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A spare second for Microsoft SharePoint

Last week, I wrote for about this week’s Enterprise 2.0 conference and the possibility that 2008 may be a watershed year for the E2.0 (lingo!) thing.

Anyway, one guy wrote to me and pointed out that I neglected to mention Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

He’s got a point. Although the story didn’t need to bring up SharePoint, it probably should have. He referred me to a Forrester Research Inc. report that claims Sharepoint will “steamroll the market.”

Well, yes, I suppose it pretty much has and pretty much will. I went back to the notes I took when speaking with Joshua Holbrook, director of enterprise research at Yankee Group Research Inc.

Here’s Holbrook on SharePoint: “The one that certainly gets the most hype is Microsoft SharePoint.”

And: “They’re essentially giving it away for free … to large enterprises.”

I’m not convinced I was exactly derelict when I skipped over SharePoint in that story. But in the interest of mending fences, I’ll gladly mention here that Microsoft this morning announced a bunch of new SharePoint partners.

I’m a little bit 1984ed by blueKiwi Software’s promise to provide an “aggregated view of all conversations happening across the entire enterprise.” (According to Microsoft’s press release).

The other partnerships all seem reasonable and useful.

Microsoft’s other SharePoint news today is the release of the PKS (Podcasting Kit for SharePoint). This is part of Microsoft’s “commitment to bring the latest innovating trends of social networking technologies to its customers and partners.” I especially like Microsoft’s insistence that the PKS works on “[Microsoft} Zune [MP3 player] devices” and “any other devices that play podcasts.” What, there’s no major player in the MP3 game?

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Hi, Rob Gray from blueKiwi here. Just to clarify what we mean: in blueKiwi, ideas are shared in multiple communities. A large org will have many communities. Often these would end up being silos with no transparency. The aggregated view of conversations is a personalised view of everything that an end user has permissions to see, from the communities that they are a part of. If a community is private (for example perhaps the board will have a private community), these conversations are not shown (unless the person logging in belongs to the board community). This type of capability is very useful for execs to get "their finger on the pulse of the organisation", it's also useful for those people lower down the corporate ladder to get the visibility of management if they have a good idea, because the 'noisiest' conversations are surfaced to the top. I find that often the best ideas come from people who may not be the most vocal, and certainly they come from people who are not senior managers. The problem with most internal blogging tools is that you just end up with these isolated silos that not many people participate in. useful?