Microsoft wants to train at Linux

In partnership with the Linux Foundation, the publisher launches a certification training focused on Linux. It aims to support computer scientists wishing to use the OS on its cloud.

Microsoft’s new initiative in open source. In partnership with the Linux Foundation, the publisher launches a certification focused on Linux . It aims to learn how to exploit the open source OS on the cloud of the US group.

This initiative is not necessarily a surprise. Microsoft is now focusing much of Azure’s technology policy on open source . In total, nearly fifty applications and open source bricks are, for the time being, already implemented on the cloud.

A strategy that aims, also, to respond to a request. Microsoft recently revealed that a quarter of instances operated on Azure for clients embark Linux .

A certification consisting of two modules

No wonder Microsoft also wants to support this movement with a new training offer. The proposed certification involves passing two modules. One provides Microsoft Specialist certification “Implementing Azure Infrastructure Solutions” (test 70-533). The second refers to the LFCS certification exams of the Linux Foundation on Linux System Administration . These modules are offered by approved training centers.

“Microsoft likes Linux”. 
This is the message that Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, now intends to pass. 
A positioning that was unveiled for the first time in October 2014 .  
Credit: Microsoft

In total, Microsoft supports seven Linux distributions on Azure  : Ubuntu, CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise, OpenSUSE, Oracle Linux, as well as Debian and Red Hat – whose support in the publisher’s cloud has been introduced more recently (read article: Red Hat becomes Microsoft’s weapon to sell Azure to linuxians ).

End of Unlimited Storage in OneDrive for the General Public: Microsoft Responds to User’s Grumbling

Faced with the outcry that followed the announcement of the end of unlimited storage in OneDrive for Office 365 Family, Personal and University subscribers, Microsoft is making arrangements.

In October 2014, Microsoft launched a no-limit file storage offeringon OneDrive for Office 365 Family, Personal, and University subscribers. Evoking abuse, he announced a little over a year after wanting to return to a limitation from January 2016, fixing it at 1 TB. The publisher also put an end to its OneDrive packages of 100 and 200 GB, with the willingness to substitute for an offer capped at 50 GB for $ 1.99 per month. As for its free entry-level OneDrive service, it went from 15 GB to 5 GB. Microsoft gave 12 months to Office 365 subscribers who had benefited from its unlimited offer to clean (up to a limit of 10 TB used) , and return to 1 TB.

While a petition calling for the return of the unlimited offer currently collects more than 72,000 signatures , Microsoft is forced to rearrange its proposal. The group is committed first and foremost to fully repay its customers who would not be satisfied with the conditions of release of its Office 365 unlimited storage offer. For all users of free OneDrive accounts, it proposes to keep the storage capacity of 15 GB (with possibly the additional extra 15 GB that could be proposed) by going to this activation page (valid until as of January 31, 2016). “As for users of free OneDrive account with more than 5 GB of stored content, they are offered a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal with 1 TB of storage included (this offer will be sent by email in early 2016)” , recalls Microsoft.

Finally, it is clear that the Office 365 roadmap still indicates (as we write these lines) “an upcoming introduction of unlimited storage in OneDrive for Business”.

How unified communications meets the need for business continuity

Failure to operate due to a failure of the communications means leads to delays in customer service and response to customer needs, resulting in decreased customer satisfaction.

Malfunctioning essential services, such as communications or software solutions, translates very quickly into lost revenue and often a tainted reputation. Failure to operate due to a failure of the communications means leads to delays in customer service and response to customer needs, which inevitably leads to decreased customer satisfaction.

Many CIOs now have to focus on business continuity and communication. Yet a recent survey of 1,000 IT managers and published by Computer Weekly recently revealed that 96% of companies are not confident in their ability to communicate when faced with a disaster. In addition, 30% also indicated that they did not have communications continuity plans.

Yet, simple solutions are available since with a cloud-based unified communications (UC) system, an organization can dramatically improve business continuity by leveraging off-site solutions that have been rigorously tested to provide uptime. 99.999%.

Definition of business continuity

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) defines business continuity as “the ability of the business to continue delivering products or services to acceptable pre-defined levels after a disruptive incident.” “

In practice, the term describes the creation of plans to provide critical business functions, despite disasters, emergency incidents and other external factors that would otherwise disrupt the ability of the business to function.

