Enterprise 2.0 News

17.08.17

Google added a number of new features to its alternative document editing apps Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. The biggest new features come with the organization of a group Doc. You'll now be able to name separate versions of the same file, which should be a helpful way to clarify which versions are final and which are still in progress. With the new features, you'll also be able to preview "clean" versions of a Doc for easier reading and review, and accept or reject all edits with one command to save time approving every little thing. Most helpfully, you'll be able to access the suggestions tool from mobile devices using the "three dot" menu. Google's also introducing some new add-ons and templates for its productivity suite, making it easier for users to quickly draft documents like NDAs in the cloud. Partners include LegalZoom and Docusign, LucidChart, PandaDoc, EasyBib, and Supermetrics. Google Docs alternatives are: DropBox, Office 365, Box, SugarSync, Evernote, OneDrive, SharePoint
16.08.17

Financial management and HR software vendor Workday acquired two-year-old, Redwood City, Calif.- based startup Pattern. Thus Workday is going to compete with Salesforce and other alternatives. Pattern had aimed to lighten the load of managing customer relationships for salespeople and was funded by Felicis Ventures, SoftTech VC, First Round Capital, and various angel investors, who last year provided the company with $2.5 million in seed funding. Some of Workday’s past acquisitions include big data analytics vendor Platfora, acquired last year, and the online learning company Zaption, which Workday also acquired last year and promptly shut down. Terms for both deals were not disclosed. Workday alternatives are: NetSuite, Salesforce, SuccessFactors, Kronos
16.08.17

Zoho quietly refactored its old service Zoho Chat and rolled out new shiny groupchat Zoho Cliq - an alternative to popular Slack. It allows to create multiple teamwork channels, share pictures, files, locations, code snippets. Mobile apps are also available. And of course Zoho wanted to get an advantage over Slack by means of free version. But the problem is that Slack also provides free version for unlimited users. So Zoho focused on security. Free Zoho Cliq version provides security & data retention policies, Google sign-on, two factor authentication, SAML-based single sign-on (SSO), user provisioning and de-provisioning. Though other Slack's free version limitations are retained: 5Gb of space and 10K searchable message history. Zoho Cliq alternatives are: Slack, Microsoft Teams
15.08.17

Domain and hosting provider GoDaddy is moving into the voice and telephone business with a new app called SmartLine. It's aimed at addressing a basic need of small businesses — more and more of them are using their smartphones for both work and personal calls, but they don’t necessarily want to give everyone their personal phone number. So SmartLine creates a second number that connects to a customer’s iOS or Android device. Other features include the ability to fully configure SmartLine from the mobile app (without visiting a website), to set business hours (so that calls outside of those hours go directly to voicemail) and to receive voicemail transcriptions. And to win over alternatives, GoDaddy plans for more features, like vanity numbers, toll-free numbers and sharing a single phone number between multiple employees’ cell phones. A SmartLine with unlimited calling and texting costs $9.99 per month. GoDaddy alternatives are: Wordpress, Wix, Weebly, Squarespace
15.08.17

Google’s messenger Allo is now available on the web for desktop users. The service, which lets you chat with friends while taking advantage of features like stickers, “smart replies” for one-tap responses, and Google Assistant integration, among other things, has been in the works for some time. As reported before, Allo on the web uses a similar pairing process to WhatsApp to connect its web client with your mobile device. Currently, this process only works with Android phones, but iPhone will be supported soon. Google Allo alternatives are: Google Hangouts, iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, FaceTime
15.08.17

Microsoft launched a new Outlook.com with better and faster search interface, along with other frills. One of those frills is a conversation-style inbox. The new layout makes it easier to keep track of a longer string of messages and everything that was sent previously. This is a much-needed change for Outlook, which has garnered a reputation for being a stodgy, older email service compared to alternatives. Another addition is Quick Suggestions. This brings up nearby locations of restaurants or bars you type out in your email. So, if you're sending a message to a friend to get drinks after work, the nearest location of that chain will pop up in the email. And Microsoft also wants you to feel like you've got a personalized email account. Users can now mark contacts and folders as favorites to make them easier to find in a search. Outlook.com alternatives are: GMail, Office 365
12.08.17

Global payments processing company PayPal has agreed to acquire Swift Financial, which provides small business owners with working capital. The acquisition will give PayPal better tools to expand its own product Working Capital. Paypal first launched a Working Capital product for businesses back in 2013, and since then has seen alternatives like Square and Kabbage emerge as offering their own credit lines to small business customers. With that in mind, PayPal has acquired Swift to add to its own underwriting capabilities and expand the amount of data it can use to assess the creditworthiness of its customers. Doing so should expand the amount of capital it makes available. PayPal alternatives are: Stripe, Square, Google Wallet, Venmo, Authorize.Net, Bitcoin
12.08.17

LastPass doubled the price of its premium subscription for individual users from $12 to $24 per year, in the process removing some of the features previously available in their free plan. And Zoho takes this opportunity to lure Lastpass business users to its alternative solution Zoho Vault with one-year free subscription to the Professional Edition for teams and FREE forever plan for personal use. Zoho also provides a tool that allows to import your data from LastPass to Zoho Vault in just a couple of steps. Zoho Vault is an online password manager for individuals and teams that comes with an intuitive user interface, advanced sharing features, tight third-party integrations, native iOS and Android mobile apps, extensions for Chrome, Safari and Firefox, rock-solid security, and complete data privacy. Zoho Vault alternatives are: LastPass
09.08.17

Business intelligence solution provider Tableau has acquired ClearGraph, a service that lets you query and visualize large amounts of business date through natural language queries. Tableau expects to integrate this technology with its own products as it looks to make it easier for its users to use similar queries to visualize their data. Recent advances in natural language processing and machine learning now allow ClearGraph and alternative services to understand more about the underlying database and then take these sentences and essentially translate them into database queries. Given that Microsoft’s Power BI and other competitors already offer this capability, it’s no surprise that Tableau is also looking into this. Tableau alternatives are: QlikView, MicroStrategy, Tibco Spotfire, IBM Cognos, Splunk
07.08.17

ONLYOFFICE, one of the main Microsoft Office alternatives, released an app for SharePoint. So from now companies running SharePoint Server can use the most complete online office suite in SharePoint web interface. ONLYOFFICE is an open-source solution, free for up to 20 users that can be deployed on your private network. It promises 100% compatible with Microsoft Office formats and allows to collaboratively work on Word and Excel documents with a really complex formatting. Besides document editors it provides document management, email client, calendar, project management and community. ONLYOFFICE alternatives are: Office 365, Google Docs, LibreOffice