May
24
2017
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Collaboration platform Smartsheet nabs $52M at $800M valuation

 Cloud-based communication and collaboration platforms are the name of the game today in enterprise software, and now one of the still-independent leaders in that space is announcing a significant round at a hefty price to ride the wave of growth. Smartsheet, the Bellevue, Washington-based startup that has built spreadsheet software that lets people set and manage tasks and work across teams… Read More

May
01
2017
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Collaboration software company Jive to be acquired by Aurea for $462 million

Jive at IPO in 2011 Jive, a community collaboration software company that was one of the biggest Enterprise 2.0-era success stories, going public in 2011, announced today it had agreed to be acquired by ESW Capital’s Wave Systems for $462 million. It will become part of the Aurea family of companies. Read More

Apr
18
2017
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Workplace by Facebook continues to mature

Workplace" at the Facebook Inc. At the F8 conference today, Facebook announced a bunch of updates to its Workplace by Facebook team communications tool including a slew of new partnerships and new bot integrations, which all show a product that’s maturing to meet the needs of larger enterprise customers. When Workplace by Facebook was first launched last fall, it was an attempt to take Facebook and put it into a… Read More

Apr
18
2017
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Microsoft acquires Intentional Software and brings old friend back into fold

 Microsoft announced today that it was acquiring Bellevue-based Intentional Software for an undisclosed amount of money. With the purchase, Charles Simonyi, Intentional founder, Chairman, and CTO, who helped develop some of Microsoft’s famous Office tools like Excel and Word returns to Microsoft. Simonyi left Microsoft in 2002 to launch Intentional. While it’s not crystal clear… Read More

Mar
18
2017
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The great enterprise chat race

Track sprinters lined up at starting The competitive deck appears nearly stacked against the startup, and it seems that every other month a new product launches from a major tech company that’s billed in the tech press as the next “Slack Killer.” What Slack does isn’t actually all that original as startup ideas go. It merely provides an environment for teams to share information inside a chat client. Yet… Read More

Feb
01
2017
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The enterprise is the next logical step for Slack

Faces on discs depicting a man as leader of a marketing or social scheme in the centre Slack took a big step in its evolution as a startup yesterday when it launched Slack Enterprise Grid, the enterprise version of its popular messaging platform.
For Slack to continue its growth trajectory, it had to move on from being a tool for discrete teams to one that could deal with substantially more users, and provide some security and governance as it connected to other departments… Read More

Jan
31
2017
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Slack takes aim at the corporate sector with Enterprise Grid, adds bots from SAP

enterpriseasset-01 Slack, the business app that lets teams of users communicate, share files from other services, and work on them with each other, has taken off like wildfire since launching three years ago, with 5 million daily users, 1.5 million of them paying today. Now, Slack is embarking on the next step in its ambition to be the go-to platform for all workplace collaboration, no matter how big the… Read More

Dec
21
2016
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Enterprise social comes roaring back

Employees in connected in social network web You’ll be forgiven if you missed it, but lost in the avalanche of this year’s tech news, enterprise social software made an impressive comeback. Led by products like Slack, Workplace by Facebook and Microsoft Teams, a software category that had been languishing for the last several years, suddenly came alive. A decade ago, as social software emerged, it was coined Enterprise 2.0… Read More

Dec
10
2016
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Software is due for a bundling event

Overhead shot of a small group of people, wearing monochromatic colors, pulling at ropes from opposing directions We are approaching a new phase of enterprise software, where every niche of Software-as-a-Service has been filled and cloud companies are being consolidated into larger companies. Markets have a tendency to cycle from bundling to unbundling, and software is due for a bundling event. Read More

Nov
02
2016
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Microsoft Teams feels like déjà vu all over again

screenshot-2016-11-02-16-02-08 Microsoft introduced Microsoft Teams today to much fanfare and hoopla — as only Microsoft can seem to do these days. But when you take a close look at today’s announcement, what have you really got here — a 10-year-old idea on how to communicate and collaborate in the enterprise with a distinctly Microsoft twist. As I wrote previously about Slack and more recently Workplace… Read More

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