[SLIDECAST] Bring Your Own App: The Secret Weapon for Sales and Marketing Success

BYOA SlideCast - LogMeIn - Lou Orfanos - join.me

Recently, I attended the 2013 salesforce.com Dreamforce event.  I had the excellent opportunity to talk about how to best understand and leverage the Bring Your Own App trend in your organization.  It’s an interesting topic because it affects sales, marketing, and IT, albeit in vastly different ways.  The trick is using it to your advantage!  Here’s a description of the presentation, right from my abstract:

Bring Your Own App:  The Secret Weapon for Sales and Marketing Success

CIOs and their counterparts in Sales and Marketing have learned the hard way that saying “no” to user-chosen productivity applications is a non-starter.   Learn how leading enterprises are embracing these best of breed applications to achieve transformative improvements in overall collaboration and sales and marketing productivity.  This slidecast will help sales and IT leaders alike better understand and align around an ever-changing sales persona, driving better productivity and sales as a result.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend, I’m sharing it with you below.  You can pace yourself through the slides and my audio with the SlideShare commands.

What about you?  Does your workplace embrace a BYOA phenomenon?  Are you a millennial ‘Joe’ sales person?  Let us know in the comments.

         

New Innovation in the AppGuru Preview, Part 2: Box, Salesforce.com Join Growing App Catalog

AppGuru is designed to give IT a single, central source for managing the myriad cloud apps being adopted and used in the workplace. And as I noted in my last post, we’re actively listening to our users to help guide our decisions on functionality and AppGuru’s ever-expanding app catalog.  So, with that in mind, I’m happy to announce that we’ve added new apps to the AppGuru App Catalog. The newbies are Salesforce.com and Box.

Our strategy with AppGuru is to enable admins to manage all of the cloud apps that are critical to their businesses. We’ve been prioritizing the list based on feedback. Sync and store apps continue to be the number one request because of the security risks they can pose to a company’s data and IP. But we’re also working on integrations with other popular collaboration, helpdesk, Finance, and HR applications.

We believe that a delightful experience is what separates the great apps from the good apps. So, we’ve spent a great deal of time improving the way the app tiles animate when you’re interacting with them. Play around to get a feel for it. We’d love to know what you think.

What apps would you like to see in AppGuru? If you’re already a user, check out our feedback community which you can access from within AppGuru.  Here you can suggest or vote on apps as well as new features and functionality.

If you haven’t joined us on the preview yet, you can sign up here.

         

join.me viewer now available on Windows Metro 8

Checking out the preview release of Windows 8? If you’re not, here’s a great reason: We just released a new join.me viewer in the Windows Store that will allow you to view any join.me meeting from your Windows PC, tablet or smartphone, all in the brand-new Windows 8 style. Check it out below:

Anyone using a Windows 8 device? What do you think of the join.me viewer?

         

New Mac app on join.me

Good news! Our brand new Mac app is now available on join.me. It’s new, improved, faster, slicker – but still the same join.me you know and love. Start a join.me session on your Mac at join.me to check out the new app.

Using a PC? We haven’t forgotten about you – stay tuned for a new Windows app coming to our beta site soon.

         

Try the new Mac app at beta.join.me

Calling all Mac users: We’ve got something special for you.

We just took our Mac app to the next level. It’s new, improved, faster, slicker – but still the same join.me you know and love.

Head on over to beta.join.me, take it for a spin and let us know what you think of the new and improved app. Feedback wanted and welcome at beta@join.me.

P.S. Windows users: We haven’t forgotten about you – stay tuned for a new Windows app coming to beta soon.

         

join.me mobile viewers for iPhone/iPad now include VoIP

We know what you’re thinking: First Skype, and now this. What a day for big free screen-sharing and VoIP announcements.

The good stuff: You can now listen to the join.me conference line through the speakers of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. For free. So, update your app (or download it from the Apple App Store) and check it out.

Need a visual? Here’s what it looks like on an Apple iPad 2.

To use VoIP, select the “phone” button in the join.me menu to “Call via Internet.” This allows you to listen to anyone that is speaking through the conference line in your session. And feel free to talk back – other participants in the session can hear you talk through your device’s speakers.

Your questions, already answered: VoIP for Android is coming soon. VoIP for Mac and PC is in the works. Want some traditional PR? Here it is in the join.me press room.

Have you used VoIP on your join.me mobile viewer yet? Let us know in the comments.

         

Let’s discuss: Your favorite free tools.

Sharing is caring, right? So let’s bring our collective minds together and share our favorite online tools. Are you using any free apps in conjunction with join.me? Any apps you might think someone who uses join.me would find handy? If you like an app, we might, too. So leave them here in the comments and tell us what you’re using.

I’ll start with mine: When I am using join.me, I also like to use Jing. It’s a cool little app that sits in the upper right-hand part of your screen (that’s a Mac thing; for Windows, it’s in the upper middle) and allows you to capture an image (or record) part of your screen and annotate on the fly. A great find.