Enterprise 2.0 News

21.01.18


Google launched AutoML - a new service on Google Compute Engine that helps developers — including those with no machine learning (ML) expertise - build custom image recognition models. It’s no secret that it’s virtually impossible for businesses to hire machine learning experts and data scientists these days. There is simply too much demand and not enough supply. The new service allow virtually anybody to bring their images, upload them (and import their tags or create them in the app) and then have Google’s systems automatically create a customer machine learning model for them. The whole process, from importing data to tagging it and training the model, is done through a drag and drop interface. We’re not talking about something akin to Microsoft’s Azure ML studio here, though, where you can use a Yahoo Pipes-like interface to build, train and evaluate models. Google Compute Engine alternatives are: Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Rackspace, OpenStack, Oracle Cloud, Google App Engine
20.01.18

Okta and ServiceNow got together to build an app that helps ServiceNow customers using their security operations tools find security issues related to identity and take action immediately. Okta launched the Identity Cloud for Security Operations app today. It’s available in the ServiceNow app store and has been designed for customers who are using both toolsets. When a customer downloads and installs the app, it adds a layer of identity information inside the ServiceNow security operations interface, giving the operations team access to information about who specifically is involved with a security problem without having to exit their tool to find the information. Okta alternatives are: OneLogin, Ping Identity, Centrify, Salesforce Identity, LastPass, Symplified
19.01.18

WhatsApp today officially launched its new WhatsApp Business app in select markets, including Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S., ahead of its planned worldwide rollout.  Aimed at smaller businesses, the free app – Android-only for now – helps companies better connect with their customers and establish an official presence on WhatsApp’s service. Essentially, it’s the WhatsApp version of a Facebook Page. With the new app arriving today, small companies can set up their WhatsApp Business profiles by filling out information like a business description, email, address and website. WhatsApp alternatives are: Viber, Line, ICQ, BBM, Skype, Telegram, Google Hangouts, WeChat, Kik, Facebook Messenger
18.01.18

Email snippets in Zoho Mail now highlight your e-commerce based emails, if the emails have the correct schema format. So when you receive an email with the schema embedded, the email displayed to you will have dedicated icons placed in the mail listing and important details from the email highlighted in short. The developers also added sticky notes, to let you pin notes right to your mailbox, user profile enhancements for admin. The significant addition in Zoho Mail for Zoho CRM users: they can now choose default calendar to save your event invites. Zoho Mail alternatives are: GMail, G Suite, Microsoft Exchange
18.01.18

Google launched a new tool Security Center for G Suite admins that gives them a better view of the state of their organization’s security. It is only available to G Suite Enterprise users, features two main components. The first is a dashboard that gives admins an overview of current security metrics across services like Gmail (think incoming phishing emails), Google Drive and Mobile Management. The second main feature is a security health checkup that provides a quick overview of current security settings and recommendations for potential improvements. G Suite alternatives are: Zoho, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Basecamp, Lotus Notes, Office 365, Slack
09.01.18


Zoho came up with more upgrades for its project management app Zoho Projects, including an enhanced Gantt chart that supports all four types of task dependencies, custom views for tasks, and plenty more. The new Zoho People integration brings in vacation or time-off details about your team members into Projects, so that you can make sure tasks or bugs don’t wait on them when they are unavailable. The task and bug timers can now be paused and resumed instead of stopping and restarting from the beginning. With the new Zoho Meeting integration, you can simply click Meet Now on the Task Details page to meet your team online and clarify questions, resolve problems, or make decisions. Recall that in October last year Zoho launched another project management tool - Zoho Sprints. Zoho Projects alternatives are: Basecamp, Asana, Wrike, Jira
03.01.18

Apple has acquired Buddybuild, an app tools startup that describes itself as “mobile iteration platform” focused on continuous integration and debugging tools — essentially giving an app development team a simple workflow for iterating and pushing their apps out into the world through GitHub, BitBucket or GitLab. As part of the acquisition, Buddybuild will be rolled into Xcode, Apple’s suite of development tools for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, although Apple and Buddybuild have not given a specific timeline of when that will happen. Buddybuild alternatives are: Jenkins, Travis CI, CircleCI, TestFlight
20.12.17

