Enterprise 2.0 News

20.09.17

Zoho Expense has a new feather in its cap with the addition of Windows 10 Desktop compatibility. Users can now access expense reporting software in the cozy surroundings of Windows desktop. Zoho Expense for Windows 10 desktop comes packed with the following features: comprehensive dashboard, auto-scanning of expense receipts, multi-currency, mileage expenses, travel allowances (per diems), itemized expenses, tracking advances received, customized approvals. Zoho Expense alternatives are: Expensify
20.09.17

Post-it notes are one of the most successful accidents of our time. Many companies are trying to replicate the persuasive power of sticky notes on the digital platform. And now Zoho made them available right inside Zoho CRM. These digital sticky notes stay on top of your dashboard, which acts as your workspace.  Go here if you need to write down ideas that pop up in your mind, set up your schedule for the day, or note down tasks and reminders for yourself. Sticky notes store all information that you think you might need to reference later. Available in all editions of Zoho CRM, any sticky notes you create are not visible to other users in your CRM account. Zoho CRM alternatives are: Salesforce, Highrise, vtiger CRM, SugarCRM, Bitrix24
20.09.17

Over the last few years, some alternative cloud platforms moved to more flexible billing models (mostly per-minute billing) and now AWS is one-upping many of them by moving to per-second billing for its Linux-based EC2 instances. This new per-second billing model will apply to on-demand, reserved and spot instances, as well as provisioned storage for EBS volumes. Amazon EMR and AWS Batch are also moving to this per-second model. it’s worth noting, though, that there is a one-minute minimum charge per instance and that this doesn’t apply to machines that run Windows or some of the Linux distributions that have their own separate hourly charges. Amazon Web Services alternatives are: Rackspace, Windows Azure, Google App Engine, Heroku, OpenStack, Godaddy
19.09.17

Gmail is starting to automatically detect and convert addresses, phone numbers and contacts into links. The feature, which begins rolling out today for Gmail and Inbox on Android, iOS and the web, should be familiar to most users because almost every other major email client has it already. Address links will open Google Maps, clicking on an email address launches a new compose window in your email client and phone numbers dial a new call in Hangouts or your default phone app. The feature will be visible to all users within three days. Gmail alternatives are: Microsoft Exchange, MS Outlook, Lotus Notes, Zoho Mail, Outlook.com, G Suite
15.09.17

Amazon’s AWS launched its largest EC2 machine (in terms of memory size) yet: the x1e.32xlarge instance with a whopping 4.19TB of RAM. Previously, EC2’s largest instance only featured just over 2TB of memory. These machines feature quad-socket Intel Xeon processors running at 2.3 GHz, up to 25 Gbps of network bandwidth and two 1,920GB SSDs. There are obviously only a few applications that need this kind of memory. It’s no surprise, then, that these instances are certified to run SAP’s HANA in-memory database and its various tools and that SAP will offer direct support for running these applications on these instances. It’s worth noting that Microsoft Azure’s largest memory-optimized machine currently tops out at just over 2TB and that Google already calls it quits at 416GB of RAM. Amazon Web Services alternatives are: Rackspace, Windows Azure, Google App Engine, Heroku, OpenStack, Godaddy
15.09.17

One of the big reasons Microsoft pushed SharePoint Framework into general availability in February was to attract more developer talent into the SharePoint ecosystem. And now with the release of SharePoint Feature Pack 2 (FP2), the company finally gives Framework support to users of SharePoint 2016. Framework is a page and web part model that provides full support for client-side SharePoint development, easy integration with SharePoint data and support for open source tooling. The release will make it easier for SharePoint 2016 customers and third-party developers to build SharePoint-focused solutions. SharePoint alternatives are: Drupal, Alfresco, OneDrive, G Suite, Confluence, Salesforce, Documentum, Dropbox
13.09.17

Popular project management tool Trello (which was recently acquired by Atlassian) launched desktop apps for Mac and Windows. Until now, Trello only lived in the browser. Now, Trello users will get all of the usual features they know from the browser, with the added ability to get native desktop notifications and add cards from anywhere thanks to support for plenty of keyboard shortcuts, for example — and you can do all of that without being tempted to surf over to Facebook when you’re done. If you’re using an Apple laptop with the Touch Bar, then will also be able to use that to create new cards and open boards in a new window with just a tap. Given that Atlassian launched its Stride Slack-competitor last week, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Trello is getting some integrations with Stride now, too. Specifically, this means that you can now start Stride audio and video conferences right from within Trello so you can instantly start a conference call with all Trello board members without having to shift between different applications. Trello alternatives are: Slack, Wunderlist, Jira, Pivotal Tracker, Basecamp, Asana, Todoist, Producteev, Microsoft Project, Stride
11.09.17

Microsoft announced a number of feature updates to the service Teams. Starting today, you can add anyone with an Azure Active Directory account as a guest to a team. That still means there’s a bit of a barrier to entry here for guest access and Microsoft plans to lower than barrier in the near future by also allowing Teams users to add anybody with a basic Microsoft Account to Teams. Microsoft also announced that 125,000 organizations in 181 markets now use Teams, its Slack competitor for Office 365 subscribers. Microsoft Teams alternatives are: Slack, HipChat, Yammer
11.09.17

Rackspace to acquire Datapipe, one of its largest competitors in the managed public and private cloud services business. While Datapipe has been extremely successful in the enterprise and with government customers, Rackspace has traditionally focused more on the mid-market segment. The two companies didn’t typically compete on every deal and he stressed that even their product portfolios are quite different, too. While Rackspace could have gained similar technical capabilities by making a number of smaller acquisitions, that process would have taken much longer and wouldn’t necessarily have given Rackspace access to the kind of customers that Datapipe currently works with. Those customers include a large number of large public-sector companies, but also the U.S. departments of defense, energy and justice, in addition to the U.K.’s cabinet office, ministry of justice and department of transportation. Rackspace alternatives are: Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Heroku, IBM SoftLayer, Office 365, G Suite
10.09.17

Google launched a new desktop application for Google Drive users, called Drive File Stream, which is now available to G Suite customers. The app will serve as a replacement for the Google Drive desktop app that will be shut down next year. A key difference between the consumer application and the enterprise version is the option for administrative control. Company I.T. departments starting today will see the settings for Drive File Stream appear in the Admin Console for their version of G Suite, says Google. This will allow them to configure and distribute the solution for their domain, including turning sync on, specifying how the software is installed, disabling Google Update if the company prefers manual updates, and managing other settings. Google Drive alternatives are: OneDrive, DropBox, Box, ICloud, SugarSync, Evernote, Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Docs