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Everybody knows what is ‘Digital Transformation‘, everybody have an opinion, a vision, an experience and everybody knows the truth of “What”, “How” and “When” related with Digital Transformation.

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This is the message that the IT professionals send everyday, because we are experts and we know everything you can know about it. But although I consider myself an IT professional, I have done something that we do not usually do in this sector… stop, look around and ask ourselves why things are like this and what we are really doing.

The conclusion I have reached is that I am not at all in agreement with my colleagues, or at least with the most widespread opinion, which is usually the most accepted and therefore becomes the truth.

The first point is the most important of all is ‘Digital’, so we can not transform any business, process, task or whatever without introduce digital world in the equation. And the second one is ‘Transformation’, but is not really important, is a consequence of the ‘Digital’. the worst of all is the term is in fashion.

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The mail issue I saw during these years is that the most important thing of the Digital Transformation is the process, and we usually forget what the main objective is.

From my point of view, the important isn´t ‘Digital’ or ‘Transformation’, the most important, the only really important is the person (not the people). ‘Digital Transformation’ is only the way to achieve an objective, and the objective is to help the person to be happy (or is it not what we are all really looking for in life?)

Person is different for each company… sometimes is employee, client, partner or internet surfer. and is person and not people because all we are all different, and therefore we need different things to achieve our goals. This is why today so much is spoken of the millennial, who in the end are the ones who have driven all this process with their vision and their needs

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Out objective (of IT people) is to help this person to achieve the perfect environment that allow them to achieve their objective the most comfortable and satisfactorily possible. With this new environment, the person will be more productive, more satisfied and more happy. it can be with a better workplace, a better web, a better interface, a better process… but always adapted to their needs and expectations.

Finally ‘Digital’ is just the tools of how we help this person: the things we use to give the environment that each person needs. We are fortunate to have a technological evolution adapted to the people within our reach …  and finally ‘Transformation’ is just the way we design to walk. Speaking in IT terms, is the change management, because, we can not forget that we are going to change how the person is going to work/connect/contact/relate but always in positive terms, because the principal objective is to help them.

So, the vision I currently have about ‘Digital Transformation’ is… a cool name that allows it be fashionable, but in essence, is a change management of the current environment of the person to a new environment adapted to their needs using the tools that the 21st century puts in our hands. We adapt our environments, process and companies for the new wave of talent called Millennial.

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¿Cuáles son las claves a la hora de emprender un nuevo negocio? ¿Cómo lograr que se consolide en un ecosistema ya repleto de startups y pymes que pugnan con hacerse con una parte del mercado? ¿Cuáles son los errores en los que podemos caer?

Con motivo de la celebración del Salón MiEmpresa, que se celebrará los días 21 y 22 de febrero en el Barclaycard Center (antiguo Palacio de los Deportes de Madrid), TreceBits ha contactado con el cofundador del evento, Sébastien Chartier, para que nos ofrezca unos consejos básicos a la hora de ejecutar una idea de negocio y enfocarse a las necesidades del cliente. Por su interés, aquí os dejamos el siguiente decálogo:

1- Detecta en qué sectores hay nichos empresariales. Para que una compañía triunfe es imprescindible identificar una necesidad que aún no esté cubierta y demostrar que se cuenta con una solución que la pueda solventar. Algunos buenos nichos son IoT, Insurtech, Realidad Virtual, o Biotehc entre otros.

2- Plantea proyectos innovadores con vocación internacional. Salir al mercado extranjero es una de las tareas pendientes del emprendedor español y una forma de diversificar su negocio, evitando la dependencia exclusiva de la demanda interna. Además hoy en día la internacionalización resulta muy importante para poder competir a nivel global.

3- Amplía tu red de contactos a través de encuentros de networking. A través de esta práctica no solo se amplían tus posibilidades de venta, también puedes establecer alianzas con nuevos proveedores y partners.

4.- La experiencia es un grado e imprescindible para emprender en sectores como Fintech e Insurtech. Ambos sectores, junto con el de las apps o la economía colaborativa, están en pleno auge pero también son ámbitos son complejos que requieren el soporte de fondos de inversión especializados y mucha experiencia del equipo promotor para que triunfen a gran escala.

5.-El cliente es el rey. Enfócate en lo que va a necesitar y adelántate a sus necesidades. Sus demandas son las que te marcarán el paso y los comentarios que realicen sobre el servicio que presta tu compañía, te ayudarán a mejorar y crecer.

