If there was any doubt about Yammer being *the* go-to solution for enterprise microblogging, it was quelled last night when the platform announced its integration with Microsoft SharePoint 2007.
Yammer SharePoint Web Part
The Yammer SharePoint Web Part brings Yammer conversations directly to your existing workflow, like so:
Yammer in Microsoft SharePoint 2007
The integration allows users to Yammer away from within the same environment they collaborate on documents, meaning no more toggling. Other features include:
- Add a Yammer feed to any SharePoint page
- Post messages, links and files to Yammer directly from SharePoint
- Access profile information for Yammer members within SharePoint
- Administrators control where Yammer feeds appear
- Configure a Yammer feed to appear as read-only, and optionally make it visible to your SharePoint users without them needing a Yammer account
- Document list integration - post files to Yammer directly from SharePoint document lists
This is a fairly important step for Yammer, and certainly complementary of other enterprise-y moves made by the platform this year. These include the addition of Yammer Communities, a feature that enables organizations to create a network that is not restricted to a common e-mail domain.
The less-formal offering was an answer to what Yammer's CEO, David Sacks, called one of the platform's biggest problems -- a closed-door policy -- and will be extended out to SharePoint users as well, via the integration.
Another nifty perk is to have Yammer messages appear alongside SharePoint search results, but you'll need MOSS with Microsoft's Federated Search update to enable it.
What About SharePoint 2010?
Recently, Jed Cawthorne talked about SharePoint 2010's shortcomings, labeling consumer social media products as one.
"Base SP2010 does not really provide what most people would consider microblogging," he wrote. "It does offer a way of communication by leaving messages on individual users Noteboard’s — very reminiscent of leaving someone a message on their Facebook ‘Wall’."
It looks like Yammer's integration with SharePoint will serve to close this little gap, but not until this summer when it's scheduled to be available in SP2010. Until then, you can participate in more efficient communication within SP2007 by accessing the SharePoint 2007 Web Part here.