Examining the Trends Business Chat in 2018

Brand PerceptionSlack is considered a more innovative chat app when stacked up against its competitors, according to IT professionals who have deployed chat apps in their organizations. Microsoft Teams, on the other hand, was identified as the leader for security, manageability, and cost-effectiveness; Skype for Business leads in reliability, compatibility, and user-friendliness. Slack actually ranked second in terms of user-friendliness, followed by Google Hangouts and then Microsoft Teams. Burbick_Spiceworks_1.png Taming Teams: Microsoft Looks to Inspire Partners Kevin Kieller July 16, 2019 Pushes the multiplier effect of the cloud, and highlights embedded Teams capabilities Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks, attributed the rise in Teams usage to its availability at no additional cost to Office 365 users. “Although Skype for Business has maintained the lead overall, Microsoft is putting more of an emphasis on Microsoft Teams as the default communications app for Office 365, which is enticing organizations to give it a try,” he said in a prepared statement. Microsoft Teams Bests SlackThe study results reveal a shift in which team collaboration app provider is leading the market. As the chart shows below, Microsoft Skype for Business continues to hold the number one spot in collaborative chat apps, growing from 36% adoption in 2016 to 44% adoption in 2018. However, adoption of Microsoft Teams has jumped considerably. Twenty-one percent of businesses surveyed are using Teams today, up from 3% in 2016. It should be noted, however, that the official release date for Teams wasn’t until early 2017, so the 3% indicating use of Teams in the 2016 study was during the pre-GA period. This rise in adoption bumped Microsoft’s competitor Slack to the number three spot, due to only modest gains in adoption over the two-year time period. See All in Team Collaboration Tools & Workspaces » Taming Teams: Where’s My Data? Kevin Kieller July 02, 2019 This simple storage question has a complex answer that any multinational organization considering Teams needs to explore. Slack Debuts New Enterprise Security Controls Beth Schultz August 06, 2019 Enhancements aim to provide the ability to deploy Slack at enterprise scale in “safe, secure, and centralized way.” Why Slack Should Be Concerned about Microsoft Teams Kevin Kieller July 25, 2019 Likable though he may be, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield is missing the point about his company’s chief competition. The study looked at adoption of business chat apps for real-time collaboration — some of which offer functionality like video conferencing and social features in addition to simple chat. In Spiceworks’ 2018 study, 58% of small businesses (fewer than 100 employees), 61% of mid-size businesses (100 to 499 employees), and 70% of large businesses (500 or more employees) indicated they are using collaborative chat apps. This uptake shows considerable growth over the numbers reported in Spiceworks’ 2016 study, which showed 42% of small businesses, 38% of mid-size businesses, and 53% of large businesses were using collaborative chat apps. With Microsoft’s strategy to make Teams the primary client for meetings and calling in Office 365, replacing Skype for Business in that role, there could be even bigger shifts in adoption on the horizon as Skype for Business users ultimately migrate away from the platform.Tags:News & ViewsUC appsbusiness chat appsMicrosoft TeamsSlackGoogle HangoutsWorkplace by FacebookTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesDigital WorkplaceReal-Time CommunicationsTechnology Trends Articles You Might Like Future Adoption: Predicting TrendsThe Spiceworks study also asked respondents to share their enterprise’s plans for future adoption, and the results suggest that Teams will grow the most over the next two years. By the close of 2020, 41% of organizations expect they will be using the Microsoft team collaboration app, while 18% of organizations expect they will be using Slack. chat_heads_774.png For the past couple of years, we’ve been covering the rise of team collaboration applications, which some believe to be on course to replace the UC apps of yesteryear. Results from a recent Spiceworks study of 901 IT professionals across North America and EMEA bear this out. Burbick_Spiceworks_2.png Interestingly, despite naming many large enterprise wins with the likes of Walmart and Campbell’s, Workplace by Facebook adoption remained stagnant over the two years. Google Hangouts, on the other hand, saw an uptick in adoption within the large enterprise segment, from 11% in 2016 to 18% in 2018 — despite an overall drop in the same period. As the chart shows below, Teams and Skype for Business are more popular in large enterprises than in mid-size and small businesses. Contrast this to Slack, which is most popular with small businesses, while large enterprises represents its smallest segment of users. Slack Modernizes Desktop Client Beth Schultz July 22, 2019 Touts greater efficiency, responsiveness, and reliability… all of which should help workers be more productive. Log in or register to post comments read more

