Team Collaboration

October 01, 2019 Slack’s Outages Cost $8.2M in Service Credits, Erodes Customer Trust

Slack's first earnings release as a publicly-traded company beat expectations on revenue and growth projections. However, a significant outage of the service in July may have put some Slack users back on their heels.

September 27, 2019 Cisco’s Shares Fall Nearly 16% in August

Cisco’s shares fell nearly 16% in August. However, the broader context is that Cisco’s poor stock performance might be due to external circumstances.

September 17, 2019 Slack and Zoom Increasing in Popularity With Office 365-Subscribed Organizations

A new Otka report found that both Slack and Zoom are increasing in popularity with organizations who have Office 365 licenses, despite their having access to Microsoft Teams.

August 22, 2019 Microsoft and AT&T Announced a $2B Deal to Run Azure and Office 365

Microsoft has announced that it has beat Amazon Web Services to contract with a very well-known telecommunication brand, AT&T, with significant data storage and services for its more than 250,000 staff. This multi-year deal is worth $2B.

August 21, 2019 Qubie 2.0 Released for Microsoft Teams

Questback has released their Qubie 2.0 team performance app for Microsoft Teams.

August 21, 2019 Raises $150 Million raises $150 million in a series D funding round, and is now valued at $1.9 billion in the team collaboration marketplace.

August 20, 2019 Microsoft Retiring Skype for Business Online in 2021

Microsoft has announced that Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021.

August 19, 2019 Interview: Josh Lee, CEO of Swit

In this note, I interview CEO Josh Lee of Swit. Areas covered include: why Swit fills a gap in the marketplace, Swit’s competitive advantages, Swit’s security governance, and Swit’s contrast with Office 365.

August 14, 2019 Global Unified Communications Market to Be Worth $167.1 Billion by 2025

The global unified communications market will have an anticipated worth of US$167.1 billion by 2025.

August 08, 2019 How Skype Could Ruin Microsoft’s Messaging Cannibalization Plans

Microsoft Corp’s planned cannibalization of Skype for Business by Microsoft Teams looks to be going as designed, but one threat from Slack is still lurking to steal some users.

July 23, 2019 Start-up Swit Raises $6 Million in Seed Funding

Swit raises $6 million in additional seed funding to support its rapid growth in the team collaboration app market.

July 23, 2019 Swit – Who Are They and What’s Next?

This brief provides a snapshot of start-up Swit, a team collaboration suite.

July 22, 2019 People Are Dismissing Slack and Settling for Microsoft Teams

A report from ETR shows that Slack adoption is declining among Large Enterprises, while Teams is gaining market share. SoftwareReviews data suggests that this will be a mistake for the end user.

July 18, 2019 Dueling Updates – WebEx Teams vs. Microsoft Teams

Both Microsoft Teams and Cisco WebEx Teams released updates at the end of June. Microsoft’s most notable update changes the way Teams is deployed to some users, while WebEx Teams updates focus on feature parity with Microsoft and increased compatibility with Cisco hardware.

June 27, 2019 Atlassian Introduces Confluence Content Analytics With the Acquisition of Good Software

With the acquisition of Good Software, Atlassian is able to provide Confluence users with the ability to obtain analytics related to content.

April 15, 2019 Peripheral Podio

Podio, by Citrix, covers a large number of collaboration capabilities but seems more like a high power digital personal assistant rather an enabler of business interactions.

April 05, 2019 Microsoft Teams Twitches Its Way Towards Live Event Streaming

You can now run events in Microsoft Teams with up to 10,000 attendees. This feature reflects Microsoft’s commitment to merging Teams and Skype for Business.

March 26, 2019 Taking the Bore Out of Collaboration

For all its progress over the past fifteen years, collaboration tool vendors have been iterating on the same three elements: group chats, action items, and file archiving.

March 26, 2019 Trello – Mellow

Trello hits emotional high notes with a compelling project dashboard and intuitive design, but productivity is hindered by loaded graphics and an inadequate creation environment.

March 11, 2019 Microsoft Teams + Planner Makes for Product Management Light

Not every organization needs a full-blown product management solution. Microsoft Teams and Planner integrate seamlessly as a lightweight product management and development work management system all in one.

May 14, 2018 When Video Conferencing Won’t Save Money

Frequent employee travel can have a negative impact on the company’s bottom line as well as the employee’s well-being. When companies are looking to reduce travel costs they often investigate existing capabilities and turn up a number of legacy solutions that are obsolete and proprietary.