Do you need to quickly find some information that you know your company has in its files... somewhere? Do that easily with Microsoft SharePoint.
Do you want to securely share documents with your customers or suppliers, without giving them access to your intranet? You can do that with SharePoint.
Do you have a number of teams in different locations, and do you find that keeping on top of who’s doing what is harder and harder? You can do that painlessly with SharePoint.
With its extensive features list and its highly reputed dependability, Sharepoint is an excellent wall-to-wall solution for any enterprise.
However, in exactly what ways does using Microsoft Sharepoint strengthen your enterprise and its IT? If you're thinking of adopting SharePoint in your enterprise, here are 4 things you should know about Microsoft SharePoint
1. SharePoint solutions are scalable
Microsoft SharePoint Services are essentially a powerful collaborative solution toolkit. In fact, the creation of sites for team interaction, sharing and management of project-specific documents and files are some of the best known applications of SharePoint.
What’s less explicit and obvious is that these SharePoint solutions are in fact, highly scalable. What started out as a simple resource library shared by a small team can be easily and rapidly be scaled up to your exact needs and accommodate the entire organization or beyond. Additionally, SharePoint Services can be deployed across multiple servers in any server farm, enabling the creation of massive data stores.
2. Microsoft Sharepoint frees up IT resources
If you use Sharepoint, your IT department can focus on more important and crucial matters, rather than fritter their days firefighting a myriad minute issues. This way, your technical department can focus on big projects that drive and bring revenue to your business. Projects’ delivery is cut because those small tasks which IT is normally tasked with are handed over to users on an easy-to-use platform.
By relocating tasks to SharePoint, your business can redistribute hardware and resources to other, more resource hungry tasks and projects.
3. You have control
Sharepoint does not allow users to go around your IT experts and set up solutions that haven’t been properly wwwed and vetted. With SharePoint, users can feel free to tailor solutions without worrying about the backend, as it’s all done in Sharepoint. If a user goes ahead and creates a Sharepoint solution which will need to be serviced by IT, the Sharepoint platform can serve as a familiar, sturdy platform that allows easy administration and support for both the end user and the IT team.
4. SharePoint is widespread
According to its maker Microsoft, SharePoint is one of the faswww-growing applications in the entire company’s history. In 2009 alone, SharePoint generated $1.3 billion in revenues, and enjoyed an installed base of over 100 million users.
Even in more recent years, industry analysts say SharePoint has continued to surge. A recent Gartner report called SharePoint “the most widely used document- and collaboration-centered platform.”
Jeff DeVerter, SharePoint Architect at a major technical company said that in 2011 Microsoft leapfrogged Oracle and moved ahead of IBM, essentially meaning that they’re leading the charge in that space decisively. For all intents and purposes, SharePoint has won the battle for the enterprise. What this means for you and your company is that given that SharePoint is a top-rated product, thought of highly by the industry and experts alike, and with a huge user base, it will be around for many years to come. If your plan is of adopting SharePoint, you're making the right decision.