Jon’s Radio Comments

December 5, 2006

“We found the version control, collaboration and invite system outweighed the limited feature set”

Filed under: Uncategorized — jonsradiocomments @ 2:16 pm

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  1. I completely agree with the previous reader’s comment. Jon has, as always, hit the mark first. It’s hard to believe how many reviewers compared Office products with Google stuff based on features – completely missing the boat – and ignored the key feature G-spreadsheets and G-docs have and MS doesn’t: location-independent collaboration.

    When you add to that the fact that enterprise document/content management vendors still don’t offer effective enterprise-capable collaboration solutions for geographically dispersed enterprises – and which large enterprises aren’t geographically dispersed? – it’s not hard to see what will happen, sooner than most people believe.

    Comment by Zack Lukic — December 5, 2006 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

  2. I agree device independence and geographically dispersed are probably the two greatest advances. Sharepoint is not device independent or geographically dispersed (when it’s stuck behind the firewall). Office Live may yet hold some promise. I agree with Jon, when Google and Office converge and all the downsides of each or MORE than made up for by the upsides of using either one, we will be much closer to convergence.

    Comment by Eric Likness — December 6, 2006 @ 12:05 am | Reply

  3. The missing element here for me is the P in PC.

    I don’t want Google to Google my spreadsheets – I want to keep them Personal.

    Wonderful but impractical G-docs.

    Perhaps someone could hack some scripting logic together
    that obscurates document content on the server while
    letting me login and see it through via their online interface. Possibly using a RAND function and formulae in the spreadsheet.

    Yet this would be against Google’s own interest to data-mine the hosted universe – so I guess even if I could hack it they’d soon put a stop to it.

    Comment by Gavin Brelstaff — December 6, 2006 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

  4. To Gavin: I’m pretty sure Google will soon offer similar features in a “personal” product like the Google Mini. At that point you won’t be sharing your info with them, all the security issues will disappear, and “GOffice” will be a viable solution for companies currently relying on Exchange or Notes.

    Comment by Giacomo — December 6, 2006 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

  5. A beautifully presented real scenario that *ought* to turn light bulbs on. Still waiting for it to happen, as even tech groups I work with maintain the status quo of “email attachment disorder”. One project is just a quagmire of logging into sharepoint and having to read text inside Word, and being asked to send edits, URLs, etc via email. The loss in productivity must be staggering for all the “copy/paste/formatting/oh you edited version 8 and we are on 9.5”

    The mistakes most are making when looking at web office apps are trying to see them as complete replacements — Google Docs collaborates not only between people writing, but with office software on import/export. And wait until you have the psychedelic experience of seeing live editing from across the country happening while you are typing!

    Comment by Alan — December 6, 2006 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

  6. I think a big obstacle here is the mindset of IT folk that it’s probably not good enough for enterprise use if there is no budget line.

    Having said that, this stuff is not free, with the potential to do just about anything (with your stuff) with a single click. Oops, we goofed! Nah, that couldn’t happen to Google.

    Comment by Jim — December 7, 2006 @ 2:16 am | Reply

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