The Big IT Vendors Promise Web 2.0 Capabilities - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Software // Enterprise Applications
News
2/23/2007
03:35 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
Building Security for the IoT
Nov 09, 2017
In this webcast, experts discuss the most effective approaches to securing Internet-enabled system ...Read More>>

The Big IT Vendors Promise Web 2.0 Capabilities

Microsoft, IBM, and Google are most prominent, but Oracle, SAP, and Cisco have plans, too.

Today's market for Web 2.0-style collaboration and information-sharing tools for businesses is largely up in the air. Startups such as Socialtext for wikis, WordPress for blogs, and NewsGator for RSS get discussed right alongside Microsoft, Google, and IBM.

Those latter three are most top-of-mind for businesses when it comes to Enterprise 2.0 capabilities, each cited by more than a third of 250 business IT pros surveyed by InformationWeek Research.

IBM and Microsoft have the advantage of an installed base with big business, and they're busy trying to make relevant collaboration platforms. Microsoft has Office Communicator for unified communications and SharePoint for Web-based collaboration, both of which tie back into other Microsoft apps such as Exchange, Office, and SQL Server. IBM, on the other hand, recently updated its collaboration line with Lotus Notes 8 and Sametime 8 for messaging and unified communications, Connections for social networking, and a SharePoint competitor in Quickr.

Google is clearly a company to watch, and it made its first major effort last week to make its tools business-read (see story, "Google Business Apps Shows The Changing Battle For Workers' Desktops").

Open source could also play a role. An April 2006 Forrester survey of IT and business professionals found that 34% expect open source to be a viable option for next-generation content, collaboration, portal, and office tools.

Oracle, SAP, and Cisco Systems are also in the mix. Oracle has its Collaboration Suite and WebCenter Web interface; SAP announced sketchy Web 2.0 plans last month, promising collaboration capabilities such as wikis and widgets in more of its apps over the course of this year; and Cisco has its unified communications platform. Cisco even bought a social networking startup called Five Across earlier this month, which could be a sign of more deals to come. "You have serious manifest destiny here," Burton Group analyst Peter O'Kelly predicts. "I wouldn't be surprised to see more relentless consolidation because the big companies understand [collaborative applications are] where people live."

Illustration by Ryan Etter

Return to the story:
Most Business Tech Pros Wary About Web 2.0 Tools In Business

Continue to the sidebars:
Why We Like The 'Enterprise 2.0' Label,
Nine Easy Web-Based Collaboration Tools
and
Companies On Edge About Web Video

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
[Interop ITX 2017] State Of DevOps Report
[Interop ITX 2017] State Of DevOps Report
The DevOps movement brings application development and infrastructure operations together to increase efficiency and deploy applications more quickly. But embracing DevOps means making significant cultural, organizational, and technological changes. This research report will examine how and why IT organizations are adopting DevOps methodologies, the effects on their staff and processes, and the tools they are utilizing for the best results.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
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.
Flash Poll