Way back in August, we mentioned that NewsGator would stop operating Glassboard in order to focus on our core business. We got a ton of interest when we asked for someone to provide a new home for Glassboard.
In my earliest days of doing product management, it pained me a lot to deny a feature request. I like to make people happy, and the people who build products want more than anything else for their products to be used.
Even before the era of apps, NewsGator built clients for end users. Early on, we had products like FeedDemon, Net News Wire, Inbox, and the “Go” clients for mobile RSS consumption. We started developing our first mobile clients at the time that the Blackberry was the dominant “smart phone” client.
It is great to see Microsoft deliver on their promise of frequent roadmap updates. As a long term partner, we enjoy a close relationship, and it is great to see Jared give public guidance on the future of the Microsoft activity stream story. For sure, there is a lot of confusion about what is really going to happen at what times.
It was pretty interesting to read the Microsoft guidance yesterday. I’m happy that Microsoft is giving some direction. For sure, there is a lot of confusion about what is really going to happen at what times. And, while I understand the need for a high-level statement, the reality is that simple advice like “go with Yammer” doesn’t really serve large companies well. The Microsoft blog post does have a nod toward the complexity of on-premises deployments.
Product development happens quickly at NewsGator. We build, test and ship new releases every four months. We work hard to incorporate customer priorities and feedback during those cycles – we are always trying to build the things that customers need right now (and occasionally we build things that we know they’ll need soon).
The recent posts from Jeremy, Chris and Nik about social decisions for enterprises are great. As a company that has focused on enterprise social in the world of SharePoint for many years, I wanted to add another perspective. Plus, I bartended for a short stint many years ago — and how many times do you get to lead off a blog post with a bar joke setup? Stick with me to the end for the punch line.
It’s great to hear what customers are doing with our solutions and what they want to do. Every day, customers and partners ask questions and provide feedback on our eNGage extranet server. In fact, the level of conversation on the Product Feedback community there feels extremely healthy.
I’ve had a chance to interview a few new hires at NewsGator recently. I always tell them that three things predict success for an employee at NewsGator: You love to learn You work hard You care
I grew up in a pretty remote area. People would make a joke every now and then that included the line “You can’t get there from here.” The notion was that there were some places that were so difficult to get to that it was just easier to tell people that you couldn’t get there rather than try to actually explain or equip them to make the journey themselves.