Have you ever asked yourself why you have a 200MB limit on email at work, but for $50/year Google can give you 25GB?
For those not math-inclined – that’s 125x more storage, for “just” $50/year — keep in mind, your companies costs are probably way higher and come with lower service levels.
Have you ever tried to do a home-improvement job with the wrong tool, then try again with the right one? I did, and it’s amazing how much fun it can be to have the right tools for the job and just jump in. Instead, with the wrong tool, you can’t get a flow. Nothing goes well, and the results show it. People entering the workforce today will experience technology at work the way I experienced home improvement projects using the wrong tools.
For a long time now consumer technology has outpaced organization’s ability to adapt.
I’m a huge fan of what Salesforce.com has done with Chatter. As a former pre-sales guy, I think it’s brilliant and exactly the collaboration tool any enterprise technology sales team needs… and I’m sure that translates to other industries.
This week, TIBCO released their updated tibbr, and I’ve fallen in love again. There are competitors, including Chatter, who’ve been at it much longer. None however have the “enterprise” access or perspective that TIBCO have.
In short, and to quote Dennis Howlett as he says it best:
“It intelligently marries people, process, and context delivering information the way people want to consume”
In fact, in this YouTube Vivek Ranadive (CEO/Founder) stays tightly on message and it’s well worth watching the 3+ minute video. If you’re less of a visual person, you can read Dennis’ or Krishnan Subramanian’s writeups. Both are well written and brief. In particular, I think Krishnan is spot on when he says “they’ve nailed it for the enterprise.”
It’s time I come to the point of this post.
Tibbr is, if you will indulge me, Facebook for the enterprise. But, instead of connecting around people, pictures, videos, and such, now people can connect around process, events, and transactions relative to the enterprise. In my opinion this could be one of the most interesting things going on in corporate computing. It’s why I am such a fan of Chatter too.
If I’m correct, and I know I am regardless of the semantics of it… the next thing to follow from the consumer world into the enterprise are well formed API’s based on standard technologies and the prevalent attitude of good-enough integration.
While the enterprise is different than the internet, many of the drivers, challenges, and opportunities we’ve been talking about here on OpusGrid’s blog will apply. And, with greater urgency. In an enterprise there is a much lower tolerance for failure and a deep need for agility to adapt to changing markets. In fact, on the internet we regularly see new companies replacing old with a new iteration on an idea… the way Facebook replaced Myspace. That sort of replacement doesn’t happen today within the enterprise. A company that is unable to reinvent itself from within at the pace of internet-change will lose market dramatically to a competitor who will.
This post was written for, and originally appeared on my client OpusGrid’s blog.