Frequent Obstacles in Continuing Business Continuity

Providing ongoing communications services that would otherwise be disrupted requires a comprehensive and in-depth plan to look at all facets of the organization and identify ways to provide critical functionality. It is an ongoing process of analysis, design, implementation and validation.

Organizations often face multiple obstacles in pursuit of seamless business continuity:

  • ·         Poor understanding of the organization .

Failure to properly understand the continuity requirements of an organization in the event of a disaster can result in the construction of a business continuity plan that falls flat. This problem must be solved by working directly at all levels of management when creating the program and meeting their unique needs.

  • ·         Do not incorporate business continuity into the corporate culture .

The corporate culture dictates where employees place their value and attention. The creation of tools for business continuity must be integrated into this corporate culture to be truly effective. Encouraging all employees to communicate using a personal unified communications solution in the cloud can create the reflex of using a tool designed with business continuity in mind .

  • ·         Following a model rather than a guide .

There are several methods and several effective business continuity programs. Many companies invest in these programs to save time. Some of these programs are worth the investment, while others result in the implementation of a plan that fails when it is needed. The solution ? Look for a guide to help you develop a plan. Find a consultant or program that favors analysis instead of ticking boxes. 

Unified communications as an emergency response tool

Cloud-based telephony solutions, the prevalence of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, and advances in cloud hardware all contributed to the emergence of unified personal communication as a perfect emergency response system.

Personal unified communication provides an effective experience for all users across all platforms and operating systems. It offers better communication and collaboration during normal operations. When emergencies occur and traditional onsite solutions fail, unified communication is maintained. Since the services are hosted offsite, they will not be impacted by the disaster.

When the system is in recovery mode, employees can use a device to communicate with each other. Even if mobile towers are removed throughout the region, any device with an Internet connection will be able to communicate with the entire organization. Cloud-based telephony solutions help businesses stay up-to-date when faced with snowstorms, fires, or technical failures

Societe Generale: investment bank moves to cloud 2.0

After a proof of concept, Societe Generale’s Corporate Banking and Investor Solutions Bank decided to embark on the creation of a Docker-oriented private cloud.

The Société Générale was present at the DockerCon Europe in Barcelona on 16 and 17 November. Sponsor of this second edition of the Docker client event on the Old Continent, the bank was the only actor outside the IT sector to hold a stand – alongside many partners of the US publisher. A way for the French group to highlight its interest in Docker’s innovations in the cloud. Is this surprising? Not that much, when we know the history of this bank on digital , and its policy of openness to the digital ecosystem for about two years. Organization of Hackathons, active contributions to technological meetups, involvement in several major meetings on digital ( Competition of the Best Dev of France , Devoxx, Cloud Computing World Expo) … Societe Generale’s participation in the DockerCon Europe is the last initiative of an already long list.

A Pock on Docker that proves conclusive

But behind the presence of Société Générale at the DockerCon Europe also hides, of course, an interest of the group, for Docker. A few months ago, a project of proof of concept (Poc) on this technology was initiated within its branch Large Client Bank and Investor Solutions (GBIS). Alongside the retail bank, it is one of the two main divisions of Société Générale. It includes the corporate and investment banking, asset management, private banking and investor services. “Our Poc on Docker was conclusive,” says Adrien Blind, DevOps coach & Disruptive agitator at GBIS, whom we met at the DockerCon.

Societe Generale stand on the exhibition area of ​​the DockerCon Europe 2015 which was held on November 16th and 17th in Barcelona. © JDN

During this phase of Poc, three cases of use of Docker were defined by the bank. First, this technology is identified as a lever to optimize continuous deployment. Because of its lightness, the container would allow GBIS to manage its production more quickly than conventional VMs. Second case of use in the line of sight of GBIS: the management of the climbs in charge. With its capacity to provision images almost on the fly, the container offers a level of efficiency on this ground, again, well above VM. “In a business environment like the financial markets, some applications have a fluctuating workload, so the size of their computing resources must be able to adapt dynamically throughout the day;

Towards a first Docker platform in production

As a result, the next challenge for GBIS is to build a Docker platform to internally host applications in production. To build such a private cloud, GBIS plans to use one of the flagship technologies positioned in this field. CloudFoundry and OpenShift (Red Hat) are examples. But GBIS will also have to deal with its existing. This division of Société Générale has indeed deployed a vast private cloud based on the VMware offer.

