Enterprise 2.0 News

20.10.17

Microsoft announced a significant upgrade to its Teams collaboration app this week, bumping up the number of people allowed in a single Team from 999 to 2500. When Teams launched last November, people speculated the app was Microsoft's answer to Slack and Stride for Office 365. But with the original Team size limit of 999 people per team, Teams remained an attractive option for small-to-medium enterprises, but held limited appeal for larger organizations. Since its release, one of the most frequently requested improvements from users was an increase to that limit. For companies with over 15,000 employees — in other words, the companies Microsoft appears to be targeting — a 2500 limit is unlikely to be a big enough increase. Microsoft Teams alternatives are: Slack, HipChat, Yammer, Skype for Business
20.10.17

Duo Security announced $70 million Series D funding at a valuation of $1.17 billion. The Michigan-based SaaS company works with more than 10,000 companies. The company’s main product is a two-factor authentication app but Duo also offers other security products to secure users and their devices. Duo’s solution is cloud-based, which means there's no software to install, and no server to set up. The new investment will help accelerate the company’s technical innovations and operations as well as securing new partnerships. Duo Security alternatives are: Google Authenticator, Authy, Toopher, YubiKey
20.10.17

InVision, the company developing collaborative prototyping tool, is taking on the full stack with the announcement of its own Photoshop competitor - Studio. This design tool goes toe-to-toe with Adobe Photoshop and Sketch, offering designers a way to both create and edit their work and then seamlessly send it into the InVision cloud for collaboration. It's built specifically with the modern designer’s workflow in mind. The advanced animation you find on InVision is now available in Studio on the design level, letting designers bring life to static screens without writing code. The new tool is also with a responsive design feature, letting designers automatically check their screens on multiple screen sizes without re-creating them for each different device that customers might be using. InVision alternatives are: Axure, Balsamiq Mockups, Flinto, Proto.io, Photoshop Express
20.10.17

Zoho Assist, a remote support and remote access offering from Zoho, has joined hands with Spiceworks, the world’s largest community of IT pros. Thus Spiceworks expanded the collection of free online tools available for sysadmins, network engineers, and technicians. Spiceworks also launched the free remote support tool, powered by Zoho Assist. It requires no sign-up or login. All it takes is a single click to start a remote support session and it requires no installation on your end. Your customers can join quickly by entering the session code. It connects securely over the internet with SSL and encryption and works over firewall and VPN. Zoho Assist alternatives are: Teamviewer, LogMeIn, GoToAssist
19.10.17

Google rolled out new updates for the web version of Google Calendar, finally giving PC users the sleek layout and intuitive controls offered on the mobile app version of the G Suite tool. The redesigned calendar layout will automatically adjusts to better fit the size of your screen. Most of the other features coming with the web redesign will be helpful for people using Calendar within wider organizations. The handiest of these will now allow you to check out multiple users' calendars side by side for a given day, in order to see how everyone's schedule lines up.  Calendar Invites now allow to add formatting and hyperlinks directly into the description field, and G Suite administrators will be able to include more details about conference rooms within an organization. Google Calendar alternatives are: Zoho Calendar, Yahoo Calendar, MS Outlook
17.10.17

Kubernetes, the open source tool developed by Google, has won the battle of container technologies. So Docker announced native support for Kubernetes. The company hasn’t given up completely on its own orchestration tool, Docker Swarm, but by offering native Kubernetes support for the first time, it is acknowledging that people are using it in sufficient numbers that they have to build in support. To take the sting away from supporting a rival tool, they are offering an architecture that enables users to select an orchestration engine at run time. That can be Swarm or Kubernetes each time without any need to alter code. Docker alternatives are: Chef, Puppet, VMware vSphere, OpenVZ, Heroku, Ansible
13.10.17

