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    Wiki, SharePoint, none, or other?


    by jasonhiner ·

    What type of intranet collaboration platform do you use in your company? Wiki? SharePoint? Both? Neither? Something else?

    There seems to be growing competition between Wiki and SharePoint, but at the same time, the use of both of them as internal collaboration tools seems to be growing.

    If you are using these tools, how have they helped your company?

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    • #3071634

      Wiki has value…

      by ian lewis ·

      In reply to Wiki, SharePoint, none, or other?

      I have instigated the use of a Wiki where I work. It is a very convenient way of managing information and knowledge. There are plenty of choices to research when finding which wiki to use.

      Of course there is no substitute for unpredjudiced needs based analysis. Cost wise Wikis win because they are easy to maintain and come from the Open Source community, there will be far less pressure to follow the constant upgrade paths inherent in products such as Sharepoint.

      The greatest advantage for my company has been the ability to rapidly develop, at minimal cost, a working flexible resource in the intranet for all users to see.

      • #3071610

        More info please

        by charliespencer ·

        In reply to Wiki has value…

        “There are plenty of choices to research when finding which wiki to use.”

        Any recommendations? I’m not really sure what a wiki is yet, so I’m looking for more detail on what one is and how it might be useful.


        • #3071540

          Choice of Wiki

          by tmd0309 ·

          In reply to More info please

          Check PmWiki is well structured and has a very active user/development community.

        • #3053577

          Wiki start here

          by ian lewis ·

          In reply to More info please

          This is almost the best recursive link I could hope for…

          Where you will find a history of the Wiki, uses of and other related information. Of course it is on wikipedia which is itself a wiki.

          I’m a great believer in needs based selection of software so evaluate a few. This link will give a quick comparison

          A very simple but effective Perl CGI wiki to try would be UseMod wiki which I have used and it does the job very effectively.

          Have fun…

        • #3053450

          Commercial wikis

          by benjamin naftzger ·

          In reply to Wiki start here

          Wiki’s are with out a doubt the most pragmatic knowledge management tool I have seen to date. Having worked with the introduction of knowledge management tools and practices in a large, global IT org, I know just how much the traditional tools (document management, file sharing etc) fail to provide a solution that is really usable or, therefore, practical.

          Usability and flexibility are _KEY_ to any solution. If it is easy to use, people use it. If people use it, then there is a reason for others to use it. The network effect right?

          There are now a number of commercial wikis available as well – Confluence, SocialText, JotSpot etc. They tend to combine the best of all the open source tools and adds enterprise features (security, versioning etc.) and support that professional organisations often need in a collaborative system like a wiki.

          From what I know, Confluence ( is the world’s most widely deployed (over 600 orgs using it) commercial wiki. The feature tour gives a nice run down of the functionality as well:

        • #3275996

          Come on now

          by bugle74 ·

          In reply to Commercial wikis

          Are you talking about Confluence? I start to see this site a propaganda machine instead of acquiring real technical advise.

          I have evaluated Confluence, I’m not impress

        • #2504700


          by techrepublic1 ·

          In reply to Come on now

          I’ve used several wikis over the course of several years (i.e actually used as opposed to evaluated) and confluence is by far the best.

      • #3043581


        by jkaing ·

        In reply to Wiki has value…

        • #2467032

          Mindtouch Down

          by durocshark ·

          In reply to TRY…

          “Sorry! The wiki is experiencing some technical difficulties, and cannot contact the database server.
          Access denied for user ‘wikiuser’@’localhost’ (using password: YES)”

          LoL. That took Mindtouch quickly out of the running for me. 🙂

    • #3045421

      Reply To: Wiki, SharePoint, none, or other?

      by ken ·

      In reply to Wiki, SharePoint, none, or other?

      Check out DotNetNuke, free version of Sharepoint Portal

    • #3165270

      We’re starting to use SharePoint

      by denhawkeye ·

      In reply to Wiki, SharePoint, none, or other?

      We’re starting with SharePoint as we want to use it with Infopath to move to a paperless environment for administrative reporting. I am having some trouble in getting other users access to an Infopath form I’ve posted to a shared workspace in SharePoint. I went to one of the MS sponsored classes and did not gain the knowlegde I was seeking to implement better. Overall I feel SharePoint has great promise but have honestly never tried the wiki version.

      • #2467031

        SP + IP = Winnar

        by durocshark ·

        In reply to We’re starting to use SharePoint

        I moved many paper forms for a data center operations team to SharePoint and InfoPath. Easy to use, easy to modify, I was very happy with it. So was the management team.

    • #2501912

      Sharepoint vs Wiki solution

      by moosephat ·

      In reply to Wiki, SharePoint, none, or other?

      So… what criteria has anyone used when deciding use a Wiki or Sharepoint? I know and use wiki myself, but our organization uses Sharepoint. I have yet to find anyone in our organization that uses the Sharepoint site itself. To me it seems a pain to navigate and I have yet to discover what great functionality there is. Also I’m having to consider that the majority of the users are non-technical.

    • #2616087


      by sbaize ·

      In reply to Wiki, SharePoint, none, or other?

      I’ve been using SharePoint for a couple of years now. Some of the benefits that I see is that each department can have their own site that they manage the content and are responsible for tracking their documentation. As well, a well designed project site will help the TPC to manage the issues and resources of their project.

      I’ve been playing with MOSS and SPS 3.0 and I see a more robust way of creating a collaborative solution. I really like the fact that I can feed off of AD to create My Sites where the user is able to view only the information that is important to them.

      I could go on and on:)

    • #3039421

      Are there any experiences with SharePoint 2010 based KM projects?

      by fdaske ·

      In reply to Wiki, SharePoint, none, or other?

      Knowledge Management and Social Networking are unleashed, for real this time, with the upcoming new version of Microsoft SharePoint 2010. SharePoint 2010 now fills the big gaps in 2007, with managed taxonomies and folksonomies, expertise finding, content rating, and commenting.

      Are there already any experiences in the community with SharePoint 2010 based Knowledge Management projects?

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