Posts tagged: productivity

Is the Enterprise ready for Open Source?

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 Aug 2, 2011

Stuck in a proprietary software-heavy mentality, enterprises do not typically rely on open source software (OSS) within their business. Yet arguing whether OSS or proprietary software is best for an organization is usually done in vain, as it largely depends on an organization’s needs, their comfort levels in implementing customized applications, and what they want to accomplish with the software (similar to how the debate around cloud computing and server-based software has evolved). All these different types of software implementation strategies cater to different requirements within an enterprise.

But over the past few years, we’ve seen OSS and the cloud become much more dominant on a consumer and SMB level thanks to Android, a sluggish economy, and the dependency of anywhere, anytime access of information. And as the consumerization of IT continues to infiltrate and transform the way organizations run their business, will enterprises who rely on proprietary software and on-premise applications inevitably transition to OSS and the cloud? Read more »

Official Launch of Office 365 Heightens Cloud Market Competitiveness

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 Jun 28, 2011

Although Microsoft’s official launch of their cloud offering didn’t create as big of a buzz as Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer still had plenty of enthusiasm for Office 365 during his 30 minute announcement this morning in New York.

The key themes during the presentation were collaboration, productivity, and scalability. Ballmer highlighted the features of real-time collaboration tools, like virtual meetings, editing documents, and sharing calendars with team members, all which can be done on PCs and mobile devices. For Microsoft, good collaboration is about instant access and is critical to business growth, which is key for businesses of all sizes. (If you want a recap of the announcement with product demos, you can watch it here). Read more »

BYOD: Bring-Your-Own-Device to Work…But Don’t Expect Much Security

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 Jun 24, 2011

Consumerization of IT is one of the major forces shifting the way office workers and organizations operate. Although still in its infancy, we can already see the effects of consumers bringing in personal devices and using personal online services within the workplace. And thanks to tech-savvy Generation Y’ers and Z’ers (born with iPod-in-hand), the consumerization-of-IT trend is only going to grow, and rapidly at that.

Because PCs have been the standard computing device for quite some time, an organization’s IT department is able to easily administer access and information between a desktop computer and a company network. Today, the line differentiating work devices and personal devices is rather fuzzy, and the line between how those devices are used is even fuzzier. An organization’s IT department now has to juggle multiple mobile devices where the majority of them are not company-owned. Read more »

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