Tuesday 23 May 2006

MS to bring automated social networking inside the firewall

In the late 1990's some of us working with Lotus Notes got very excited about a product they developed called Raven. It promised to provide an automated expertise locator that would enable you to find people in an organisation based on the relationship "between people and topics based upon authorship and activity.". I'm not sure really what happened to it or if anyone started using it. However, now Microsoft have annouced plans for a similar product called Knowledge Network for Office SharePoint Server 2007. Just like Raven promised, it will let you "search for people by automating the discovery of the business relationships and subject matter expertise of everyone in the network."

Could this be the influence of Ray Ozzie at play? Well, I hope this time around Knowledge Network makes a greater implact than poor old Raven.

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous5:36 am

    From what i know, Knowledge Network is from the Greenhouse - an internal incubation / lab for Jeff Raikes (Information Worker Division). I believe it was called Knowledge Interchange - http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,1995,1834753,00.asp?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535

    Ray Ozzie must have talked to the team and provided his guidance - given his role.

    I agree that this is a cool application and with Ray's help this could actually be a platform that Microsoft can build upon.


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