collaboration

  • Enterprise social comes roaring back

    Enterprise social comes roaring back

    You’ll be forgiven if you missed it, but lost in the avalanche of this year’s tech news, enterprise social software made an impressive comeback. Led by products like Slack, Workplace by Facebook and Microsoft Teams, a software category that had been languishing for the last several years, suddenly came alive. A decade ago, as social software emerged, it was coined Enterprise 2.0… Read More

  • Software is due for a bundling event Crunch Network

    Software is due for a bundling event

    We are approaching a new phase of enterprise software, where every niche of Software-as-a-Service has been filled and cloud companies are being consolidated into larger companies. Markets have a tendency to cycle from bundling to unbundling, and software is due for a bundling event. Read More

  • Giving corporate innovation a jolt Crunch Network

    Giving corporate innovation a jolt

    Today’s competitive business world demands innovation. Corporations need to innovate to inspire, compete and survive. However, the burden of innovation has largely rested on startups. Large corporations and established businesses are expected to out-think their rivals, but more often we see that they rely on minor product updates or acquisitions in place of home-grown innovation. Read More

  • Microsoft Teams feels like déjà vu all over again

    Microsoft Teams feels like déjà vu all over again

    Microsoft introduced Microsoft Teams today to much fanfare and hoopla — as only Microsoft can seem to do these days. But when you take a close look at today’s announcement, what have you really got here — a 10-year-old idea on how to communicate and collaborate in the enterprise with a distinctly Microsoft twist. As I wrote previously about Slack and more recently Workplace… Read More

  • Cisco strengthens Spark meetings management with Worklife acquisition

    Cisco strengthens Spark meetings management with Worklife acquisition

    Cisco announced today that it was acquiring Worklife, a member of the  Y Combinator winter 2015 class, for an undisclosed sum. Worklife was founded with the idea of improving online meetings, something that Cisco has been working on for years. It of course owns WebEx and has been trying to enhance that experience in recent years with Cisco Spark. Cisco intends to add the Worklife team to… Read More

  • Atlassian keeps one foot in the data center and one in the cloud with new products

    Atlassian keeps one foot in the data center and one in the cloud with new products

    Atlassian wants the best of both the cloud and data center worlds, and it announced at the Atlassian Summit today that it was expanding its data center-cloud strategy with new products. At a time when companies are shifting their business to the cloud, it may seem like an odd approach to offer both cloud and on-prem products, but Atlassian sees it as hedging its bets in a world that remains… Read More

  • Salesforce took a horizontal turn when it bought Quip

    Salesforce took a horizontal turn when it bought Quip

    When Salesforce purchased Quip last summer for $750 million, it seemed at face value to be an unusual acquisition for the cloud CRM company — Salesforce tends to concentrate on more vertical targets. In fact, at a press conference this week at Dreamforce, Salesforce president, vice chairman and COO Keith Block — yes, he has all those titles — said when asked about the… Read More

  • Frame.io raises a $10M Series A with Jared Leto and Kevin Spacey as investors

    Frame.io raises a $10M Series A with Jared Leto and Kevin Spacey as investors

    Cloud-based collaboration tool Frame.io has raised $10M in Series A funding led by Accel, with participation from SignalFire, FirstMark Capital, and Shasta Ventures. Actor Jared Leto, who was a seed investor in the company, has also invested in the Series A as well as actor Kevin Spacey. Frame.io is a collaboration tool for video creators and compares themselves to a InVision or Github… Read More

  • After more than a decade, the fire still burns for Box CEO Aaron Levie

    After more than a decade, the fire still burns for Box CEO Aaron Levie

    Box CEO Aaron Levie has been at it for more than a decade. For a guy barely past 30, that means it’s all he’s done professionally for his entire adult life. You could forgive him if he were thinking about another challenge, but even after all this time, the fire still clearly burns for Levie. When I asked him about possibly getting bored in an in-person interview this week at… Read More

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