85 Replies Latest reply on May 6, 2014 3:40 PM by mack_torres

    Sharepoint 2010 vs Jive SBS


      Has anyone compared Sharepoint 2010 to Jive SBS? We are currenlty in a pilot of Jive, but IT is also setting up SP 2010 and have said it is much more user-friendly than WSS 2003 was... so they are wondering if we need Jive at all, or if we should move to SP 2010 completely.


      Is anyone testing both? Or using the SP connector to integrate the two?


      Thanks for your help!!



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          Andrew Kratz

          We are a big sharepoint shop as well.  Currently on SP 2007 moving to 2010.  However 2010 does not compare at all to Jive on its own.  We did the analysis almost 9 months ago so my memory is fading. I recall that thei rmicrobloggin functionality was very poor.  It was a one and done sort of thing where you could not reply to a thread...it was just not very good.  It also required a lot more technical expertise to make it usable whereas Jive adds value right out of the shrink-wrap.  Sharepoint has better success when they partner with Newsgator or other third parties...but the costs start to mount there as well.   We do plan on using SP connector at some point, but right now focused on our Jive internal launch and we'll work on that in the next phase.

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            We had the same situation. We did a POC with SharePoint 2010...since our existing site was highly customized Sharepoint 2007 and was at the end of its useful life. Similar to Andrew, we found many areas where Sharepoint would require some work to get it to where we needed. I know alerts remained at the page level on 2010....as well as the microblogging not being as strong. Further, with going SaaS with Jive, we got a solid product with a roadmap. With a very small team and only 2 developers max, Sharepoint wasn't a viable option for us...it would require far more investment...so that is what formed the basis of our decision (1) feature set and roadmap with level of resource and (2) total cost of ownership

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              We do use the SP connector to tie our Jive implementation to our corporate SP based portal.


              In terms of SP vs. Jive, here's the basic comparison we did about a year ago.


              (This is for your use, but not for attibution or replication):


              Point in time readinessAt best, SP 2010 catches up to competitorsBest of breed application
              Ability to innovate

              Slow innovation rate - major releases every 3-4 years


              New features often tied to other Microsoft products

              Rapid development cycles


              Continually working to incorporate latest successful business networking capabilities


              While improved over SP2007, still clunky

              Users love simple, intuitive user interface

              External Communities

              Completely separate from internal communities

              External communities integrate flexibly with internal communities

              IT Support Requirements

              Will require continual programming and infrastructure efforts to support application


              Will need third party products such as NewGator

              Hosted application which has needed almost no IT support

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                Tim Gray

                I pretty well agree with everything Roy Wilsker has said in the previous post.


                We have one small instance of Jive running (hosted) and are a big SharePoint shop and are engaged in a nauseatingly exhaustive evaluation of Jive and SharePoint 2010 - we currently have WSS 2003 and are evaluating the possibility of upgrading to 2010 Server.  In a nutshell:  SharePoint 2010 is simply not competitive with Jive as a social platform - but SP2010 may be strategic to you for other reasons - content management and it's abilities as a 'development light' platform.  Having said that, the combination of SharePoint 2010 and the NewsGator plugin - which is what we are evaluating -  makes it much more difficult to choose between the 2 based strictly on features and functionality.  The major gap we see in Jive is lack of wiki functionality and the inability to manage nested document structures - but we haven't ruled out both SP and Jive and Jive has a pretty decent SP integration.  For SharePoint the issue is mostly usability (partially fixable by way of a development effort - but we have a tough time assessing the scope of this) and some pretty clunky functionality (eg: can't comment on a document) - but NewsGator is doing a good job of filling these gaps.  The slow Microsoft release cycle is mitigated by the speed with which NewsGator adds new features.

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                  Hey Ashley!


                  We have SharePoint 2007 and Jive 4.5 with the SharePoint Connector. Now that we have Jive it is effecting the SharePoint instance (i.e. how it's organized, the features we enable/disable, etc.). For example, SharePoint has MySites and Jive has Profiles...do we keep both? Sync them? Disable one? Where do we tell users to upload content SharePoint or Jive or both depending on the type of content? The plan of attack is to identify feature overlap...what features do each system share and which system does that task better? Add to that, of course, our user's needs so we can clean things up and remove unnecessary clutter and overcomplicated features that aren't needed. We're developing a user survey to find out what users and site owners heavily use in SharePoint. We will analyze the findings and create a plan for our SharePoint instance keeping in mind the user needs and our plans with Jive. We will also look at the survey findings to see if upgrading SharePoint to 2010 is needed, or not. I'm happy to discuss our plan if you're interested.




