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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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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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Have You Named Your VPA’s Yet?

Rumor has it that the personal cloud and the digital workplace will, in the very near future, blend together to provide one source of information and applications, all from one tiny device. According to Gartner, “by 2018, 25 percent of large organizations will have an explicit strategy to make their corporate computing environment similar to a consumer computing experience.” For those who can also see the big picture, this presents some not so unique business problems – namely security, potential rise of data breaches, and inadvertent exposure of confidential information.

Who, or should I say what is going to pull all this together? The Virtual Personal Assistance (VPA) of course. I prefer to tell mine to shut-up unless it is giving me directions, but I’m not a power user. The VPA is supposed to provide pervasive support for both the users’ personal clouds as well as enterprise information. I suppose since Apple, Google, and Microsoft have jumped on the real and potential capabilities of the VPA who am I to say they are wrong?

Let’s get back to security again. Gartner sees the future as multiple VPA’s catering to my every whim. One for personal data, one for work, potentially one for teams or groups, and who knows what else. This approach is to provide IT some control over the enterprise or business VPA, yet allow the personal VPA to co-exist while preventing access to corporate information. What if one of my VPA’s spills the beans to one of my other VPA’s? Who is responsible, me or the VPA? An additional problem that has already come to pass, is the enormous amount of personal information, applications, and non business related data that is flowing freely in the enterprise Internet cloud, most of which, IT doesn’t even know that it exists.

I suppose I find some of this silly, but then I would never describe myself as a visionary. I will try to eagerly await the arrival of my VPA’s. I have already started thinking of names.

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