Beehive (news, site) was launched in October last year to give Oracle some leverage in the booming collaboration tools market. What does its big update have to offer to make you look away from the other solutions on the market?
Time for a Chat?
Hmm, two enterprise instant messaging stories in a week? It seems that the lagging software companies have finally caught up with the idea that everyone prefers to chat. This time, Oracle is adding instant messaging to its Beehive suite in a sizeable v1.5 update. It also incorporates voice conferencing and workspaces to allow users to better integrate and coordinate their efforts over the global or local enterprise network.
Oracle is competing against Microsoft and IBM with Beehive and has to offer a fairly compelling argument. It claims that everything in Beehive works within a single repository, allowing all work, information and messages to be accessed seamlessly. Plus, the system can be managed more efficiently than the disparate collection of tools that some organizations use.
The new workspaces are accessed over a browser and add a range of features to ensure work stays on track. This includes calendars, enterprise wikis, RSS, file sharing and context search to help keep all those worker bees contributing to a project on the same page.
Instant messaging works, well, just like every other IM app you've seen, but rather than just saying "so-and-so is away" can direct you to their location if the calendar feature is being used properly.
Beehive - Work together on projects big or small
Work and Play Together
While it all works as a single system, Beehive integrates well with Outlook, Exchange, LDAP directories and your company's security applications, so users do not need to abandon familiar applications. Beehive supports IMAP for email, XMPP for instant messaging and CalDAV for calendar applications.
Beehive is available as an on-premises product or via Oracle-on-Demand. If you want some further insights into the product and its market, it is probably worth having a listen to the Beehive podcast featuring David Gilmour, SVP of collaboration technologies.