With Docker, the production and development teams will be able to speak the same language

At the same time, GBIS production and development teams will also have to tame Docker to make the most of the benefits. A small challenge in accompanying change. “It would be precisely the role of IT coaches, and especially our DevOps coaches, to deal with this issue,” continues Adrien Blind. “Before being coaches, they often have experience that is close enough to the professionals they now support, which gives them legitimacy, and allows them to speak the same language, using examples that speak to teams.”Finally, the containers could well contribute to move the GBIS continuous deployment process into a new era. Docker technology is a way to build a bridge between GBIS’s IT infrastructure management and application development activities. Missions currently assigned to two very different ISDs. “With Docker, it’s a new point of convergence that is emerging,” says Adrien Blind. Thus, the ISD in charge of the infrastructure could typically ultimately provide basic application images, no longer in the form of “code artefacts”, but containers … Containers on which the development teams could then carry the business applications.


Marketing: Salesforce Offers MinHash Data Scientists

The tenor of the CRM has just acquired a very young shoot that proposes to improve the relevance of marketing campaigns through machine learning.

Salesforce has confirmed the acquisition of MinHash, a young Californian startup that wants to put machine learning in the service of marketing. Its platform, and virtual assistant Aila, promise more specifically to detect emerging trends on the internet, and to propose accordingly campaigns more targeted and more relevant. The start-up was founded in March 2014 by data scientists who previously worked for eBay and Avaya.

The amount of the acquisition has not been disclosed. On its website , the Minhash team explains how to join Salesforce in order to continue its machine learning efforts “on a much larger scale, at the world’s leading CRM”. Some people are already imagining that Salesforce will use this acquisition to build a new Big Data or marketing analytics offering, which has been pending for some time (read our article What Salesforce Will Do With Its Analytics Solutions ). Salesforce had already offered a virtual assistant (RelateIQ, for nearly $ 400 million), which it has now integrated into its offer for SMEs and small businesses (read SalesforceIQ: to add intelligence to the customer relationship ).

The platform MinHash will in any case stopped on January 21, is it now written on the company’s website.

Cloud: VMware Terminates EMC Joint Venture Project

The virtualization specialist announces its withdrawal from the joint venture project it announced with EMC. Through this joint venture, the two players wanted to give birth to a hybrid cloud actor.

In a document sent to US securities regulators (SEC), VMware announces that it is pulling out of its joint venture project with EMC. The virtualization specialist and its parent company formalized this joint initiative in October . Its goal: to create a hybrid cloud infrastructure actor, capable of offering a combined public cloud (IaaS) and private offer. Incorporating some of WMware’s business, it was to be carried by Virtustream, a private cloud company acquired by EMC in May 2015. The joint venture was to take this brand as its name.

How to explain this change? Since announcing the acquisition of EMC by Dell , the work VMware has been declining, from 82 to $ 57 (its course this December 14 at closing). Although  VMware is 80% owned by EMC, the company has indeed a separate management and its own during scholarship . During the last two months of the VMware stock retreat, the most significant dropout took place on October 21st, the day of the announcement of the joint venture with EMC .Beyond the wrong indicator, it can be even more annoying than usual for VMware management. Because in the context of the acquisition of EMC, Dell plans to pay $ 24.05 per share to EMC shareholders, but also $ 9.10 per title in the form of VMware inventory tracking. In line with the financial performance of the shares of the division it targets (this is the logic of tracking stocks), the potential value of these “reflection shares” has consequently fallen as the stock VMware value. This is undoubtedly what motivated the decision of the editor to backtrack, with the desire to reassure its shareholders.

60% of CAC40 companies have adopted Office 365

Société Générale, Alstom, Legrand, Vinci … The jewels of our economy are massively opting for Microsoft’s collaborative suite. Overview of these deployments.

The Microsoft steamroller is running. In the war against Google in the adoption of collaborative solutions in cloud mode in business, the group of Redmond has put the turbo. Google has been able to hang in recent years beautiful references among the jewels of the French economy – Air Liquide, Lafarge, Essilor or Valeo use its Google Apps for Work. But since then, Microsoft has worked hard, boosted by the talk “mobile first” and “cloud first” of its CEO, Satya Nadella. As a result, 60% of the CAC40 companies use all or part of their Office 365 suite. “Two years ago, we saw an acceleration of projects,” observes Nathalie Wright, director of the large companies and alliances division of Microsoft France.

