SuiteTwo vs. Blogtronix

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For those of you keeping score at home, here’s a recap of this week’s exciting action in the battle of the enterprise wikis.

On Tuesday, Socialtext announced that it was the wiki part of an bundle of social software called SuiteTwo-packaged by Intel Capital, the chipmaker’s venture arm-to be sold through Intel channels. The other pieces of the suite are a wiki (Six Apart), a news reader (NewsGator), and an RSS news feeder (SimpleFeed), with SpikeSource supplying the support.

Some grizzled veterans of past software wars reacted with skepticism based on Intel’s well-documented inability to get out of its own way when it tries things not related to his core business. Others questioned the pricing, which is a considerable premium over the cost of each of components alone.

Not suprisingly, among those pronouncing SuiteTwo “no big deal” was Vassil Mladjov, CEO and co-founder of rival Blogtronix, which unveiled the new version of Blogtronix 1.5 on Wednesday which has integrated blogging, wiki, RSS feeds and an online RSS reader, as well as social networking capability.

“We at Blogtronix had all of this functionality more than a year ago under one platform and it was all integrated,” Mladjov wrote, in a comment on TechCrunch. “Not to mention that we did this without millions of dollars from VC’s (you need to combine the total of funding all the Suite2 companies) and with a fraction of the developers or the time it took them. In fact, we showed this to Intel Capital last year and they turned us down. Intel was not impressed that we were not from Stanford or Harvard and that we were only two guys (and 10 + developers).”

Do I detect a hint of class warfare in Silicon Valley?



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Jerry Bowles has more than 30 years of varied experience as a writer, editor, marketing consultant, corporate communications director and blogger. For the past 20 years, he has produced and written special supplements on new technologies for a number of magazines, including Forbes, Fortune and Newsweek.


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