Tag Archives: cloud

CIO / CEO: Evaluate Cloud SaaS email & collaboration and get a head start

There´s a lost of fuzz about cloud / SaaS based email and collaboration solution, fixed costs and less worries attracts many CIOs / CEOs. Before you read tons of literature and listen to sales people from Microsoft, Google and IBM; try the experience for free and get a head start!

Click here to create a free demo account and try out the solutions, this makes is so much easier to compare!

Here are links to the most popular cloud (SaaS) based email and collaboration suites:

IBM Lotus Live

Goggle Apps

Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS)

Hosted UC (Saas / Cloud) needs a clear strategy / business case / Governance model

Art Rosenberg published an excellent article on Hosted “All-in-One” IP Telephony Platform Supports UC Services for Both Enterprise Users and Customers at Unified Communication Strategies.

Great article! It seems as Art has adapted to Bern Elliot´s (Gartner) view on CEPB, I like this concept! Still I think additional time is required before CEBP (Communication Enabled Business Processes hits the top of the Hype Cycle. CEBP may be a reality for call center intense business but otherwise there´s a long way to go. Hosted Services is the way to go for many companies but the obstacles to overcome is in my point of view, are not related to technology.

The real challenge for many companies is the governance model; telephony and IT blend and there are few System Owners/Consultants/CEOs with competence in both areas. It´s one thing to implement a solution, but adapting the solution to the business processes is more difficult. UC consultant with business skills will have great customer cases. Buying hosted UC as a cloud service (SaaS) will require the same perspective as for other hosted services.

Build a governance model fit for handling hosted UC before making the investments – even more important; build a strong business case that´s firmly connected to your companies’ business goal and strategies.

Going fast into hosted UC can be really expensive if you´re unaware of the obstacles in your path. Good luck!

Windows Phone 7 Series – will drive deeper telco and UC vendor integration?

Microsoft has finally announced Windows 7 Phone Series, here´s the official launch site http://bit.ly/9qirh8

This is good news for Microsoft employees and my old colleagues @Avande, why you may ask? Well they won´t have to sneak with their unsupported iPhone´s if they can get a good user experience and functionality in a Windows Phone 7 device.  It´s my opinion that the actual device is getting less important, the phone operating system and even more the App Store / Market Place is of more importance. HTC can forget buiding their own user interface, this is on Microsoft´s table. HTC and all the other manufacurers will build hardware based on Microsoft´s spec.

I can´t wait to see the new Office Communicator client for Windows 7 Phone Series, will it ship with Office Communications Server 2010 (a.k.a. Wave 14). I hope that UClarity will be able to demo this soon!

When will Telia Sonera / Tre / Telenor ship business phones with Windows Phone 7? I hope that the level of mobile service integration between telco´s and UC vendors can take a leap forward with new innovative OS.

This is a picture of the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace:

Windows 7 Phone includes XBOX Live and Experience. In my ears, this sounds like a flirt with the trend of incorperating consumer “look and feel” into professional devices. The design of the OS is very clean and navigation is done in a smooth way, a team from Nike has moved to Microsoft and this is the result:

A few other images:

What happend with Windows Movile 6.5? It´s in the thrashcan,