Ubiquitous to the Point of Transparency

By | January 28, 2015
The title is not very descriptive, or SEO friendly for that matter. But, it is meant more to evoke a thought — is it possible for a technology to become ubiquitous to a point where we no longer notice it in our daily lives and thus it becomes transparent to end users? In Benedict Evans presentation “Mobile is Eating the World,” an intriguing point is made that as certain technologies become ubiquitous, they actually disappear. His examples (railways, steel, computerization and software) were illustrated via the frequency of which a certain term is referenced in Google Books. A similar point was made recently by Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, at the World Economic Forum, “the internet will disappear.” For both Evans and Schmidt, it isn’t actually that these technologies are disappearing but there is an illusion of disappearance. When a technology becomes ubiquitous it becomes completely transparent to the end user, or so engrained in our daily lives that we no longer consider it separate from our daily lives. We are seeing this in the technologies we use every day to perform our job.… Read more »

UX in leading email systems

UX: Another Technology Acronym or a Key Business Driver?

By | January 15, 2015
User experience, or UX, is an interesting topic in technology. A lot of ink is spilled on the importance of user experience, and it is an area of intense focus for technology M&A. Is this just the latest hype-fueled technology bubble, or is it the real deal? The answer simply is yes. It’s both hype and real. If we look at the major SaaS/cloud companies that are delivering business applications, and even consumer applications, their rise has generally been predicated on the surge of user experience-driven design. A prime example is Salesforce.… Read more »

Happy New Year

Zimbra 2014 in Review

By | December 31, 2014
Zimbra would like to thank our partners, customers and employees for a great 2014. Below is a brief collection of our most viewed, read or downloaded content, plus reminders of the great updates to Zimbra Collaboration and Zimbra Social. We hope everyone has a great 2015 and see you in the new year. Product Updates Zimbra Collaboration Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device: Zimbra Collaboration 8.5 increases productivity with secure collaboration anytime, anywhere, on any device. Built on an open platform, the latest release extends collaboration to include support for the broadest range of mobile, browser and desktop clients available in the market today. Unified Collaboration:… Read more »

General Availability: Zimbra Collaboration 8.6

By | December 16, 2014
Zimbra Collaboration 8.6 is available today. Accessibility is a major enhancement for Zimbra Collaboration 8.6, initially covering the login page and the majority of the Mail application. Accessibility support for Calendar and Contacts will be added in 8.7.0. Accessibility features:… Read more »

Deployment: Part 1 in Considering Your Next Email System

By | December 15, 2014
It seems every week we have a new article about either a business or vendor trying to “kill” email. Simply put, email isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. Yes, it will evolve, e.g., SaaS and mobile, but the intent of email remains the same, which is providing users with a tool for continuous conversation, file sharing and supplying a single pane of glass for multiple conversations. In this four-part series, we will briefly discuss four key considerations when selecting a new email solution. These considerations are pulled from an Osterman Research whitepaper, What You Should Consider When Planning Your Next Messaging and Collaboration System, sponsored by Zimbra. Deployment Options While the cloud is an attractive deployment model, it shouldn’t be your default option because of costs, see the TCO blog on that.… Read more »

Open Source for Sensitive Email

By | December 10, 2014
Zimbra CMO, Olivier Thierry, discussed the interest in open source, particularly for email, within governments. He highlights three of the many reasons for a surge in interest. If you are curious about open source, email or the adoption of software within the government space, take a few moments from your day to read the short, but informative post. Visit opensource.com to read the article.… Read more »