The virtual smoke break

Will enterprise social tools become the new smoke break?  Let’s face it the smoke break is becoming a thing of the past.  I don’t smoke, never have, but the smoke break has been one of the best KM tools around.  What do people do when they smoke?  They talk.  Conversations are ultimate form of knowledge transfer.  People talk about specific subjects, but they also tell stories, and telling stories is a wonderful form of sharing knowledge.

Why use SharePoint?

I am one of those right tool for right job kind of people –  when I need a phillips head screw driver I us a phillips head not a flat head screw driver or a hammer.  The same goes for software.

I am getting awfully tired of hearing the refrain ’Why not use SharePoint?” when discussing enterprise social software.  Don’t get me wrong, I think that SharePoint is a great tool for certain things but unless you have a substantial IT budget to use for SharePoint, and lots of developers with SharePoint experience then SharePoint doesn’t always foot the bill.

What is your experience and how have you overcome the Why not use SharePoint question?