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IBM WebSphere Portal is ahead of Microsoft SharePoint and Oracle in the Gartner magic quadrant for 2009 portals
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Lotus Connections 2.5 highlights:
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US Bank, is getting their 58,000 users upgrade to the latest Lotus Notes Domino 8.5. Moreover, this bank, who had more than 5000 siloed Sharepoint sites, is adopting Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections software in addition to Lotus Sametime that is already in use. Working smarter together...
See details here: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/28400.wss
"Our industry has undergone unprecedented changes over the last year, and that serves as great example of why it's so important for U.S. Bank's employees to be able to use technology to communicate and collaborate efficiently," said Mark Dickelman, senior vice president, innovation, research and development for U.S. Bank. "Keeping up with economic developments and policy changes and the need to quickly communicate while innovating for growth would be nearly impossible with traditional methods, and that's why Lotus collaboration software will continue to be incredibly useful to us, especially as we continue to solidify our company's position as a leader in the financial services industry."
Makes lots of sense, given the recent TCO math (see my previous blog entries) that shows a reduction in TCO by more than 37% if you adopt IBM Lotus collaboration software rather than Microsoft sharepoint, and office communications server.
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A proper Web Governance scenario contains three components - all of which Sharepoint lacks "out of the box" - as follows:
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Check out this announcement:
Driven by guidance from Microsoft to abandon evaluation of currently-shipping products, Microsoft customers are choosing IBM Lotus software, driven by the higher return on investment and easier deployment of Lotus software, and lower TCO. Customers include: The Coca-Cola Company, HSBC, ABB, BASF, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fidelity Investments, Hyundai, Liberty Mutual, Linde Group, Mass Mutual, Nationwide, State Bank of India, and The Hartford,
IBM number one market leader in Portal software, ahead of Oracle BEA and Microsoft "SharePoint" says Gartner. This is the 8th year in a row
Per the marketshare report published by IT analyst Gartner, IBM has secured the #1 position in marketshare (based on revenue for 2008), for the 8th year in a row. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Report-IBM-Ranked-1-in-Web-prnews-15327063.html?.v=1
"More than 6,500 IBM clients use IBM's Web 2.0-enhanced WebSphere Portal software. IBM has seen an especially large jump in new portal business from healthcare clients worldwide including Catholic Healthcare West, Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Healthways, MedStar Health, Memorial Health, and Trillium Health Centre. IBM WebSphere Portal is also used by four of the top five US healthcare insurance companies, Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations in 33 states, more than 30 major hospitals, clinics, and delivery networks worldwide, and more than 12 on-line healthcare provider sites servicing more than 20,000 users each...
It is also the Portal of choice by the top 10 global banks, nine of the top 10 U.S. banks, seven of the top 10 European banks, and eight of the top 10 Asia Pacific banks.
IBM WebSphere Portal is used by every G8 country governments, 10 of the 16 Middle East countries, 22 U.S. states, and 40 U.S. Federal agencies."
This confirms the market buzz around the fact that only around 7% of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) customers have moved with any success to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS). And for all of those how havent, so around 93%, per recent announcement from Microsoft, they shouldnt upgrade to 2007 but wait till 2010 comes...
Meawhile old BEA Portal customers are looking for alternatives...
Did you receive this email highlighting how some additional software can address some of the SharePoint gaps?
"However, when these teams aren’t functioning because they can’taccess data or critical applications like SharePoint, your businessrisks losing money at an alarming rate"
"Unfortunately, that information sharing has caused anunprecedented number of attacks from both inside and outside thecorporate network. With the growing emphasis on regulatory compliancerequirements, the need to place strict security measures on thepermissions within SharePoint has grown.
The fact that even non-technical users can manage their ownpermissions in SharePoint leads to further complexity. And unorganizedpermission assignments and a lack of centralized control over theenforcement of company policy require the need for extensive managementand analysis of SharePoint permissions to ensure a secure andconsistent implementation.
ScriptLogic's Security Explorer for SharePoint centralizes the management of SharePoint security" ...
I get it. partners upselling their products. but what does this do to the TCO of a SharePoint deployment?
CMS Watch blog highlighted some of the concerns about the recent Microsoft announcement -- offering SharePoint Designer "free"...
