June 9 2008
This morning, I wish I had been at Enterprise 2.0. One of the first sessions, moderated by Burton Group's Mike Gotta, was a battle between IBM Lotus Connections and Microsoft SharePoint. By reading the blog reports, session back-channel, and twitter, it's become apparent -- Heidi Votaw and Suzanne Minassian won the contest! Some blog and twitter quotes:
Microsoft lost audience during their presentation, which is a shame. SharePoint is powerful, but like a lot of other products from the company, it's heavy-lifting and will be hard for regular, non-technical users to adopt without massive customisation by skilled technical implementers. I have no doubt that Connections is no different, but it didn't feel that way.Great job, team Lotus! Looking forward to my day at #E20 on Wednesday....
IBM, of course, is pushing Lotus Connections. Microsoft, is trying very hard to push Sharepoint, their document-centric solution. (they still don't get that social software applications should be person-centric...oh well!)
trib: #e20 MS failing dismally at showing off Sharepoint collab tools. IBM totally ate their lunch.
[The back channel is getting very punchy and hungry. Lots a metaphors about what a lunch from Microsoft would be: Two slices of bread and you got to our partners to get filling and condiments.]
Update: Mac Guidera has also picked this up