Zoho launched all-new Zoho Campaigns. The new polished interface is designed to improve the user experience and help you achieve your goals faster. The new editor allows for complex, responsive template designs through a simple drag-and-drop interface. The template gallery is also loaded with a number of new designs for almost every occasion. New Personalization features will make your subscribers feel like messages are written specifically for them. Besides, the developers added a number of customizable autoresponders that put email campaigns on auto-pilot and email limits that can control the number of emails that any subscriber receives in a particular period. Zoho Campaigns alternatives are: AWeber, MailChimp, Constant Contact
09.12.17

Amazon released a single sign on product for the AWS cloud. With AWS SSO you can easily manage SSO access and user permissions to all of your accounts in AWS Organizations centrally. That’s very different from what other single sign on products like Okta or OneLogin are doing. These companies provide a much more comprehensive approach to single sign on, giving you a central way to log into all of your cloud services (and in some cases on-prem too). This saves you the pain of having separate user names and passwords for every account. You log in once and you have access to all of the included cloud services. AWS SSO alternatives are: Okta, OneLogin
08.12.17


Amazon launched its digital voice assistant Alexa for Business. She lets you be more productive throughout your day and stay focused on important tasks. Alexa can help you manage your schedule, keep track of your to-do list, and set reminders. Alexa can automatically dial into your conference calls and make phone calls for you. The push aims to extend the online giant’s wide lead over rivals like Apple's Siri, Google's Assistant, and Microsoft’s Cortana as competition heats up in a market that analysts say could transform the way people interact with technology. Alexa for Business Starter Kit that includes 7 smart speakers costs $709. Amazon Alexa alternatives are: Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant
07.12.17

Online identity management provider Okta, which counts corporate clients like Nordstrom and government clients like the U.S. Department of Justice, said that it’s now going to let startups use its services for free. Young organizations with up to 25 employees will be able to use Okta Identity Cloud without charge for one year. CEO Todd McKinnon hopes that they’ll become corporate clients as their business grows and they’re satisfied with the secure sign-on services. There are a lot of companies in the secure sign-in space. When asked about startups like Duo or SailPoint, which recently went public, McKinnon said “they have one part of what we offer” and “we have a broad suite.” He believes Okta’s real competitors are the incumbents like IBM, Oracle, Salesforce and Computer Associates. Okta alternatives are: OneLogin, Ping Identity, Centrify, Salesforce Identity, LastPass, Symplified
05.12.17

Intuit, the company behind products like QuickBooks, acquired TSheets, a time-tracking service and employee scheduling app with over 35,000 customers for $340 million. There’s an obvious overlap between the markets for QuickBooks and TSheets, both of which mostly target small to medium businesses. Indeed, Intuit tells us that the companies already share 12,000 customers. Clearly this isn’t a play to acquire new customers, but to build out the QuickBooks ecosystem and it’s worth noting that TSheets already offers an integration with QuickBooks. In talking to Intuit over the last few months, this idea of removing friction is very much at the heart of the company’s current product plans, especially with regard to QuickBooks. Quickbooks alternatives are: Freshbooks, Quicken, Xero, Mint, Wave
04.12.17

Microsoft announced the general availability of its Edge Browser (the followup to Internet Explorer) for iOS and Android. The mobile version offers many of its familiar desktop/tablet features, including Favorites, Reading Lists and New Tab Pages. The company’s also added some new tools. Roaming Passwords are now on-board, giving users the ability to sync passwords cross platform on mobile and desktop. There’s also dark theme. That’s basically what it sounds like, offering a black desktop instead of the default white/gray one, which should be easier on some eyes. The addition of Edge is an important piece of Microsoft’s new mobile strategy. At the very least additions like Edge and Cortana to iOS and Android will make it easier for Windows 10 users to have their existing smartphones play nice with their PCs. Microsoft Edge alternatives are: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox
01.12.17

Amazon Web Services launched a new browser-based IDE, AWS Cloud9. It isn’t all that different from similar IDEs and editors like Sublime Text, but as AWS stressed during today’s keynote, it allows for collaborative editing and it’s also deeply integrated into the AWS ecosystem. The tool comes with built-in support for languages like JavaScript, Python, PHP and others. Cloud9 also includes pre-installed debugging tools. AWS argues that this is the first “cloud native” IDE, though I’m sure some of its competitors will take issue with this description. Either way, though, Cloud9 is deeply integrated with AWS and developers can create cloud environments and start new instances right from the tool. Amazon Web Services alternatives are: Rackspace, Windows Azure, Google App Engine, Heroku, OpenStack, Godaddy
30.11.17

