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Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 2
In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort, in part for not immediately jumping onto the social media bandwagon. In particular

examples of writing professional emails  the cloud, with the examples of Twitter, Facebook, Salesforce Chatter, IBM LotusLive, Cisco Webex , etc. This contrasts with the  workgroup  computing model of the 1980s (represented by Lotus Notes and Novell GroupWise ) and  intranets  of the 2000s (e.g., Microsoft Groove, SharePoint, and the many flavors of  file sharing ). Another evolutionary trend can be seen in the following 10-year computing cycles, whereby each decade has increased the number of users tenfold (compared to the previous

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PPM for Professional Services Automation

A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Professional services automation (PSA) refers to a system designed to streamline and track resources, projects, portfolios, revenues, and the costs of professional services organizations (PSOs), which provide billable services to their clients. Consequently, PPM for PSA provides both the high-level monitoring of project portfolios as business investments and automates the project-specific functionality of time, billing, expense reporting, opportunity management, and resource management, linking back office functionality with the PSO’s portfolio of projects. 

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