Newsgator moves RSS feeds into corporate life

I spent a lot of time recently catching up on NewsGator. If you’re interested in the RSS world and what’s going on you should check out these two videos. In them they explain how Newsgator is making moves into the Enterprise. You can see how the approach here differs from Bloglines, who was on my show yesterday.

There are two videos.

1. A demo of the new Enterprise-focused synchronization system. Five minutes.
2. A discussion of NewsGator’s moves into the Enterprise. 21 minutes.

I included the demo on this post here, but in the interview you’ll hear RSS reading trends inside corporations. NewsGator’s stance here is unique and hearing from them about how companies are using RSS is interesting. Jeremiah Owyang, social media analyst at Forrester should check this out. We talk at length about what NewsGator’s new integration with Microsoft’s Sharepoint means and how it can be used.

NewsGator includes a variety of feed readers including FeedDemon, NetNewsWire, and the various NewsGator clients. They’ve really built a system that goes way beyond what any other feed reading system does.

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Comments

  1. I am no longer operationally involved in running attensa, I am off onto something else now, but I do keep my ear to the ground around RSS in the enterprise since I have been championing the idea to whomever would listen for years now. While Attensa does not have a sharepoint specific solution, the claim that NewsGator has “…built a system that goes way beyond what any other feed reading system does” is bullshit. The companies that do side by side comparisons of both companies’ enterprise feed servers have a much easier time getting Attensa’s offering running (as in minutes not days or weeks) and the Outlook client in particular (hugely important for big business) is faster, nimbler and more stable than any other option – including MSFT’s own Outllok 2007 disaster. Be fair Scoble. Off soapbox.

  2. I am no longer operationally involved in running attensa, I am off onto something else now, but I do keep my ear to the ground around RSS in the enterprise since I have been championing the idea to whomever would listen for years now. While Attensa does not have a sharepoint specific solution, the claim that NewsGator has “…built a system that goes way beyond what any other feed reading system does” is bullshit. The companies that do side by side comparisons of both companies’ enterprise feed servers have a much easier time getting Attensa’s offering running (as in minutes not days or weeks) and the Outlook client in particular (hugely important for big business) is faster, nimbler and more stable than any other option – including MSFT’s own Outllok 2007 disaster. Be fair Scoble. Off soapbox.

  3. Thanks Frank but the company had an enterprise focus well before I joined, in fact the strong emphasis on enterprise while still straddling the consumer world is what makes it interesting to me.

    Craig, I’ve been doing this for long enough to know that attacking competitor offerings like you just did really doesn’t do your cause much good, it just makes you look petty. That’s really a shame because I have a lot of respect for your accomplishments going back to Now Software, including what you did at Attensa, and am looking forward to what you will do with Pump.

    We just had a good exchange with Robert and I don’t know why you just couldn’t let us have our day. We’re all competitors but we are also in the same boat with regard to trying to grow a market.

  4. Thanks Frank but the company had an enterprise focus well before I joined, in fact the strong emphasis on enterprise while still straddling the consumer world is what makes it interesting to me.

    Craig, I’ve been doing this for long enough to know that attacking competitor offerings like you just did really doesn’t do your cause much good, it just makes you look petty. That’s really a shame because I have a lot of respect for your accomplishments going back to Now Software, including what you did at Attensa, and am looking forward to what you will do with Pump.

    We just had a good exchange with Robert and I don’t know why you just couldn’t let us have our day. We’re all competitors but we are also in the same boat with regard to trying to grow a market.

  5. Jeff, you’re right. Silly of me. its not something I’d ordinarily do as CEO as I ordinarily just keep my mouth shut, so i spouted off. Truth is they are both great enterprise offerings, and the market is large and like you I believe will be huge. Congrats on landing at NG, it should no doubt be a fun, rewarding ride. CB

  6. Jeff, you’re right. Silly of me. its not something I’d ordinarily do as CEO as I ordinarily just keep my mouth shut, so i spouted off. Truth is they are both great enterprise offerings, and the market is large and like you I believe will be huge. Congrats on landing at NG, it should no doubt be a fun, rewarding ride. CB

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