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  • Week in Review: Enterprise Team Players + Office 365 Disaster
    Marketing on CommissionDo marketers know how to deliver revenue?Open Your Twitter DM Door? Twitter’s letting you in the inbox.World of Team PlayersLike it or not, you must be a collaborator.Find Your Right Collaboration FitGo beyond what makes sense for IT.Office 365 = DisasterUnless we see change, we’ll see failure. Hey, ECM. Go DigitalFour reasons why the move makes sense. Create, Deploy and Optimize Dynamic eCommerce Sites A white paper on HP Autonomy’s multichannel solutionDownload Now sponsored item Top Stories Who Leads in Multichannel Campaign Management? The Key to Analytics for the Masses Cisco Launches Knowledge Sharing and Learning Platform Why Your Boss Should Buy Your Next Watch The Digital Revolution Is Cultural, Not Technological Editor’s Picks Jane Maas: We Never Drank Before Noon The Latest Reality on Augmented Reality Windows 10’s New Mail: Is It Outlook or Isn’t It? Keep Your Head Above the Email Floodwaters The Surprising Scarcity of IT Security TalentAround the Web With Amazon Atop the Cloud, Big Tech Rivals Are Giving Chase Nasdaq hits 15-year high, propelled by Amazon, Microsoft The Changing Faces of Tech Exuberance What Is It Like Building the Fastest $2 Billion Startup in History? At $17.3 Billion, Google’s Quarterly Revenue Rose 12 Percent Featured Events (all events | post your event) April 27 — intra.NET Reloaded Berlin 2015 April 27 — Webinar: Chasing Engagement - Data-Driven Marketing April 28 — Webinar: How to Create Content for Human Beings April 29 — Webinar: Making Sense of the Collaboration Tool Landscape May 7 — Webinar: Why a Killer Website Starts with a Great CMS Featured Research  Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce The Forrester Wave™ featuring B2B Commerce Suites Four Keys of Customer-Centric Organizations SiriusDecisions Research Brief: Web Content Management Key Trends Building A Better Digital Workplace: Empower and Motivate Your Employees Through Technology Follow us on Twitter Join free newsletter View upcoming events Find a new job
  • It's a Sync and Share World
    Show me a company that doesn’t provide a way for its knowledge workers to share and collaborate on documents via their mobile devices and in the cloud, and I’ll show you a company that has a big problem. And the problem is bigger than a bunch of bright employees who are supposed to be doing their jobs with their hands tied behind their backs and an anchor attached to their feet. Why? Because they are lobbing documents into the heavens anyway. That’s bad for your company and bad for your job, Mr. CIO. But with as much marketing material as we see about Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) solutions that have been built to address the aforementioned issue, the reality is that fewer than ten percent of companies have them in place. And while some managers might argue that they lack the security and other features that their current way of doing business provides, it’s an argument that loses more and more validity each and every day. EFSS vendors are constantly making big moves to let IT managers sleep at night and to keep end users happy. Here are some examples that think are worth spotlighting this week. Read full story... Follow us on Twitter Join free newsletter View upcoming events Find a new job
  • Gild: We Can Help You Hire While You Sleep
    According to a recent Aberdeen report, 94 percent of company leaders say that effective hiring is key to helping them achieve their business objectives. While this may be stating the obvious, companies are still relying on older technologies that don’t provide the automation and intelligence needed to reach those hard-to-find dream candidates, the report continued. Gild, which just released its new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) smart hiring platform, hopes to change all that. “Businesses need to become more strategic in doing more high-touch, human tasks,” said Robert Carroll, senior vice president of marketing at Gild. “Our platform uses machine learning and automation to make the entire hiring process, from finding a candidate to hiring, more efficient.” Read full story... Follow us on Twitter Join free newsletter View upcoming events Find a new job
  • There's Gold On Them Thar Wrists
    It's been a long wait since September, but Apple Watch launch day is finally upon us—and Apple has brought some 3,000 apps to the party, according to the best estimates. At the time of writing, WatchAware is showing 2,436.Too bad most of them are doomed to obscurity.The Gold Rush Is OnDevelopers are falling over themselves to announce Apple Watch support, and who can blame them? This is the biggest gadget launch of the year, and there's no shortage of apps hoping to ride along on the hype.Apple has singled out apps by Instagram, Yelp, The New York Times and Twitter as particularly worthy of attention. Others so anointed include Citymapper, weather forecasting app Dark Sky and Mint, the personal finance tracker.Then there are the apps shown off by Apple on stage in September and March: The American Airlines app for getting through the airport terminal more efficiently, and the Starwood Hotels app for unlocking your hotel room door with a swipe of your wrist.Media outlets have been equally keen to push their lists of must-have Apple Watch apps that should be installed as soon as the wearable is unwrapped. It's quite a contrast to the launch of the iPhone, which of course had no