Bill Pray

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Acquisitions: Pain in Compromise

by Bill Pray  |  August 11, 2011  |  Comments Off

While discussing email upgrade planning with some very sharp folks in a large, global enterprise this week, one of the strategists noted: “With acquisitions, there is pain in compromise.” He was explaining some of the difficulties in moving to an enterprise-wide email system given that the enterprise had been growing with several acquisitions, many of [...]

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Search Warrants for E-mail

by Bill Pray  |  January 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

The roiled waters of legal precedence for e-mail were stirred again with the Sixth Court of Appeals recently ruling that police must obtain a search warrant before accessing e-mail stored by an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Below are some interesting quotes from the opinion issued by the court (http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/10a0377p-06.pdf): “Warshak enjoyed a reasonable expectation of [...]

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After Two Years, Cisco Disappoints

by Bill Pray  |  December 14, 2010  |  2 Comments

It has been a little over two years since the acquisition of PostPath and Jabber by Cisco, with not much to show. When Cisco acquired PostPath, I blogged about how it will not be easy for Cisco and that they have to answer the questions of why and how for enterprises: Another 800 LB Gorilla [...]

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E-mail Systems Management Field Research

by Bill Pray  |  November 9, 2010  |  Comments Off

The interviews are complete and the data is consolidated. As part of my research endeavors, over the last couple of months I have been interviewing organizations about how they are handling their e-mail systems management. The results have been interesting and now the work of creating the research reports begins. I would like to thank [...]

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Separating Calendar from E-mail

by Bill Pray  |  October 12, 2010  |  3 Comments

While interviewing a senior IT architect at a large firm a few weeks ago for my research project on e-mail systems management, I gleaned an interesting insight into how they have been successful in using an alternative e-mail solution (other than on-premises IBM Lotus Notes or Microsoft Exchange). They disconnected calendaring from e-mail culturally, socially, [...]

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Exchange 2010 Multi-Tenancy Not for Everyone

by Bill Pray  |  September 10, 2010  |  Comments Off

It always pays to read the fine print – or the documentation. I recently have spoken with several organizations about their desire to implement the multi-tenancy features of Exchange 2010 so they can create their own private cloud, software-as-a-service offering. This is attractive to organizations looking to setup chargeback models and who have some requirements [...]

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The Amazing SaaS E-mail Race Update: IBM Achieves Multi-Tenancy

by Bill Pray  |  August 12, 2010  |  Comments Off

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) e-mail continues to be a hot topic for me when I talk with various enterprises, both in terms of viability and market players. Enterprises are seeking to strategically leverage SaaS e-mail to reduce costs and management for e-mail services. This week, IBM improved it’s ability to compete in what I call “The Amazing [...]

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Google Wave – Not an E-mail Replacement

by Bill Pray  |  August 5, 2010  |  Comments Off

“RIP Google Wave” is the headline from CNN today, with the first line of the article stating “Google’s attempt to reinvent e-mail has fizzled.” And, therein lies the problem. Had that idea not been part of the core from the start, Wave might have had a chance. Conceptually I like Google Wave, however the approach [...]

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