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Social Collaboration is growing up: opportunities and challenges for the channel

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November 11, 2010 12:56 pm

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Guest post by: Raul Castanon Martinez A week ago, Gartner released its 2010 Magic Quadrant for Workplace Social Software report (link http://www.gartner.com/technology/media-products/reprints/microsoft/vol14/article5/article5.html). Key players kept their positions: IBM, Jive and Microsoft remained “Leaders”, Atlassian and OpenText remained “Challengers” and Novell kept its “Niche” player position. There were also some interesting changes, with many “Niche” vendors dropped off the …

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Social Collaboration is growing up: opportunities and challenges for the channel

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November 11, 2010 12:47 pm

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Guest post by Raul Castanon-Martinez, Partner Marketing Manager – End-User Computing A week ago, Gartner released its 2010 Magic Quadrant for Workplace Social Software report. Key players kept their positions: IBM, Jive and Microsoft remained “Leaders”, Atlassian and OpenText remained “Challengers” and Novell kept its “Niche” player position. There were also some interesting changes, with many “Niche” vendors …

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Join us at VMWorld

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August 30, 2010 7:15 am

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Be sure to check out our other speakers: Monday, August 30 12:00 pm –  Skip Paul, Appliance Architect, presents on “Virtual Appliances: Simplifying Application Deployment and Accelerating Your Journey to the Cloud” Tuesday, August 31 2:00 pm –  Richard Whitehead, Novell’s Director of Marketing for Intelligent Workload Management and Ben Grubin, Director of Solution and …

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The future of Cloud-Based Collaboration

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August 26, 2010 7:10 am

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Guest post by Wendy Steinle According to a recent survey by Forrester Research, 50% of companies state they either currently use cloud services or are actively experimenting with them. While some cloud-based services have gained a measure of acceptance with enterprises, and broad acceptance among consumers, my favorite topic – collaboration – has lately been …

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Guest Post: Google Wave – The Message for the Channel

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August 13, 2010 7:05 am

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By Raul Castanon In a blog post to the Google Community last week, Urs Hölzle, Senior VP of Operations, communicated the company’s decision to kill Wave (see Official Google Blog): “Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will …

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The Hybrid Cloud: Hero or half-measure?

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July 29, 2010 8:47 am

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Lori MacVittie, blogger for F5 Networks, has written extensively about hybrid clouds.  In recent posts such as “The Three Reasons Hybrid Clouds Will Dominate“ and “The Other Hybrid Cloud Architecture“, she discusses the risks and benefits from an infrastructure perspective. Clearly there are many unanswered questions about hybrid clouds before they can be considered a …

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Guest Post: Have You Heard the One About the Banker?

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July 20, 2010 1:08 pm

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By Rich Wiltbank The other day, I was talking to my colleague, Richard Whitehead, about how partners should integrate the cloud delivery model into their current offerings. He threw out a simplified analogy of a local bank, which I paraphrase here: Several years ago, the key to a bank’s profitability with its customers was a …

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Guest Post: Solution Providers Shouldn’t Move to the Cloud

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July 12, 2010 11:04 am

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By Rich Wiltbank Yes, you read that right – I think that Solution Providers today should NOT move to the Cloud. Moving to something connotes leaving something behind, going from one thing to another. I think this is exactly the wrong strategy to build a profitable, growing Solution Provider business. To explain myself, let’s look …

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Beyond SaaS, IaaS and PaaS

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June 30, 2010 7:51 am

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Most of us are familiar with the SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS business models, sometimes considering them the ONLY cloud models out there. Recently, however, I have been stumbling on blog posts outlining other business models for the cloud. For example, Chirag Mehta of SAP recently wrote about “Emergent Cloud Computing Business Models“. So, are these …

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Guest Post: Enterprise 2.0 – Big Challenges and Exciting Possibilities for Collaboration Software

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June 24, 2010 8:29 am

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By Raul Castanon Last week’s Enterprise 2.0 Conference: Business Powered by Collaboration in Boston (June 14-16) was a great opportunity to gauge the current state of collaboration for the Enterprise. There are still many challenges to be met, but it is clear from this year’s conference that collaboration software is moving forward at a faster …

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