The New York Times had an article written by Miguel Helft titled “Google Goes After Another Microsoft Cash Cow” that caught my attention. Google is staking a claim after the Microsoft Sharepoint program. Share Point is a particular favorite tool of mine from Microsoft.
The Wikpedia definition of SharePoint is…
‘SharePoint is a web-based collaboration and document management platform from Microsoft. It can be used to host web sites which can be used to access shared workspaces and documents, as well as specialized applications such as wikis, blogs and many other forms of applications, from within a browser. SharePoint functionality is exposed as web parts, such as a task list, or discussion pane. These web parts are composed into web pages, which are then hosted in the SharePoint portal. SharePoint sites are actually ASP.NET applications, which are served using IIS and use a SQL Server database as data storage backend.”
SharePoint Iis a wonderful web based collaboration tool. Its included with the latest version of the Server. I am always amazed at when I mention Sharepoint tool to my clients how few are familiar with how powerful a tool it is. It’s a tool they already own and just have to enable it. It will be interesting to see what google comes up with.
To quote the article by Miguel Helft “The Internet search giant on Wednesday is rolling out a rival to Microsoft’s SharePoint, a program used for collaboration among teams of workers. Google’s program, called Google Sites, will become part of the company’s applications suite, which includes e-mail, calendar, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. Like other elements of Google Apps, it will be free and require no installation, maintenance or upgrades.”
Given how entrenched Microsoft office is and how powerful it is, I don’t see google getting very far with its Google Sites software. The article goes on to say “Still, pitching Google Sites to businesses may prove a challenge, at least initially. “There is a lot that Google still has to prove in terms of being a viable enterprise vendor,” said Rob Koplowitz, an analyst with Forrester Research. Many businesses remain leery of putting their applications and data on servers they don’t control, for example.:
I think this article is worth a read. I find all that is happening in the Marketplace between Google and Microsoft interesting. I feel we will all benefit by these 2 rivals going at it in the long run.
Posted Michael Corey, Ntirety