630,000 Office 365 users identified in the Cac 40

In this folder, the Journal du Net has identified ten CAC40 groups that implement Offce 365, totaling more than 630,000 users of the Microsoft offer (see the table below). These most iconic projects? Announced a year ago, Société Générale’s DigitForAll program aims, for example, to install SharePoint, Skype for Business or Yammer on the workstation of 150,000 employees. At Accor and Vinci, migration projects exceed 100,000 users. (And our panorama does not take into account the 60,000 posts recently announced by Suez Environnement, the latter having left the CAC40).

Faced with Google, Microsoft plays on its assets: its historical presence in business, its dense network of partners and, of course, but also the data security component. This last point being the main obstacle to the adoption of SaaS services. “For a big account, the respect of the localization of the data and the data privacy are essential elements,” recalls Nathalie Wright. Microsoft recommends hosting sensitive data within the company’s own infrastructure or at a hosting provider. What makes Office 365 possible , since it gives the choice between a SaaS version … and an internalized version. An alternative that remains impossible with Google Apps.

First brick: messaging

The deployment of the various Office 365 modules is progressively carried out by the CAC40 actors involved. The first brick is usually messaging with the desire to switch to a new generation mailbox. “In 2013 and 2014, we saw a significant wave of IBM Lotus Notes migrations to Microsoft Office 365,” says Cyril Drevon, head of infrastructure activity at Exakis Lyon, a Microsoft Gold Partner.

Legrand has switched 20,000 Lotus Notes mailboxes to Exchange Online and Lync (now Skype for Business) in less than six months. In fact, email and instant messaging usually go hand in hand. For unified communications, change support is light. Users already often use this type of tool in their privacy – with Gmail or Outlook. “Deploying Skype at the same time as messaging creates a ‘wow’ effect, which generates a positive momentum,” confirms Maximilien Chayriguès, head of the firm EMS Conseil, which notably supported Alstom and LVMH.

SocietyNumber of usersNature of deployments.
Accor160,000Project initiated in 2013. Deployment of Office 365 (including SharePoint Online) for employees and franchisees around the world.
Alstom85,000Choice of Microsoft cloud solutions as early as 2010. Deployment of Office 365 including Skype for Business. Support by Orange Business Services
AxaNCDeploy Office 365 with Axa Global Direct.
BNP ParibasNCDeployment of Microsoft solutions including Skype for Business on Windows 8 tablets .
Capgemini8,000Yammer retained as a corporate social network. Deployment of Office 365 (Exchange and SharePoint) for employees of the Sogeti subsidiary as of 2013.
Engie
Great20,000Migrating Lotus Notes mailboxes to Exchange Online and Skype for Business. SharePoint and Yammer being deployed.
L’Oreal25,000Yammer retained as a corporate social network. In September 2014, deploying Office 365 in pilot phase on a few hundred users.
Societe Generale150,000Deployment of all Office 365 on workstations announced in September 2014. Delivery of 90,000 Windows tablets being finalized
Vinci183,000First large-scale deployment announced in September 2012. On its own, the subsidiary Vinci Energies has 42,000 active accounts (including Skype for Business, SharePoint and Yammer)

Next step, the collaborative

After email, the next step is the collaborative. Change management is this time more complex. It is necessary to introduce new uses, good practices, in the absence sometimes of existing. With Yammer, OneDrive and SharePoint, Office 365 offers a variety of tools for pushing and sharing content. The challenge is to highlight the most relevant brick for a given use. While some organizations are trying to eradicate email in-house, the risk would be great if not to stack the boxes (messaging, chat, corporate social network (CSR) …). Hence the importance of this support to change.

“A CAC40 company has for it to have a population seeking mobility and innovation solutions,” Cyril Drevon positive. “In these multinationals, employees are used to working in virtual teams around the world, especially in the research or marketing departments, just to guide them to good practices.” Nathalie Wright also sees it as an asset for these large accounts to attract and retain talent. With this type of tool, young Y-generation workers would not understand that we could work differently. 

Most important organizational issues

Another difficulty to overcome for CAC40 groups: the permanent evolution of these collaborative solutions with functional contributions about every 30 days. Maximilien Chayriguès counted 440 evolutions of Office 365 in one year! An inherent mode of SaaS but a disturbing hair for companies that are used to conducting a major migration project over two or three years, then move to another without looking back. “Large groups must be able to absorb these new features and return them to the right department, a new service can be interesting for marketing, another for IT,” says Cyril Drevon. Which supposes to have internal resources like transition manager or community manager. Profiles that have begun to appear among CAC40 actors.