6.- Busca el talento para formar un equipo que sea capaz de ejecutar tu idea de negocio. El equipo es una de las partes más importantes porque será el encargado ejecutar tu idea de negocio. Por ello es imprescindible apostar por profesionales con formación específica, brindarles perspectivas de crecimiento dentro de la empresa, reconocer el trabajo bien hecho y facilitar la conciliación, sin olvidar la flexibilidad.

7.- Consolidar un negocio pasa por reinventarse. La capacidad de adaptación a las nuevas tendencias es casi una cualidad básica para cualquiera que tenga en mente poner en marcha una empresa que sobreviva a largo plazo de forma exitosa, porque las modas cambian, como lo hacen los hábitos de consumo y hay que saber reajustar nuestra oferta, producto o servicio para seguir en la cresta de la ola y no perder cuota de mercado.

8.- Exprime al máximo tu capacidad de adaptación a los nuevos retos digitales. ¿Aún dudas del poder del entorno online? Las redes sociales y la tecnología han revolucionado la manera de vender, usando influencers y creando campañas virales. Para muestra un botón, los datos que registra el Black Friday cada año evidencian la revolución que hemos vivido al calor del fenómeno 2.0.

9.-La calidad del servicio que ofreces es tu mejor carta de presentación. No la descuides. ¿De qué sirve ofrecer una solución innovadora si cuando el cliente tiene un problema no puede contar con un servicio de atención que le resuelva sin demora y de forma eficiente su contratiempo? Son estos detalles los que te harán sumar puntos a la hora fidelizar a tus clientes. La calidad de tu servicio es lo que hoy en día marca la diferencia, ya que cualquiera es capaz de competir en precio.

10.-El éxito solo se puede alcanzar trabajando por tu proyecto cada día. Todas las claves anteriores no funcionan por sí solas, únicamente pueden encontrar acomodo en la implicación al 100%, el esfuerzo constante y el trabajo diario. Roma no se montó en dos días, y deberíamos alejarnos de la cultura del pelotazo, implementando de nuevo criterios de esfuerzo a largo plazo.

SOURCE: TreceBits (http://www.trecebits.com/)

La compra permitiría a Atos reforzar su buena posición en cloud dentro de Europa y ganaría con la pata de ciberseguridad y Big Data de Bull

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Atos da los primeros pasos para adquirir Bull. La noticia ha saltado hoy a la palestra informativa después de que los consejos de administración de las dos corporaciones acercasen posturas la semana pasada y acordasen hacer pública la operación este lunes.

El pasado viernes, día 23, el consejo de administración de Atos manifestaba su apoyo unánime a la operación, que supone el desembolso de 620 millones de euros (al pagar 4,90 euros en metálico pora cada acción de Bull). Dos días después, el domingo, día 25, el consejo homólogo de Bull manifestaba “su completo y unánime respaldo a la operación”.

La propuesta de Atos ha consistido en una oferta pública de adquisición en metálico por la totalidad de las acciones emitidas y en circulación de Bull –los citados 4,90 euros por acción– lo que representa una prima del 22% sobre el precio de cierre de Bull (4,01 euros) el viernes 23 de mayo de 2014, último día de negociación antes del anuncio, y un 30% más respecto al precio medio ponderado por volumen de negociación de los últimos tres meses. La oferta también se dirige a los Oceanes emitidos de Bull a 5,5 euros por Oceane.

La oferta está condicionada a conseguir la aceptación de un mínimo del 50% del capital de Bull más una acción, y la intención de Atos es excluir Bull de la Bolsa a través de una oferta de exclusión o una posterior fusión entre las dos compañías.

Crescendo Industries y Pothar Investment, que conjuntamente son el principal accionista de Bull con el 24,2% del capital, se han comprometido a vender sus acciones en el marco de la oferta de Atos.

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Atos espera que la compra de Bull refuerce su buena posición en servicios cloud en Europa, además de su papel global en Servicios Gestionados e Integración de Sistemas. Mientras que las tecnologías complementarias incrementarán aún más el impacto de las actividades de Atos y la importancia de su portfolio disruptivo e innovador.