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                    I appreciate the great discussion that is happening in this thread! My organization is just getting started on SharePoint, though there were separate pockets here and there in the past, IT has just installed SP 2010 and has a few departments using it who had been pushing for it; and we are just over a year into our Jive implementation.


                    While I understand the push for SharePoint from an IT perspective (Microsoft shop, , it sounds like it may not necessarily provide all the features that we use and enjoy in Jive, and if technically SP "can" do them, it will be resource intensive and likely costly if we don't have the in-house know-how to replicate and implement that functionality in SharePoint. I also can't see being able to replicate Jive features with the capabilities of SharePoint Foundation 2010 (the free version).


                    We too like the idea of the document and content management capabilities in SharePoint which we find with Jive are not as strong as we perhaps need, but there is lots to do in my organization around investigating SP and how we want to use it - and what problems users are wanting to solve with SharePoint.


                    It's the ease of use with Jive that I think would get lost if we were to completely dive into SharePoint and stop using Jive, and I fear unless we put a lot of work and money into SP to replicate that ease of use, the strides we have achieved in gaining adoption and increasing collaboration over the last year piloting Jive will be lost.


                    Thanks everyone for great input and thoughts on this subject! Feel free to keep it going!!



                    • Re: Sharepoint 2010 vs Jive SBS

                      We did a reivew of Jive 4.x, SharePoint 2010 and Saba Social, before ultimately choosing Jive 4.x. Note our company still uses SharePoint 2007 and Saba Learning. My takeaways:

                      • I did not review NewsGator + SP2010. But I think you could make that solution work if your requirements for user experience are not high.
                      • At the time I felt Saba Social was not quite ready to compete with Jive 4.x. Though this was 8 months ago and Saba may have improved since then.
                      • SharePoint 2007/2010 has certain features that make it a complelling solution in the enterprise, as long as you are willing to customize and improve the out-of-box experience.
                      • I felt that Jive 4.x was a better match for our needs than SharePoint 2010 out of the box.

                      The attached ppt is how I've been thinking of SP vs Jive. Depending on your own company requirements, there is a case for both platforms. We also have the Jive SharePoint connector and after a rough start with the integration, it works well for search integration.



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                          Gian, I am a huge fan of your presentations! Great use of imagery to tell a clear story. Thank you!



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                              Thanks Trisha. You’re welcome!

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                                  Thank you all for this great discussion. We currently have Livelink communities and are exploring Sharepoint and Jive – we also have many questions and are getting many of them answered here.


                                  The overarching use case for my BU is “knowledge capturing and sharing to continuously improve business and competency building of individuals and groups”. (the same system can be used in projects or team work collaboration but then the next level  use case/criteria will (or might) be different)



                                  To build on the “use cases”… this is my view on what a user wants “ a day in the life of a knowledge worker” …


                                  Ideal end state for me: users want to work in “one single enterprise system” in which they can find ALL the knowledge containing items relating to a topic/tag, that is:


                                  ·         They are able to search or navigate to the community portal most likely to have this knowledge, or


                                  o   Perform a search across (or within) a community and retrieve ALL the items relating to the key words. Most popular knowledge containing artifacts are: discussions, blogs, documents, wiki pages, links, people / experts.


                                  ·         Why one system:


                                  o   Can use native search and not add additional indexing or searching across other applications


                                  o   Single permission and access groups – we have many users excluded from content due to bad group/permission management


                                  o   One license gives you access to ALL knowledge


                                  o   If NOT in single system


                                  §   permissions must be in sync


                                  §  all users must have access/license to interact fully with content


                                  §  one needs a Google type search/indexing across all content


                                  §  Social islands / pockets of knowledge


                                  ·         ALL knowledge artifacts:


                                  o      People find answers in the content or can contact writer or expert (via profile search) to discuss mater further


                                  The Fluor have successfully split their environment into a “Projects Online” system to “work in/deliver on their work outputs /transactions” and “Knowledge Online” to capture, share and safeguard their knowledge. They were successful in splitting their “transactional” environment from their “knowledge environment”.


                                  In our BU, we have the following use cases / business needs for Knowledge Sharing (competency building and support):


                                  ·         Content create, share and build via Wiki pages – very popular in R&D


                                  ·         Content create, share and build via Documents – check in / out / commenting


                                  ·         Content create, share and build via Blogs – mostly small builds and commenting


                                  ·         Ask questions, and discuss, brainstorm issues via Forums


                                  ·         We have need for very formal document management i.e. approved policies, procedures and process models


                                  ·         Find topic experts based on their content produced or their personal profile info


                                  ·         Blog / forums posts (new and replies) must be created from email address in Outlook. Users mostly “work” in Outlook, thus important for them to create content (ideas / suggestions ) by mailing forum / blog address. They only spend time on the site when they are LOOKING for stuff.


