Enterprise social networking with Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft has been pushing SharePoint Server 2007 as the ready answer, especially for any company already using the platform for collaboration. In July, it launched a mini-site on how to do enterprise social networking with SharePoint. Enterprises can build personal and team sites with SharePoint and allow blogging, podcasting, wikis; host discussion forums; and enable enterprise […]

Microsoft has been pushing SharePoint Server 2007 as the ready answer, especially for any company already using the platform for collaboration. In July, it launched a mini-site on how to do enterprise social networking with SharePoint. Enterprises can build personal and team sites with SharePoint and allow blogging, podcasting, wikis; host discussion forums; and enable enterprise search, for example. "Social networking and collaboration are converging in many ways, and I would characterize SharePoint as being a part of many organizations' social networking strategies," said Rob Koplowitz, principal analyst at Forrester Research Inc. "But in terms of a robust social networking platform, the current version is missing some rather key functionality," he said. However, Microsoft is expected to boost social networking capabilities in SharePoint Server 2010, so these and other weak spots may disappear.