La unión de ambas compañías podría reforzar la posición de Atos como en operaciones cloud en Europa, con unos ingresos de alrededor de 400 millones de euros en servicios cloud, incluyendo Canopy. Esta realidad incrementará de forma relevante las operaciones del Grupo en soluciones de infraestructura cloud, ya que Bull aporta nuevas capacidades tecnológicas a las tecnologías de las que ya disponía Canopy en su plan de I+D, lo que acelerará el time to market para segmentos específicos relevantes en cloud.

Big Data y Ciberseguridad
Por otra parte, Atos planea crear una entidad especializada en Big Data y Ciberseguridad bajo la marca Bull, con unos ingresos de alrededor de 500 millones de euros. El objetivo es apalancar el alcance global de Atos y en las actuales operaciones en esos segmentos con la experiencia y conocimiento exclusivos de Bull en Ciberseguridad y Computación de Altas Prestaciones (High Performance Computing, HPC).

Big Data es un mercado de rápido crecimiento, con casi el 40% anual, y se espera que alcance los 12.000 millones de euros en 2015. Una parte significativa de Big Data requiere tecnología HPC, y Bull es uno de los principales actores europeos en este mercado. El conocimiento vertical del mercado por parte de Atos, su amplia base de clientes, y las capacidades de Integración de Sistemas junto al conocimiento de Bull en infraestructuras HPC, impulsará el portfolio de servicios de Atos y dará acceso a los mayores contratos de HPC. Esto también permitirá a Atos desarrollar aún más las soluciones analíticas y ofrecer servicios Big Data, para reforzar su posición en este mercado de rápido crecimiento.

En el muy fragmentado mercado de la Ciberseguridad, en el que coexisten jugadores de nicho, la integración de las capacidades en Ciberseguridad de Atos y Bull dará lugar a un suministrador líder de productos y servicios con un tamaño excepcional. El nuevo grupo se beneficiará de su propia I+D, tecnologías patentadas, hardware diseñado específicamente y productos de software en segmentos específicos, como Ciberseguridad y Seguridad Cloud. Todas las líneas de servicio del Grupo se beneficiarán de este conjunto único de activos para ganar grandes contratos, dado que la seguridad se ha convertido en un elemento crítico para construir confianza en todos los entornos digitales.

Managed services e integración de sistemas
La actividad de Managed Services de Atos se verá complementada por casi 500 millones de euros en ingresos procedentes de Bull. Esto enriquecerá la actual oferta de Atos, ya que la experiencia y conocimientos de Bull en servicios críticos de Mantenimiento y servicios de Migración de Mainframes permitirán a Atos atender nuevos sectores con una escala mucho más dimensionada. Bull aportará nuevas capacidades en migración de Mainframes, y solidificará aún más la asociación estratégica con EMC.

En Integración de Sistemas, la contribución de casi 300 millones de euros en ingresos por parte de Bull impulsará la escala de Atos, y la amplitud de su base de clientes permitirá la venta cruzada de las ofertas de Atos, especialmente en Manufacturing, Banca, Defensa y Sector Público. El alineamiento de la visión de Bull con las mejores prácticas de Atos a través de un plan operativo de mejora generará, según las previsiones, mejores márgenes en los proyectos, en línea con el plan a tres años de Atos.

Desde un punto de vista geográfico, la combinación reforzará el liderazgo europeo de Atos, especialmente en Francia, donde la facturación conjunta superará los 2.000 millones de euros (pro forma 2013), con una fuerte presencia en los sectores Público y Banca.

80 millones de ahorro en sinergias
La unión mejorará la eficiencia operativa al reducir los gastos generales y administrativos, incluyendo los inmobiliarios, y a reducir los costes de compras por las ventajas de una escala conjunta mayor.

El potencial de sinergias de costes se estima en 80 millones de euros anuales en base actual para un plazo de 24 meses, y consisten en aceleración del plan ‘One Bull’, con ahorros de costes estimados en 30 millones de euros; en la reducción en 30 millones de euros de los costes indirectos en las operaciones internacionales conjuntas y funciones de soporte; y en ahorros adicionales de 20 millones de euros en compras e inmuebles.

Estas sinergias de costes están respaldadas por una estrategia de integración bien identificada y planificada dentro de las operaciones de Atos, basada en programas de transformación ya aplicados en otras grandes adquisiciones anteriores.

