Microsoft launched SharePoint 2013 with new social software features shortly after acquiring the cloud-based social network site Yammer. This updated assessment examines Microsoft's progress with integration and guides enterprises on what to do with these seemingly competitive solutions.
Summary of Findings
- The Future of Social Software in SharePoint Will Be Based on a Yammer Foundation
- Yammer Also Brings a New Mindset to Microsoft
- Microsoft's Progress Since Acquiring Yammer
- Microsoft Is Aggressively Integrating Yammer With Office 365
- Near-Term Integration Plans and Progress
- Long-Term Integration Opportunities
- The Roles That Enterprises Should Expect SharePoint and Yammer to Play
- Microsoft's Continuing Differentiation Is Superficial and Confusing
- Both Products Facilitate Collaboration, but Each Has Distinct Strengths
- Yammer Is a Personal Productivity and Social Software Platform
- SharePoint Is a Customizable Content Platform
- Mapping Enterprise Social Software Workloads to Yammer or SharePoint
- Social Software Workloads That Should Be Serviced by Yammer
- Social Software Workloads That Should Be Serviced by SharePoint
- Conflicting or Overlapping Workloads
- Microsoft's New Social Software Platform's Impact on Different Audiences
- To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade to SharePoint 2013?
- This Is Not the Time to Re-evaluate the Enterprise Social Software Market
- Microsoft Is No Longer Playing Social Software Catch-Up
- Microsoft Can Now Focus on Improving SharePoint's Strengths
- Open Graph Strengthens Office's Productivity Layer
- Microsoft Has Not Clearly Differentiated SharePoint and Yammer
- SharePoint Is Still Not a Competitive On-Premises Social Network Site
- This Is a Big Change for the Microsoft Office Server Team
- This Is a Big Change for the Yammer Team
- Choose Yammer Over SharePoint for Social Software
- Use SharePoint 2013's Collaborative Building Blocks Where Appropriate
- Do Not Assume That Microsoft Will Stabilize the Social Software Market
- Look Beyond Technology to Be Successful With Social Software
- There Is No Difference Between the Goals of Enterprise "Social" and "Collaboration" Technologies
- Single Sign-On vs. Server-to-Server Identity Integration
- Open Graph, OpenSocial and Business Application Integration
- SharePoint 2013's Social Software Improvements
- A New Personal Site and Social Network (Activity Stream) Experience
- New Community Templates and Changes to Team Site Templates
- Task Management
- SharePoint Lists and Applications
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