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Calendaring is Broke

by Bill Pray  |  March 21, 2011  |  Comments Off

I have asserted that calendaring is broke in previous blogs: Separating Calendar from E-mail A Novel Idea from Dilbert Calendars: A Personal Tool in an Enterprise World Time is Money Email is tightly integrated with calendar. However, the calendar functionality in email is based on the old paradigm of the paper planner – a paradigm […]

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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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Disconnected For a Week

by Bill Pray  |  January 12, 2011  |  1 Comment

I was fortunate enough to spend the last week on vacation. As part of my vacation, I tried something I haven’t managed to do ever since I became involved in IT more than 15 years ago: I disconnected for an entire week – 7 entire days without internet, e-mail, text messaging, and telephone. The experience […]

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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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Marrying E-mail, IM, and Web Conferencing

by Bill Pray  |  September 17, 2010  |  1 Comment

When evaluating or discussing unified communications (UC), one of the first marriages of communications and collaboration technology that resonates with IT and users alike is that of e-mail, instant messaging (IM), and web conferencing. However, there are issues that an enterprise needs to consider when choosing to implement this integration. So, I thought I would […]

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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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Gartner Burton Group North America Catalyst Report

by Bill Pray  |  July 29, 2010  |  1 Comment

This week, I am attending and presenting at the Burton Group Catalyst Conference. For my part, I really enjoy this event because of the great people I meet and the fantastic conversations I get the opportunity to have with many very intelligent people. I always learn more than I share. A few observations from the […]

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