A lot of buzz for “Enterprise 2.0” was generated last week from Socialtext’s announcement of SocialPoint for SharePoint. As usual with new and exciting “the next big thing” announcements related to Microsoft products and technologies like this, my colleague Don Dodge was quick to provide an excellent write-up. There was also an enlightening Port 25 video interview with Ross Mayfield, the CEO of Socialtext. Since then, a bunch of people have pinged me privately for my perspective, and I finally have some free time to blog about it now.
In short, I am extremely excited about this! What’s most interesting to me is that Socialtext runs on the LAMP stack while SocialPoint is a bundle of webparts that run on SharePoint. This shows that integration between applications on very different technology platforms can now be achieved with relative ease and enables customers to choose best of breed solutions while maintaining an integrated user experience on SharePoint.
From an Enterprise 2.0 standpoint, the key advantage of SharePoint Server 2007 is that its blog and wiki functionality is available OOTB on a common technology infrastructure that includes other collaboration, portal, content management, enterprise search, business process and forms, and business intelligence capabilities. (My manager, Arpan, had blogged about this previously.) SharePoint’s other Enterprise 2.0 features include discussion boards, My Sites, and people search while Knowledge Network provides a unique value add to SharePoint by significantly enhancing people search. Having tightly integrated features eases deployment and improves usability and will continue to be one of SharePoint’s primary advantages. However, some customers require best of breed features that go above and beyond what SharePoint provides. More often than not, these niche solutions do not have any integration with SharePoint, which is why I’m so excited about Socialtext’s announcement of SocialPoint. I expect to see at least several other Enterprise 2.0 focused ISVs jump on the SharePoint bandwagon over the next 4-6 months. What 3rd party Enterprise 2.0 products would you like to see integrated with SharePoint?
Is this (SocialPoint) a Wiki system for people who don't have MOSS 2007 or WSSv3?
Or does it in some way give extra value over the Wiki function those products provide out of the box?
From what I've seen of the screenshots it seems to be built on a fairly standard *v2* template - would you agree?
This is pretty cool news, especially on the how it highlights MOSS integration of different systems.