Filling out a wellness survey pays off for eight employees

Front row, from left to right: Jo-Anne Sinnige-Egger, Margie Lizotti, Lubi Bellingham, Tanya Sicoli, Mary Louise Vanderlee, committee chair Lynn Hunter-Hope and Sheila Smith. Back row: committee members Paula Wake, Janet Jameson, Diana Panter, Janice Boudreau and Susan Mifsud.Brock’s new health and well-being committee has handed out prizes to some of those who answered its first survey.The committee awarded eight members of the Brock community who participated. The survey answers will help the committee develop a sound and effective wellness program.The prizes represented the eight dimensions of wellness. Winners were:Sheila Smith, Education — financial wellness — prize donated by the Campus StoreMargie Lizotti, Recreation Services — social — prize donated by Human ResourcesJo-Anne Sinnige-Egger, Child and Youth Studies — intellectual — prize donated by the Campus StoreMary Louise Vanderlee, Education — physical — prize donated by Recreation ServicesBrenda Emerson-Honey, Instructional Resource Centre — occupationalTanya Sicoli, Library — environmental — prize donated by Recreation ServicesLubi Bellingham, Co-op — spiritual — prize donated by Human ResourcesBrian Ker, Recreation Services — emotional — Human Resources read more

Police investigate shooting on Mount Albion Road

Updated:People living in a row of town houses on Mount Albion road near the Red Hill Valley Parkway received a rude awakening late last night as shots rang out hitting one of the homes.Just before midnight police say gun shots were fired into a unit. The window was still intact this afternoon with at least eight bullet holes shot through it. Several people were inside at the time and weren’t hurt. Initial police reports say the shooters were in a vehicle at the time of the shooting but it appears that it would be difficult to fit any car down the grassy path. While police are still searching for the motive, residents have a clear idea.We heard from three people who live in the town house complex who say that they aren’t surprised in the slightest that this unit was targeted. They say the man living here has caused a lot of issues over the last two years. They even started a petition to get him out of the neighbourhood.Police say their detectives are canvassing the area and looking for security footage in order to locate those involved with the shooting. read more

Hamilton man charged with impaired driving in Port Dover

A Hamilton man has been charged with impaired driving after being pulled over by police in Port Dover. A concerned citizen called police to report a pickup truck driving aggressively around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. The vehicle was seen travelling into Jarvis and eventually into Hagersville where it was pulled over by officers. “While speaking with the male driver, police detected signs of impairment by alcohol and the driver was subsequently arrested,” said OPP in a news release.A 27-year-old Hamilton man was arrested and charged with impaired driving and refusing to provide a breath sample.He is scheduled to appear in a Cayuga court at a later date.

Ottawa racks up 118 billion deficit for the year — thats better

OTTAWA — A preliminary estimate by the Finance Department says the federal government posted a deficit of $11.8 billion for its 2018-19 fiscal year.The shortfall compared with a deficit of $16.7 billion for 2017-18.The Liberals’ spring budget had forecast a deficit of $14.9 billion for the 2018-19 fiscal year which ended on March 31. Canada posts weakest back-to-back quarters of growth since 2015 — but that’s not the whole story Stephen Poloz’s dashboard: Why Canada’s economy is not in as bad shape as it looks Wilkins sets the record straight on Bank of Canada’s thinking on its rate hold The shortfall came as the monthly fiscal monitor report said revenue rose $24.7 billion, or 8.1 per cent, due to increases in tax revenues and other revenues.Program expenses gained $18.5 billion, or 6.2 per cent, as major transfers to persons, major transfers to other levels of government and direct program expenses moved higher.Public debt charges increased $1.4 billion, or 6.3 per cent, due to a higher average effective interest rate on the stock of interest-bearing debt. read more

Missing man armed and dangerous

Police have issued an alert about a man in Haldimand who is considered to be armed and dangerous and believed to be afoot somewhere in the county.Shortly after midnight Wednesday, Haldimand OPP received a report of a Dunnville-area man in possession of a firearm who was said to be “in crisis.”Charles Potts, 34, was last seen in the area of Robinson Road. He is a white male about six feet tall with a medium build. He has red hair and a beard. When last seen, Potts was wearing red athletic shorts and black running shoes with red laces.Members of the OPP’s tactics and rescue team, Emergency Response Team, and an OPP canine unit are assisting Haldimand OPP in their search for Potts.Robinson Road between Stringer Road and Carter Road were closed for nine hours Wednesday while police conducted their search.Police advise the public not to approach anyone matching Potts’ description. Instead, they are asked to call 911 and report on his whereabouts.Anyone with information about this situation is asked to share it with Haldimand OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Tips can also be passed along to Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more