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Matt Asay: Drupal founder on Sharepoint (collaboration, not content)

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Dries Buytaert, the founder and maintainer of the excellent web CMS, Drupal, talks today about Sharepoint 2007. He calls it (and its "ilk" of software) "Collaboration Management Software," instead of "Content Management Software." I like that distinction. It takes the emphasis off the content - which is just static and a bit dull - and moves it to the locus of importance: people, and the work they do with other people.

Given the explosive rise of this market (Sharepoint, alone, went from $0 to $500,000,000 in just its first three years), it is shocking how little the industry is doing to solve the same customer problems (and thereby compete with Microsoft) that Sharepoint envisions. Dries mentions Alfresco as the leading open source alternative to Sharepoint. Fine. But where is Oracle in this? IBM? Etc.?

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