Oracle has updated its suite of collaboration tools for the enterprise via enhancements to Oracle Beehive, allowing workers to interface through team workspaces, conferencing and instant messaging on a unified platform. Collaboration and social-networking tools are becoming vital parts of the enterprise, a fact recognized by Salesforce, Microsoft and other major IT companies.
introduced new features to its Oracle Beehive
enterprise-collaboration platform on May 4, throwing its hat into an
increasingly crowded ring of IT companies rolling out new social-networking and
collaboration tools for the enterprise.
Oracle Beehive, a standards-based platform that delivers e-mail, calendar and
other features, now includes team workspaces and instant messaging, as well as
Web and voice conferencing.
Web-based Team Workspaces, which works via a Web browser-styled interface,
includes wikis, team calendaring, RSS support, contextual search and advanced
file sharing for groups working on projects. Enhanced Web and voice conferencing
adds a security layer to conferencing, as well as the ability to record and
retrieve conferences. In addition, Oracle has expanded the platform's
integration with other desktop productivity tools.
"Beehive takes social software and extends it across the entire
spectrum," David Gilmour, senior vice president of collaboration
technologies for Oracle, said in an interview. "It can produce a unified
user experience; it manages the platform tightly, but keeps the tools looser."
The solution is available either on-premises or through Oracle On Demand.
Companies large and small have been inserting Web 2.0 tools such as wikis
and even Twitter into the enterprise, not only to let their teams collaborate,
but also to see how people outside of an organization are reacting to new
campaigns or product launches.
On top of that, Oracle, Microsoft, Google and other companies have begun prepping their
cloud-based services for the enterprise
, as more and more companies turn to
SAAS (software as a service) to deliver their most needed applications.
Oracle has been prominent in the news as of late, mostly due to its plans to
purchase Sun Microsystems
for roughly $7.4 billion, creating a
massive competitor to IBM, Hewlett-Packard
and other IT giants. Oracle's April 20 announcement of the acquisition
to expand its end-to-end offerings while further exploiting Java and Solaris,
the basis for many of its products.
IBM had reportedly been in talks to purchase Sun
, but that
deal fell through for reasons still undisclosed.
Oracle already acquired a number of smaller companies in 2009, including mValent
, which offers configuration management solutions,
and Relsys International
, which develops drug safety and risk