SAP Targets Online Collaboration Market With StreamWork
SAP is unveiling an online collaboration tool that will let users combine a range of business applications into a single screen, with the intent of making it easier to share content, have online meetings and plan projects.
SAP is unveiling an online collaboration tool that will let users combine a range of business applications into a single screen, hopefully making it easier to share content, have online meetings and plan projects. Facebook, Twitter becoming business tools, but CIOs remain waryÂ SAP, long one of the most successful makers of business software, is moving into a new market competing against collaboration tools such as Google Wave, Novell Pulse, and Microsoft SharePoint. Â SAP's new product StreamWork -- formerly known as 12sprints during beta trials -- is now generally available, the company announced Tuesday. StreamWork brings a variety of applications together, including e-mail tools Outlook and Gmail, meeting platforms such as Â WebEx, and content-sharing apps such as Evernote, creating a new space for employees to work on projects. A REST-based API has allowed companies like Box.net and Scribd add capabilities to StreamWork, and SAP has plans to integrate with Google Wave and other similar platforms. "We believe the world is heterogeneous," SAP senior vice president of emerging technologies David Meyer said during a Web-based meeting with reporters. "The best companies will take a federated approach to systems. We're not after control. We want to work seamlessly with wherever people work today." If an e-mail thread becomes cumbersome, employees can hit reply all and copy a personal StreamWork address to move the conversation into a new project area, SAP said. Text messaging and IM can also be used with StreamWork. StreamWork is available in a free edition with limited storage and features, and a professional edition that starts at $9 per month for each user. TastingTable.com, a start-up that provides information to consumers about food and beverages through a daily e-mail, is among the first StreamWork customers. TastingTable CEO Geoff Bartakovics described his company's use of the product, saying it helped speed up a product launch.