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Goodbye to the knowledge worker?

It’s now almost five decades since Peter Drucker discussed the concept of the knowledge worker in his 1966 book The Effective Executive, as he emphasised the growing importance of the “team”, and encouraged recognition of the value of employees. The term was created as an antonym of the “manual worker”, as a way to describe those people within […]

Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 by

Making Social Collaboration Work with the IoIC

Over on the Making Social Collaboration Work event website, we recently announced that the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) is now working with us to help promote and shape the event (reminder: central London, May 14th). We’re really excited about this, because from our own research we know that Internal Communications (IC) professionals have vital […]

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015 by

Innovate, Integrate, Educate – Box’s play to transform the platform

Around this time last year I wrote a blog on Box’s EMEA Analyst Summit 2014 and all it set out for the year – principally the company’s play to shake off the fast-commodifying sync-and-share label and instead bid for an arguably more long term and lucrative role as the enterprise content collaboration platform of choice. At the […]

Posted on Friday, March 6, 2015 by

What’s in it for me? Articulating the benefits of social collaboration

When you’re putting together your business case for social collaboration, your focus must categorically be on how implementing this type of technology – and the enabling the cultural change that must accompany it – will bring benefits to your particular organisation. This is your top line purpose, it’s necessary to get funding and executive buy-in, […]

Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by

IBM ConnectED 2015 – Lotusphere’s swan song?

A couple of weeks ago IBM hosted its annual collaboration and digital experience-focused user conference in Orlando, Florida. Formerly called Lotusphere and then IBM Connect, this year the event received another makeover, with a cut-down agenda and focus, and another new name – IBM ConnectED 2015. IBM Verse, the company’s new email offering due for general release at […]

Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by

Box enjoys a bullish IPO, but where will all the cash go?

So, enterprise content collaboration vendor Box finally went public last week. The hotly-tipped IPO of early 2014 cooled somewhat mid-year – a combination of turbulent times for tech stocks and a luke-warm reception for Box’s numbers in its original S1 filing. The company gambled on a final round of venture funding over the summer to […]

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 by

Egnyte integrates analytics to optimise file sharing and collaboration

When we covered Egnyte’s enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) offer in an On the radar report back in May 2014, we commented that – in order to make good on its growth ambitions - the company would soon have to settle on how it chose to differentiate itself in a crowded and rapidly commoditising market. All around, […]

Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 by

It’s not ALL about collaboration ALL of the time

While we are far from being in a position where collaboration is a foundation of every company culture, we have reach a point where it is generally recognised, accepted even, that better collaboration means better business. Whether it is about making the most of your people’s knowledge and skills, or about creating new, innovative ideas […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by

Save the date: Making Social Collaboration Work, May 14th

It’s a couple of years now since the hype around enterprise social collaboration kicked off in a serious way, but we’ve been researching how organisations get business value from new collaboration technologies for much longer than that. Angela Ashenden, our lead analyst in this space, has built up a fantastic base of case study knowledge across multiple […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by

Collaboration vs. communication – and the importance of purpose

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel webinar focused on The Future of Business Communication, which involved an interesting discussion on the way we use technology to collaborate, as well as the inevitable critique of email. One comment which particularly stuck with me, made by my co-panellist Belinda Gannaway, was […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by