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Larry Cannell
Research Director
6 years at Gartner
29 years IT industry

Larry Cannell is a Research Director in the Gartner for Technical Professionals Collaboration and Content Strategies service. Mr. Cannell covers enterprise collaboration and social software, search, content management, and open-source collaboration and content solutions. Read Full Bio

Salesforce, Box and Yammer walk into a Gartner conference…See what happens next

by Larry Cannell  |  September 18, 2014

Steve Gillmor, Chris Yeh and Adam Pisoni joined me for a lively discussion about mobile-first, interoperability, freemium, the future of the market and the unpredictability of cloud services at this year’s Catalyst Conference. A recording of this session is now available FREE at Gartner Events on Demand (with registration or login with a Gartner ID).

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The Video of our “Social Software Smackdown: Yammer Versus Box Versus Salesforce” is Now Available Online

by Larry Cannell  |  August 15, 2014

This week at our Catalyst Conference in San Diego, I hosted our first ever “Social Software Smackdown,” a panel discussion among Chris Yeh (Box), Steve Gillmor ( and Adam Pisoni (Yammer). I am happy to report that the video of this session is now available from Gartner Events on Demand (note: free with registration or […]

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What should I ask Microsoft, Box and

by Larry Cannell  |  August 4, 2014

Next week I am moderating a panel discussion entitled “Social Software Smackdown” at the Gartner Catalyst Conference in San Diego. On the panel, we have: Adam Pisoni (representing Microsoft/Yammer) Chris Yeh (representing Box) Steve Gillmor (representing The theme of the panel is the new enterprise collaboration and social software market, which has been completely […]

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Microsoft is Selling Office Productivity in the Cloud, Are You Buying?

by Larry Cannell  |  June 25, 2014

Two years ago, when Microsoft launched their beta-preview of Office 2013, Microsoft told us they had developed this wave of Office products “cloud-first.” This meant that Microsoft first developed Office 365 and then refactored their code as installable software for use on a company’s servers running in their own datacenter. Three years earlier, Office 2010 […]

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With Intranet and Workplace Products Going Cloud and Mobile, It’s a Consumerization Fait Accompli

by Larry Cannell  |  May 20, 2014

We’ve come full circle. Or rather, is IT simply surrounded and has no choice? Although workplace technologies and intranets have been available for years (with numerous success stories), they have not been the runaway hits that we hoped for. For example, how many of us like our company intranet, are happy with the amount of […]

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My Top Three Social Software Sessions from SharePoint Conference 2014

by Larry Cannell  |  March 18, 2014

Although I did not attend this year’s SharePoint Conference, I spent (far too much) time over the weekend going through many of the slides and videos from the conference, which are now available on Channel9. Here are my top three social software sessions from the conference. I like these sessions because they either provide great advice around the tactics […]

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Five Things We’ve Learned About Office and SharePoint Since Microsoft Acquired Yammer

by Larry Cannell  |  January 28, 2014

It’s been 18 months since Microsoft completed its acquisition of Yammer and a little over a year (about 14 months) since the company shared details of their plans at the 2012 SharePoint Conference. Nevertheless, based on the conversations I have with Gartner clients, many people are just now starting to realize how big of a change this acquisition […]

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Is Google Getting Serious About Enterprise Social Networks?

by Larry Cannell  |  August 21, 2013

Over the weekend Google announced that its Google+ Domains API was coming out of beta. The highlights of the changes brought about by this new API are detailed here. A new domain element has been added to messages posted on Google+. This element adds an access control layer that scopes the visibility of a post […]

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One Microsoft Memo in a Word Cloud

by Larry Cannell  |  July 12, 2013

* Top 50 words mentioned, common English words removed

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Microsoft is Running Two Office Trains

by Larry Cannell  |  April 23, 2013

Microsoft is accelerating the development of Office (at least, the development of Office 365). That is the overall tone of a recent article by Mary Jo Foley ("How Microsoft is speeding up the Office trains") that quotes Jeff Teper, corporate Vice President, Office Servers and Services and Adam Pisoni, Co-Founder of Yammer and now a […]

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