Los costes de llevar adelante la adquisición se estiman en 45 millones de euros en un periodo de 24 meses. Esta cantidad se suma a los entre 50 y 60 millones de euros del plan ‘Bull One’ anunciado en enero de 2014. Como parte del plan ‘One Bull’ en marcha, los principales responsables de Bull tienen intención de proponer al Comité de Auditoría y al Consejo de Administración de Bull la realización de una provisión que refleje estos costes, de cara a la aprobación de las cuentas que se cerrarán el 30 de junio de 2014.

Se prevé que la operación resulte creadora de valor en más de un 10% en el beneficio por acción de Atos en los primeros 24 meses de la integración, y que mantendrá la sólida flexibilidad financiera de Atos para seguir desarrollando su estrategia de desarrollo.

Thierry Breton, presidente y CEO de Atos, ha afirmado que da “la bienvenida a esta integración como un gran paso que reafirma nuestro liderazgo europeo en Cloud, Big Data y Ciberseguridad, en el camino hacia nuestra Ambición 2016 de convertirnos en una compañía de primera magnitud y LA marca TI global de origen europeo más apreciada. Los muy reconocidos equipos de Bull en tecnologías avanzadas como computación de altas prestaciones, gestión de análisis de datos y Ciberseguridad son el complemento ideal para las operaciones de Atos a gran escala. Gracias a nuestras capacidades de integración y cultura de eficiencia operativa, esta transacción beneficiará extraordinariamente a Bull y a los clientes, empleados y accionistas de Atos”.

Por su parte, Philippe Vanier, presidente y CEO de Bull, ha comentado que “el Grupo Bull se beneficiará en gran medida al unirse a Atos, una de las compañía TI de más éxito, para acelerar el desarrollo del plan estratégico ‘One Bull’. Estoy impaciente por tomar parte en este nuevo desarrollo, en el que cada miembro de nuestro equipo podrá aportar su propio valor. Compartimos con Atos la misma pasión por la tecnología de negocio”.

 

Social media is part of the job search process. You should use social media to help you find job openings and target specific companies. Once you score that interview, you shouldn’t forget the power of social media.

12 Most Indispensable Things to do on Social Media Before Your Job Interview

1. Check the business’s social media profiles

Do your research: it’s importantto walk into a job interview informed. Start with their website and move to their social media sites. It’s easiest to find their social media sites through their official webpage.

2. Do a search on Twitter

Check to see what other people are saying about the company. See how the company uses Twitter. Do they have a sense of humor, are they active or have they failed to tweet for over two months.

3. Look up the individual(s) interviewing you

Check out the interviewer’s personal and professional social media sites to get a better understanding of who they are and what they are looking for. Learn about how they use social media and their specific role at the company.

4. Look at their Pinterest boards

Pinterest often gives a unique window into a company. It can display company culture in photos. The fact that they have Pinterest boards in the first place says a lot about the company.

5. Get social

Consider retweeting or liking individual posts on the company’s social media sites. This shows that you have done your homework. This is a fine line, so use your previous research to help you decide what’s a good fit.

6. Be on top your game

Search social media for general industry terms to be on top of what is happening. Nothing is worse than walking into an interview without the latest information in your field.

7. Focus on your social media profiles

Make sure to update your profiles to show them that you’re on the cutting edge of your field and on top of social media. Post industry news on your social sites.

8. Check out other employees

See who works at the company. Check out what they do and who they are. This can help you understand the company culture better and give you an idea of whom the company hires.

9. Look at the company profile on LinkedIn

Take a look at the company overview, careers and employee insights. See how big the company is and if any of your connections connect you to the company. If this is one of your target companies be sure to follow them on LinkedIn.

10. Beef up security

Clean up your social media. You know the photo of you dancing on the bar last weekend? Take it down. If you can’t guarantee that everything on your Facebook is appropriate for an employer and your grandma make it private.

11. Google yourself

Know what is going to come up when your name is typed into Google. It’s best to be aware of this because most, if not all employers will Google you.

12. Read the company blog

Be aware of what the company is currently working on and talking about. Take it a step further and formulate an opinion on the topic. Craft questions to ask during the interview related to the current happenings at the company and how your potential role will fit into the scheme of things.

With the recovering economy, the job search can be a tough place to be. Using these tips on social media combined with normal interview preparation can propel you to the top of the candidate pile and even land you the job.

What things do you do on social media before you go to an interview?

