Cisco for Collaboration

Published: November 2009

Cisco hosted a major strategy conference in California during the second week of November 2009. At its “Collaboration Summit”, Cisco unveiled an enhanced scope of product and service capabilities in the collaboration arena, encompassing a variety of product enhancements along with new product announcements. In sum, these announcements hold the potential to elevate Cisco to being a major player in the enterprise collaboration technology space.

Table of Contents
This 6-page analyst report reviews:
– What was announced, including a high-level 7 Pillars and 4 Foundations analysis of the new and improved products from Cisco.
– The impact of Cisco’s announcements on its standing in the collaboration market.
– The two major challenges for Cisco, in moving beyond the Collaboration Summit.
– The impact that Cisco’s announcements have on end-user organizations.
– The impact that Cisco’s announcements have on competitors, including Microsoft, IBM, Enterprise 2.0 vendors, and hosted service providers.

Download Cisco for Collaboration (November 2009) (PDF, 6 pages, 0.2 MB)

7 Pillars of IT-Enabled Team Productivity

Published: during 2005

The 7 Pillars of IT-Enabled Team Productivity presents a vendor-neutral framework that outlines the key technology underpinnings of an IT environment to enhance team productivity and collaboration.

7 Pillars Overview
Pillar 1 … Shared Access to Team Data
Pillar 2 … Location-Independent Access to Team Data, People and Applications
Pillar 3 … Real-Time Joint Editing and Review
Pillar 4 … Coordinate Schedules with Team Aware Scheduling Software
Pillar 5 … Build Social Engagement through Presence, Blogs and IM
Pillar 6 … Enterprise Action Management
Pillar 7 … Broaden the Network through Automatic Discovery Services

Download 7 Pillars of IT-Enabled Team Productivity (October 2013) (PDF, 54 pages, 2.2 MB)

SharePoint 2007 Fails the 7 Pillars Framework: Marketplace Opportunities for ISVs; Next Actions for Microsoft

Published: February 2008

This White Paper outlines the opportunities for ISVs to build add-on products and services to enhance the team collaboration capabilities of Microsoft SharePoint 2007.

It builds on our The 7 Pillars of IT-Enabled Team Productivity: The Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Analysis white paper (February 2008).

This ideas paper came about as a result of our recent CIO and IT Organization-facing research into the efficacy of SharePoint to support team collaboration. While working on that research, we developed a set of ideas as to where SharePoint needs to get better in order to meet the needs of collaborative teams. This paper documents all of those.

Audience
This paper is for Microsoft ISVs wanting to develop for-fee add-on products for Microsoft SharePoint 2007. The paper also offers strategic direction to Microsoft Product Groups.

Download SharePoint 2007 Fails the 7 Pillars Framework: Marketplace Opportunities for ISVs; Next Actions for Microsoft (February 2008) (PDF, 24 pages, 0.3 MB)

The 7 Pillars of IT-Enabled Team Productivity: The Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Analysis

Published: February 2008

This White Paper analyzes the capabilities of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services v3 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 through the 7 Pillars, a vendor-neutral framework for building a collaboration infrastructure.

This paper is for CIOs, IT Business Analysts and IT Organizations charged with evaluating the efficacy of SharePoint for team collaboration.

Download The 7 Pillars of IT-Enabled Team Productivity: The Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Analysis (February 2008) (PDF, 31 pages, 0.6 MB)

SharePoint for Business: A Six Step Strategy for Achieving Collaboration Success and Improving Business with SharePoint

Published: May 2007

Microsoft SharePoint is garnering much attention in organizations, with Microsoft’s business partners, among the analyst community, and in the press. It is now a fundamental element of Microsoft’s Office suite and servers. The technology of SharePoint has improved substantially with the 2007 edition, but the question remains: How does an organization think about using SharePoint for business? There is a plethora of written material on the technology, features and technical installation and maintenance of SharePoint, but surprisingly little on the strategic side. This White Paper addresses the latter.

Download SharePoint for Business: A Six Step Strategy for Achieving Collaboration Success and Improving Business with SharePoint (May 2007) (PDF, 23 pages, 0.8 MB)