Collaboration revenues push $10bn in Q4 with Cisco and Microsoft fighting for first place

The enterprise collaboration market has never been as hot as it is today with Cisco and Microsoft duelling for top spot, according to Synergy Research.

The figures, based on Q4 data, show total collaboration revenues, including unified communications, telepresence, email software, enterprise social and content management and more, hit just under $10 billion, an all-time high.

Cisco places just ahead of Microsoft in the overall stakes, well ahead of IBM and Avaya in third and fourth place respectively - yet...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft adds voice interactions, transcription and translation to Teams collaboration mix

Microsoft is adding a variety of capabilities to its Teams product including Cortana voice interactions, message translations, and cloud-based recording and transcription.

The updates come as Microsoft Teams reaches its first birthday. Microsoft had previously issued features for Teams in January around shortcuts, mentions and search. These updates, however, are focused on more ambitious...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Why security, AI and Microsoft are shaping the digital workplace in 2018

Results from CCS Insight's latest annual survey of IT buyers in businesses once again revealed wide-ranging shifts in challenges, priorities and brand affinity in workplace technology.

In September 2017, we surveyed more than 400 information technology decision-makers in four European countries as well as the US about their purchasing preferences for enterprise mobility and digital workplace products.

Here I give an overview of the survey findings, key results and what they mean for the market. 

By Nicholas McQuire, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Three tech trends we saw in 2017 that will redefine the way we work in 2018

Between data security breaches, huge valuations, and IPOs, 2017 was an eventful year in tech. While the Equifax breach and MuleSoft IPO made mainstream headlines, I have been most excited to see the steady stream of news from tech players that continue to push the boundaries with technology that will transform the way we work. Here’s a look at three things that happened last year and what they signify for the future of work.

Slack reached a $5.1 billion valuation

We’ve seen money flowing...

By Natalie Lambert, 08 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Social.

New research shows how companies are struggling with keeping Office up to date

Windows 10 may be getting solid adoption in the enterprise – but the same cannot be said of Microsoft Office’s latest iteration.

According to a new study from Spiceworks, more than two thirds (68%) of the more than 1,150 IT professionals across the US, UK and Canada surveyed said they were still operating Microsoft Office 2007 in some capacity, even after the product officially reached its end of life.

Just under half (46%) of respondents - who of course may have more than one product in their...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Productivity, Security.

Fear of change holds organisations back in digital transformation push

What does the term digital transformation mean exactly? As a recent report points out, it can mean ‘both everything and nothing.’

“To some companies, [it is] the difference between competing and collapsing, the lynchpin in surviving the rapidly changing commercial landscape…to others, it’s a task that sits on a never-ending to-do list, regarded as little more than another business buzzword,” Microsoft’s UK enterprise team explains.

The report, from Microsoft, YouGov,...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Microsoft, UX.

Jamf and Microsoft partnership latest to focus on Macs in enterprise

More evidence that Macs in the enterprise are gaining prominence: Jamf, an Apple-centric mobility provider, is partnering with Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) for Mac security after an announcement at Microsoft’s Ignite event.

The move means authorised users are prevented from using Macs which are either personal, unmanaged, or otherwise not compliant with security policies.

The process sounds complicated but is relatively straightforward; users register their devices they want to...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Microsoft.

Microsoft Ignite: LinkedIn integration, Teams getting top marks, mixed reality, and more

Microsoft laid out more of its vision around artificial intelligence (AI), mixed reality, and the importance of collaboration over individualism at its Ignite event in Orlando today.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, outlined to the audience the four methods of enabling digital transformation (below); modern workplace, business applications, applications and infrastructure, and data and AI, to empower employees, engage customers, optimise operations, and transform products.

“When you think about the...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft adds guest access to Teams collaboration tool

Microsoft has announced that it is expanding its Teams collaboration product to include employees from other companies, alongside unveiling new developer tools.

“Guest access has been one of the top requested features for Teams among our customers, and we’ve been working hard to get it right,” wrote Lori Wright, general manager for Microsoft Teams in a blog post announcing the news. “Today, Teams is getting even better with the rollout of guest access to all Office 365 commercial and...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Development, Microsoft, Security.

Is a lack of creativity stifling workplace productivity?

Plenty of reports have hit the headlines regarding the UK’s seemingly low levels of productivity – but is stifling creativity a further problem?

According to new research issued by Microsoft, uninspiring workplaces, stress, and a lack of room for individual concentration are all contributing to the risk of a ‘creativity crisis’.

The study, put together by Microsoft Surface representing the views of more than 1,100 employees, also found existing workloads and organisational processes...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.