The announcement of Tibco's collaboration platform, Tibbr, rocked the enterprise two-point-oh world this week. Is it perfection? No, but it may be safe to say it's closer than we've ever gotten. 

Tibbr: A True Enterprise Collaboration Platform Providing Both Content and Context

The claim: In spite of the large number of similar offerings already out there, Tibbr is different. The verdict (according to Jacob Morgan): Tibbr really is different.

"I’ve seen a lot of collaboration tools and vendors but I can sincerely say that I was more than impressed with Tibbr," wrote Morgan, who attended the Tibco launch event. "The look and feel of Tibbr is sleek and sexy to say the least, the interface should be familiar to anyone accustomed to Facebook and Twitter."  

Here's a peek:

Tibbr screenshot

Like Chatter, the Tibbr platform gives business users the ability to follow and subscribe to their colleagues, topics or data, meaning it's possible to stay up to date with the most relevant information regardless of its location. 

However, the points that arguably make Tibber better were nicely highlighted by analyst Dennis Howlett:

  • The platform is self-evident, meaning that as a user there isn't a lot that you need to learn. If you've used Facebook or Twitter, then you will know how to use Tibbr.
  • You can get direct access to Tibbr and integrate with things such as Oracle, SAP, Salesforce and others, and this provides context around everything that takes place in Tibbr. 

Users can also pull their social lifestreams into the platform, including Twitter, Facebook and/or Linkedin profiles. Further, Tibbr supports the integration of other systems into the enterprise collaboration environment.

"Let's say for example that you are using SAP for your CRM needs," continued Morgan. "You can integrate and select which CRM elements you want to pull in from SAP into Tibbr. But it doesn't stop with just CRM data. You can pull things in from ERP systems, RSS subscriptions or other collaboration suites such as SharePoint feeds."

Want more? See our full post here

Amazon Web Services Launches Bulk Email Effort

More good news for developers came from Amazon this week. AWS launched a bulk e-mailer for businesses dubbed the Simple Email Service (SES). This offering eliminates the need for an in-house e-mail solution, or the licensing, installing, and operating of a third-party tool.

Amazon will charge fees for the number of e-mails sent plus data transfers. Pricing for SES is US$ 0.10 per thousand messages sent, but a customer may also send 2,000 e-mail messages per day free of charge if they originate from Amazon EC2 or AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

Users may also gauge how well they're doing by utilizing the offering's ability to view statistics about sending activities such as volume sent, bounces and complaints.

Microsoft Begins Building Social Layer with OfficeTalk

OfficeTalk has been to Microsoft what Chatter is to Salesforce since early 2010, but on an internal level only. Recent rumors suggest Microsoft is about to change up the game, however, and officially layer the microblogging platform into the company's slew of products and services.


The rumor catalyst came in the form of a recent interview with Steve Clayton: 

OfficeTalk is a good example of something that started as a project in The Garage, became a funded incubation, and now is being considered by the product teams. It was originally an idea that two Program Managers had, but neither of them were coders. That didn’t matter, though. They were super-excited about the idea so they fleshed out the design a bit and ended up getting a few friends to spend a couple weekends building it. As word spread, they got more help and pretty soon the project had 8-10 people contributing to it.

We're still not sure if this is anything more than a pipe dream, but you're hopeful, check out more details here

Poll: How is Your Organization Enabling Mobile Users?

And finally, it's about time we asked for your participation again. Most of us are faced with the problem of how to best address the exploding need  for mobile-enabled content and functionality. 

With February just around the corner, our focus will shift to a Mobile Enterprise and Mobile Engagement editorial theme. With that in mind, we want to know:

The poll will run until January 31, 2011, so have your say today.