JotSpot co-founder and CEO Joe Kraus about their latest product release, pre-packaged "wiki applications". We also discussed the Web Office, which I will post about separately on ZDNet. JotSpot's latest product is a prebuilt wiki. Basically it's a wiki with set templates and functionality, making it easy for people to use 'out of the box' for specific uses. These so-called "wiki applications" will also have web app-like functionality such as mashups, calendars, blogging systems, etc. So they are more than simply wiki pages, they are full-fledged web applications.Today I spoke to
The first two products out the door are Class Reunion Planner and Bug Reporter, but Kraus told me they are planning 30-50 such products this year alone. Plus JotSpot will be enabling third parties to create custom wiki applications - and onsell them. It's quite the wiki app ecosystem that JotSpot is planning...
JotSpot Class Reunion Planner
JotSpot's company strategy is to be "a platform for building collaborative web applications". Currently their reputation is as a hosted wiki company, because the wiki was the first application they rolled out.
During 2005, says Joe, they discovered that people used their wikis for a lot of different uses. On a personal level they used them for planning class reunions, family reunions, planning a wedding, making associations, organizing their sports teams. While on the work level, people used JotSpot wikis in 2005 for things like project management, building an intranet, tracking bugs, running a recruiting process, as an event calendar, etc. However JotSpot found that people had problems adapting their wikis for each specific purpose.
So the theory behind the new pre-packaged wiki applications, is to enable people to utilize wiki technology for the kinds of use cases Joe outlined above.
JotSpot Bug Reporter
The Bug Reporter is a fully-functional bug tracking application, in the form of a wiki. It'll cost $49.95 per month. The JotSpot Class Reunion Planner (cost: $39.95 per year) seems aimed at the post-Facebook.com crowd, potentially a lucrative business. As well as enabling the usual wiki functionaility of reading and writing a webpage, JotSpot's product has links to online maps, blogging tools, and other information from the Web - such as popular songs and movies from your graduation year (coincidentally the demo Joe showed me was for 1989, my graduation year from high school -- Paula Abdul and Milli Vanilli were big back then... um, apparently...).
Tomorrow I'll post the second half of my interview with Joe Kraus, in which we discussed the Web Office.