StreamWork, Chatter, Yammer… What’s the deal?
Originally posted here.
Last week a bunch of us hunkered down in Santa Clara at the SAP Influencer Summit talking about SAP’s strategy and execution. There were many questions about the relationship between SAP StreamWork and other tools like Chatter and Yammer. Perhaps it had something to do with that rave in SF featuring former presidents that happened on the same days. Here are some specific questions I was asked:
- How are you going to compete with Chatter’s adoption?
- Why is SAP doing this at all?
- Chatter is free; how do you compete with that?
Here is an outtake of some of the questions that flowed…
- Complete openness — This means people, data, human languages, programming languages, etc. Let’s start with people. Let everyone in the world in for Free. No corporate email required. In fact, if you use gmail, you don’t even have to sign in.
- Standards based — Standards like ActivityStrea.ms allow micro-blogging systems to inter-operate. And it frees your data to use it how you want. You can use our cloud server as your feed server today using this standard, for free. Oh — and it goes without saying that you should support OpenID, OAuth, SAML, and OpenSocial.
- Connected to the real stuff — SAP customers touch your lives in many ways. They produce the food on your table, the drink in your glass, the power to your home. Odds are they touch your business. Don’t you think your extended conversation needs access to those systems? With the new Enterprise Edition, your on-premise world is connected to your cloud-world. Let the data (and the real activities) flow.
- Rapid releases to improve, driven by user feedback — If you like what we did this month, just wait until next month. If you don’t like it, tell us, and we’ll fix it. Openly and Transparently feedback driven.
- Be humble: People know how they want to work. Let them lead the way.
So, in summary: use what works. And hold your vendors responsible. And have fun.