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Facebook lacks enterprise cred needed for collaboration play, competitors claim

Facebook for Work is still in the works, but competitors were quick to criticise the social media giant for its relative lack of experience in the enterprise

As Facebook announced the limited launch of Facebook for Work, the company’s attempt to pivot into the cloud-based enterprise collaboration space, competitors were quick to criticise the social media giant for its lack of experience in the enterprise.

Huddle CEO: Cloud storage is commodity, it’s all about collaboration

Alastair Mitchell and Andy McLoughlin, founders of Huddle

Cloud-based collaboration provider Huddle has raised $51m in its latest round of funding led by Zouk Capital, which the company said would be used to double down on developing analytics and mobile capabilities for its flagship offering.

Box buys medical image collaboration provider MedXT

The acquisition suggests Box is serious about deep vertical integration

Box has acquired MedXT, a pioneer in cloud-based medical image viewing, sharing and collaboration, for an undisclosed sum. According to Box founder and chief executive officer Aaron Levie the acquisition will help the company make strong inroads into the healthcare sector.

Enterprise cloud storage struggling against consumer-focused offerings, Ovum claims

Enterprise-focused cloud storage and collaboration vendors are struggling to overtake consumer focused offerings in the enterprise

Although the number of enterprise-focused players entering the cloud storage marketing seems to be growing each month, recently published research suggests consumer offerings still account for the bulk of the solutions used in businesses today. Of employees using file sync and share tools at work, 89 per cent are using consumer products and just 9 per cent of those using these services claim to be satisfied with the commercial, enterprise-focused offerings given to them by their corporate IT department, according to Ovum.

Is your office ready for flexible working?

Flexible working legislation in the UK will change how many businesses work, and prompt many to adopt cloud-based solutions

As of Monday, June 30th, employees in the UK with over 26 week’s service are eligible to request flexible working hours. This legislation, which previously only applied to working parents, now allows more employees to work weekends, evenings, or even set up their office from home. But what does this change mean for businesses, and is your technology up to scratch to support this new legislation?

GE deploys Box for 300,000 employees

GE will be deploying Box for its 300,000 employees spread across 170 countries

General Electric said Thursday that the company has selected Box as its cloud content collaboration platform, planning to deploy the service across its global organisation which includes 300,000 employees spread across 170 countries.

Workshare appoints former RBS executive Annette Court to board

Annette Court, non-executive director at Workshare

File collaboration and storage provider Workshare announced Monday that the company has appointed former CEO of RBS Insurance Annett Court to the board as a non-executive director in a bid to provide new strategic direction for the company’s global growth.

T-Systems consolidates cloud services on single platform

T-Systems said standardising all of its cloud services on one cloud platform will improve security, flexibility and automation

T-Systems, the IT service provider arm of German telco Deutsche Telekom announced this week that the company plans to integrate all of its cloud services onto a new unified, fully-redundant cloud infrastructure platform. The company says its standardisation efforts will help increase the automation and flexibility of its services, and allow enterprises to implement more robust data residency and data privacy policies.

BT, Cisco partner on cloud-based voice and collaboration

BT and Cisco are extending its unified communications partnership to deploy cloud collaboration services

UK telco BT announced a partnership with networking giant Cisco Wednesday that will see the two companies jointly deploy a cloud-based voice and video collaboration platform called One Cloud Cisco. The companies say the new platform will help position them to take advantage of recent trends in flexible working.

SMB IT withholding cloud collaboration tools signals missed opportunity

Sharp's "Generation Cloud" study highlights the growing divide between employee preferences and what their IT departments will provide for online collaboration

Are SMBs failing a new generation of mobile workers? A new study surveying over 1,500 SMB office workers across Europe suggests that while enterprise employees are driving the shift towards the mobile workplace, the cloud-based tools that could potentially enhance mobile productivity are still actively banned by IT departments. Peter Plested, director of European solutions at Sharp Europe says the results suggest vendors haven’t been able to effectively allay businesses’ (reasonable) concerns over the cost, security and complexity of these solutions.

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