Featured image courtesy of AMagill licensed via Creative Commons
Source: 12most.com

Dying technologies aren’t the only unnecessary drain on our wallets

 

1. Cable TV

Cable television’s heyday is over. Subscribers have been declining since 2004, and analysts say there’s no end in sight. Roughly 54.8 million households currently pay for cable TV, down 3.3% from 2012 and down 17.6% from a decade prior, according to research firm IHS. Cable companies are expected to shed roughly 1.3 million subscribers in 2014.

The decline is due in part to so-called cord-cutters: consumers who are canceling cable and transitioning to lower-cost services, such as Hulu and Netflix NFLX -0.45%  , which provide much of the same programming at a fraction of the price. Using an Internet connection, consumers can stream many cable shows, news programs and sports games, as well as movies, directly to their TVs. Some channels’ websites also provide viewers access to their shows.

These services are mostly beneficial for people who do not mind watching shows after they’ve aired and are willing to part with most live programming.

 

2. Landline service

Fewer households are holding on to their landlines. Two in every five U.S. homes had wireless phones only during the first half of the year, up slightly from the first half of 2012, according to data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number has been rising over the past decade: Roughly 90 million adults, or 38% of the population, are now wireless-only, versus 21% during the first half of 2009 — and fewer than 3% during the first half of 2003.

Ditching the landline allows households to shed a monthly bill — but it doesn’t mean they’re restricted to their cellphones. There’s also Skype, which is free and allows video chatting via smartphones and other devices with friends and family anywhere in the world at no cost. FaceTime video can also be free with a Wi-Fi connection. Separately, magicJack Plus provides phone service when it’s connected to a USB port, computer, or regular phone router; it costs $49.95 in total for the device and for the first six months, after which service costs range from about $1.67 to $2.50 per month. (In contrast, most traditional telephone providers charge at least $10 a month.)

To be sure, these services require an Internet connection. Consumers who want the security of a landline — many Americans were without phone service after Hurricane Sandy disrupted cellphone and Internet service in some areas — may want to consider holding on to their home phone.

 

3. GPS devices

Up until a few years ago, personal navigation systems were considered a must-have for most drivers since they drastically reduced the chances of getting lost. But the tides have turned and demand for these gadgets is plummeting: 7.5 million personal navigation devices sold in 2012 in North America, down from a peak of 18 million in 2009, according to the latest data from Berg Insight, a Swedish research company.

The need for this service still exists, but consumers can get it for a lot cheaper. Rather than paying $70 to $300 for a new GPS device, drivers can use map apps to get around. They’re available on most smartphones or free to download.

Separately, many new cars come with built-in navigation systems: 49% of 2013 model-year vehicles have a standard navigation system (in at least one of their styles), up from 33% of 2010 models, according to Edmunds.com.

 

4. DVD and Blu-ray players

DVD sales and rentals are down, so it’s not a surprise that fewer consumers are buying DVD players. Sales of DVD and Blu-ray players totaled 21.3 million in 2012, down 20.1% from a year prior and down 24.8% from 2010, according to research firm SNL Kagan.

Instead, experts say, consumers are increasingly streaming movies from Internet-based subscription services like Hulu and Netflix. Gamers can also use their consoles, such as the Xbox One and PlayStation4, to watch DVDs.

 

5. Hotel rooms

As more travelers book vacations, demand for hotels is rising and so are room rates. The daily rate at U.S. hotels averages $110.59 this year, up 4.1% from 2012 and up 12.6% from 2010, according to professional-services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. The average price is expected to rise to $115.68 in 2014.

There’s another, cheaper alternative: Travelers can reserve apartments or homes in their destinations at a lower price with more space to boot. Several services, such as Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner, allow consumers to choose from an assortment of homes to stay in. Some owners also offer free airport pickups and drop-offs.

It can also be more helpful and cost-effective for large groups that are traveling together (you can book a large home with many bedrooms) or families with young children who require privacy and can cook in the home rather than paying to eat out. The downside, however, is less security than what hotels offer.

 

6. Two-year phone contracts

Consumers are encountering more setbacks than benefits with two-year cellphone contracts. There’s no way to change phones within this period of time without incurring a fee. And there’s the fine print many of these plans come with that result in consumers paying more than the starting monthly price they’re quoted in the store.

Mobile users have several alternatives. They can opt for no-contract providers that sell the phones at full price (that’s more than the upfront price they’ll pay for a phone with a contract) but monthly payments are much lower (often half). They’re available through MetroPCS as well as big-box retailers like Best Buy and Wal-Mart. Most regular wireless providers also offer this option.