third-party app support to begin with.Fool's Gold2,000+ apps and growing.Irrespective of how many units it actually sells, the Apple Watch is generating a huge amount of interest—and it makes sense for developers to try and tap into that. It's a ticket into the biggest tech party of the year.But at the same time it's important to temper expectations about just how many of these apps are going to gain traction on the wrist, where screen size and attention span is more limited than ever before.Smartphone app development can rake in millions with the right formula, but life on the long tail of that success is less appealing. If anything, there are going to be fewer winners on wearables, not more.While developers rush to get their apps updated to take advantage of the new smartwatch, not every app suits a 1.5-inch display. Get the mix wrong, and users might actually end up spending less time with an app because of its Apple Watch extension.Once the initial rush for Watch compatibility dies down, and Apple opens up the field to standalone apps that can run independently on the wearable, we'll get a much better idea of who has found the right balance and who hasn't. The winners in the wearable app rush will be the ones that offer the most usefulness, not those that got there first.Lead photo manipulated by Brian Rubin for ReadWrite; other images courtesy of Apple and WatchAware
  • Wake Up! Your Businesses Needs A New Business Model
    Every so often you find a “wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee-people” report. Gartner’s recently released 2015 CEO Survey: Committing to Digital is one such piece of research. The wake-up call here is for CEOs who think they’re ready for digital business. Based on this research, it seems most are not. Fixing this, according to Mark Raskino, research vice president at Gartner, will require substantial investment in the business itself. But that’s not all. What is really requires is a change in the way business is done. Read full story... Follow us on Twitter Join free newsletter View upcoming events Find a new job
  • Apple May Be Lowering The Boom On Pebble Apps
    Apple doesn’t cotton well to competitors setting up shop in its App Store, and now Pebble might be starting to feel the heat. An app developer said that Apple rejected an update to his Pebble-compatible app on Thursday because he dared mention "Pebble" in the app's metadata.It's possibly a dire harbinger for Pebble, which to date has managed to co-exist peacefully with Apple in its App Store. Now that the Apple Watch is making its way into the hands of consumers, though, that détente may be over.No Pebbles AllowedThe developer, who goes by the name Steve, posted his frustrations to the Pebble developer forums. He said the App Store rejected his latest update for SeaNav US—a Pebble and Apple Watch compatible app for plotting boat routes—for mentioning Pebble in the update’s metadata.(I've reached out to Steve for comment, and will update if he gets back to me.)The rejection notice cited a four-year-old rule from Apple's developer guidelines that states: “Apps or metadata that mentions the name of any other mobile platform will be rejected.” SeaNav US’s rejection specifically reads, in part:We noticed that your app or its metadata contains irrelevant platform information in the app. Providing future platform compatibility plans, or other platform references, is not appropriate for the App Store.Specifically, your app and app description declare support for the Pebble Smartwatch.SeaNav US, however, has offered Pebble support on the App Store for the last two years. It’s telling, and not a little ominous, that Apple decided to reject an app that mentions Pebble support on the eve of the Apple Watch’s launch. As it turns out, Steve said he'd uploaded the update to the App Store explicitly to add support for the Apple Watch.How long until Apple rejects other apps that support the Pebble?Additionally, as other forum users point out, Pebble isn’t a mobile platform at all. It's more of an accessory, like any number of fitness trackers. (Not that Apple views all fitness trackers with equanimity, as Fitbit learned last year when Apple tossed the device out of its retail stores.) The Apple Watch launch—or, perhaps, just the in-app mention of it in close proximity to its rival Pebble—might have focused Apple's attention on Pebble-related apps it had previously allowed through benign neglect.Apple support responded to Steve’s appeal by suggesting he remove mention of Pebble from the app’s metadata. That, of course, would prevent App Store users from knowing that SeaNav US supports Pebble—which is presumably the point.Skipping The PebbleIt can be dangerous to extrapolate from a single incident, especially since individual App Store reviewers aren't always reliable indicators of Apple corporate policy. If this rejection stands, though, you have to wonder just how long Apple is going to tolerate other Pebble-compatible apps—much less the main Pebble app itself—in the App Store.Such a development would also seem to put the kibosh on any potential Apple-Google cooperation in smartwatches, however far-fetched it might have seemed. There have been several indications over the past few months that Google is developing an iOS version of its Android Wear app. But if Pebble can't maintain its beachhead in the App Store, you probably shouldn't count on pairing an Android smartwatch with your iPhone any time soon.Lead photo by hurk; Pebble image courtesy of Pebble


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