                                  ·         They must be able to follow and subscribe to content in the following ways:


                                  o   Follow/subscribe to community (all content)


                                  o   Follow/subscribe to single item changes (document, forum, wiki, etc)


                                  o   Follow/subscribe to a person’s contributions


                                  ·         They must be able to bookmark their favorite content


                                  I strongly support only one system, if not possible, then two systems with duplicate functionalities switched off (where possible).








                                    • Re: Sharepoint 2010 vs Jive SBS

                                      Hi Armand,


                                      I have similar reqs and they are all met with Jive and SharePoint. I’m still working out the kinks but all in all I believe I have the right applications to meet the needs of my users. The SharePoint Connector for Jive is key here where it allows you to take advantage of SharePoint features (i.e. workflow, doc mgmt.) and pulls docs into Jive for the collaboration piece (i.e. doc rating and commenting). Jive search allows users to find all of the information from Jive and SharePoint. It also allows you to find people based on what they’re talking about/contributing to the community.


                                      I’m happy to discuss with you what we’re doing, if you’d like.




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                                          We are approaching this in a very similar method. We have deployed the SharePoint Connector and it works very well. Our company is a SharePoint culture, but to be honest the vast majority of our population use SharePoint as a glorified storage space.  They will use the versioning features and some use the workflow processes with SharePoint. However, only a very small portion of our workforce use SharePoint as a collaboration or social media tool. We made the choice in January 2011 to implement Jive. This is how I explain it to the community: SharePoint is the workroom - this is where we roll up our sleeves to build documents, spreadsheets, and charts. Jive (FlightDeck) is the conference room - this is where we meet virtually to connect, communicate, collaborate and create ideas. One is not going to replace the other - we will use them as partners. At this point, people are accepting the connection.

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                                              I would love to discuss your implementation offline - if that is ok with you. Let me know

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                                                Love the way you explain the difference (workroom vs. conference room).  Are you open to chatting about your SP connector implementation journey offline?

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                                                    Hi all,

                                                    We are using SharePoint 2010 internally and Jive hosted. We will be implementing the SharePoint Connector, and I would love to talk with others who have done so already.


                                                    When we evaluated social tools, we listed out the features we were looking for, but also the use cases for those features. This allowed us to better assess whether the tool actually met our needs (as someone pointed out, the devil is in the details). In addition,most VPs and C-level people aren't anxious to fork over money for "tagging, rating, and microblogging," so it was important to add the business reasoning for each. I've attached a blank version of our spreadsheet, which we used to evaluate about 7 vendors. We also had a set of criteria related to cost, market leadership, penetration, etc.


                                                    Another consideration is the Swiss Army Knife versus chef's knife issue (an analogy that I have used often as well, so I think it's a good one). To take that analogy a bit further, we all know that once you start cooking, depending on what types of food you eat, you are going to want more than just a chef's knife. A paring knife, a bread knife, or other tools for special uses may be essential. If I were doing this process again, I would look for a social platform that allowed you to scale easily, the same way you would build your collection of cooking knives. The iPhone did this famously through apps, and Jive is following this same approach. SharePoint has a version of it in web parts, but these are much less plug-and-play than the apps appear to be. IMO, the apps approach is going to replace the Swiss Army Knife/one size fits all software paradigm in the near future.




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                                                      Geez, talk about late to a party. Somehow I have missed your request. I would be more than happy to talk offline or within this group about our journey with Jive and integrating SharePoint. We have a long ways to go, but we are finding ways to use these two platforms as partners.



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                                          Here is a related discussion, for those interested in replacing SharePoint vs co-existing with it (both are good!): What systems/apps have you replaced with Jive?

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                                            One option we used while I was at Kaiser was to use SharePoint as the repository of choice and primarily for the check-in and check-out features as well as the better calendaring and project management tools set. We used the Jive SharePoint connector and continued to use Jive as the Social engagement vehicle.


                                            Hope that helps.


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                                              My company (ThreeWill) is in the middle of writing a white paper on a this subject (with help from Jive and some of the customers who have deployed the SharePoint Connector) - look for a follow up response from me in a couple of weeks with the update on this.  The white paper is due for completion at the end of August.  I'll definitely post a link to the white paper on this thread. 


