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Microsoft + Yammer = ?

by Guy Creese  |  June 15, 2012  |  2 Comments

For the past several days, rumors have been swirling around that Microsoft is about to buy Yammer. The Wall Street Journal is saying it’s a done deal, although neither Microsoft nor Yammer has made an official announcement.

If this acquisition does come to pass, it will be interesting to see how it plays out. Microsoft has been very successful with SharePoint — but it’s a very different animal from Yammer. At this point, enterprises buy three levels of collaboration tools: (1) production (e.g., Documentum, Open Text), (2) purposeful (e.g., Lotus Notes, SharePoint), and (3) ad hoc (e.g., Box, Yammer). If Microsoft buys Yammer and puts it within the SharePoint division, over time it runs the risk that it will make Yammer more SharePoint-like — and thereby eventually dull the features that make it complementary to SharePoint.

Ideally, Microsoft should create a Collaboration division that contains both SharePoint and Yammer — in other words, make the product divisions subordinate to a way of working. However, Microsoft has been organized into product divisions for years, so I doubt that will come to pass. Again, it will be interesting to see if and how Microsoft + Yammer plays out….

Category: microsoft  sharepoint  social-software  

Guy Creese
Research VP
4 years at Gartner
32 years IT industry

Guy Creese is a vice president and research director for Gartner Research, within the Gartner for Technical Professionals division. He covers a range of topics at the intersection of collaboration, content management, and communications. Read Full Bio

Thoughts on Microsoft + Yammer = ?

  1. juergen says:

    cool article :-)

    will the return of investment work out in the long term ?

  2. Dariane says:

    As much as I like Yammer, I think they’ll get their butt kicked by Bitrix24 and the like.

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