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I have completed a decade in SharePoint and have seen the platform grow from the 2001 version to 2013. SharePoint has been adopted by a majority of enterprise customers especially where the enterprise architecture is structured on MS technologies and dot net environment coupled with a strong focus on leveraging the investment and infrastructure on messaging, communication and SQL investments besides MS office and windows based desktop management.
Collaboration Software, ECM and More
Wikipedia gives a good description of Collaborative Software and also a list of Collaboration vendors some of which is outdated but nevertheless useful. The demand in industry for such products has long been established and major enterprise vendors have made investments and acquisitions in their journey such as Documentum, Oracle webcenter, IBM ECM, and Opentext, along with Microsoft SharePoint. There are also pure collaboration software vendors such as Alfresco, Huddle, Jive and niche players such as HighQ.
What Will the CIO invest in....?
It can be quite a daunting prospect for companies reviewing their strategy and roadmap and deciding on which one to choose or even retire and adopt emerging technology of cloud and on premise vendors and their offerings.
The decisions will be based purely on the following factors.
- Current Corporate IT environment - Applications and infrastructure- Best fit, Maximising ROI
- Technology Options- Dot net, Java, Inter operability and integration
- Business Requirements- Functionality with minimal development and customisation
- Platform investment and Maintenance costs
- User Experience, support, enhancements
- Eco - System for platform growth and maintenance
More importantly the CIO will be judging whether the chosen platform can be tagged- SMAC- Social, Mobile, Analytic and Cloud and will deliver on the above criteria.
Will companies have mixed environments of Microsoft SharePoint and other Products as well? The answer is Yes- subject to meeting corporate and IT Strategy, I may use Huddle and HighQ for meeting some demands and have SharePoint and Documentum for meeting my EDRM requirements. The choice of combinations will also be influenced by user experience, office suite integration, interoperability, user access, and data security.
There are however compelling reasons for adopting SharePoint 2013 subject to the above criteria as it is now SMAC tag compliant. The opportunity to adopt a mixture of on premise and cloud offers an interesting mix for decision makers and developers. For a history of Share Evolution and additional information on SharePoint 2013 you can download the IT and Work Place Share Evolution.