 

7. Desktop and laptop computers

There’s little reason to buy a desktop or laptop computer anymore. Tablets perform the same functions — playing music, sharing photos, Web surfing — that most consumers use PCs for and they’re made to use while on the go. They can also be a lot cheaper. For instance, Apple’s iMac’s start at $1,299 and MacBook laptops start at $999 while iPads start at $299.

Of course, ditching desktop PCs isn’t for everyone: Graphic designers and traders, for instance, who require large screens will find it hard to part with traditional computers.

But data shows that PCs are starting to fall out of favor: Worldwide shipments fell 4% in 2012 from a year prior — to the lowest level since 2009, according to the latest data from IDC, an information-technology research firm.

 

8. Extra legroom in economy

Over the past few years it’s become common practice for airlines, including American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, to charge many passengers extra — up to an additional $180 — for roomier seats (read: extra three to six inches of legroom) in coach. These seats are often in the exit rows or first row in economy.

But for a similar payment of $100 to $200, travelers can get upgraded to business class where the seats are much more comfortable and the service is of a higher caliber. These upgrades used to be reserved for airlines’ frequent fliers, but many now give them out to passengers who are willing to pay a bit more when they check in or at the gate.

 

9. Credit cards with points or miles programs

Card issuers have been ramping up some of their rewards programs in the past few years, but consumers should steer clear of one common promotion: credit cards with rewards programs that are comprised of points or miles.

Many card issuers are devaluing their rewards programs by requiring cardholders to spend more in order to get the same “free award” they could have gotten previously with fewer points. What’s more, many of these cards come with annual fees, ranging from $30 to $75.

Instead, consider a credit card with a “cash-back” program — a rewards program that’s a lot more straightforward: consumers get 1% to 5% cash back per a certain number of dollars they swipe on their card.

 

10. Digital cameras

Their small size and sleek look made digital “point and shoot” cameras all the rage for years. Now, demand is sunsetting. Roughly 11.5 million are estimated to have sold this year in the U.S., down 44% from 2012, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, which represents consumer technology companies. Sales are expected to drop to just under 8 million next year.

The cameras are suffering from an identity crisis. Consumers who want high-quality photos are opting for the larger, DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras. Others prefer to stick with just one gadget — their smartphone — which takes pictures.

And there’s new competition from cameras intended for the outdoor thrill-seeker, like the GoPro, for people who want photos capturing action (the camera attaches to your body while white water rafting or scuba diving, for instance) rather than stopping to pose for a pic.

 

11. Extra thing – In 2014 not to buy…

… nothing that was created more than 5 years ago… Everyday we have new and better things.

Source: marketwatch.com

 

twitter-preferenciaA medida que se extiende el microblogging en plataformas como Twitter, se vuelve más habitual usar ciertos acrónimos y abreviaturas que facilitan transmitir mensajes e información en tan solo 140 caracteres. Aquí reunimos algunos que deberías conocer.

 

B/C: abreviatura en inglés de “Porque…” (Because)

BFN: acrónimo en inglés de “Hasta luego” (Bye for now).

DM: acrónimo de “Mensaje directo” (Direct Message).

EM: abreviatura de “E-mail”.?

FTF: abreviatura en inglés de “Cara a cara” (Face to face).

ICYMI: acrónimo en inglés de “Por si lo has olvidado” (In case you missed it), usado cuando se reenvia un tuit antiguo.

IMHO: acrónimo de “En mi humilde opinión”.

IRL: acrónimo en inglés de “En la vida real” (In real life).

LMLT: acrónimo en inglés de “Mira mi último tuit” (Look my last tweet).

NP: acrónimo de “Ningún problema”.

OH: abreviatura de “Escuchado como rumor” (OverHead).

PLZ: abreviatura de “Por favor” (Please).

QOTD: acrónimo en inglés de “Frase del día” (Quote of the day).

RT: abreviatura de retuit, es decir, reenvío de un tuit.

PRT: abreviatura en inglés de “retuit parcial” (parcial retweet). Se usa cuando el tuit que se envía es otro acortado por el usuario.

RTRL: acrónimo en inglés de “Retuiteado de la vida real” (Retweet real life), que transcribe información escuchada en una conversación off-line.

TMI: acrónimo en inglés de “Demasiada información” (Too much information).

