Author: Nizar Lavji

Enterprise Collaboration Market Slated for Huge Growth: Are You Ready?

The enterprise collaboration market is rapidly moving. Only months ago at Gartner’s Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit—a coalition of top analysts, CIOs and other IT execs—the focus was on collaboration and how it will continue to be a competitive differentiator for organizations. Now, a new report from Research and Markets slates the global enterprise collaboration market to grow at a CAGR of 9.4 percent from 2014 to2019.   Top trends fueling this market growth, according to the report, include the continued adoption of smartphones and other connected devices, as well as mobile apps that are being created and leveraged...

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SharePoint Ranked No. 1 for Enterprise Collaboration—So Why is There a Gap Between IT and Business Users?

As a full IT resource that creates intranet portals for better enterprise communication and collaboration, we at AAJ are pretty big fans of Microsoft’s SharePoint and just how much it can augment business processes. So, we can’t say we were too surprised to see that SharePoint/Office 365 was ranked as today’s leading enterprise collaboration platform among both business and IT respondents recently polled by Harmon.ie. While we applaud SharePoint being named the undisputed leading platform for enterprise collaboration, we were dismayed by some other findings regarding the state of IT and business user collaboration revealed in the research firm’s...

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Do I Really Need an Intranet Portal?

Considering investing in an intranet portal for your company? For those unfamiliar with the term, an intranet portal is a gateway accessible only to employees, providing internal teams with access to the information, data and applications they need to get their jobs done more efficiently and resourcefully. For example: Marketing can tap into digital editorial assets—eBooks, infographics, white papers—or SEO tools to shape a new campaign. Sales can leverage presentation docs for team training, or proposals and price sheets for closing deals. Management can access executive summaries, statistics and data on strategic accounts. An intranet portal provides employees with...

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Gartner: In This Era of ‘New Collaboration,’ Either Adapt or Die

Earlier this year, analysts, CIOs and other IT execs gathered at Gartner’s Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit where it was stressed that IT must embrace mobile apps and that “new collaboration is going to be a differentiating factor for the competitiveness [of companies] going forward.” Looking to up the ante when it comes to the way your company collaborates? You should be. To do so, you’ll want to check out the key findings from this year’s gathering of IT pros: Enterprise collaboration should replicate personal collaboration: We utilize tools in our personal lives that allow us to seamlessly and...

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Four Tips for Crafting the Perfect Enterprise Collaboration Pitch

IT leaders are entrusted with the not-so-easy job of allocating spend on IT investments that will only yield high return on investment (ROI). With greater pressure from upper management for high ROI, IT execs and decision makers must bring every new idea to the table with full confidence. As we approach the new year, you may be considering sharpening your company’s 2015 collaboration strategy to achieve a number of competitive advantages such as improved content, knowledge, and project or workflow management. If so, you must prepare a targeted pitch explaining to your C-suite why you believe your organization’s coveted...

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Knowledge Drains in IT Firms

by Monty Islam The importance of an organizations’ knowledge sharing has been well documented. Research literature claims that in competitive environments, knowledge is the key economic resource and major source of competitive advantage of the firm. Knowledge adds value to the organization; therefore, knowledge is viewed as an asset which IT consulting firms need to manage. Furthermore, the mastery of IT consulting often depends on interactions with fellow consultants for their experience and expertise – tapping into their knowledge. Literature also points out that knowledge management (KM) ultimately depends upon people, and individual-level antecedents and personality traits said to...

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