My Burton Group colleague Craig Roth and I are presenting a free half-day mini-seminar in Chicago next week; see below for details including contact details for more info or to register. Hope to see you there, if you're going to be in the Windy City next week and are interested in learning more about Burton Group.
Peter O’Kelly, Burton Group Research Director
Craig Roth, Burton Group Service Director
Date & Time:
February 13, 2007
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Hyatt Rosemont 6350 N. River Rd. ROSEMONT, IL 60018
Note: Seating is limited and is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. A continental breakfast will be served.
Collaboration and Content: Drivers and Trends for 2007 and Beyond
Collaboration and content are transitioning from being optional (sometime seen as luxuries) to mandatory components of the information worker platform. In 2007, the market -- including software vendors and open source initiatives -- will respond to increased collaboration and content needs with a slew of offerings, including significant product updates from Microsoft (Exchange, SharePoint, Office, and Office Communications Server 2007), IBM (Notes/Domino 8 and new Quickr and Connections offerings), and other potential disrupters (such as Adobe, Google, and Oracle). Formerly consumer-focused technologies including blogs, wikis, and social software, are also making inroads into the corporate world, often with poor results for organizations that do not understand them and/or plan appropriately. 2007 will emerge as a critical year for the owners of collaboration and content technologies to optimize their investments by harnessing the emerging power of new capabilities while also keeping chaotic usage and dysfunctional content proliferation habits at bay. In this session, we will describe these trends in detail, along with implications for large organizations.
Microsoft SharePoint and IBM Lotus Notes: Superplatform Supercollisions
IBM and Microsoft have dominated the enterprise markets for communication and collaboration products for more than 15 years. The enterprise collaboration market has historically been dominated by Notes/Domino, but IBM changed its focus for several years, emphasizing a new Workplace product line and implicitly relegating Notes/Domino to something of a legacy role. Since mid-2005, IBM has redoubled its focus on Notes/Domino and Sametime, recasting Workplace as an umbrella product strategy that encompasses the traditional Lotus products along with the latest WebSphere Portal product family. Microsoft has also made significant changes to its communication/collaboration product line during recent years, starting with a new foundation for SharePoint in 2003 and greatly expanding the breadth of its collaboration and content management value proposition with Office and SharePoint 2007. Collaboration is now a central part of Microsoft’s corporate strategy, and Microsoft has articulated a vision that encompasses asynchronous, synchronous, and business process collaboration. In this session, we will review the changing collaboration vendor landscape and provide guidance on where to go next and what to expect when you get there.