This week in the enterprise, leaving Microsoft for a competitor like Google got way complicated, both the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Justice Department made an angry face at Apple, and SharePoint 2010 got a B- on its E2.0 platform test.
Is Leaving Microsoft Too Much Trouble?
Thanks to the growing popularity of wallet-friendly solutions from companies like Google, many are thinking of leaving what was once the insurmountable Microsoft Office. But before you take that route, you may want to listen to what Chip Bates, director of product development for ConverterTechnology, has to say. According to Bates, there's much more at stake than you probably realize.
"Deploying a new suite of Office applications can have a major impact upon your organization," he wrote. "Lost productivity while users learn the new applications, lost or stolen data and the inability to find and access the files you need when you need them are key factors to consider when contemplating a new Office suite."
Meanwhile, Microsoft is doing what it can to retain customer loyalty. Most recently, efforts include Spindex, a search engine-type approach to social feeds, as well as Docs.com, an application that allows Facebook users to share and collaborate on MS Office documents.
Apple in a Jam?
The release of the iPhone OS4--scheduled for this summer--will come complete with Apple's new terms of service, which limits the tools developers can use to create apps.
“This latest Developer Agreement shuts out Flash, as well as Titanium, Unity3D, Ansca, MonoTouch, RevMobile and others,” said Chipp Walters, a software programmer, in his blog. “Can you imagine working so hard for months and man-years on an iPhone development platform to have Apple yank it because they can, and because Steve Jobs has a vendetta against Adobe?”
Apple's story is that they're a closed system and they're stickin' to it, but the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice are thinking about filing an anti-trust inquiry against them.
How SharePoint Measures Up
Using Andrew McAfee's SLATES model, Knowledge Management specialist Jed Cawthorne did a "quick and dirty" evaluation of SharePoint 2010 for us this week. His final grade was a 7 out of 10, which he classifies as a "pretty good" E2.0 platform.
"Before anyone flames me," he wrote, "SP2010 may well be behind best of breed products in any particular area or capability, but platform software is only one element of the Enterprise 2.0 story."
Some Thoughts on E2.0 Implementation
In other news, the second half of the Susan Scrupski interview is out. As one of the most influential women in technology (really, Fast Company says so) you may want to check out her not-so-little project called the 2.0 Adoption Council. Recently acquired by The Dachis Group, the 2.0 Adoption Council is an online venue for E2.0 implementation leaders to share lessons learned from the implementation projects of large, corporate teams.
"In a sector that’s growing very quickly—the market was moving too fast even for its experts—I knew from the beginning that customers needed more interaction to judge the success of its pilot implementations," she said. "It may be a great idea, but where you have a passionate, engaged membership, you have success—I give a lot of credit to them.”
As usual, we encourage you to join the conversation by attending some upcoming events:
"The emphasis for ENTERPRISE SEARCH SUMMIT 2010 is on how enterprise search enables Information Access. Search can no longer be viewed as a stand-alone application. It is increasingly part of everything we do and has become the de facto gateway to information in the enterprise. This year’s Summit will examine the ways to leverage search tools, information architecture, classification, and other strategies and technologies to deliver meaningful results—not just in terms of information, but to the bottom line."
"You're invited to Washington DC's biggest SharePoint event this coming May! SharePoint Saturday DC is a FREE, community driven SharePoint event that will be an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-oriented topics."
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