"SharePoint is famous (deservedly or not) for creating governance nightmares in enterprises that do control its use. Our research further describes how SPD can very deeply and irreversibly customize SharePoint sites."
and more here: http://portalogiks.com/RESOURCES/THESHAREPOINTCOLLABORUS/tabid/301/EntryID/8/Default.aspx
"In order to be able to do even the simplest of things like open, edit, then save a document in SharePoint, Use of Client Integration Features must be checked which then re-checks Use Remote Interfaces putting you back at square one.We all hope Microsoft establishes autonomy between these two permissions in SharePoint 2010."
Came across SharePoint expert, Michael Sampsons blog comments on Thomas Vander's article: http://currents.michaelsampson.net/2009/03/response-to-sharepoint-2007-gateway-drug-to-enterprise-social-tools.html
"If an organization has purchased and installed SharePoint without aproper technical due diligence about what it can do and can’t do in the“enterprise 2.0” or social computing area, it’s not Microsoft’s fault."
"Microsoft’s marketing has outstripped the technical functionality ofSharePoint for collaboration and social computing. No doubt about it."
Michael has this 7 pillar framework: "See my 7 Pillars framework for more, and then read the front page of SharePoint 7 Pillars, which concludes that SharePoint fails 6 and passes 1 of the pillars"
- Pillar 1 ... Shared Access to Team Data
- Pillar 2 ... Location-Independent Access to Team Data, People and Applications
- Pillar 3 ... Real-Time Joint Editing and Review
- Pillar 4 ... Coordinate Schedules with Team Aware Scheduling Software
- Pillar 5 ... Build Social Engagement through Presence, Blogs and IM
- Pillar 6 ... Enterprise Action Management
- Pillar 7 ... Broaden the Network through Automatic Discovery Services
Well, reminds me about the Enterprise 2.0 shoot out in Boston last year: http://mikeg.typepad.com/perceptions/2008/06/e20-conference.html
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Interesting discussion by Barb Mosher on what is coming in Microsoft SharePoint 14.. http://www.cmswire.com/cms/enterprise-cms/wonder-whats-coming-in-next-version-of-sharepoint-004121.php
"Ballmer offered littleexplanation or context for the Office 14 delay, although he did saythat the free OpenOffice suite had caused the company to lower theworldwide price of the suite."
What about 2010? Maybe?
Concerns about Microsoft SharePoint keeps adding up.
Interesting points in this article written by Thomas Vander Wal: http://www.socialcomputingmagazine.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=755
"Onecommon element from all of the discussions is the frustration nearlyall of these organization have with their experience with MicrosoftSharePoint 2007. The comments are based on those spending one month toa year with the tool"
Multiple Micro-silos: "There ismuch frustration and anger being shared as people try to resolve how toshare information between groups and easily merge and openly shareinformation once it has been vetted. These groups consistently talkabout going directly to their Microsoft support & SharePointExperts with these problems only to be told it is doable, but far fromeasy and may break some other things."
Information Locked: "Not onlyis the information difficult to get at by people desiring tocollaborate outside the group or across groups, but it is not easilyunlocked so that it can benefit from found in search."
Marginalized roadmap: "Where dopeople turn that have gone down the SharePoint route? Well most startby adding solid functionality they had thought SharePoint was going toprovide or wished it had."
Lack of social software features: "Not onlyis the Lockheed Martin example of building on top of SharePoint anexample of expense of that platform, but the recent AIIM surveysurfaces high cost of development as a rather common understanding"
Replacing SharePoint: "I know oftwo extremely large organizations that are removing SharePoint fromtheir organization this year (once these organizations are public withthis I can be). The reasoning is cost and under performing as a socialplatform and what is does well is easily replaced with other solutionsas well."
We are also hearing that probably only 7% of the customers who have deployed Windows SharePoint Services have made any progress to adopt Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.
Are you sharepoint challenged?
There is a surge in sharepoint challenged projects and people...
See this posting from Mike Gotta: http://mikeg.typepad.com/perceptions/2009/03/circling-around-to-enterprise-20-again.html
"Are there issues with SharePoint? Yes, absolutely. The user experienceis not great. The functionality I expect in discussion forum islacking, or requires customization. The blogging capability is perhapsthe poorest of any enterprise product out there. The wiki is really nota wiki. The implementation of RSS rather than Atom was a stunningmistake. There's no tag/bookmark capability and the social networkingcapability is mediocre. SharePoint requires customization - feworganizations succeed at an enterprise-level with SharePoint withoutsignificant investments to customize the platform."
