Confluence vs. SharePoint vs. Jive vs. Drupal—Corporate Portals Bumper Cars

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Corporate portal solutions for collaboration have become very popular lately, and being able to distinguish where you’ll do best and with which solution can be situational. You might use one of them for a Wiki, and another to manage your document sharing. Before jumping on the track, though, it’s good to take a look at what others are saying.

To see the full product comparisons, see the following:

Confluence vs. SharePoint

Jive vs. Drupal

Here are a few highlights from our community of real users:

Confluence“The ease at which any employee can curate content and the ease in which people can discover meaningful and important information to get their job done. Improvements to My Organization: We are hard core users so there are a lot of examples: At HomeAway we have product development teams for our sites, they use confluence both to document product roadmaps, and for the integration with JIRA to relay to stakeholders the updated status. It is the only place people go at HomeAway to get information.” Read the full review here.

SharePoint – “There are a lot of reasons to buy into or upgrade to SharePoint 2013: the latest iteration of Microsoft’s portal-web development platform represents a massive, multi-million dollar upgrade on the previous version of SharePoint (a version that was typically oversold given its underwhelming if not frustrating performance and lack of execution). SharePoint 2013 is a massive upgrade to 2010: noticeable improvements to social computing (social networking via My Sites), mobile computing (PDA access and accessibility), Office integration, cloud integration, search and more. But it’s not all good news, and it’s not a solution that fits every organization.” Read the full review here.

Jive – “Blogging, sharing, search, mobile use Full integration of MS Office and Outlook. Colleagues are more informed, easier to find content, silo breaking. A visual navigator would be very useful as many colleagues have an issue to find their way and connect the dots…The decision to use Jive as Intranet was practically taken over night and we went from a slow two unit pilot to a big bang approach, including shutting down the old intranet.” Read the full review here.

Drupal – “Because of Drupal, we now have the ability to provide our customers with multilingual, multi-regional content to an extent that would not have been possible otherwise. There are not enough Drupal developers to satisfy demand. Upgrading to new major versions has historically been complex and difficult. Hopefully the migration functionality being built for Drupal 8 will ease this work. Read the full Drupal review here.

We know what you’re thinking, the bumper cars and vendor competition seems a bit of stretch. You might not even have had the pleasure of going on this kind of ride before. Trust us, it’s a bit fun to bump each other in these cars with your friends or family without hurting anyone.

On IT Central Station, you can do exactly that, kind of bump and compare other solutions with your peers. Read these and other reviews of Corporate Portal. You can also look at side by side comparisons of these solutions on one of our useful comparison pages: Confluence vs. Sharepoint, Confluence vs. Drupal, or any other products of your choice!

SharePoint vs Yammer—Jousting on Social

We assume that Microsoft bought Yammer (for a lot of money) to joust as a complement to SharePoint and against other vendors.Yammer vs SharePoint

Over a year ago Kevin McLaughlin from the Business Insider had said about the acquisition: “It’s Been A Year Since Microsoft Bought Yammer And Ballmer’s Grand Vision Has Yet To Materialize.”

Any way you look at it, most big-time vendors are betting on the fact that enterprises need social apps and hosting them in the cloud or as a service is the way to go. No one wants to manage a homemade file-server system anymore or some patched together intranet that gets outdated quickly.

Here’s a nifty rundown from consultants featured on IT Central Station about the differences between Yammer and SharePoint as they go head to head against other vendors:

Choosing Between SharePoint and Yammer

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Sharon Richardson

SharePoint vs Yammer. What’s the difference?

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Chris Radcliffe

Checking out what others are saying about vendors can be critical to your success as a decision maker for your vendor solutions. Heck, just being informed about what “experts” are saying in the field might just give you enough oomph to your thought leadership credentials to help with whatever solutions you’re discussing. Keeping up with what’s going on is probably half the battle.

Read reviews of Sharepoint, Confluence, and Yammer!

docSTAR vs. Documentum vs. Alfresco: Review Round-up for Enterprise Content Management

This week’s review roundup is about the latest reviews of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions from the IT Central Station community. file-cabinet-146160_640

Many of our community members discuss the pros and cons of the solutions they are using. Making sure you use the right ECM solution for your organization can be critical to creating a systematized means of organizing, accessing, and storing content. Read what our real users have to say about these ECM solutions:

docSTAR – “In the past, we had numerous filing cabinets and much inefficiency in how our paper filing systems were being handled. Something had to give…We’ve been able to eliminate ten five-drawer filing cabinets full of paper. No longer do we need to take the time to walk to a file cabinet, try and determine whether the person filed it under A or B or wherever, and hope it’s there. Being able to find something—and find it quickly—is huge. That’s been a real workflow benefit.” Read the full docSTAR review.

Documentum – “System deployment was complex and very tedious…after the deployment, we found the system to be reliable. Not the fastest system, but stable…We were able to meet ISO 9001 QMS Standards and add a more robust CM integration to our product base.” Read the full Documentum review.

Alfresco – “Alfresco is the most widely used open source ECM in the world and it has characteristics that I really like such as a Java based platform, lots of integration points, many protocols for accessing it, advanced workflow support, scripting, easily customizable user interface, a concept of a group/team based working area called site…In the beginning, when I started out with Alfresco, it was quite a task as you need to know quite a lot of different areas to setup a proper Alfresco solution, you need to be familiar web server installation and configuration, certificate/https setup, LDAP. CIFS, WebDAV, application server tuning, database configuration, Kerberos etc. ” Read the full Alfresco review.

Visit IT Central Station to read more reviews of Enterprise Content Monitoring solutions, including Archiflow, SharePoint, Confluence and many more.

Will Office 365 change the SharePoint vendors focus?

This week’s guest blogger is Marwan Tarek. Marwan is a Microsoft MVP and has been working with SharePoint since 2005. His areas of expertise include ECM and collaborative technologies.  Contact us if you would like to be one of our guest bloggers.Marwan_Tarek

Office 365 is a comprehensive platform that delivers main pillars like email, calendar, collaboration (including search, document management…etc.), unified communications and social.

Microsoft keeps adding to this platform like Project Online and PowerBI.

Office 365 is not an isolated platform, it works in tandem with Microsoft Azure to extend its services through Azure websites, Active Directory, and more to come.

The platform is fully managed by Microsoft and supported Microsoft SLA.

Having that said, how this will affect the existing SharePoint ecosystem and Microsoft partners specifically?

I would categorise existing Microsoft partners into:

  1. Boutique services: they deliver software services in the shape of custom developed solutions on top of SharePoint and consultancy services.
  2. Products companies: they develop ready-made products that utilise or serve SharePoint as a platform. For example workflow products, governance management, administration, back and restore, custom web parts, custom HR solution, ideas management…etc. You can check a lot of these products on Sharepointreviews.com
  3. Hosting and platform management companies: they provide managed services to clients who want to outsource the hosting of their own SharePoint platform.

Let’s see how each category will be affected:

Boutique services are the least affected in these categories. However, they should adapt and understand the change and the vision. Microsoft is pushing all the custom development to be outside SharePoint in the form of apps hosted on Azure websites or develop custom applications (websites, windows apps, mobile apps…etc.) that utilise SharePoint as backend; the applications will connect to SharePoint (or Office 365) using the new Office 365 APIs.

Products companies will need to reassess their strategy, review their market segments and how their clients are flexible to the new changes. There are clients slower to change or may be rejects the cloud concept.

In my opinion, the companies focusing on the platform management like upgrade and migration, back and restore, administration are hurt by the new move. In Office 365 there is no new versions that need upgrade or new farm that requires content migration. These companies needs to repurpose their products, move up in the technology stack (rather than focusing on the platform move up to the application).

The companies building ready web parts or solutions on top of SharePoint, they will need to re-architect their solutions and keep a close relation with Microsoft to stay to top of any upcoming platform changes.

Hosting companies are the most affected category. Simply they are going to lose all of the clients who are going to move to the cloud. It is not only about SharePoint; most of the clients move the email and unified communication workloads first then SharePoint follows.

Cloud strategy is an important item on all the CIOs agenda; either in the short term or long term. That’s why all IT professional service firms need to re-innovate their offerings, focus on maximising the business value for their clients and divert the focus from IT only solutions

Disclosure: My company is a Microsoft partner