Forrester: Microsoft Is A Leader In The Collaboration Platforms Market

Forrester has issued new research on the collaboration market. Together with IBM Microsoft is positioned leader in this field …

[Via Recent Research from Forrester]

Microsoft is a Leader in the collaboration platforms market with a suite of products that are part of the Windows Server System and the Microsoft Office System. Microsoft’s deep strengths lie in strong security, Information Workplace (IW) readiness, and product road map, but it also has a strong positioning in architecture, administration, executive vision, and strategy. Microsoft is weaker than leading competitors in team collaboration and cross-platform support. Microsoft’s strengths make it a good fit for Microsoft shops (especially organizations that use Office 2003, Windows, and Active Directory and have standardized on the .Net framework for at least some application development) that need a full collaboration platform (yet don’t mind lack of unification among the components). Microsoft is well-suited for enterprises that are developing IW strategies and may need a budding IW platform, as well as those that place a premium on vendor market share.