Earlier this week I attended the UK launch event for just another Twitter style microblogging tool
for the enterprise like Chatter
or Signals inside SocialText
. This one's called tibbr
. Some people would have been underwhelmed and said "so what?", but I got excited - I can see some huge potential here, and I'd argue that every enterprise should be taking a serious look at this product. Let me try and explain.
It's from TIBCO
, which is hardly a particularly well known, sexy or significant name in the IT world. They are pretty big though - they are a US company (NASDAQ:TIBX) who have been around since 1997 and formed out of Teknekron who started back in 1983 (with a product called The Information Bus, which is where TIB comes from). They have grown to have offices in 40 countries and provide over 4,000 customers with tools for business process management, SOA
, and application integration - crucially important middleware that connects things together in the background for big companies. They might be very well known to the IT guys, but fairly invisible to the rest of the business. That could all change now they've ...