RedMonk has been arguing for a while that portal, content management and collaboration players will all be impacted by a new generation of lightweight syndication service-enabled frameworks. The Alcatel case is only one small departmental deal, and is certainly not clear evidence of a broad trend, but it does represent outlier evidence.
Lotus is certainly positioned to respond to turbulence in the market, and could well spin a deal with MT as a partnering opportunity going forward. IBM and Microsoft are both at cultural and technical inflexion points with regard to their collaboration, messaging and presence strategies, though, which will create opportunities for new players. Firms like Zimbra, building the first mail and calendar program I know of built from the ground up around server-side indexing and open source AJAX, which is aiming to become the “enterprise gmail”. Stephen is quite enamoured of Hula, led by Novell.
But back to the syndication question.
To (awfully and clumsily) paraphrase Hot Chocolate:
It started with a blog, they never thought it would come to this…
Well done six apart.
I look forward to lots of vendors of more expensive, more complicated, software saying:
“yes but Moveable Type is not enterprise class software, its an on ramp…”