eWeek: Big Software May Give Office 2.0 Apps Needed Legitimacy

eWeek runs a story about the role of Microsoft and other ‘Big Software’ in Enterprise 2.0 / Office 2.0

… Microsoft and other big vendors may help Office 2.0 applications win IT favor in enterprises.

In many circles Microsoft might not be considered hip enough or at least too mature now to pull off Enterprise 2.0 or Office 2.0.

But eventually having Microsoft and other big technology vendors in the game may give technologies like social networking the legitimacy they need to take hold in the enterprise, according to analysts.

Joshua Greenbaum, principal analyst for Enterprise Applications Consulting, pointed out that the movement of Enterprise 2.0 technologies—blogs, wikis, social networks—taking off in the enterprise sanctioned by IT may just come about when the big guys get in the game.  ….

… Microsoft is also offering two on demand initiatives that are relevant to the Enterprise 2.0 movement. The first is Office Live which delivers SharePoint Server over the Web as a hosted service to small businesses.

The second initiative aimed at enterprises is Microsoft Managed Services that hosts e-mail, SharePoint Portal Services and soon, most likely, voice, according to Helm. "Right now it is working with a small group of clients [for voice]," said Helm. "Long term, Microsoft could set itself up to be a major outsourcer." …

The article shows that Microsoft is taking Office 2.0 seriously and does have the breadth  to develop in various area’s. In software as well as services …

… Despite Microsoft’s moves toward adding the basic Enterprise 2.0 concepts to SharePoint there are some areas where the company is lacking in functionality, according to Forrester analyst Rob Koplowitz. "Microsoft has built a fair amount of Enterprise 2.0 capabilities, mostly into SharePoint," he said. "They’re getting all the check boxes checked, and moving in the right direction [but] their blogs and wikis are not really advanced when compared to best of breed offerings from some of the pure play vendors." …

… There are some things about Microsoft that make their value proposition interesting," said Koplowitz. "Each of these things generates content, so whether it’s in a profile, a blog or a wiki, it’s content and increasingly [companies] want that content under greater levels of control and better management. That’s one of the core concepts of SharePoint. The fact that [IT] can manage these in SharePoint is going to be a key link to companies moving down the SharePoint path," Koplowitz said. ….


Source: Big Software May Give Office 2.0 Apps Needed Legitimacy
Author: matthew_rothenberg@ziffdavis.com?subject=messaging_RSS
Date originally published: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 02:24:27 GMT