What about you?
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Quote from Bill Gates at the Microsoft Sharepoint Conference recently (http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/speeches/2006/05-15sharepoint.asp): "And so we've been very lucky that as IBM has had a discontinuity, that they're saying, well, your Notes applications aren't going to continue to run, we want you to move to a new environment, which is some WebSphere type thing, people have had to step back and say, okay, it's not the best messaging system, Exchange has been totally focused on those scenarios, and it's not the best collaboration platform because it's sort of stuck as a pretty good messaging platform and a pretty good collaboration platform."
Gates went on to say when people think about comparisons of Microsoft and IBM/Lotus they should not think just about Exchange. "For messaging, Exchange is the best system, but we never turned Exchange into a collaboration platform. SharePoint is clearly our collaboration platform."
Gates was quoted last year saying:
Fortune: How much has Microsoft wanted to beat Notes?
Gates: There are two ways to think of Notes. One is as an e-mail product, and the other is as a deep collaboration product. Microsoft competed with Notes as e-mail. We never matched Notes in some of the collaborative features.
So, according to Gates: Notes Domino is a pretty good messaging and collaboration platform. Exchange is the best system for messaging and not the best system for collaboration. Sharepoint Server 2007 is/will be the best collaboration platform?
So, here are the Top 10 reasons why IBM does pose a competitive threat to Microsoft!!!
10. IBM offers choice of server platform, operating system and devices. Microsoft doesnt. Vista is delayed, and IBM supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS, and p/z/i/x series platforms!
9. IBM is now offering a choice of desktop - with Linux and software that meets customer needs - The mantra is flexibility and choice, Investment Protection.
8. IBM offers choice for Productivity tools: targeting under and over provisioned users, which based on popular user segmentation model, is more than 90% of the desktop users!!
7. IBM productivity editors, like many others in the marketplace, but for Microsoft Office, supports ODF. ODF has been voted to be an ISO International Standard. While Microsoft is active with OpenXML, analysts such as Gartner doubt if this will make it to an ISO standard!
6. IBM has products (WED, Workplace Managed Client) that provide desktop the ability to leverage Server and network resources, while supporting disconnected use -- best of both worlds: thin and rich client capabilities. The next release of Lotus Notes (codenamed "Hannover") is real code. Code talks! See http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=ibm_new_notes_client_is
5. Several IBM customers are coming back to IBM after trying out Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint. The Migrate to the Penguin initiative is gaining momentum.
4. Solutions offered by IBM Global Technology and Business services address customer transformation needs end-end. The emerging BTO models are forcing Microsoft to speed up their "Live" capabilities! The Strategic Outsourcing team currently host millions of users of messaging and collaboration capabilities.
3. IBM software solutions offer an attractive TCO. Large, early adopters of .Net are moving to J2EE.
2. Product delays, product inter-dependencies, high costs, and customer education may drive more customers not to renew Microsoft Enterprise Agreements! See reference to Merrill Lynch survey details in eWeek: See http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1961455,00.asp and http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=merrill_lynch_survey_around_half.
1. IBM and open source are challenging Microsoft's monopoly of the desktop! Meanwhile IBM continues to innovate to improve organizational productivity, self-service, automation.. Server managed Client, Activity computing, Role based execution of business processes, Component Business Model, Service Oriented Architecture, ... the list continues...[Read More]
Attend. Effective Team Collaboration in an On Demand Workplace: Bedfont, England, May 23rd. half day technical customer briefing. Or in Amsterdam on May 24th.
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Meet IBM technical experts at Bedfont, England on May 23rd. They will deliver a half-day technical customer briefing entitled "Effective Team Collaboration in an On Demand Workplace." Or if you are in Amsterdam on the 24th afternoon, that will work too...
This event will highlight how organizations can benefit from the capabilities of our Lotus technologies to become, and remain, a flexible, highly responsive on demand business. This road show is unique in that the content is delivered via live demonstrations and technical discussion.
The agenda is as follows: