Via Bob Sutor, I was definitely curious what was being said about Office 2.0 / Web 2.0 "versus" technologies like Lotus Notes (and MS) at the Office 2.0 conference...

The approach is built around online applications with collaboration at the core. It is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. According to Bob Sutor, IBM, all of the pieces are already out there, and it's not a deep computer science problem. The challenge is to make it lightweight enough while providing what users need in to do their work.

Most of the new crop of applications are not breaking any new user interface ground, other than using AJAX to make it more like a desktop client. Integrating mashups into the user experience is where the most interesting work is happening.

Of course, companies will differ in how they adopt 2.0 technologies. IBM has thousands of internal bloggers, but also is standardized on its Lotus Notes for email and collaboration. Any small company or startup, however, isn't going to think about getting a Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Notes server--they will get a Web-based, open sourced solution or uses Google's services.

Sutor, speaking for IBM with over 300,000 employees, said, "Once you get to a certain size, you want to have the services hosted inside the firewall." It will take many turns of the crank for larger companies to trust any vital data living outside their firewalls. When you put money in a bank, there is the possibility of the bank getting robbed. You might lose some money (hopefully it's federally insured). When you put sensitive data in the cloud, you have the potential to lose your company if the servers are breached.
I am definitely curious why Farber writes that small companies or startups won't get Notes.  But of course that's going to bring up the old discussion about IBM marketing to small businesses.... :-)

Link: Dan Farber: Office 2.0 meets the enterprise >

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