Office 365 vs Google Apps for Work

While Microsoft asserts its legitimacy over its knowledge of the business world, it is amusing to see that the publisher has recently reconciled the names of Office 365 modules of its consumer solutions to facilitate their adoption. Lync has become Skype for Business, Exchange, Outlook.com. All the reverse of Google which, coming from the general public with a pure web approach, tries to seduce companies by professionalizing its offer. “The choice is there,” says Cyril Drevon. “The big groups who want to be in the continuity of the uses choose Office 365, those who are positioned on the ‘disruptive full web’ turn to the Google Apps,” he notes. The difference is not, therefore, in his eyes, the costs, very close.


Slack Announces Launch of $ 80Million Venture Capital Fund

The real-time collaborative specialist has partnered with six California investment firms to create a venture capital fund. It aims to finance publishers developing on its platform.

With 2 million daily active users and 570,000 paid accounts, Slack is committed to becoming the company’s cloud collaboration platform. For now, about 150 applications can integrate with its offering to generate update alerts and other notifications.

In an effort to attract more publishers to its environment, San Francisco announces it has partnered with six California investment firms to create an $ 80 million venture capital fund (read the official announcement). ). These are Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, KPCB, Spark, and Social + Capital. Purpose of this fund: to support publishers developing applications on Slack. The start-up says it already finances three companies (Howdy, Awesome and Small Wins.)

With this initiative, Slack wants to give itself every opportunity to win against some competitors (including HipChat Atlassian). The company of Stewart Butterfield knows indeed that its offer can be copied, but that its ecosystem, passed a certain critical mass, will not be able, or in any case, less easily. It remains to be seen whether in the long term its partners will find themselves in terms of economic model.

At the same time, Slack announces the launch of a corporate directory cloud service that will allow its customers to orchestrate access rights to the various applications available on its App store.

3 trends in the European IT market for 2018

Sector-based analytics will ramp up in 2018 to address the common challenges facing individual industries.

1. Analytics invades sectoral clouds

We are witnessing a dramatic increase in new types of data with the integration of connected devices that has intensified over the past year. Businesses are looking for ways to make the most of the information that flows from it. In 2016, instead of building a new data analytics infrastructure, they will increasingly adopt “Sector Clouds” for analysis. These are specific analytics infrastructures hosted in the cloud that can be used by companies to solve some common problems in their industry. This trend is particularly useful for data-rich sectors that use connected devices, such as telecommunications, utilities, transport, and logistics and distribution.

For example, in data analysis, utilities have similar needs. Whether they distribute electricity, gas, or water, these companies must control and process huge amounts of data. A sectoral cloud for analysis allows them to do this at a lower cost and more efficiently. Today, in the transport and logistics sector, most vehicles are equipped with at least one surveillance sensor that produces data. If every engine owned by a company has an additional sensor, tens of thousands of additional data must be processed, which companies are not yet able to do. However,

2. Data for the greatest number 

In 2016, the data analysis will really be democratized for companies. Until now, only “a few select companies” had the resources and skills to fully exploit the data. Now, thanks to technological innovations, all companies can access the data they need.

The distribution sector illustrates this concept of democratization. For example, store employees can now access relevant data that makes their jobs easier, which is essential for front-line employees who have direct contact with in-store customers. The physical representation of this evolution is characterized by more customers in stores with mobile devices such as iPads, which use applications that can provide them with information directly. The process of analysis thus democratized now allows an employee who did not know the customer in front of him to immediately establish a good relationship with him and improve his experience. 

This availability of real-time data for the greatest number also means that businesses can now predict future trends very finely. This level of knowledge in real time will be a real advantage of the data for the greatest number. 

3. “The experience of the relationship” becomes paramount

2016 will mark a change in consumer buying habits. With more and more consistent products and services, consumers will make choices based more than ever on trust and the customer experience. Of course, data security is an important differentiator to build customer loyalty and build trust-based relationships, but soon data theft will no longer be needed to belittle today’s cynical consumers. : their misspelled name or incorrect delivery address will be enough to lose their trust.

According to a study recently conducted in the United Kingdom by YouGov, the main factor that would motivate the loss of consumer confidence vis-à-vis a brand is not the theft of data as such, but a lack of communication after flight. This study also reveals that companies are now forced to win the trust of customers. Transparency on the use of personal information (50%), the application of a confidentiality policy (43%) and the rapid resolution of problems (38%) are the three main measures that companies can take to earn their trust.

