The Q3 2009 Forrester Wave™: Collaboration Platforms by Rob Koplowitz is out. It found that “Microsoft and IBM Lotus led the pack based on the breadth of functionality in their offerings. Novell edged into the Leaders’ quadrant with its Teaming product. MindTouch, the only open source option in this Forrester Wave, landed as a Strong Performer. Open Text represented a strong option, particularly for current Open Text ECM Suite customers. Atlassian, Jive Software, Socialtext, and Traction Software all approach the market with strong social networking capabilities. New entrant Cisco WebEx debuted as a Contender and will look to disrupt the market landscape over time. Central Desktop is the only pure software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering with a focus on small and medium businesses, as well as enterprise departments.” I have seen the full report and it appears quite useful. I will likely comment on it in another post.
I was also interested to see that almost all of these providers have been covered on The AppGap or FastForward so I wanted to share with you my observations. I some cases I have written about them several times so I am limiting the links to two of the most recent instances. You can find more in our appopedia on The AppGap.