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« Intranet 2.0: Collaboration, Self-Publishing And Tools Mash-up New Driving Forces | Main | The Early Quickplace Story – Part Two - Cases »

June 15, 2006

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Andrew Mitchell

Interesting post Bill. I hadn't considered rich collaboration tools like Quickplace for a long time. Your post stands in contrast to your current focus on enterprise use of wiki's. Sure wiki's don't fill out all the collaboration picture but won't an enterprise wiki do most of what Quickplace will do?

Andrew Mitchell

More thoughts on this on my blog.
http://mitchell.wordpress.com/2006/06/16/rich-collaboration-or-wiki/

Bill Ives

Andrew - You raise some good points. It always comes done to the "it depends" on what they want to do. I think many collaboartion tools may have or will include wikis. Microsoft is adding blog and wiki templates to the their next generation Office, integrated with Sharepoint whichis gettign better. Wikis are very specific and very powerful as a result. Some collaboration tools contian a range of functionality. Of course people are also building functionality into wikis. IBM has dome some work in this area. I think the general comment holds that the web 2.0 tools, many of which are free or low cost will cut into the tradtional enterprise tools. Soem of the enterprise tool providers who get this are trying to incorporate them into their offerings. The others will be left behind. I have heard good things about Atlassian amd plan to learn more about it. Thanks for picking up the conversations from my posts. Bill

Ian Connor

The features have continued to grow also but I think you will see the focus has been stability and performance over the past few years. It now can scale so much further and is far more stable.
Keeping the feature set under control I think has helped it. QuickPlace is still very easy to use and has all the essential features. It would be possible to rush in a number of Web 2.0 features, but I am happy to see these being added slowly and with caution so as to not confuse the product and bloat the software.
I hope Liz is doing well and good to see all the fond memories of the QuickPlace start are still alive and strong.

Bill Ives

Ian - Thanks for your comments and I certainly agree completely. One of the benefits of Quickplace was its simplicity and focusing on performance and stability are good moves. I have seen some very interesting work that IBM research is doing with web 2.0 tools and they are not mutually exclusive with Quickplace. I hope they continue to support Quickplace and refine it while maintining its original purpose.

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