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Zoho Joins the Social “Chatter”
The market for collaborative social networking software is getting ever hotly contested. Not long after Moxie Software announced its free Collaboration Spaces

intranet chat  a more potent social intranet solution for businesses. Instant messaging, audio conferencing, video conferencing, web conferencing, and other capabilities can be additional boosters. Like its sister products, Zoho Pulse offers a free edition as well as a professional edition, and an enterprise edition for a fee per user per month. All three editions include iPhone and Android apps. The free edition is available for unlimited users, but with no support for groups. The professional and enterprise editions

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Web Content Management (WCM)

Web content management (WCM) systems manage content creation, review, and approval processes for web site content. This may include public Web sites (Internet) or private web sites (intranet or extranet). Use a WCM solution to organize and manage documents; provide content version control, collaboration utilities, and user- or document-level security. 

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Using BI 2.0 to Increase Your Competitive Advantage


Business users know their data better than IT does. They know the meaning of the data, its history, and its relationship with other data. Yet traditional BI solutions have business users referring to IT for assistance with their data. Also, they are forced to work in silos. Sure, they can create their own reports and maybe even share them with other business users, but when it comes to sharing their own knowledge about the data, they have to rely on e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face meetings. By enabling the sharing of data-related knowledge through the BI system itself, business users become more self-sufficient and actions can be taken more quickly.

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