lightweight version of its Office productivity software called "Albany," serving as an alternative to the rise of Google Apps, Zoho, and other web-based applications in the consumer space. While this is a good start in Microsoft admitting that software as a service (SaaS) will be the future of computing, they should consider making the service free of charge and fully Web-based.
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As Facebook's audience has expanded to include more business-oriented users, it's important to remember that the social network formulated an unwritten set of do's and don'ts, set largely by college students whose heavy use of the system provided Facebook with its original user base.
Monday's announcement that Salesforce.com would provide Google Apps for free to its customers sparked off a debate among analysts about whether Google's web-based software can make inroads with large businesses, and specifically the Fortune 500.
The explosion of consumer and Web 2.0 applications being utilized by end-users within businesses will cause a new paradigm for corporate information security, where blocking URLs and setting firewalls won't be nearly enough to control a company's intellectual property and data, according to a panel of chief information security officers (CISOs) and vendors at the RSA Conference in the US.
When Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that the iPhone was ready for enterprise use, the announcement caused a stir that few of the world's iconic businessmen could match. It seemed that everyone from rank-and-file worker-bees to CEOs wanted to get their corporate applications served up on the hot new device. Why? This was Apple-a synonym for awe-inspiring design and coolness-the antithesis to stodgy old corporate technology that burns the eyes red and freezes computers blue.
A new study by the Hackett Group contends there are four characteristics that link the solid financial performance of companies to how efficiently their IT departments run.
Eugene Roman, group preresident of systems and technology at Bell Canada, knows how to play a blog. An enterprise blog, that is. And he has taught his employees to play a blog so well that they often have "jam" sessions--an internal blog forum where groups of employees discuss new products and work to streamline efficiencies at the CA$18 billion telecom.
Eugene Roman, group president of systems and technology at Bell Canada, knows how to play a blog. An enterprise blog, that is. And he has taught his employees to play a blog so well that they often have "jam" sessions - an internal blog forum where groups of employees discuss new products and work to streamline efficiencies at the $18 billion telecom
The press attending Lotusphere viewed some of the software currently in development at IBM's labs today, including two projects aimed at bringing social networks and virtual worlds into the enterprise.
A recent report by Global Secure Systems and Infosecurity Europe UK found that social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo cost businesses as much as 6.5 billion pounds (AU$14 billion) a year in lost productivity, according to an article in the SiliconRepublic.
Everyone wants to collaborate using IT. The problem IT leaders cite: A lack of integration among the tools, and frustrated end-users.
Free is good for business. At least, that's what IBM and The New York Times said in so many words during the past couple days.
As the future of computing continues its migration from the traditional desktop to the web, organizing important applications and other troves of information will become more important than ever. Do you just store it on your browser? Or do you store it somewhere on the web for others to see?
When Google Apps started hitting the enterprise market, there were four main problems Curmudgeon Techs had with the web-based suite. In no particular order, they were:
Capgemini announced Monday that it will offer services supporting <a href="http://www.cio.com/article/135950/subject/Google+Apps">Google Apps</a>, bolstering <a href="http://www.cio.com/article/135950/subject/Google+Inc.">Google</a>'s efforts to sell its Web-based software to large businesses and companies with workers like shop-floor personnel who have limited access to corporate systems. This new option could also help companies who want to rein in "rogue" use of Google Apps and bolster security for key documents and e-mail. But don't expect businesses to trade in their <a href="http://www.cio.com/article/135950/subject/Microsoft+Office">Microsoft Office</a> suites, say analysts and consultants.