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The Forrester Wave: Collaboration Platforms, Q3 2009

Monday Mar 29th 2010 by Developer.com Staff

Microsoft and IBM Lotus lead the pack, with Novell not far behind and the open-source MindTouch cited as a strong performer.

In Forrester's survey of collaboration platform vendors, the traditional vendors IBM, Microsoft and Novell offer the broadest functionality. All have invested heavily in their collaboration products in recent years: IBM Lotus in Quickr and Connections, Microsoft in SharePoint, and Novell in SiteScape. However, a number of challengers offer unique strengths.

Strong performers include:

  • MindTouch, which has the support of a strong open-source community
  • Open Text, especially when matched with the Open Text ECM Suite
  • Atlassian, whose Confluence and JIRA offerings are popular with IT users
  • Jive Software, with strong social networking tools
  • Socialtext, with innovative content generation and communication features
  • Traction Software, which seeks to simplify collaboration

Contenders include:

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