TY: acrónimo en inglés de “Gracias” (Thank you).

Microsoft is adding incremental management, networking and security features to the Windows 8.1 ‘Blue’ update, hoping to convince more business users to take a look at its latest OS release.

Microsoft has confirmed what many business users had hoped were accurate rumors — that a Start Button and boot-straight-to-desktop option are going to be baked into Windows 8.1, the client release of Windows codenamed “Blue.”

But that’s not all the company is doing to try to win more business customers over to Windows Blue. On June 3, the opening day of its TechEd North America conference, Microsoft officials also showed off other management, networking and security features that will be part of the Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 releases.

Microsoft introduced a handful of business-focused features when it rolled out Windows 8 in October 2012. Among those were things like Windows To Go, BitLocker drive encryption, and DirectAccess networking support. But those weren’t enough to sway many business users who were either still clinging to (or stuck with) Windows XP or already in the midst of Windows 7 deployments.

The new Windows 8.1 business features are no guaranteed magnet for business users, either, IDC analyst Al Gillen noted.

“New features are useless if customers don’t want to use the product in the first place,” Gillen said. There’s no one killer feature Microsoft could or should add to Windows 8.1 to convince business users to jump to it, he said, as there’s a lot of business momentum continuing around Windows 7.

Microsoft business users which are adding a lot of tablets to their IT mix may be more inclined to look at Windows 8

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and its successors, Gillen noted, given that the latest Windows release continues to be optimized for tablets and touch.

That said, Microsoft isn’t simply resting on its Windows 7 business laurels, especially because more and more of the workforce is doing at least some work from outside the office. Microsoft’s goal is to make it so that Windows 8.1 will work better on both touch and non-touch devices, said Erwin Visser, General Manager, Windows Commercial

Microsoft is promising that any device running Windows 8 will able to run Windows 8.1 with no compatibility problems. “Any app that works now on Windows 8 will continue to work on Windows 8.1,” Visser said.

Microsoft isn’t going so far as with Windows 8.1 as adding domain-join support for Windows RT 8.1 devices, Visser acknowledged. It is, however, adding some other incremental functionality to the product to make it more appealing to business users.

On the networking front, new Blue features include:

  • NFC tap-to-pair printing: Users can tap a Windows 8.1 device against an enterprise NFC-enabled printer and print. There’s no need to buy a special printer; users can attach a NFC tag to your existing machines.
  • Wi-Fi Direct printing: Users can connect to Wi-Fi Direct printers without adding additional drivers or software.
  • Native Miracast wireless display compatibility: No extra dongles needed; users can project content to a Miracast-enabled device by pairing the device through Bluetooth or NFC.
  • Broadband tethering: Users can tether Windows 8.1 mobile broadband-enabled PCs or tablets into a personal Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Auto-triggered VPN: When apps or resources need access through an inbox VPN, Windows 8.1 will automatically prompt users to sign in with one click. This feature will work with Microsoft and third-party inbox VPN clients.

In the security area, Blue will add:

  • More authentication options: Support for fingerprint-based biometric devices and virtual smart cards for multi-factor authentication.
  • Additional Defender and IE functionality: Network behavior monitoring added to Windows Defender, Microsoft’s built-in antivirus product. Internet Explorer 11 will scan binary extensions (e.g. ActiveX) using the anti-malware solution before potentially harmful code is executed.

In terms of management, new Blue featues include:

  • Start Screen lock-down for company-issued devices: IT can control the layout of these machines’ Start Screens and prevent user customization across individual workgroups or the entire company.
  • Remote business data removal: Allows IT to wipe corporate data while leaving users’ personal data intact on user-purchased devices running Windows 8.1.
  • Open MDM support: New Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA-DM) capabilities are built into the OS and enable mobile device management using third-party MDM solutions, such as MobileIron or AirWatch, with no additional agent required.
  • Workplace Join: New feature ensuring that only registered and trusted devices are allowed to access secured enterprise data.
  • Assigned Access: The ability to lock down a machine so that users can use only a specific Windows Store application for a set period of time. A customer service application or a particular learning app for kids are the targets for this scenario.

Most, if not all, of these new features will be included in the Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 public previews which Microsoft is releasing on June 26. The final versions of Windows 8.1 are expected to be released to manufacturing later this summer, according to sources. Microsoft officials have said publicly that Windows 8.1 will be available before the end of 2013.

Source: Mary Jo Foley
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