Day before yesterday SocialText issued this pressrelease about their solution integrating With Microsoft SharePoint. Again this brings some powerful messages to the market :
- A lot of players in the market (look at the ECM space) recognise SharePoint as a / the application platform to build / expand / grow their solutions.
- Although Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 inculdes Wiki functionality, there’s room enough for ISV, Service Providers to build their business / solutions.
- Clients see it and get the confirmation that they have made a good and sound decision implementing Microsoft Office System as their platform for communication, collaboration, integration with business processes, etc.
- Strangely enough (or not) I don’t see this broad adoption of a platform in any of the competitor platforms which must clearly mean something, as not only your own marketshare is a measurement for success; it’s also the partner eco system with SI’s, ISV’s and Service providers.
… Socialtext, the first wiki company and leading provider of Enterprise 2.0 solutions, today released SocialPoint™, a best-of-breed wiki integrated with Microsoft Corporation’s® Sharepoint® to help IT managers within large enterprises develop a collaborative platform to facilitate work and information sharing across teams. Sharepoint is the fastest growing server product in Microsoft’s history, a popular enterprise solution for collaboration, file sharing and intranets. Enabling robust wiki use within Sharepoint supports the enterprise architecture strategy of many enterprises, while providing the most favored wiki by business users today.
Socialtext developed SocialPoint using the Wiki Web Services, which the company released in Socialtext 2.0 earlier this month, and a collection of Sharepoint Web Parts. Integrated with a SOAP API, SocialPoint enables Sharepoint to authenticate to multiple wikis, display “Recent Changes” and pages within the portal while offering them up for editing. …
… “We are beginning to use Socialtext in our Center for Integrated Health Science Education and Practice to work collaboratively on new ways of educating healthcare workers,” said Ken Graetz, eLearning Officer at Winona State University, Minnesota. “We are also very excited about the possibility of integrating Socialtext with our growing Microsoft SharePoint installation. Combining the structure of SharePoint with the open, flexible features of Socialtext’s wiki is a great solution for supporting teamwork.”
“SocialPoint provides Microsoft SharePoint customers with a trusted, best-of-breed wiki solution,” said Ross Mayfield, CEO at Socialtext. “It makes a powerful product even more powerful, by extending its functionality in a critically important area.” …
Update : Peter O’Kelly also shared his thoughts on “The SharePoint Buzz”.
So when do “individual” partnerships / alliances become a trend ?