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OneDrive for Business Climbing the Ladder to Success?

Ok, I give up. A few weeks ago, I wrote about authors, presumably subject knowledgeable, that felt obligated to inform us in a slew of articles with their predictions for 2016. Enough already! Here is another one, but does have some interesting points. The article, Cloud, Data Security Remain Top Concerns Heading into 2016, written by David Weldon for Information Management, offered some highlights from an interview with Rajiv Gupta, CEO of SkyHigh Networks.

OneDrive for Business is in fourth place in the race to be first. According to Gupta, “OneDrive for Business will surge in the rankings as companies move to the cloud with Office 365,” Gupta predicts. “Companies have already shown confidence in Microsoft’s cloud platform as a system of record for sensitive information, uploading 1.37 TB per month with 17.4% of files containing sensitive data.” Additionally he said, ““There is still a huge growth opportunity, however: 87.3% of organizations have at least 100 employees using Office 365, but 93.2% of employees still use Microsoft on-premises solutions.” Microsoft has invested over one billion dollars on in security and continues to take security very seriously as a make or break situation. And it is, if you are in fourth place.

Microsoft is moving forward with OneDrive for Business, but if we look at the statistics, even without full participation of employees, the organization is opening big gaps in security. This is very to the point since most data exposures are generated by employees. Without some logical management of the content, and practicing due diligence to protect the organization from malicious or just absent minded employees, the organization can’t reap the benefits of ‘safe’ ubiquitous access. For more information on how OneDrive for Business information can be protected, please click here.

 

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Overturning 30 Years of Legacy Processes and Mindset. “That’s the way we’ve always done it’.

I’m all for change. I see organizations who are stuck in the past and activities and processes are based on ‘well that’s the way we’ve always done it.’ And forget suggesting changes, as that won’t fly either, and you hear ‘no, it won’t work that way because…’

According to Ojas Rege, vice president of strategy at MobileIron, in an article wrote, “Indeed, 2016 will be a challenging year for IT as mobile and cloud force CIOs to adopt a more agile model of information security, policy design, technology evaluation, and lifecycle management, This new approach overturns 30 years of legacy process and mindset but it can no longer be avoided. As a result, 2016 will be the first year of true transformation.” I think my jaw dropped about 10 inches when I read that. I don’t understand how 30 years of legacy process and mindset can be changed in one year. Think of it, this includes the organizational structure, culture, and all current processes. It’s not that I disagree with what he is saying, it’s only the time-frame.

The key to accomplish what Rege wants is to put technology behind the transformation. People are difficult to change, not even considering the 30 years of doing business the same way. The less impact on the staff the easier it is to accomplish the objective. To this, you need to turn to technology. For example, our technologies eliminate end user tagging by automatically generating conceptual metadata. Considering that 93% of organizations still use manual tagging that would be a radical technology change, but easy to swallow as it makes the end users job easier, and the company incurs less errors.

Talk about agile. Is your organization changing your current information model? What was the impetus? Will this happen in a year?

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Are you jumping on the Microsoft Add-in Bandwagon?

I sometimes do not agree with Microsoft decisions, but add-ins can truly add value both from a technical perspective as well as a business one. As a Microsoft marketing approach promoting the development of add-ins to boost its ecosystem of third party applications and services available in Office 365 and SharePoint Online would expect to gain new customers. Add-ins form an important component of Microsoft’s plans for Office, especially as the company faces increased competition from startups and large companies alike. Allowing users to access other tools and applications from within Office 365, SharePoint, and SharePoint Online enhances the utility of both Microsoft’s software and that of the third parties’ contributing add-ins.

We have recently made available our two key SharePoint products, conceptClassifier for SharePoint and conceptClassifier for Office 365, as add-ins. I am anxious to get some feedback from organizations evaluating the products. To me, I can’t see why an organization wouldn’t take the add-in approach. The benefits seem to weigh more on the technical side – eliminate workload on SharePoint servers, increased performance, doesn’t require SharePoint expertise, less configuration, does not require user credentials to be defined, and they are portable. Those all translate to business benefits too.

Interested in the capabilities of the add-ins? Watch ‘Why use Add-ins in SharePoint and SharePoint Online? Demo On Demand‘, or access the webinar ‘Why use Add-ins with SharePoint and SharePoint Online?’.

What do you think of add-ins? Would you consider an enterprise add-in? What do you think the downside is?

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Fact or Truth or Fiction or Opinion?

You know, I love all the mind readers who predict what is going to happen in the next year. I appreciate their comments but only time will tell. I bet I won’t see postings about – ‘oops, I was wrong on that one’ rolling around the next year.

Close to that subject, I am beginning to doubt the sanity of anyone who relies on predictions and statistics (including myself). I recently read an article about the predictions for growth of IoT with the subject that monetary value associated with future growth were way off base and could never be achieved, despite analysts and journalists assumptions. I found this irritating. As an off again, on again writer, I do use statistics, and if I don’t state the source I get emails, sometimes rather nasty, on who said what I quoted. On the opposite side of the same coin, what is written (I should say stated) is often just plain wrong. Yet, people believe if you have a reliable source, well then it must be correct.

It comes down to fact and truth. Facts are not discovered, facts are not created, facts are simply acknowledged. Truth on the other hand, is almost the opposite. Truths are those things that are not simply acknowledged, but must be discovered, or created. So there’s the dilemma, people want to read the quotes, and requote them, but they are using quotes that either you or I could have just made up. That doesn’t seem to matter. They will call them true or factual, but don’t draw the distinctive line in the sand what they are exactly as the two words mean different things. I find this perplexing, but I can only attribute it to human nature, that people will believe what they want to believe.

I won’t even get into opinion and just plain ole’ fiction. Does the use of quotes, statistics, predictions, sway what you think? Is an article more believable because it has quotes? My view, unfortunately it is. It doesn’t matter if it is a fact or a truth. What do you think?

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Throw away the to-do list. Have a great holiday!

I just wanted to say thank you all for your comments and valuable information that you so freely share. Although I do get somewhat irked when I unintentionally hit a raw nerve and I am bombarded with criticisms (um..comments). Being in technology, some like me a long time, it never fails to interest me.

We are building a future that will amaze and improve how future generations work, play, and live. That’s exciting. It may often seem humdrum but success is only achieved one step at a time.

I hope all of you have a great holiday! Throw away the to-do list and enjoy the world, your family, and your friends. See ya’all next year.

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