In 2016, brands that leverage data to get a 360-degree view of the customer and maximize customer relationship will quickly stand out from the competition. Specific pricing strategies have already been put in place in most industries, but next year companies will focus more on “value-adding” to make these strategies more personalized and supportive for customers .

Take the tourism sector, for example. Today, technology allows airlines that intelligently use data to strengthen customer relationships to improve their travel experience, including customizing airport check-in and the proposed entertainment and dining service. On board the plane. The data can also promote a number of choices once the customer has moved away from the website. For example, if the data indicates that you are a driver, the airline can offer you a car service for the same price as a parking spot. If the data highlights your favorite brands, it can offer you offers within the terminal. If it is connected to your social networks,

To conclude, according to the service providers, both the markets and the customers, Big Data and therefore the evolution of data should be extended to new business sectors and new businesses, also affecting the general public via personal devices (tablets, laptops …). It is in this context also that new marketing models should emerge, including the question of monetizing data.  

Comparison of corporate social networks in 2018

The 2015 Spectrum Group benchmark on CSR tools is in the bins. The JDN offers you a preview of it.

Spectrum Groupe is preparing to broadcast its 2015 benchmark of corporate social networks (CSR). For the occasion, the French consulting firm indicates to have selected “the best information management platforms of the market (corporate social network, content management solutions and CMS)”. Its experts screened 18 CSR solutions on more than 170 technical and functional criteria.

“Our panel focused, first and foremost, on CSR solutions intended for internal corporate uses and having a native social and collaborative functional coverage (directories, community support, blogs and wikis, discussions, etc.).” says the firm. This 2015 edition includes four newcomers: talkSpirit, Tibbr, Chatter and Zyncro.

For each product analyzed, Spectrum Groupe offers a graph in the form of radar – which we did not use here to make reading easier. In the complete study, all these graphs are available in interactive form .