Amazon Web Services added long-awaited support for the Kubernetes container orchestration system on top of its Elastic Container Service (ECS). Kubernetes has become something of a de facto standard for container orchestration. It already had the backing of Google (which incubated it), as well as Microsoft and virtually every other major cloud player. So AWS is relatively late to the party here but it does already have over 100,000 active container clusters on its service and that these users spin up millions of containers already. AWS’s users are clearly interested in running containers and indeed, many of them already ran Kubernetes on top of AWS, but without the direct support of AWS. But with this new service, AWS will manage the container orchestration system for its users. ECS for Kubernetes will support the latest versions of Kubernetes and AWS will handle upgrades and all of the management of the service and its clusters. Kubernetes alternatives are: Docker, CoreOS, OpenStack
28.11.17

Full-featured versions of Microsoft Office apps are now available in the Google Play Store for Chromebooks. But to use Office apps on devices with screen bigger than 10.1 inches (for anything other than viewing documents) you'll need a Microsoft Office 365 subscription, which starts at $6.99 a month. You also need one of the latest Chromebooks, as Google made Chrome OS capable of supporting Android applications only last year. Of course, Google’s G Suite is still the more likely choice for a number of Chromebook users, but the ability to use Microsoft Office on a Chromebook makes them a potentially more viable option for businesses using Microsoft’s software. The other option is Windows 10 S – the streamlined version of Windows 10 the company is positioning as its Chrome OS competitor. Office 365 alternatives are: G Suite, Google Docs, GMail, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Zoho, OneDrive
21.11.17

Google is cutting the price of using Nvidia’s Tesla GPUs through its Compute Engine by up to 36 percent. In U.S. regions, using the somewhat older K80 GPUs will now cost $0.45 per hour while using the newer and more powerful P100 machines will cost $1.46 per hour (all with per-second billing). Thus Google is aiming this feature at developers who want to run their own machine learning workloads on its cloud, though there also are a number of other applications — including physical simulations and molecular modeling — that greatly benefit from the hundreds of cores that are now available on these GPUs. Google Cloud Platform alternatives are: Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Heroku, Google App Engine, Parse
17.11.17


Zoho released the new version of note-taking app Zoho Notebook 4.0 that marks the launch of Notebook for Web. Then there’s also the introduction of Smart Cards, which intelligently format content you add to Notebook across devices. And if those two things aren’t enough, it added document scanning along with a redesigned Photo Card, lots of drag and drop to Notebook for iPad Pro, and several other cross-platform updates. Notebook for Web brings all your notes and notebooks online. You can create Text, Checklist, Photo, and File Cards. To add a custom Notebook cover, simply drag an image from your desktop and drop it on the cover you want to replace. You can create Photo and File Cards in Notebook by dragging and dropping from your desktop, as well. Notes can be grouped, moved, and copied to different notebooks. And both notebooks and notes can be locked with a passcode. If you have a Notebook account, the web app is automatically available. Zoho Notebook alternatives are: Evernote, OneNote
16.11.17

Skype announced the new account type - Professional Account - freelancers and online entrepreneurs, that give online lessons, tutoring and consulting. The Skype Professional Account desktop client, soon to be released in preview in the U.S., adds powerful new features to Skype to make doing your online business a whole lot easier. In addition to meeting with your clients as you have been on Skype, you can also book those meetings, accept payments, and keep notes—all in one place. Skype Professional Account gives you the power to do business from one app for free (during the preview). From French tutors to yoga instructors, you’ll be able to book lessons, accept payments, and give lessons all from one place, seamlessly. Plus, we’ve added an enhanced profile page to help improve your online presence and a dedicated website for your small business right in Skype. Your contacts will be able to see pertinent info like your hours and business offerings. All the features work together. For example, a payment request can be sent along with a booking. Skype alternatives are: OoVoo, Facetime, Google Voice, Google Hangouts, Tango, Vonage, Viber, Vonage
15.11.17

SendGrid, the marketing email company, raised $131 million after pricing its IPO at $16, above the expected range of $13.50 to $15.50. The company begins trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange, under the ticker SEND. SendGrid helps businesses send marketing emails. It says in its IPO filing that it has processed more than one trillion emails. SendGrid says competes with SparkPost, MailChimp and divisions of Amazon, Oracle and Salesforce. SendGrid alternatives are: Mailchimp, Salesforce Marketing Cloud, Aweber, Constant Contact, Mailjet, iContact