                                              We cover everything from a comparision of SharePoint vs Jive to pro/cons of options to make SharePoint more social (including the SharePoint Connector/Jive, Newsgator, Yammer, Chatter, and (heaven forbid) building the social functionality into SharePoint yourself).  Which option you go with really depends on a number of factors that we try to spell out...we're hoping that this white paper can bring a lot of clarity to this subject since we are talking to people about this every day.  And the Jive + SharePoint story has incredible momentum for companies that have mature viewpoints of both products.


                                              Also, we've created a SharePoint Lists app for the new Jive Apps Market (part of Jive Five).  Keep an eye on this as a lightweight option for SharePoint integration with Jive.  More info on this - http://threewill.com/sharepoint-lists-for-jive/


                                              If I can help anyone in the meantime with this subject, just let me know...

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                                                Deirdre Walsh - could you set this up for me today?  I'd like the ability to invite others to the space and if you could set this up a secret space that would work well for our purposes.  Feel free to ask questions and guide me through this (haven't done this yet).

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                                                  These are all some great discussions here, so I figured I'll just add my document I did last year comparing the two.


                                                  I've been working as a developer and architect with SharePoint for a few years, and I think the 2010 version of SharePoint makes more sense now from a content management perspective now, than the 2007. People tend to forget that SharePoint is an application platform (the out-of-the-box part of sharepoint would be the high resolution permission and version handling) rather than en off-the-shelve product (I’ve built patient/journal systems/logistics and tracking systems as well as regular intranets), and focus end up on the different site definitions deployed as a part of the SharePoint package (I like the glorified storage space comment :-)).


                                                  With Jive, the “big discussion” becomes supported. The one not tied to the specific project or the specific organization, but the one derived based out of interest or need rather than an assigned task. So difficult to compare, they both can be implemented in so many ways. According to me, you can bend and modify SharePoint a whole lot more (since you start from scratch basically :=), but Jive is a more appealing and user friendly experience from the beginning.



                                                  And, the most important part I guess. Jive enables a way to transform the way you do business, in that sense that you can collaborate around a process by utilizing the “social flavor” that Jive has. Regardless if it is getting all the right stakeholders and roles in insurance claim and collaborate around that, to peer2peer networking and crowdsourcing in a high-tech external communities.

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                                                    Thank you all!

                                                    (it took me an hour to reviewall the content but it was worthwhile)

                                                    We are starting to deploy Jive (cloud) meanwhile we have "offcial collaboration" with SPS2007. I'm very interested in technical integration and functional overlaping concerns



                                                    • Re: Sharepoint 2010 vs Jive SBS

                                                      We are a Sharepoint Shop.  We have been running it since WSS 2.0 and now I just released MOSS 2010.  I am also in the process of evaluating Jive to see if this will meet the needs of the user community for -micro-blogging and social networking.  It will be interesting to see how these two play together.  Once I have some testing done, I'll let you all know.

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                                                        Do you have same for Sharepoint 2013, many customer starting to talking Sharepoint 2013 has everything and no need new Social Business Solution jike jive or top of Sharepoint.


                                                        Is there any new comparison list Jive vs SP 2013

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                                                          I want to share a benchmark between Jive and Sharepoint 2013. You can select the importance of every feature for the customer and get a global result.


                                                          Enjoy! ;-)

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                                                            I'm seeing Microsoft position a combination of Yammer and SharePoint as their competition to Jive. Yammer acts both as a standalone IM client and as a widget within SharePoint sites.


                                                            Has anyone evaluated this combination? I'd be interested in:

                                                            • How well the parts work together from an end user POV
                                                            • How much effort is needed to maintain the combined technologies
                                                            • How the combination compares to Jive.
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                                                                It might be important to note that SharePoint is not doing anything further in regards to Social and the strategy from Microsoft will be around Yammer moving forward which is only Cloud based. Here is an article where the General Manager of Enterprise Social at Microsoft lays out what to do in regards to the two: Work like a network! Enterprise social and the future of work | Office Blogs


                                                                Here he is quoted as saying:

                                                                What about SharePoint social? We shipped basic social features with SharePoint Server 2013, and over the last year and a half I’ve had many people ask me whether they should implement SharePoint social or Yammer. My guidance has been clear and consistent: Go Yammer! While we’re committed to another on-premises release of SharePoint Server—and we’ll maintain its social capabilities—we don’t plan on adding new social features. Our investments in social will be focused on Yammer and Office 365, so that we can innovate quickly and take advantage of the viral user adoption that is so important to the natural network effect that makes social so powerful. We recognize that many of our SharePoint customers will continue to have large on-premises deployments for many years, but we’re investing to help customers easily manage hybrid environments so that they can connect their on-premises farms to their in-the-cloud social network.

                                                                It might be a more important question to ask how does Yammer and Office 365 compare with Jive moving forward?