Tata Consultancy, Microsoft and three Chinese firms are going to provide IT outsourcing services starting in 2006.
Microsoft Customer Evidence: Wonderware: "Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys, offers production and performance management, and supervisory human-machine interface (HMI) solutions that empower plant managers to make intelligent decisions in real time. The Wonderware global sales channel relies on the Team Wonderware extranet site to share information that promotes sales. However, this site (and three others) ran on an aging, expensive Domino platform that provided poor content management functionality. Wonderware migrated all its Web applications from IBM Lotus Domino server software to a connected productivity solution that includes Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 increasing IT productivity by an estimated 50 percent and providing more Web features at less cost. Improved workflow ensures up-to-date content, resulting in a better-equipped sales channel."
Again a good casestudie around migration from Lotus Notes to the Microsoft platform.
An abundance of personal computing resources stimulates evolution in software research and new challenges for the future.
Office Communicator – the next collaboration tool from Microsoft: "Microsoft does seem to have an increasingly integrated strategy for collaboration. The high-level story is very sound and seems to be offering what the end user needs to work effectively in a collaborative environment. The software tools provide a comprehensive range of functions; indeed, many of the functions are actually duplicated in various products which makes life even more complex. Challenges arise when you need an integrated solution – the sheer number of products from different groups in Microsoft instantly complicates the picture hugely. These problems arise largely because of the way that Microsoft is organised into multiple groups around products rather than around the collaboration vision. While Microsoft will undoubtedly continue to play a leading role in the collaboration software world, it will suffer when compared with other players in this market, such as Oracle and IBM. Both of these organisations have simple coherent messages for the collaboration tools they deliver, even though the functionality is actually provided by multiple pieces of software underneath the covers in both cases."
Ovum analysis/opinion differs from those of Forrester and Gartner Group when it comes to Microsoft position compared to its main competitors. Nevertheless it is good to that more and more analists have recognised Microsoft’s solution for Communication & Collaboration …
Ran into this information through Shared Spaces
There still is a lot of perception about Microsoft’s position in the field of Portal solutions and as a collaboration platform. Recently released research materials hopefully will help change this perception.
Gartner Group recently released the Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portal Products, 2005 which clearly shows Microsoft’s position in this field :
Microsoft moves into the Leaders quadrant for the first time. SharePoint Portal Server 2003 continues to improve, and the Office franchise continues to grow. A key part of the Microsoft Office System, Windows SharePoint Services, is being widely adopted, which has created a pull-through effect for SharePoint Portal Server. Microsoft had the highest growth rate of all the portal product vendors during the past year.
The report can be downloaded from the Microsoft website here.
Also Forrester has released some interesting research material on the market for collaboration solutions. Here’s what Forrester has to say :
Microsoft emerges as an early collaboration platform leader. Trends in messaging server and broader collaboration platform deployments favored Microsoft in 2004.
Microsoft has also begun to establish a lead as a collaboration platform provider to ISVs. PLM vendor UGS and collaboration software vendor CorasWorks built the current generation of their collaboration products (UGS Teamcenter Community and CorasWorks Workplace Suite, respectively) on top of Microsoft WSS. System integrator Capgemini developed a healthcare portal solution on top of WSS and SharePoint Portal Server. Additionally, vendors like Groove Networks and SAP support WSS as a document repository. These ISVs have chosen wisely; within two or three years, SharePoint will be virtually everywhere — it will be used, at least in experiments or pilot mode, by most organizations that have rolled out Windows Server 2003.
The report can be downloaded from the Microsoft website here.
Enhancements Make Microsoft’s Mobile E-Mail ‘Good Enough’: "The messaging enhancements make Microsoft’s offering a viable alternative to more-expensive gateway-based solutions from providers such as Research in Motion"
Overlooked this one a few days ago. Thanks Michael for being so thorough 🙂 . Once all of the pieces of the puzzle are fully operational (Windows Mobile 5.0 devices yet have to be released), more can be expected.
Companies using Microsoft’s Live Communications Server (LCS) 2005 will be able to provide Web access to the enterprise instant messaging system with a component the software maker is currently developing.
…Grontmij has been able to centralize and significantly decrease its yearly IT costs and the number of server computers it uses for messaging and collaboration. By migrating from Lotus Notes to Exchange Server 2003, Grontmij has been able to provide its employees with access to remote connections. Therefore, employees can use mobile devices to keep in contact with the office while on the road. Most importantly, Exchange Server 2003 provides the best integration with the Microsoft Office System and other Microsoft products the company plans on implementing in the near future….
‘The Hive’ is Microsoft’s attempt to bring some of the community impetus it has generated with Channel 9, The Spoke and other developer-focused efforts to the consumer space.
Detailed overview of how Microsoft IT deployed and manages Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 to provide its employees with a real-time communications and instant messaging solution.