Study: The biggest social collaboration tool inside big companies is … Facebook?

Salesforce.com, Microsoft, IBM and many smaller companies are competing aggressively in the market for enterprise social collaboration, offering advanced tools specifically designed to help workers communicate and share insights. But it turns out the dominate social collaboration tool inside big companies is plain old Facebook, followed by Twitter. That’s one of the takeaways from a… Read More

Opstera co-founder Paddy Srinivasan

Avanade buys cloud management startup Opstera

Avanade is making another buy in the Seattle startup community, gobbling up cloud software startup Opstera in a deal of undisclosed size. The acquisition comes just 13 months after former Microsofties Paddy Srinivasan and Ranjith Ramakrishnan founded the cloud management upstart — a hot area in which Seattle’s Opscode and Portland’s Puppet Labs have each raised big investment… Read More


Avanade buys Azaleos

Technology consulting firm Avanade has entered into an agreement to purchase eight-year-old Seattle technology company Azaleos. As a result of the deal, terms of which weren’t disclosed, the 200 employees at Azaleos will be offered positions at Avanade. Azaleos describes itself as a provider of remotely managed services for Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync, allowing… Read More


Study: Personal devices now used for work in 88% of businesses

Nearly nine out of 10 companies are seeing employees use personal phones, tablets and computers at work — marking a sharp rise in the trend known as the “consumerization of IT,” according to a study released this morning by Avanade, the Seattle-based technology consulting company. The study debunks the myth that companies are resisting personal… Read More


Don’t tell the IT guy: Rogue cloud services on the rise

Avanade, the Seattle-based technology consulting company, this week released the results of its third global survey on cloud computing — finding that more and more companies are replacing on-site servers and internal tech operations with cloud-based services. In fact, some of these services are becoming so popular that people inside companies are purchasing them without the… Read More