What is Googlighting?

Googlighting is what happens when the world’s largest advertising business tries to sell productivity software on the side. In fact, according to Gartner, Google Apps accounts for merely 0.5% of the ad company’s revenue after five years of Googlighting. Meanwhile, Microsoft enjoys its trustworthy reputation in the cloud; with 40% of companies from the Interbrand…

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Are You Missing Something Important?

To get your point across, style matters. Making your point takes flair and sometimes some swagger, and you always need substance. So, your message needs to be complete and your document’s format needs to be what you intended. Of course, you want to have all of the pieces in your message, including your charts and…

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My New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

I’m all about self-improvement and this time of year, there’s nothing like a few good resolutions to motivate me to change for the better. I care about excellence in the productivity tools people use every day. So, in my annual tradition, I’ve made these New Year’s Resolutions for 2012. I will be thankful that, despite citation…

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2011: The Year in Review

There’s something about the holiday season that makes me stop and reflect. In looking back, a lot has happened this year: the passing of Steve Jobs, the impact of social media on the Arab Spring, and ability for tweeters to better secure flights in tornado-ravaged areas. Tracking both unfortunate and hopeful happenings, technology has never…

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Clearing the Atmosphere

On Monday, Google is hosting Atmosphere, their conference to convince CIOs to buy Google Apps. In the run up to the event, they’ve been briefing reporters, and because I’ve been pretty vocal (1, 2, 3) about the gaps in Google’s strategy, I’ve been getting some calls too. Of course, I’m happy to help! Below, I’ll…

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Google Graveyard Spooks Customers

The wind is blowing, and I think I hear a howl. After all, Google customers are not finding tools they have been using over the years. The tools are dead and buried. The ad company spooked Inc.’s Erik Markowitz as well. In tiptoeing past the Google Graveyard he quotes Google regarding one of their product cancellations:…

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A Patent Lack of Focus

I’ve been reading about the impact of Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility, and it got me thinking: Where are Google’s investments in their enterprise applications?  Obviously, I follow Google closely, and whether it’s their financials or company priorities, they say surprisingly little about their enterprise business.  Google Apps seem to be a distraction inside the…

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San Francisco Chooses Microsoft Cloud Email and Archiving for over 23,000 Employees

Welcome to the cloud, San Francisco! Earlier today The City and County of San Francisco and Microsoft announced their intent to bring the benefits of cloud computing to over 23,000 municipal employees by migrating the city’s on-premise email to Exchange Online. San Francisco joins a growing number of governments that are moving to the cloud…

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Why Small Businesses Will Love Microsoft Office 365

For more than 20 years, Microsoft Office has helped small businesses be more productive. Now, we are evolving the Office family of products, bringing familiar productivity and collaboration experiences to the cloud in Office 365. With this subscription service, small businesses will have access to Office, Lync Online, SharePoint Online and Exchange Online, in a…

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The Hidden Google Tax

This is the time when many people in the United States are receiving a federal tax refund. Many of us worked hard to get a refund, hunting down receipts, and accounting for all possible tax deductions. No one would willingly give the IRS more than they owe, or submit to taxes they weren’t required to pay. So…

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