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The Forrester Wave™: Collaboration Platforms, Q2 2006

IBM And Microsoft Lead In Our Product Evaluation

May 24, 2006


  • By Erica Driver
  • with Connie Moore,
  • Lucy Fossner

Why Read This Report

Forrester evaluated five leading collaboration platform vendors across 98 criteria and found that IBM and Microsoft are still the Leaders in this market. Both vendors are well suited for customers that need a full collaboration platform (but don't mind lack of unification among the modules), value vendor viability and collaboration market share, and plan to develop Information Workplace strategies. IBM is an especially good fit for Java and Linux environments; Microsoft is better suited for Microsoft shops. Oracle and Sun are Strong Performers but lack market share and are missing key features. Oracle is an especially good fit for Oracle shops that have a Java orientation and want a unified collaboration platform, and Sun is an especially good choice for Java shops that have open source leanings. Novell is also a Contender; however, its product is missing many collaboration features and Novell's strategy and road map are weaker than those of its competitors.

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Table of Contents

  • The Market Is Evolving Toward Unified Collaboration Platforms
  • Collaboration Platforms Evaluation Overview
  • Collaboration Platforms Evaluation Analysis
  • Vendor Profiles
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents