This week Microsoft launched Viva, its employee experience platform, building on the foundational work of Project Cortex. Microsoft describes Viva as an organizing layer across 365 leveraging teams. Nothing too surprising there, but where it does get interesting is its ability to co-ordinate insights, alerts, and information across the enterprise.
If we were to believe the industry hype, a firm like Gimmal would not be in growth mode. Instead, it would be weathering a storm of big brands like Microsoft, Box, Dropbox & Amazon essentially commoditizing their markets. In reality, though, as we have loudly proclaimed regularly in our research, information management is complicated and hard to do well, indeed in a world of more and more information and increased regulation, the challenges grow more significant by the day.
2020 has been a year of misery, economic crisis, hardship, political upheaval, and of course, COVID 19. So we want to close this year out with a positive, socially distant, and safe celebration of our industry. To that end, we will soon be launching our Innovation Index Report; in this report, we highlight the technology vendors that have stood out and moved the needle for us.
The EFSS market is mature in that a handful of vendors now dominate. Similarly, it is mature in that the core technology foundations have stabilized, though there are differences to compare and contrast. But that does not tell the whole story, as EFSS systems continues to sell at a surprisingly fast clip.
AI has become such a common term it would be easy to think that the addition of a little AI can improve everything. The reality is that no organization ever became more successful by going out and purchasing a ‘bucket load of AI.’ AI does not have any intrinsic value until it is applied to a specific business problem.
The Audit firm Deloitte has been fined 15m pounds for its role in Autonomy’s sale to HP. The fine follows the conviction of Autonomy CFO Sushavan Hussain of fraud and the recent trial of ex Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch in London’s high court, followed by his arrest and extradition request to the US. What a mess.
COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, changing the lives of individuals and deeply impacting how businesses, governments, and even countries operate. The closest equivalent is how 9/11 changed the world. But the permanency of changes from this pandemic could be even more pervasive than those caused by 9/11.