News
Commentary
2/25/2009
02:19 PM
Irwin Lazar
Irwin Lazar
Commentary
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

An Alternative to SharePoint?

Ingres and Alfresco have teamed to create an open-source alternative to Microsoft's SharePoint platform for document collaboration and management. The Linux-based appliance joins Alfresco's ECM with Ingres' database services. Alfresco has long positioned itself as a lower-cost offering that also offers the extensibility of open-source.

We continue to see strong adoption rates for application sharing platforms with approximately 80% of our recent "Unified Communications and Collaboration" benchmark depoying or planning to deploy such applications. Among those we interviewed, SharePoint holds a commanding market share, but we continue to hear concerns around cost and complexity of deployment, which in the current economic environment presents an opportunity for lower cost alternatives to gain market share.

We also see document collaboration products serving as the basis for adoption of enterprise social networking systems such as Telligent's Community Server and IBM Lotus's Connections. There's no mention yet of social networking services as part of the Ingres-Alfresco announcement, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the eventual integration of an open source social networking server.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Dec. 9, 2014
Apps will make or break the tablet as a work device, but don't shortchange critical factors related to hardware, security, peripherals, and integration.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of January 18, 2015.
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.