Name Main featuresStrengthsweaknesses
Tibbr (Tibco Software)Profiles, shares, conversational, microblogging and communities. Many connectors.Marketplace.Integration and Complementary Apps, Simplicity, Mobility and Analytics, available in both SaaS and on-premise versions.Collaborative writing rather poor, tag management, search, classification of information, and limitation of collaboration objects “out of the box”
TalkspiritActivity feeds, community and individual pages, sharing and conversational functions … Integration and complementary Apps, user profile, badge management, scores and ranking (gamification), event management, double internal and external exchange network.Collaborative writing rather poor, co-publishing, ecosystem integrators and developers to develop further, available only in SaaS
Knowledge PlazaContent categorization, advanced keyword usage, search and navigation logic, and excellent content syndication capabilitiesTag and category management, shareable “search”, rich document construction “storify”, KM orientation and ability to organize large volumes of content, recovery tools of the existing.Strong support necessary, need for reflection upstream (tags, categories …), limitation in the “objects of collaboration” (discussion, questions, etc.), available only in SaaS
Yoolink ProSharing of activity flows, event sharing, question sharing, management of community types, voting function, widgetshop …Simplicity of use and user-friendliness, tagging logic (tags, groups, communities), easy sharing (bookmarking) using a desktop client and a bookmarketLimited capitalization (notes), no search in attachments or short linkage management to content, few changes in 2015, only available in SaaS
SeemyManage communities and their shared content (tags, status, documents, links, ideas, polls, images, sounds and videos) and instant messagingAuto-completion features, simple and intuitive interface, viewing of attached documents in Seemy (integrated viewer), ability to share audio messagesNo search in attachments, no wiki, no default statistics module (although several types of reports can be done via Google Analytics), only available in SaaS
JamespotBusiness process management, Intranet creation, Like, wiki, document database, tasks, calendar, business workflows, ideas box … A marketplace of 70 applications.Social actions, flexibility / scalability of the platform, marketplace that diversifies.Need support to take full advantage of the flexibility of the tool, rather poor analytics function, ergonomic gaps, lack of basic social functions, available only in SaaS
JaliosDigital Workplace (intranet and extranet), document management, CMS, community management. Wide functional coverage, high modularity (digital, web and documentary), SI integration, numerous connectors (Office, Lotus Notes …), available both in SaaS and on-premise versionFunctional complexity, requires support for the modeling of its CSR / Digital Workplace, few functional changes in 2015
ConfluenceWiki, business process, collaboration space and customizable collaborative writing pages, social functions (profile, microblogging, sharing …). Content creation part, flexibility of use – blueprint functions, integration with other tools (Atlassian), technical robustness, active community (more than 500 plugins), available in both SaaS and on-premise versionSocial aspect not sufficiently highlighted, requires settings to adapt to specific needs, need training
JivePages, discussions, blogs, documents, directory and profile sheets. Numerous modules (agora of ideas, questions / answers, video library, task management, social media engagement, etc.)Ergonomics, functional richness, Microsoft integrations (Office, Outlook, Sharepoint), SI with connectors, Streamonce module, process orientation, recommendations, available in both SaaS and on-premise versionAccompaniment of the necessary change with coaching of animators, wiki module quite weak (non-structural pages by tree), price of license (several modules are paying)
Bluekiwi ZEN (Atos)Profile, status sharing, recommendations engine (regarding both people, spaces, and content, community and conversation management, social CRM …Functional wealth, tag management (correction, deletion, suggested tag), profile management and strong integrations with social media (Linkedin), mobile application, Office and Outlook connectors, effective visualization (statistics …)Unable to react in the feed (a lack for a highly conversational platform), wiki / collaborative writing rather poor, few changes in 2014/2015, unclear strategy, only available in SaaS
SharePointSimple social network (“Newsfeed” function), site for managing shared content, task management, SaaS document management (OneDrive), personal dashboard (Delve), numerous plugins … Wide functional coverage (content management, collaborative, portal and web), large community, connectors (ERP, CRM, portals …), very complete “Governance” and “Administration” aspects, framework of lists and webparts, good documentation , SaaS and on-premise versionObligation to use the Microsoft environment (servers , browsers, etc.), social functions not intuitive (duplication, confusion with Yammer, etc.), need for a strong functional and technical support
IBM ConnectionsActivities, blogs, wiki, forum, community management, GED function (based on FileNet) … Solution available in a dozen packages of collaborative offers, according to SaaS vs. on-premise modelRecommendations of people and contents, functional richness, moderation functions of various contents, use of tags / taxonomies, related tools, available in both SaaS and on-premise versionRelative rigidity of the HMI structure, complexity, no business collaboration templates, weak positioning on the “socialization of business processes”
ZyncroCollaborative platform with task management and file sharing.MarketPlace, IS connectivity, task management, integrated translation, available in both SaaS and on-premise versionCollaborative writing rather poor, no question management, information classification, missing recommendation functions
ElggeCommunities, profiles, social dashboard, microblogging, groups, file management, notifications, interface localization etc. Open source tools.Ergonomic despite a fairly neutral design, complete social network, many supported standards (OpenID, Social Open, oAuth, FOAF, XFN, etc.), management of access rights, profile extensibility, available both in SaaS and on-line version. permittedParameters necessary even for a basic use, very basic text editor, limitation of the search function in particular in the profiles, several plugins are not up to date
BuddyPressActivity feed, enriched fully customizable profile, forum to manage discussions, ease of connection between members (messaging, @mention, status).Social extension of WordPress. Wealth of plugins – relies on the WordPress plugin library, inherits the simplicity of WordPress, good performance related to a solid and powerful technical base, available both in SaaS and on-premise versionSeveral paid modules, incompatibility of some third-party modules, few really CSR-oriented topics, need for WordPress technical expertise
Chatter (Salesforce)Profile management, communities, communication and conversations. Social brick of the Salesforce1 platformSimplicity, connectivity with Salesforce, IS integration, mobile useNon-extensible solution, low content sharing, not enough generic, available only in SaaS 
Drupal CommonsComplete open source solution: wiki, blog, discussion spaces, polls, messaging, status, profiles and community groups, but also module of social CRM and statistical analysis …Comprehensive social network, ergonomics, high flexibility and UI adaptation, multiple uses (internal / external / social CRM), available in both SaaS and on-premise versionStrong change support is needed, complex installation and setup
Yammer (Microsoft)Rich status (sharing of text, video, poll, question and answer, idea and any other object), activity flow (with love, badger, comment, share …).Integrated solution for Office 365Ergonomics, ease of implementation and experimentation, speed of sharing and conversational strength, rich base of appsNo statistics module, customization limitations, no on-premise version