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So, somebody sent you a Word document and you don’t have Microsoft Word installed on your computer. Or another common case: you have Word 2003 but somebody sent you a document in the docx format, which can only be opened in Word 2007 or newer. What should you do? Don’t panic. You can easily open, view and even edit the document in an online word processor. Today there is large variety of these tools.
So, somebody sent you an Excel document and you don’t have Microsoft Excel installed on your computer. Or another common case: you have Excel 2003 but somebody sent you a document in the xlsx format, which can only be opened in Excel 2007 or newer. What should you do? Don’t panic. You can easily open, view and even edit the document in an online word processor. Today there is large variety of these tools.
Word processors and spreadsheets are an integral part of any office infrastructure. Projects, contracts, analytical reports, commercial proposals, legal and marketing literature, bills - all these vital documents are created, viewed and edited in the above mentioned programs. Desktop applications - Microsoft Word and Excel – for a long time were almost monopolists in this space. Their own proprietary document formats (.doc and .xls) have become the de facto industry standards.
So you come to office, make a cup of coffee, open your email inbox and prepare to read a document from the customer or partner. But it does not open! And it has some strange resolution .ODT (or .ODS,.ODP)! Don't panic! It's the Open Document Format and below we'll tell how to open it online, without having to install software on your computer. But first, let's answer the question: why your partner sent you the document not in the common format like .
Twitter has launched a new website Twitter for Business and the new advertising service for small businesses Self-Service Ads.
Aaron Levy, Box.net CEO, likes to speak about business apps 2.0 and criticize business apps 1.0. This time, he invented the new meme "Simple Enterprise". Here is the point. Today in the enterprise, simplicity doesn’t sell. Complexity, on the other hand, justifies costly software licenses, long implementation projects and new version development cycles.
Though recently online image editors have taken a great step forward, we do not recommend designers to pay attention on them - none of them can match the capabilities of Photoshop. However, for marketing specialists that use to draw simple banners, images for presentations or web site, these online tools may be be very useful. We selected the best 5 tools in this series. And the online
Some business tech trends that we'll see next year can be predicted quite easily: more companies will move to SaaS, more employees will be able to work using the mobile devices, more industry-specific solutions will arise. More and more companies will not select Microsoft office as office suite and not Windows as desktop operating system. But all these trends - are in the middle of the long transaction.
What business tech events and trends were most significant in the past year? As usual, Microsoft was the main news-maker. It spent a lot of money for acquisitions, advertising of its new Office, new operating system and new tablets. Even decided to change CEO. And all this fuss - because of the onset of new business tech start-ups (which like barbarians are destroying the Roman Empire). So let's take popcorn and watch the show.
Probably every successful consumer service sooner or later will be used in business and get its business clones. We have already seen Facebooks, Twitters, Dropboxes for enterprise ... Now the Instagram's turn has come. Of course, many companies are already using Instagram for their business goals. For example, sending to customers pictures of new products or simply pictures of the company life - to enhance loyalty.
You have already created a video about your product or business and put it on your site? OK, that's a good thing, because the video - is the most convenient way to tell customers your story. But don't stop at this point. After all, there is another great opportunity - video ads on Youtube. Your potential customers are hanging there - be sure.
Bill Gates once said, "We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next 10." Therefore, probably, our expectations for 2013 are exaggerated. But, perhaps, this year, something unexpected will happen and change the rules in the Enterprise-market for the next 10 years.
Gamification is already one of the hottest trends on the IT market. Vendors are implementing game mechanics into their products and customers start thinking that the gamification - is a magic pill that will engage the employees and make them productive. Badgeville CEO, Chris Duggan, recently gave some helpful tips about the gamification.
U.S. site CarInsurance.org published a small research about the benefits of working remotely from home (via the Internet). First of all, why this site (that sells car insurance) conducted such research? Of course, to make some marketing, but also because working from home can considerably save auto insurance costs (for the insurer :), because customers working from home rarely get in the road accidents.
At the end of the year it's interesting to look back at what was special about Enterprise 2.0 market in the past year. How enterprise apps (and services used by businesses) developed to help companies operate more efficiently. Here are the 5 most important (from our point of view) Enterprise 2.0 events and trends of 2011: 1. Salesforce was building the Socialism
Good companies should take care of their employees, intend to make them happier. And IT systems should help them. That's why we like the talent management systems that help to develop employee talents. We like enterprise social networks that help to make friends with colleagues. We like Gamification that makes work more interesting. We like all online applications, because they allow to work out of office and improve the quality of life.
