A timely and extensive Mike Gotta reality check on Oracle Beehive; excerpt:
Oracle must have missed the "contextual collaboration" discussion that emerged in the industry during the late nineties (defined and led by Meta Group [POK: by Mike Gotta, then at Meta Group, and Matt Cain, now at Gartner, to be precise] at the time). The idea of combining process-centric and collaboration activities "in context" is not new. Both Microsoft and IBM have targeted that scenario for several years. Oracle is correct in pointing out that the current state of contextual collaboration remains fragile (sometimes done in a brute-force fashion), but Oracle is misinformed that it has discovered the concept or will lead the charge towards this end-state given its poor track record in the collaboration market so far.