I have written about Sharepoint and enterprise 2.0 several times on this blog, (e.g., Knowledge Management 2.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS), and the Fast Forward one, Microsoft and Enterprise 2.0. There has been much discuss of the capabilities, pro and con, but what about actual implementations. Thanks to Paula Thornton for pointing me to these case studies from the Microsoft site, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 customer evidence.
Mary Kay was the featured case study of the month. They report that the new Sharepoint allows them “to leverage the content indexing and search platform functionality. The company now has robust, easy-to-use search functionality that will scale along with its global IT improvement and integration efforts.”
The examples also include Del Monte that “will implement a product life cycle management solution for its formula change using the workflow capabilities of Office SharePoint Server 2007” and CGI that is “using Office SharePoint Server 2007 to provide a collaborative workspace solution where staff can jointly work on proposals using the document life cycle management capabilities.”
These all sound like good uses of Sharepoint that fit within the enterprise 2.0 or at least enterprise 1.5. Since I do not know the cases directly I cannot comment beyond what I read on the Microsoft site but they pass the reasonableness test. For people who are already invested in Sharepoint, it seems to be a good idea to explore its use as a platform for enterprise 2.0 applications. enterprise 2.0 enterprise 2.0 enterprise social media