In this week’s tech news, one of the key talking points of the week was the Microsoft / Dropbox partnership, which brings standalone file, sync and share services one step closer to dying. As Stuart Cochran, Huddle’s CTO, pointed out in his earlier blog, combining editing with sync capabilities does not create a collaboration tool. However, the move is a clear indication that users in today’s enterprises want to do more than just sync and share their content. Similarly, the move will further fragment theenterprise data store. Our vision at Huddle has also been to provide enterprise and government teams with intelligent technology that enables them to connect with their content, their colleagues, and work better together. This news story further validates our vision.

This week also saw the launch of the UK government’s Digital Marketplace platform, which has replaced the CloudStore, and will now form the core of the government’s G-Cloud program. The Digital Marketplace has been built with a user-centric design approach to simplify the IT procurement process for public sector organizations. The launch of the marketplace is a step in the right direction, as – by making the purchasing process far simpler – it should increase the uptake of cloud services in government and offer public sector organizations a wide range of suppliers to choose from. However, with the launch of G-Cloud 6 and the shift away from centralized accreditation to self-certification, suppliers are now left mark their own homework. This system places accountability firmly in the hands of the buyers, making them “personally responsible for securely handling any information entrusted to them” (as stated in Government Security Classifications April 2014). However, the new scheme is still surrounded by much uncertainty and many public sector organizations are unsure as to how it will impact their handling of data and the tools they choose to store and work with that data.

Last but not least, there was the unveiling of AppleCare for Enterprise, which is part of the Apple-IBM partnership. The enterprise support plan assigns companies with AppleCare account managers to replace damaged or lost iPhones or iPads and highlights the importance enterprises are now placing on remote working. iPads and iPhones are become increasingly prevalent in the workplace, enabling employees to work anytime, from anywhere, using cloud-based services. The post-PC era is well and truly here and it’s now vital that enterprise provide the workforce with enterprise-grade apps that support collaboration on the move, as well as being simple to use, will help ensure they don’t start using consumer tools to provide easier ways to access the information they need.

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