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Is it Time to Consider Migrating to Google Apps?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Colin Kennedy posted in Cloud Trends, Productivity, Ask The Expert

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Shelf's Ask the Expert interview series explores a variety issues that impact workplace productivity. In this interview with Michael Spadaro, CEO of Profound Cloud, Shelf Founder Colin Kennedy picks Michael's brain on migrating from on prem IT infrastructure to the cloud, with a particular focus on Google Apps. Michael touches on a number of topics including: 1) indications that it's time seriously consider migrating to the cloud, 2) best practices for implementing this IT transition, and specific things to keep in mind when moving to from on prem to Google Apps.

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Enhancing the Dropbox User Experience

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 30, 2016 3:05:58 PM / by Colin Kennedy posted in Cloud Trends, Productivity, User Stories, Group Content Sharing

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A staggering amount of files exist in cloud storage platforms nowadays...and the data analysis indicates that these figures will grow exponentially in the coming years. Clearly the benefit these platforms provide is huge...but this ubiquitous, inexpensive storage has ended up creating a new problem: the ability to find files and other important information in a timely manner. So what's a person to do if they're already struggling with this problem?! In this blog post and accompanying video, we talk about how Shelf complements Dropbox - one of the biggest and best storage platforms on the planet - and reduces the amount of time their users need to spend on unproductive retrieval tasks going forward.

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Stop sending web links via email!

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 18, 2016 3:08:12 PM / by Colin Kennedy posted in Productivity, Group Content Sharing, Content Curation, Product How To's

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Shelf.io exists to provide people with a better way to capture, organize, and share knowledge. And this gets our users fired up, because they believe the same thing that we do...too much of our precious time and energy gets spent trying to locate important information. But once our users calm down a bit, they ask us the same question "How exactly can we use Shelf to accomplish this?"

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Is it Time to Revisit Your Folder Structure?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Colin Kennedy posted in Productivity, Group Content Sharing, Ask The Expert

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Shelf's Ask the Expert interview series explores a variety issues that impact workplace productivity. In this interview with Patrick Clapp, Information Research Specialist at Harvard Business School, Shelf Founder Colin Kennedy asks Patrick about reviewing and improving upon an organization's folder structure. Topics discussed include: how you know it's time to revisit your approach for folder naming and file saving, and practical tips on how to create a folder architecture that makes sense to users but doesn't take a ton of time to implement.

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What's "Content Clutter" Costing You?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM / by Colin Kennedy posted in Cloud Trends, Productivity, Information Overload, Ask The Expert

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Shelf's Ask the Expert interview series explores a variety issues that impact workplace productivity. In this interview with Susan Gunelius, CEO and President of KeySplash Creative, Shelf Founder Colin Kennedy gains insight into the volume of information being created on the internet and in the cloud and the impact that this Information Overload can have on businesses, large and small.

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7 Ways to Fight Information Overload and Save 10 Hours per Month

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 1, 2016 6:00:00 AM / by Colin Kennedy posted in Productivity, Information Overload

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Information Overload is a funny thing. We can all relate to it because it annoys each and every one of us. I’m willing to bet that in the past month, 90% of the people reading this have clenched their fists, thrown their arms into the sky, and shouted “WHERE THE $&@# IS ________!?” Or at least you thought about it. That’s because the inability to locate something – typically information – is one of the most common byproducts of Information Overload.

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Internet Bandwidth Blues?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2016 2:29:55 PM / by Colin Kennedy posted in Productivity, Ask The Expert

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 Shelf's Ask the Expert interview series explores a variety issues that impact workplace productivity. In this interview with Kevin Sheehan, Founder and Chief Connectivity Officer at LightMySite.com, Shelf Founder Colin Kennedy seeks to understand the marketplace dynamics that lead to a lack of suitable business internet connectivity options in New York City and beyond.

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3 Habits of Workplace Communication That You Need to Rethink

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 27, 2016 4:57:08 AM / by Joe O'Hara posted in Productivity, Information Overload

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A couple of weeks ago, I found a great video posted on a blog. It was concise, informative, and funny; the urge to share the video prevailed! Without thought, I resorted to the all too familiar methods of sharing that most of us use in this ‘connected age’: emailing the link to one colleague, and instant messaging to another. For good measure, I hit the browser’s star icon, adding the URL to a list of 3,000+ other ‘favorite’ webpages I’ve hoarded over the years. Job done, I’d just shared something we could all relate to, have a chuckle at, and spark conversation over at the water cooler. Now I could get on with my day, knowing I’d gained some small kudos from my colleagues. It was a bonus that I’d avoided the need for my brain to retain and recall the exact URL address or the blog post name, at some future date. That was three weeks ago. Then...

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12 Tips to Supercharge Content You Care About

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 30, 2016 6:30:27 AM / by Joe O'Hara posted in Productivity, Information Overload

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In the vast online sea of information, hopefully more often than not, you’ll find a gem of a webpage that you feel the urge to keep hold of in some shape or form… so you bookmark it, and forget about it. Maybe you have a collection of folders and files that you want to store in the cloud… so you drag and drop it, and forget about it. Watch a great video… favorite it; find an interesting organization, take note of it. The list goes on. The act of collecting information (or hoarding for some) is not that difficult in itself; the difficulty (or the pain) often comes when it’s time to search for that specific file, image or note you just know you saved somewhere, in some folder, on one of your cloud accounts, maybe inbox, somewhere? If it can be that difficult for you to find something you've saved, imagine how difficult it can be for someone else to find (assuming you sent it to them or share an online platform). Below, I discuss some of the layers of information that you can (or ideally should be able to) add to your content, information, files, whatever you want to call your digital collection. Ultimately, you want to be able to capture, search, browse, and even share with minimal effort and maximum effectiveness. So let’s take a look at what you can do to help achieve this:

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