IdeasOnCanvas presented the new version of its mind-mapping software MindNode 5 is coming soon this year for iOS and macOS. MindNode 5 is an update packed with new features, enhancements and many small refinements to make working with MindNode even more productive. Top-Down-Layout and orthogonal branches will enable you to use MindNode for new use cases, like organization charts. Other new features include a brand new brainstorming mode and the adoption of many significant iOS 11 features. The free version doubles as a viewer for MindNode documents. If you only want to edit your documents on your Mac, but want to view them on you iPhone you can now do this without paying for the iOS version. MindNode alternatives are: iThoughts, MindJet MindManager, XMind, NovaMind, Freemind, SimpleMind, MindMeister, OmniGraffle
12.10.17

Box has just unveiled Skills and the related SDK, Skills Kit. With these new offerings, organizations and developers now have the ability to pull insights from their massive content stores in Box data sets and apply machine learning to release the intrinsic commercial value in that content. Box is previewing three initial Box Skills, using machine learning tools from Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure to solve common business use cases: Those use cases include: Image recognition (detecting individual objects and concepts in image files, capturing text through optical character recognition (OCR), and automatically adding keyword labels to images to easily build metadata on image catalogs), Audio Transcription & Analysis (uses audio files to create and index a text transcript that can be easily searched and manipulated in a variety of use cases), Video Indexing (analyzes video files to provide text transcription, topic detection and indexing, and facial recognition). Box alternatives are: DropBox, Google Drive, SharePoint, Citrix ShareFile, Egnyte, Evernote, Syncplicity, OneDrive
11.10.17

Business Intelligence software provider Tableau announced Tableau Server on Linux, which gives a new option to users who do not want to run it on Windows Server. Besides, Tableau acquired HyPer, a startup that created Hyper, a main memory database for precisely that reason. It brings performance, faster loading and scalability according to Ajenstat. It replaces Tableau's TDE database, and is part of Tableau 10.5 which is available now in beta. Also Tableau has opened its API, inviting users to integrate and work with third-party applications directly in Tableau. Tableau alternatives are: QlikView, MicroStrategy, Tibco Spotfire, IBM Cognos, Splunk
11.10.17


Zoho released a new version of its project management tool Zoho Projects 6 that will more easily adapt to diverse project requirements. It adds Custom fields and Custom statuses for tasks, Layouts - templates from which you can model your projects, ability to set Custom logo and domain name, advanced task reports, revamped Task details page, uniform design across all modules, new and searchable Setup page, custom field based reports, Kanban view by status, enhanced task filters. Zoho Projects alternatives are: Basecamp, Asana, Wrike, Jira
11.10.17

Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana has finally arrived in Skype, offering users in-context assistance during their chats, as well as the option to message Cortana directly to ask questions or get help with a number of other tasks. The idea to bring an A.I.-like helper to mobile messaging isn’t unique to Microsoft. Google’s Allo app is aided by Google Assistant, while Facebook Messenger has its own assistant, “M,” for example. Cortana can offer other input, like restaurant options, movie reviews, a good place to meet, a fact it knows the answer to, and more. Plus, the assistant can help with scheduling events and setting up reminders, which are then synced to your other devices where Cortana is enabled, like your Windows 10 PC. Cortana alternatives are: Siri, Google Now, S Voice
11.10.17

Cloud Foundry, the open-source platform as a service (PaaS) offering for enterprise made an early bet on Docker containers, but with Kubo, which Pivotal and Google donated to the project last year, the project gained a new tool for allowing its users to quickly deploy and manage a Kubernetes cluster (Kubernetes being the Google-backed open-source container orchestration tool that itself is becoming the de facto standard for managing containers). The project is now taking Kubo, renaming it to “Cloud Foundry Container Runtime” (because who needs cute names, after all), and making it a core part of the Cloud Foundry platform. Unsurprisingly, Google and Pivotal worked with Cloud Foundry on building this integration. Cloud Foundry alternatives are: OpenStack, Heroku, Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine, Windows Azure
11.10.17

