Is SharePoint Facebook for the enterprise

In this interesting post Mike Gotta asks “Will Microsoft Become Facebook for the Enterprise?” I think the answer is a definite YES.  Whilst I think there is a role for LinkedIn or FaceBook for inter-enterprise social networking I still think that Intra-enterprise social networking is hugely important and I think that the needs within the enterprise are much richer.  I’m pretty confident that Microsoft has everything it needs. 

SharePoint 2007 strikes me as an excellent foundation upon which to build,  its extensibility seems impressive and the fact that it already includes basic versions of all the main elements, blogs, wiki’s, personal pages and people search provides them with a great learning platform.  Mike scores Microsoft pretty poorly so far:

    • Blogs:B-
    • Wikis:C+
    • Tag/Social Bookmark System: N/A
    • Social Networking: B+
    • XML Syndication: N/A (feed aggregation and management)

but my point is that it’s just a matter of time,  Microsoft has all the technology infrastructure they need, all the research, all the resources and their B- existing infrastructure is giving them all of the practical experience (Microsoft thrives in practical experience). 

I am a little surprised that Microsoft haven’t purchased NewsGator though,  it seems a perfect complement to their ambitions (both within Windows/Office Live the enterprise) and and it’s all based on their technologies.  Makes me think they must have something up their sleeves.

It won’t be long though, I suspect we won’t even have to wait for a new version of SharePoint (but I have no inside information).

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

2 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Steve, interesting thoughts.
    Have you been able to take a look at lotus Connections yet? It’d be interesting to hear how you feel the two stack up.
    I agree with you on the Newsgator point, it does make you wonder.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Simon, I have had a brief look at Lotus connections and the impression I came away with was that it was more of an application (or set of applications) than a platform. SharePoint seems to me to be a very rich and comprehensive platform, and thats its key differentiator.

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