One Collaboration Platform to Rule Them All?

Cathing up on some news of earlier this month.

CMSWire published an article quoting some of the findings from a recent report by Osterman Research. Let’s go straight to the quotes …

… SharePoint is a big topic these days. With the release of SharePoint Server 2007, analysts everywhere are trying to get a grasp on its reach into the enterprise and the issues surrounding its implementation.

According to the latest from Osterman Research, SharePoint is becoming the de facto collaboration platform for many organizations today. …

Strong confirmation on the uptake of SharePoint …

… The Osterman study sought to determine trends in the use of SharePoint over the next 12 months. Results of the study indicate that in organizations that deployed Microsoft Exchange, more than half are currently using SharePoint and 12 percent plan to deploy it in the next 12 months.

The number of organizations that employ SharePoint for mission-critical applications is less than 20 percent, a figure expected to double over the next year. Meanwhile, the number of SharePoint applications will quadruple. …

Good detail on the level of application into ‘mission-critical’ area’s and a strong confirmation of the level of trust companies have with regards to SharePoint, as the mission critical application of SharePoint will double over the next year …

… The study also noted that most deployments are hosted by third-party hosting providers. Organizations for the most part don’t have plans in place for hosting SharePoint applications. …

This is one I didn’t expect to be the case already. The fact that the majority of the surveyed companies uses a hosted SharePoint environment shows also a high level of confidence in the partner ecosystem around the Microsoft platform and in hosted (SaaS) solutions …

… To many IT managers, implementing SharePoint is a no-brainer. ..

… At the end of the day, SharePoint is still a lot cheaper than many other enterprise CMS systems. Thus it makes sense that organizations want to take advantage of it for content management and collaboration.

However, with great power comes great responsibility.

Organizations looking to implement SharePoint just need to remember this one word: governance. It’s not a big word, but it carries a big stick. …

Be sure to read the whole article for the full perspective :

Peter de Haas
Peter de Haas

Peter is gedreven door de eindeloze mogelijkheden die technologische vooruitgang biedt. Met een scherp oog voor het herkennen van oplossingen waar anderen slechts problemen zien, is hij een expert in digitale transformaties. Peter zet zich met volle overgave in om individuen, teams en organisaties te begeleiden bij het ontwikkelen van nieuwe vaardigheden en het implementeren van innovatieve oplossingen.

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  1. Mike,
    I know it’s hard to believe. Even I am surprised at times by the uptake of SharePoint and the enthusiasm of clients. Let’s face it SharePoint is a hit, and that within little over 5 years. How long is Notes in the market ?
    On the moving parts, I think IBM has introduced enough moving parts / new servers / services to play along in that discussion 😉
    Yes ! value for money 🙂

  2. Hmmm… so let’s say half – 60 to 70% maybe – of Exchange companies implement Sharepoint. Exchange runs roughly neck and with Lotus Notes for installations, depending on whose figures you believe. So, Sharepoint would, within a year, get up to 70%, maybe 80% of the number of Notes installations. Hardly, “One Collaboration Platform to Rule Them All” is it?
    Plus, all those Exchange/Sharepoint shops get to pay for two sets of software to do what Note does on its own. Plus all those extra boxes and Windows licences to run it on, not to mention all the MSCEs required to administer the whole shebang.
    Value for money?
    – Mike

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