Upcoming webinar: maximize video in the enterprise

David Lozzi

David Lozzi

Microsoft SharePoint is a powerful solution that can manage content across organizations in a variety of ways. Recently, I had the opportunity, as part of a Slalom Consulting team, to work with RAMP and help create its enterprise product MediaCloud for SharePoint. We integrated RAMP’s impressive media solutions with SharePoint to provide a rich video experience inside SharePoint itself.

MediaCloud for Sharepoint enables team members to upload a video directly into SharePoint, which then handles processing, querying, etc., using RAMP’s secure cloud-based storage and delivery. Once the video is ready, the user is notified and video playback is accessible through RAMP’s custom player. The video is searchable through SharePoint, including spoken words—meaning users can stay in SharePoint from start to finish. As a result, organizations can get the most from their video content through the SharePoint solution they already have in place. Read more of this post

Tablets, Tablets Everywhere: Enterprise Adoption and Applications

Slalom Consultant Jeff Barber

Jeff Barber is a Seattle-based leader in Slalom Consulting’s mobility solutions practice. He's a mobile technology expert with deep experience helping clients “operationalize” mobile technologies.

Recently published statistics indicate that tablet adoption is taking off. Here are a few examples.

The Consumerization of IT

These statistics reflect a growing trend known as the consumerization of IT. According to ComputerWorld, “Gartner estimates that 69.8 million media tablets will be shipped in 2011, and analysts and forward-thinking tech managers say it’s time for IT to do more than simply take note of that surge.”

This trend has been challenging companies to Read more of this post

The Large Enterprise and the Cloud

Slalom Consultant Derek Martin

Slalom Consultant Derek Martin is an accomplished Microsoft systems developer and integrator, experienced in developing and deploying SharePoint and CRM solutions, integrating line of business applications, and leveraging existing infrastructure investments.

Recently, I was privileged to begin working on a project where a feasibility assessment was being conducted much like similar studies taking place in Enterprises all over the world these days. “Shall we go to go to the cloud or to not go to the cloud; more precisely, to go Exchange 2010 on premises or the venerable Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) from MSFT, as upgradable to Office 365 (O365)?” It is telling that it took so long for many companies to even consider “cloud” as infrastructure, but these days, most companies worth their salt are either:

  1. Actively leading with “cloud first/why not cloud?”; or,
  2. Dipping their toes in the water and trying out the services to see what all the fuss is about.

It’s no mistake that O365, or even other similar cloud solutions are very attractive to the small business, between 1 and 100 employees. As a general rule of thumb, this also holds true for Read more of this post

The path to Project Portfolio Management: from PMOs to Prioritization

Cost cutting triggered by the 2008 recession has accelerated the evolution of project management in many organizations by shifting their focus from learning how to increase efficiency to learning how to prioritize.

Slalom Consultant Heather Bridges leads change management processes and imparts leadership and organizational knowledge that it is endemic to the change process. She finds that strategic planning walks hand in hand with improvements in project management.

When the 2008 recession hit most Enterprises made substantial cuts in their payrolls. But the recession didn’t freeze technological change or reduce competitive pressure. On the contrary, recessionary pressures made it imperative for organizations to retool with new business processes and technologies for the increasing velocity of business.

In the 2008-2009 period most organizations sought to deliver the same number of projects using fewer resources by streamlining processes and improving efficiency. Thus a common complaint we heard in 2009 was “we don’t know how to get more efficient!” To improve efficiency many organizations formed or revamped internal Project Management Organizations (“PMOs”), pooling project managers, business analysts, and functional analysts across projects organization-wide. Where these resources previously had been siloed within functional areas, PMOs enabled a fixed number of resources to handle more projects than before.

In the 2009-2010 period, however, many organizations discovered that the increased efficiency delivered by their PMOs still couldn’t close the gap between project resources and demand. The reason for this was typically a little of everything: efficiency gains were not enough to offset resource cuts; urgent opportunities created by economic conditions, such as falling interest rates, mandated new projects; and the combined pressure of competition and technology change made new projects critical just to retain competitive parity.

Thus the common complaint we started to hear in 2010 became “we don’t know how to prioritize.”

Project Portfolio Management (“PPM”) is the process by which resources are allocated to projects according to their importance. “Portfolio management” draws its name from the field of finance, although PPM involves allocating project resources to a mix of projects rather than allocating financial resources to a mix of investments. But with a project portfolio resource allocation is sometimes lumpy rather than fluid. The secret to progressing from leveraging PMOs to effective PPM is Read more of this post

The Rebirth of Nokia?

Daniel Maycock is one of Slalom’s acknowledged thought leaders in the realm of new and emerging technology.

This is not including the up and coming N8 or E7 that were recently announced for release this fall, and have been gaining strong traction already. Though Symbian v3 is more of a facelift then a revolution, Symbian v4 which is rumored to be out on a Nokia phone early next year, will really be the effort to challenge the likes of Android & iPhone.

What’s amazing though, is that Nokia, though losing market share quite rapidly, is still #1 for the foreseeable future. With Android snapping at its heels, Nokia still has a big advantage that Google doesn’t – they own the whole experience. The problems that have been reported with Android are the manipulation by the carriers to control the OS, from bloatware to Read more of this post

Android & the Future of Mobile Operating Systems

Daniel Maycock is one of Slalom’s acknowledged thought leaders in the realm of new and emerging technology.

“Schmidt told reporters on the sidelines of an industry conference in Lake Tahoe that Android — a mobile software launched just over a year ago — was gaining momentum in a fiercely competitive tech arena.” – http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0410592620100805

If what he says is true, and about 200,000 smart phones running android are sold every day, then it’s certainly a growing force that’ll transform the mobile technology space in increasingly powerful ways.

Companies such as Samsung, certainly see the potential for Android, and are aligning their device strategy with Google’s Android OS. (see http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1731113/samsung-reveals-galaxy-tab-tablet)

Gartner as well predicts that Android will continue to grow, becoming #2 OS after Symbian worldwide by 2014 (see http://www.techspot.com/news/36497-gartner-android-to-become-number-2-within-three-years.html)

This makes it more than evident that, even if you don’t completely focus on Android, making it a part of your mobile enterprise toolbox is definitely a good idea going forward.

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