Facing Google Sites
In a sea of wiki rivals that includes Socialtext, Atlassian and Confluence, MindTouch is quietly gaining traction by word of mouth, averaging 2,000 downloads per day. Sixty percent of its distribution is through SourceForge.net. Fulkerson attributes the success to having strong grassroots support coupled with Deki Wiki, a distributed application platform with a wiki interface he says is more robust than the aforementioned "point" solution providers.Getting closer with Microsoft is another way to stick it to Google. Deki Wiki, built on Microsoft's C#, includes new support for Microsoft ADO.NET Data Services. This means users can embed and visualize data from any data source either online or behind their firewall. "You can query data from databases and mash them up into a Google Maps or Google Charts," Fulkerson said. Finally, the refreshed Deki Wiki now supports presence and instant messaging from Microsoft's new Windows Live Messenger library. MindTouch doesn't charge for Deki Wiki outright. The company makes its money by offering two different classes of product support for system administrators, helping them with backups and upgrades, and developer support. Eventually, Fulkerson said it will provide enterprise modules that companies can tack on to boost the productivity of the platform.
He also likes his company's chances versus Google's Sites wiki application, which was released Feb. 28 after a year-and-a-half rewrite and metamorphosis of the JotSpot code.
Editor's Note: MindTouch is averaging 2,000 downloads per day. The number of downloads was incorrect in a previous version of this article.