An article from from Microsoft’s Midsize Business Center is good place to go for info on how business meets IT and visa versa, which discussing social computing technologies are powerful business collaboration tools. Office SharePoint Server 2007 helps ease their deployment and management.
The “social” side comes into play with the way you can share and consume content in a standard way using RSS allowing information to flow freely.
Social computing technologies such as blogs and wikis have been popular with recreational Web users for years. Now these technologies are changing the way workers collaborate. In fact, 32 percent of companies worldwide already either use or plan to use blogs, while 33 percent use or plan to use wikis, according to a March 2007 executive survey by the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
As different platforms mature they will go about addressing these challenges in different ways and as the Microsoft article details, we have taken care of them by leveraging search and security already integrated with SharePoint.
There is a great Social computing page as part of the SharePoint website which has links to some great resources – worth checking out if you’d like more information on this subject.