HR management service Zenefits launched a new performance tracking tool for employees, which has been built in-house as it looks to pick off niches on its effort to become a one-stop shop for HR in small businesses. That includes reviews, goals, and will eventually also incorporate check-ins and peer reviews. At smaller companies, these may often seem to be oversights or afterthoughts, but Zenefits seems to want to streamline the process and introduce these kinds of sophisticated corporate behaviors into smaller businesses. Zenefits alternatives are: TriNet, Gusto, Workday, SimplyInsured, ADP
10.10.17

Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft,  admitted on Twitter that Microsoft isn’t working on any software or hardware update for its mobile operation system Windows Phone (or Windows 10 Mobile). He even admitted that there’s no way to solve Microsoft’s app problems. Companies and indie developers simply don’t want to work on Windows Phone apps — most of them probably never cared in the first place. Microsoft is going to focus on mobile in different ways. The company has been working on mobile apps and some of them are quite successful. For instance, Microsoft Edge is coming to Android and iOS. Windows alternatives are: Chrome OS, iOS, Android
08.10.17

The vet instant messenger AIM will shut down on December after running for 20 years since 1997. AIM dominated online chat in at the turn of the century. It battled for supremacy with competitors like ICQ, and messengers from Yahoo and Microsoft MSN. But eventually text messaging, Google’s GChat and Facebook took over, while AIM never fully figured out the shift to mobile. AIM alternatives are: Skype, Yahoo Messenger
06.10.17

Facebook has launched official desktop PC and Mac chat apps with screen sharing — two features users have been begging for. Right now, they’re only available for Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise collaboration software that competes with Slack and other business apps. Workplace has over 14,000 businesses on board paying $1 to $3 per user, and recently signed up Wal-Mart. Screensharing could help Workplace attract more clients and disrupt the clunky screen sharing of alternative apps like Skype and WebEx. It’s clear that Facebook is applying its rapid development style in an bid to conquer offices with an all-in-one collaboration app while competitors only offer a piece of the puzzle. Facebook Workplace alternatives are: IBM Connections, Yammer, Salesforce Chatter, Jive, Slack
05.10.17

With the new Zoho Meeting iOS app you can have meetings with coworkers as well as host webinars, deliver demos, and provide user education for customers. Powered by iOS 11, the Zoho Meeting app enables you to share your phone’s screen with your audience, whether they’re customers or coworkers. This is useful not only for live demos and hosting webinars, but also for making presentations more contextual and interactive. Neither you nor your collaborators need to create an account or sign in to participate. If you have the app installed, you’re all ready to join a meeting or host one yourself. Zoho Meeting alternatives are: GoToMeeting, Webex
03.10.17

ServiceNow bought design firm Telepathy because it knows that offering enterprise-class functionality isn’t enough anymore to win over alternatives. Your applications have to look good too. Companies can’t just deliver good functionality. They have to deliver it in a way that appeals to both IT from an administrative perspective and end users from a pure design and ease of use perspective. ServiceNow has purchased seven companies since 2013 prior to today’s announcement. ServiceNow alternatives are: BMC Remedy, Salesforce Service Cloud, Jira, SharePoint, Cherwell, Zendesk, Remedyforce, EasyVista
03.10.17

Mobile VoIP-provider (since 2006) Truphone has picked up a massive $339 million funding that it will use to retire its debt and double down on providing data connectivity for connected devices beyond mobile phones. The rush of new, smart devices that work in part by connecting to the internet is bringing in a new group of startups to provide that connectivity. In addition to Truphone, alternative providers in the same area of business include Skype and Cubic Telecom — which works with Audi on connected vehicles and also recently raised some funding to fuel its growth. Interestingly, Truphone’s basic technology is at the root both of the company’s legacy business, and the business it hopes to tap into in the future. Truphone alternatives are: Skype, Viber
02.10.17

Accounting software provider Xero has partnered with Curve, fintech startup that lets you consolidate all your bank cards into a single card and track your spending. The goal is to remove much of the friction involved in filing expenses. The integration gives users an option to connect the Curve app to Xero so that spending on one's Curve card can be automatically added to the accounting software without the need to enter each expense manually. Xero alternatives are: QuickBooks, Freshbooks, Wave, Kashoo, Zoho Books, Outright, Mint