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Microsoft’s Interesting Migration Approach

We all know that eventually, unless a miracle occurs, Microsoft will continue to push Office 365 until every organization, large and small will be using it. I just read an excellent article by Joe Shepley, published in CMS Wire. Anyone thinking about moving to Office 365 should read it. The name of the article is ‘Office 365 is a Disaster Waiting to Happen’. I don’t think that’s strong enough.

According to Mr. Shepley, “Microsoft is in the midst of a full court press to get organizations on Office 365, especially moving share drive content to Office 365. As part of this, it’s doing quick hit, fixed fee projects to migrate shared drive content to Office 365 — whether a simple cut and paste to OneDrive or a slightly more advanced lift and shift to SharePoint.” He continued, “moving terabytes or petabytes of shared drive content to O365 in the way that Microsoft appears to be doing will increase the risks associated with e-discovery, records management and information security because it makes it harder (or impossible) for firms to comply with regulations, industry standards, etc., relating to these domains.”

What’s the problem? The problem is most organizations will be moving ‘garbage’ from one repository to another. There are security risks, compliance risks, records management risks, and the list goes on. Most organizations do not manage their content. Some analysts say that up to 69% of information can and should be deleted. And then there is the problem with dark data that lurks in the background perhaps providing value, or containing risk. Migrating to Office 365 presents a significant opportunity for organizations to tackle and solve the issues surrounding unstructured information management. This may significantly slow the migration to Office 365, but the business benefits far outweigh the Microsoft tactic.

I still think Microsoft is not providing value to clients and in many cases will leave them with an even bigger mess than when they started. However, I do agree with the article, is that it is not Microsoft’s responsibility for the content – it is the organization’s. They need to clean up the content, addressing all of the risks mentioned above before moving to Office 365. I would highly recommend that organizations evaluate and purchase a tool, such as ours, to aid in the clean-up and solve the content organization problem.

I’d tell Microsoft to wait for the money. They can put it in the forecast for next quarter. What do you think?

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Big Brother really is watching you! Office 365 Delve

Under the name ‘Organizational Analytics’ the new version of Delve, available later this year, will include a dashboard view which will track your own work performance and compare it to the company average. Although Microsoft sees this as a valuable tool, one would question if it is an effective management tool or will upset the proverbial end user apple cart. This actually bothers me a bit. I realize that there are those who are diligent workers and then there are the slackers. Now we will all be tracked on exactly what we are doing, ‘oh-oh you went to too many meetings, you’re answering too many emails, the whole department is performing better than you’, I think you get the picture.

Another new feature, termed a productivity tool, Delve has also added a new profile page for users to specify their contact information, whom you report to, who reports to you, and, a personal blog page that enables the user to embed videos, documents and images. It also includes a Praise page where the user can list personal accolades, customer sales, contracts, whatever they wish to share with colleagues. Hmm, what will the Organizational Analytics think of my time spent building my blog of ‘atta boys’.

The above ‘tools’ go hand-in-hand with Microsoft’s new infographic, which I thought was just very tasteless. If you haven’t seen it yet, ‘This terrifying Microsoft ad suggests you’re not working hard enough in the bathroom‘ infographic, which has gone viral. I thought it was a huge marketing mistake, but am rethinking the assumption that it really wasn’t a mistake at all. What do you think?

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Challenges in Adopting Cloud? Will it stop you from taking the leap?

According to Microsoft we will all be using Office 365 sooner or later. Not so says KPMG. 53% of enterprise executives say that data loss and privacy, risk of intellectual property theft (50%) and the impact on their IT organization (49%) are their top three challenges in adopting cloud computing. Compared to the 2012 survey, security and data privacy are now more important to enterprises than cost efficiency.

The following graphic provides an overview of the most challenging areas enterprises face when adopting cloud-based applications and platforms as part of their business strategies.

Let me know if you are in the cloud, regardless of product. Do you still have concerns about security? Will this factor decide if you use cloud technologies or not?

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Well, there you have it – IDC’s 10 predictions for emerging technologies in 2015

Now, who didn’t know it would be cloud centered? In the article, IDC’s 10 predictions for emerging technologies in 2015, authored by Frank Gens, he refers to the ‘third platform’. Sounds rather ominous. But it isn’t. The third platform, was defined by IDC in 2007, and according to IDC is in a key phase of development. Historically, as outlined in the article there have been three waves of computing. First, the mainframes and terminals, secondly, PC’s, networking, relational databases, and client services apps.

Now it gets interesting. The third platform is our current state, built around cloud computing, social applications, big data, and mobile computing. IDC has predicted that the third platform will continue to evolve and grow for the next twenty years. This will be attributed to a community of developers and a wave of core technologies (e.g. Innovation Accelerators). These accelerators include:

  • The Internet of Things
  • Cognitive systems
  • Pervasive robotics
  • 3-D printing of all kinds
  • Natural interfaces
  • Optimized security technologies and solutions

Now to the list. Not as exciting as the accelerators:

  • Information and Communications Technology Spending
  • Wireless Data
  • Mobile Development
  • Cloud Services
  • Data and Analytics
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Data Centers
  • Industry Disruption
  • IoT security

I guess we will just have to wait to see if all these predictions come true. What do you think of the ‘third platform’? Does anything on the list surprise you? I personally think the Innovation Accelerators sound pretty amazing.

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