Today Amazon has introduced its new tablets: Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch. Though these devices are not designed for business but for entertainment - they showed very interesting feature - the Silk browser. Its allows optimally share the web-page rendering job between browser and the (Amazon's) cloud (which serves as an intermediate server).
Today, Google has launched a new service - Google Wallet, which allows to pay for goods in stores with the help of a smartphone. Of course, it's more the future than the present technology even in US. But it's interesting to see how we'll pay in the future.
Last week, Google added the new programming language Go to its cloud platform Google App Engine. And this language was developed by Google. The question is - does the world need another programming language? It's clear that Google competes with Microsoft and other IT giants for the attention of every developer and it would be happy to bind the developers to their own language.
Sold out to Microsoft, Skype on the one hand secured itself the bright future in the stable Microsoft empire, and on the other hand - killed its bright future as a global public communications service. No one ever will look at Skype, as at the independent service that suits everyone and works everywhere. This niche is now empty and someone has to take it.
If you are an executive and taking care about your prestige, you should know that the traditional business cards - are already outdated.
It's well known that the main problem with mobile access to enterprise apps is that software developers physically can't create mobile clients for multiple mobile platforms: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, WebOS ... and now the tablets. Of course, this problem will be solved in future when all mobile browsers will fully support HTML5. Then it will be sufficient to develop a single mobile web-client.
While for most executives and business owners the technology called SaaS (software as a service) is still something from the future, it's already clear what will be the next step. We aren't going to predict the name of the new future technology. Let's call it, for example, SoIP (Service over IP). The idea is that businesses really don't need software (either on the own server, or on the server of external provider).
Analyzing the main events on the Enterprise 2.0 market in 2010, we have selected 10 interesting trends. Of course, the main trends (traditionally) were SaaS / Cloud technologies, social business applications and mobile access, but in this rating we pointed more specific hot topics.
Last week, president of the Server and Tools Division (STB) at Microsoft, carelessly told that the company is now focused on implementation of HTML5 as the primary web-development technology and Silverlight is now positioned as just one of development tools for Windows Phone 7. And although next day he hurried to reassure Silverlight-developers and wrote in his
Formerly American businessmen used to say that there are 3 main things for business success: "location, location and ... location". To attract more customers to your store, restaurant, hotel or club you just needed to get a shop on a central street and make a shining banner.
If you develop SaaS service or intend to move the IT infrastructure to the Internet, then, of course, you can buy VPS or dedicated server. But in the era of Cloud Computing that option is obsolete. If you want to have a really reliable, secure and scalable hosting,  to automate most operations and (eventually) save money, it is logical to use one of the cloud platforms.
When Microsoft demoed the Office Web Apps, we noted that nobody knows what will Google Docs look like when Office 2010 finally launch. MS Office Web will appear at least in 2 months and this question is still relevant. While Microsoft is fixing bugs in its web office, Google is constantly improving Docs.
So, iPad is now available in US and like Avatar is breaking all records (already about 400 thousand devices are sold). The first users have already downloaded several millions iPad applications, but most of them are consumer apps, rather than business applications. As we noted earlier, iPad has a little chance to become a revolutionary business tool. And not just because of the lack of webcam, multitasking, Flash support and security measures.
Imagine that you develop some business app and want to create a mobile version. But on what platform it should work? Everything was simple few years ago - the only device for mobile business apps was PocketPC with Windows Mobile. But now the choice of mobile platforms has become too large. Just during the past few days 3 new mobile OS appeared: Windows Phone, MeeGo (by Nokia and Intel) and bada (by Samsung).
Rich Internet Applications (RIA) - is not just a beautiful user interface. It is also the possibility to use such technologies as voice, video, screen-sharing, vector graphics (e.g. for whiteboarding). It means high interactivity and real-time collaboration.
Last week, Google announced that it plans to phase out its Gears plug-in in favor of HTML5 and attracted much attention to the offline access market. And it turns out tha this market is very interesting and it's more about political games than about technologies. The fact is that browsers now are not able to create a local cache for web-applications and their data.