- December 1, 2008
- Posted by: admin
- Categories: Blog, Business Dynamics, Enterprise Agility, Enterprise Software, SOA & Agile Applications
Oracle’s Beehive, its new collaboration suite, signals a shift in enterprise messaging. As functionality moves toward the back end, Microsoft Exchange becomes an increasing target of CIOs looking to cut costs.
Economics and technology improvements, particularly around virtualization, are bringing more IT functionality generally back to the servers and off of the client PCs. As a result, the client-server relationship between Microsoft Exchange Server and the Outlook client — and all those massive and costly (albeit risky) .pst files on each PC — is being broken.
The new relationship is server to browser, or server to thin-client ICA-fed receiver.
The cost, security Take the FREE Motorola AirDefense WLAN Security Assessment. Risks, and lack of extension of the data inside of Exchange, and on all those end device hard drives, is a non-sustainable IT millstone. Messaging times, they are a-changin. Sure, some will just keep Exchange and deliver the client as Outlook Web Access, or via terminal services.
Enterprises over the next several years will be undertaking a rethinking of messaging, from a paradigm, cost and feature set perspective. A big, honking expensive client-server approach will give way to something cheaper, more flexible, able to integrate better, more likely to play well in an on-premises cloud, where the data files are not messaging-system specific. Exchange is a Model T in a Thunderbird world.
Oracle, IBM , Google , Yahoo .. they all have their sights set on poaching and chipping away at the massive and vulnerable global Exchange franchise (just like MSFT did to Lotus and GroupWare). And that pulls out yet another tumbler from Microsoft’s enterprise lock-in.
It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen. Oracle is betting on it. What is your opinion?