As always Felix, thanks for finding "the good stuff" to post for us. To me this screams "What is the roadmap, Microsoft?". It just seems like it is very murky on where they are taking the products and how innovation moves through the products. If you are a MS client, I don't know how you make decisions not knowing this..
With Jive it is straight forward. Innovation comes to the cloud first, every quarter. Hosted and on-prem roll-up that innovation yearly. done!
With MS some features are in the cloud office 360, others are on the on-prem version. There are two instant messaging services (one native to Yammer and Lync). Right now they are indicating they are keeping both by offering a yammer app around IM, but would it surprise anyone for them to sunset that as it is keeping clients from adopting Lync? Murky...its just murky.
For future reference I found this lines from Gia very compelling when speaking to a Sharepoint user.
- Most of Jive's customers continue to use SharePoint for a variety of purposes, alongside Jive.
- Those who chose Jive over SharePoint for an intranet did so because Jive requires much less customization, and it's easier for business owners to spin up and maintain divisional/regional/departmental portals. Spectrum Health reported that it used to take 2 hours to train business owners how to maintain a SharePoint portal. It now takes 10 minutes with Jive. They are moving their SharePoint intranet to Jive, as a result.
- Those who chose Jive over SharePoint Online/2013 for collaboration did so because, even with SharePoint, collaboration still happens in email. This is the problem Jive addresses. Jive was chosen because it delivers better cross-organizational connectivity, better user experience, advanced collaboration capabilities, and makes it easier for end users to aggregate information and people from across applications and organizational silos. Wells Fargo continues to use a highly customized SharePoint intranet, but implemented Jive in the cloud to address collaboration needs for their 300,000 employees.