How to evaluate enterprise wiki software

How do you evaluate wiki software for use in an Enterprise? The Confluence product blog might well have the answer with this post "10 questions to answer when evaluating enterprise wiki software" In the post the author puts forward 10 suggestions for questions which should form the basis for your requirements, they are as follows:

  • Open-Source-Software or a commercial wiki product?
  • Price? - This can be a major factor in determing what wiki software you can implement
  • Are high quality plug-ins available?
  • Does an active community already exist?
  • Is this particular Wiki a known quantity?
  • What kind of technologies?
  • System functionalities?
  • Usability and Design?
  • Requirements for the project?
  • Migratability of the data?
  • Does the wiki offer simple system administration?

Hold on that's 11 suggestions...oh well who's counting! There are some excellent suggestions here for factors you need to consider carefully if you're looking at purchasing an enterprise wiki software application.

Note there is obviously a Confluence bias to this post as it has been published to the Confluence Product blog but the questions can be applied to any enterprise wiki application.