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Poll: Are Pilots a Waste of Time?

Poll: Are Pilots a Waste of Time?

Late last week Socialtext’s Michael Idinopulos wrote a post with some interesting advice for anyone looking to start a social software implementation in the enterprise: skip the pilot. His argument was that since the new breed of enterprise 2.0 tools are about human interaction, something which changes dramatically at scale, then small pilots were…

Six Ways to Save Money in Enterprise Content Management

Six Ways to Save Money in Enterprise Content Management

Enterprise content management (ECM) is big business these days. There are scads of companies turning a tidy profit promising to do a competent job of managing every conceivable type of content, from records bound by regulation to Web content and freewheeling collaborative work. What there isn’t as much of is sound advice from experienced…

How To: Annotate Images from Wikipedia

How To: Annotate Images from Wikipedia

You may not know it, but most of the images in Wikipedia are actually hosted on its sister project, Wikimedia Commons. If you find a favorite image on the encyclopedia that anyone can edit, click through and you’ll quickly find yourself at its original page at the Commons project. With over 4.9 million freely-licensed media files, it’s a treasure…

Lotus Connections 2.5: Real Social Features Finally Arrive

Lotus Connections 2.5: Real Social Features Finally Arrive

Reports of an update for IBM’s Lotus Connections software have been circulating since early 2009. Many analysts talked of a major upgrade that would instill the suite with some substantial social functionality for the first time. After surveying the new Lotus Connections 2.5 that was released today, we can confirm those reports.

IBM has seriously…

OpSource Launches an Enterprise Cloud on Amazon’s Coattails

OpSource Launches an Enterprise Cloud on Amazon’s Coattails

Just days after Amazon launched its Virtual Private Cloud to try and attract enterprises to EC2, OpSource has announced what it’s calling “the first true enterprise cloud.” OpSource is essentially offering a similar “hybrid cloud” operation that allows customers to access resources in the cloud over a secure VPN connection. IT can decide just how…

Google Docs Adds Translation, But It’s Not Without Flaws

Google Docs Adds Translation, But It’s Not Without Flaws

Google has now integrated its translation technology into Google Docs, allowing users to convert their documents into any one of 42 languages with the click of a button. While the official Google blog highlighted a usage case of a child translating her drawing for her family, the enterprise blog post showcases a different usage case, one for…

TokBox & EtherPad: Video Chat Gets Real-Time Document Editing

TokBox & EtherPad: Video Chat Gets Real-Time Document Editing

TokBox is one of the most fully-featured video chat platforms available. Like TinyChat, ooVoo, and other services, it has a close connection with social networks and other forms of sharing content. But it didn’t have the kind of document-handling capabilities that could make it useful for more than just talking with friends and family or holding…

Why Zoho Wants You to Sign in With Google Apps

Why Zoho Wants You to Sign in With Google Apps

Not long ago, Google revamped its sign-on system using the federated protocols of OpenID. Now Zoho, a major provider of SaaS productivity and enterprise tools, has decided to support Google Apps accounts for anyone logging into its services.

Though the two companies definitely have overlap in areas such as online document editing, the majority of…

Amazon Adds a Virtual Private Cloud

Amazon Adds a Virtual Private Cloud

Amazon has launched a new endeavor that integrates traditional IT infrastructure with its EC2 cloud service. Amazon Virtual Private Cloud allows IT to connect to an isolated set of AWS resources to a data center using a VPN connection. Minus all the acronyms, that means that Amazon has created a hybrid cloud that can work securely for the…

Kiiro: SharePoint-Based Collaboration That Just Works

Kiiro: SharePoint-Based Collaboration That Just Works

There are literally thousands of project management and SharePoint-based applications available, and more come out all the time. New ones are usually not that interesting. But Kiiro is a project management tool that uses a SharePoint backend yet looks like nothing like a Microsoft product.

Launched by the Alberta-based nForm, Kiiro is one of…

Apigee is Analytics for APIs

Apigee is Analytics for APIs

APIs have become a critical part of the Web, especially if you’re a developer. If you want to tap into some of the most useful sites out there, then an API is your best bet. But for businesses, managing a popular API can be a huge headache. For those consuming APIs, you really have very little way to monitor what’s going on, and you depend on the…

Salesforce Poaches Cisco’s Collaboration Guru

Salesforce Poaches Cisco’s Collaboration Guru

Doug Dennerline spent ten years at Cisco and was most recently Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Collaboration Software Group, making him the man in charge of WebEx and other popular offerings. He was also the one spearheading a rumored move by Cisco to make an online competitor to Microsoft Office and other Web-based collaboration…

Box.net Unites with Fuze Meeting

Box.net Unites with Fuze Meeting

Box.net has partnered with Fuze Meeting to add real-time online meetings and screen sharing. Now the SaaS file-sharing and collaboration suite, which is going after SharePoint head on, has the added component of Web conferencing.

For those unfamiliar with it, Fuze Meeting is a fairly slick alternative to popular options like GoToMeeting…

BlackBerry Addicts: Sync Your Phone With Google Apps

BlackBerry Addicts: Sync Your Phone With Google Apps

Syncing with BlackBerry Enterprise server has long been one of the most requested features among Google Apps customers. Especially within the BlackBerry-dominated enterprise space, the fact that there was no way to easily integrate the two platforms was a huge disadvantage.

But starting today customers can get their hands on a Google Apps…

SAP Embraces Real-Time in the Enterprise

SAP Embraces Real-Time in the Enterprise

Not long ago John Schwarz, an executive board member at SAP, sat down for a video interview about the current state and future goals of the enterprise software giant’s popular BusinessObjects BI and analytics platform, which Schwarz is in charge of.

The discussion was wide-ranging, but a key statement buried in all the talk about…

Microsoft Offers Two Database Previews: SQL Server & SQL Azure

Microsoft Offers Two Database Previews: SQL Server & SQL Azure

Microsoft has released a preview of two database products: the next SQL Server as well as a free trial of SQL Azure. The first is a chance to get your hands on pre-release code for the company’s flagship offering in the database space; SQL Server 2008 R2 is the formal name for the newest iteration of the platform. SQL Azure is probably something…

Google Wants You to Do Side-by-Side Comparisons in Search

Google Wants You to Do Side-by-Side Comparisons in Search

Google has launched several new additions to its enterprise version of Labs today. First and foremost, they’ve created a new tool that will let businesses compare any enterprise search engine with Google Search Appliance or Google Site Search. The software will then let you administer a anonymized and randomized test that users can vote on, letting…

Is This the Cure for the Common CRM?

Is This the Cure for the Common CRM?

CureCRM is new software as a service that aspires to be the “cure for the common CRM.” As you might be able to tell from its logo, the service is first and foremost about integrating closely with email.

It acts as an email-based assistant for CRM work, and it can automatically log business-related email activity on both its own site and…

15 Fluid Apps You Can Build for Your Business

15 Fluid Apps You Can Build for Your Business

Fluid is a simple application for creating site-specific browsers (SSBs) on your OSX desktop. Fluid definitely wasn’t the first SSB project and was inspired primarily by the Mozilla Prism project.

The advantage with an SSB is that you can take almost any Web application you use heavily and get it out of your browser, reducing tab usage…

Twitter As Your Shopping Cart: Worst Business Decision Ever

Twitter As Your Shopping Cart: Worst Business Decision Ever

TwoTweet is a new shopping cart service that integrates closely with your Twitter account, using it to log in and letting your customers “reply to buy.” While it’s a cute idea for very small-scale ecommerce, relying on the unstable and insecure platform that is Twitter may be the dumbest business decision you ever make.

TwoTweet isn’t designed…