Blogger: Craig Roth
Guy Creese and I are working on research about desktop authoring for enterprise information workers and would like to hear from anyone who wants to discuss what their organization is doing about current and future authoring needs.
I've attached the blurbs about our upcoming papers below, but I'll sum it up as saying that Guy's document is about whether alternatives to Office (like Google Apps or IBM Symphony) are now feasible. Mine is about whether the core office suite as we know it (spreadsheet + word processor + presentation) is really sufficient at all for the emerging needs of content authors who work collaboratively, want to reuse content in more granular components, value freshness over accuracy, and want to develop "living" documents that continue to evolve over time.
Have you been struggling with these issues? Are you re-evaluating the content creation tools you're providing to information workers in your organization? Do you have a story to tell about a proof-of-concept or successful/unsuccessful attempt to use an alternate productivity suite or provide tools that support next-gen authoring (like mind mapping, wikis, or note management)? If so, please send me an email at craig dot roth at burtongroup dot com.
Content Authoring in the Enterprise 2.0 Age
Analyst: Craig Roth
Content authoring technology, such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, was originally just a tool that enabled the authoring process. However, with functional enhancements in the basic productivity suite, increased interest in brainstorming and mind-mapping tools, and the emergence of Web 2.0 authoring tools, it is now apparent that technology is changing how we write and what we write, even though information workers may not always be conscious of its effect. In this overview Craig Roth, Service Director for Collaboration and Content Strategies, will describe how new content authoring, collaboration, aggregating, publishing, and searching technologies are impacting the writing process, and the challenges on the horizon for content authoring in the Enterprise 2.0 age.
Productivity Suite Proliferation: Alternatives to Microsoft Office
Analyst: Guy Creese
Microsoft Office has long dominated the productivity suite market. While it still "owns" the market, enterprises looking for a product for creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations now have many alternatives to pick from. This overview from Research Director Guy Creese will look at software (e.g., WordPerfect, OpenOffice.org, and Lotus Symphony) and SaaS alternatives (e.g., Google Apps, Think Free, and Zoho) and discuss whether now is the time to heave out Microsoft Office and put something else in its place.