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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

Will Yammer Replace SharePoint’s Newsfeed?

by Larry Cannell  |  March 29, 2013

Last week Microsoft posted a blog highlighting their progress in integrating Yammer with SharePoint and Office 365. What I found most interesting is how widely this update was reported as new information. Perhaps the implications of Microsoft’s plans for Yammer were lost in the flood of news coming out of the SharePoint Conference last fall. […]

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Microsoft’s First Steps Towards Integrating Yammer with SharePoint 2013 and Office 365

by Larry Cannell  |  March 21, 2013

Yesterday Microsoft posted an update on their progress towards integrating Yammer with SharePoint 2013 and Office 365. I’m traveling this week, but I still wanted to share my thoughts. This post summarizes the features Microsoft announced and is mostly a rough collection of my initial reactions. At the bottom of this post, I link to […]

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Webinar: What’s New in SharePoint 2013 and Yammer for Social Software

by Larry Cannell  |  March 8, 2013

Please join me on Thursday, March 14 for a webinar discussing SharePoint 2013 and Yammer. Microsoft launched SharePoint 2013 with new social software features just months after acquiring the cloud-based social network site Yammer. This webinar discusses the company’s integration plans and guides enterprises on what to do now that Microsoft has competing social software […]

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What I Will Be Looking For at the SharePoint Conference

by Larry Cannell  |  November 9, 2012

Next week Microsoft will be unveiling details behind SharePoint 2013. My primary interest is in improvements in SharePoint’s social software capabilities. However, Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Yammer leaves questions about the future of SharePoint-provided social software capabilities, as well as the future of Yammer. In addition, the beta release of SharePoint 2013 and the Office […]

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With Yammer, Microsoft Needs to Rethink the Office Suite

by Larry Cannell  |  November 9, 2012

Next week I will be at the SharePoint Conference, where Microsoft is introducing SharePoint 2013. While a big question on many people’s minds is Microsoft’s plans for integrating SharePoint and Yammer, we will also get a closer look at other social software improvements. The acquisition of Yammer and the changes in SharePoint 2013 show that […]

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Is This the Beginning of the End for SharePoint and Lync?

by Larry Cannell  |  July 23, 2012

Given that Microsoft is now saying that their focus is on delivering cloud-based offerings first, then the Office 365 Beta should provide hints as to how Office will evolve. My initial conclusion is that the Office 365 product is subsuming a number of existing Office products, whose identities are being eliminated. In particular, Office 365’s […]

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Search and the Enterprise Social Network

by Larry Cannell  |  April 9, 2012

Many people have pointed out the similarities between the messaging in email and enterprise social network sites. However, the synergy between search and enterprise social network sites is discussed far less. As enterprise social network sites integrate with more business applications, the similarities between enterprise social network sites and search will become evident from two […]

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Frictionless Sharing and the Enterprise Social Network

by Larry Cannell  |  January 27, 2012

Facebook’s new “frictionless sharing” enables someone to automatically post what they are doing online in a stream of status updates. To some, this is a little too much sharing. However, “enterprise frictionless sharing” should be the norm for internal social network sites. As a result of Facebook’s frictionless sharing I am constantly seeing what songs […]

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Email and the Enterprise Social Network

by Larry Cannell  |  January 20, 2012

Are enterprise social network sites an opportunity to remove the burden of email from information workers’ workload and move into a more collaborative messaging environment? While social networks have the opportunity to redefine messaging within enterprises, replacing email should not be a primary goal of their deployment. First off, let’s not fool ourselves into thinking […]

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My Enterprise 2.0 Session Proposal

by Larry Cannell  |  January 6, 2012

Just a quick note to let you know that I have submitted a session proposal to the Enterprise 2.0 Conference and to ask for your support in getting this on the agenda. You can help by posting a comment or “Liking” the submission (available here). The session is based on a Gartner for Technical Professionals […]

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