Jeffrey Mann

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Dropbox Acquires CloudOn: GameOn, but Which Game?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 21, 2015  |  1 Comment

Word emerged today that Dropbox has acquired CloudOn, a mobile productivity vendor based in Israel. CloudOn produced a Microsoft Word compatible editor for mobile devices and browsers. There are two ways to look at this move. It makes sense for Dropbox, as editing is functionality that their users are looking for. Having it would help them […]

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Finally, Facebook at Work

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 14, 2015  |  Submit a Comment

Over the last several years, I have done many inquiries which are some variation of “How do we get Facebook for use internally?” or “When will Facebook issue a version for use within our company?” I would generally point to pure-play enterprise social vendors because I was pretty sceptical about Facebook doing this, for two […]

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One More Stop Before the End of the SharePoint On Prem Line

by Jeffrey Mann  |  March 4, 2014  |  2 Comments

In October, I published a provocative research note entitled Maverick* Research: Should Microsoft Kill SharePoint? It may have been provocative at the time, but announcements from this year’s SharePoint Conference show that at least in one aspect, I was too optimistic. The note looked at the expected split coming between SharePoint on premises (which is how most users […]

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Describing the Engagement Initiative

by Jeffrey Mann  |  February 17, 2014  |  Submit a Comment

Last month, I had the chance to describe the Engagement Initiative in a series of one on one meetings. After doing it about 30 times, I kind of got good at it. Here is the cheat sheet for understanding what this important area of coverage at Gartner is all about. Gartner’s Engagement Initiative brings together existing areas […]

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Getting Sociable at Symposium Barcelona

by Jeffrey Mann  |  November 4, 2011  |  2 Comments

Gartner’s big European event starts next week in Barcelona, a welcome change from Cannes, in my own opinion. Social is inevitably a hot topic, and I look forward to speaking with many customers over the four days of the conference. I will be doing two workshops (defining a social media strategy, and creating a SharePoint […]

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Closing Out the PCC Conference

by Jeffrey Mann  |  March 30, 2011  |  Submit a Comment

I’m waiting for my flight home after seeing the 2011 Portals, Content and Collaboration summit come to a close in Los Angeles. We passed the venue on to our CRM colleagues, who will continue with Customer 360 event. These conferences are always as exhausting as they are stimulating, so please allow me some fairly random […]

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Cannes Symposium 2010

by Jeffrey Mann  |  November 19, 2010  |  1 Comment

Symposium is usually an intense experience, and this year was no different. This year 3300 attended the event, a 21% increase over last year. It was the biggest EMEA Symposium in the last ten years. Close to 100 analysts did 200 presentations, almost 2200 1on1 meetings, and about 40 user roundtables. Personally, I did 26 […]

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Microsoft BPOS To Become Office 365

by Jeffrey Mann  |  October 19, 2010  |  7 Comments

In an announcement from San Francisco today, Microsoft provided more details about next year’s planned revamp of its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) cloud-based collaboration suite. Gartner’s official take on this announcement can be found here, but here are some of my thoughts. The new brand name is the most striking part of this announcement. […]

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What People Asked About on My European Social Media Tour

by Jeffrey Mann  |  October 17, 2010  |  1 Comment

Last week, I had the chance to do a quick tour around Europe with Ed Thompson talking to over 300 people about social media in London, Utrecht, Zurich, Milan, and Frankfurt. I talked about developing strategy, and Ed covered social CRM. While five cities in five days is a quick pace, it’s not out of […]

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If Google Can Pull the Plug on Wave Like This, What’s Next?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  August 5, 2010  |  14 Comments

So Google announced yesterday that it was pulling the plug on its high profile Wave initiative. Gartner will soon publish a First Take with the official reaction, but the way this announcement was made got me thinking. I will not cry for Wave, but I find this an unsettling move. Not because Google has killed […]

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