Industry Updates

News Updates (December 16, 2009)

HyperOffice Update … HyperOffice released a beta edition of its new cloud computing collaboration service. “HyperOffice integrates a range of software-as-a-service business applications over the Internet – shared calendars and contacts, business-class email, document and project management, web conferencing, databases and web forms; forums, polls and wikis; project portals, Intranets and Extranets; permissions, versioning, commenting, backup, and more …. Hosted online, the HyperOffice suite delivers to SMBs the power and productivity of costly corporate collaboration products – for a low monthly subscription fee of about $7 per month, per user, secure, and hassle free. Under the hood, rebuilt from the ground up, Ajax and an array of Web 2.0 technologies power improvements in performance, scalability and security.More
PCWorld pegs the competitors as Google Apps, Zoho, IBM LotusLive, and others.

Zenbe Shareflow Upgrade … Zenbe released an upgrade to Shareflow, its group collaboration service, with new features such as rich text, post editing, image previews, and performance enhancements, among others. “We rewrote Shareflow’s user interface from the ground up, optimizing for speed and consistency across our supported browsers. When you open Shareflow today, you’ll notice quicker load times and improved responsiveness as you navigate between flows and perform searches. This work also lays the groundwork for us to build new features and continue to tune performance to make Shareflow even faster.More

Saying No to New Tools … A recent survey by Deloitte offers insight into why organizations are resisting new collaboration technologies. “More than 40% of technology executives across multiple industries surveyed by Deloitte cited organizational resistance as the primary roadblock to new workplace technologies. Additionally, nearly 28% of the respondents, who ranged from upper management to managerial level, pointed to budget and cost constraints as the main deterrents.More

Zoho Reports … Zoho took Reports, its online business intelligence and reporting service, out of beta. “We’re happy to announce that Zoho Reports, our online BI & reporting tool has graduated out of beta today. Zoho Reports helps businesses make better sense of their data by providing useful insights through powerful reporting and analytics, which transforms to informed decision making. It achieves this through an impressive set of capabilities that lets users easily perform a variety of tasks.” Zoho Reports supports collaborative analysis. More

Web Conferencing Strong … Web conferencing usage is negatively correlated with bad economic times, according to recent Frost & Sullivan research. “Marking a departure from the current trend of struggle for survival in these challenging economic conditions, the Web conferencing software and services market is thriving on the demand from global ‘borderless organisations’. The market is benefiting hugely from businesses’ austerity drive which includes enhanced collaboration and reduction in travel costs.More

Ray Leaving Microsoft? … There’s a rumour that Ray Ozzie may be leaving Microsoft. “Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie is a brilliant technologist who has not achieved anything approaching brilliance in his time at Microsoft. And now an influential tech analyst and friend of Ozzie’s says he believes that Ozzie may be on the way out at Microsoft, sooner rather than later.More
– Keith says that Microsoft doesn’t get sharing and collaboration.

Other Items
– BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 now supports Exchange 2010.
– Nicholas’s 7 rules of business. Love the 7th!

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