The world of technology continues to evolve with the demand for better business solutions. Technological advancements, in IT especially, have become driven by capitalism as demand becomes greater for more streamlined and less expensive operational models. One on-trend new offering that aims to streamline business operations and promote collaboration among employees is VMware's Project Octopus. The "first viable Enterprise cloud file sharing application" promises to be the next big advancement for the modern business model in cloud computing, mobility, virtualization, and other key areas of IT impacting the way businesseses function today. Project Octopus boasts the ability to enable users to collaborate easier in a BYOD-focused market; many are calling it the start of a PC-free era in business.
In some business environments, it can take time for an organization to realize the benefits inherent to a technological structure installed, maintained, and monitored as part of an overall managed programs approach to IT support. Desktop sharing is a case in point.
Businesses organizations are used to dealing with complexities related to core competencies. Handling complexities that arise from the influx of IT solutions on the market, both free and paid, is another issue completely. IT administrators are now in the position of needing to sort out the various collaboration applications and file-sharing products that are widely available via the World Wide Web.
Cloud technologies are becoming more familiar to business users thanks to the widespread use of remote applications such as Gmail and Google Docs. Less familiar to some users is the SharePoint system, first released by Microsoft in 2001 to provide, as the name suggests, shared access to centrally located data that resides on a central server. SharePoint can be installed as a separate service or can be implemented as part of Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Standard Suite or as part of the new Office 365 platform.