The ad below has run on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on a number of occasions, and itâ€™s one I find very misleading.Â Salesforce compares itself to Lotus Notes and SharePoint, andÂ undercredits SharePointâ€™s features.Â In my career, Iâ€™ve implemented SharePoint 2003 and 2007 from bare metal servers to fully functioning portals, and Iâ€™m and end user on our SP 2010 portal.Â Hereâ€™s where I disagree:
In SharePoint 2007, Microsoft introduced a number of features that we take for granted in todayâ€™s social media, most notably friends, likes and alerts.Â These features arenâ€™t implemented exactly like Facebook or Twitter, but they have the same resultâ€”end users can self-build their social circles and easily stay in touch with the people around them.
This is patently false, and has been for several years.Â See SharePoint Online at http://www.microsoft.com/online/sharepoint-online.aspx.Â Add in the other BPOS offerings, and you have a cloud suite that has been adopted by an impressive customer list.
This might be truth-by-degrees.Â Notice they donâ€™t list Windows Phone 7?Â WP7 and SP 2010 are a pretty good match, and Iâ€™ve used my Droid with SP 2010â€”that could be better.
I doubt Salesforce has a richer development environment than SharePoint.Â From building native web parts in Visual Studio, to a market of pre-built web parts, to InfoPath, there are many options to expand SharePoint, all of which leverage existing Microsoft development skills (which is a large pool of talent).
What did Saleforce skip?
When it comes to ads, oftentimes the silence is deafening.Â Since itâ€™s their ad, Salesforce doesnâ€™t have an obligation to list areas where they are weak and SP is strong.Â Iâ€™d include seamless network authentication (meaning users donâ€™t have to remember additional passwords), workflow, and translation services as some big features SharePoint has that Salesforce left off.Â And letâ€™s not forget integration with Exchange and SQL Server Reporting Services.Â In these features, I think we can assume at least parity between the two, perhaps SharePoint leading.
Lotus Notes, youâ€™re on your own here.Â Other than Ray Ozzie being involved, I know very little about the platform.