SharePoint 2010 was announced in the fall of 2009. But it wasn't until this year that it officially arrived on our doorstep. Love it or hate, you can't ignore it. Here are some of CMSWire's highlights from the year.
What is this SharePoint Anyway?
We used to think of SharePoint as primarily document collaboration (some thought glorified file share too, but let's move on). SharePoint 2010 came with many improvements in the areas of document management and records management, but it also came with some much needed social computing capabilities.
Now the question has become, what exactly can SharePoint do, and what can it do well? If you look at SharePoint based on its core pillars -- Collaboration, Portal, Search, Content management, Business forms, Business intelligence -- you start to see the possibilities and where the real work will be.
- What is SharePoint 2010? Vision and Reality
- SharePoint 2010 Review: The New 6 Pillars of SharePoint
- SharePoint 2010 - 5 Hot Features to Look Forward To
- 5 Reasons Why SharePoint 2010 Will Revolutionize Your Organization
Improving Document and Records Management
Let's talk enterprise content management capabilities for a minute. SharePoint continues to make all the analyst lists for Enterprise CMS, but in pretty much all cases, is considered a departmental solution. That being said, there have been a number of improvements in this area, including a new metadata structure and term store, the idea of document sets (a way to organize and manage a related set of documents) and in place records management.
- How Document Management Has Evolved in SharePoint 2010
- SharePoint 2010 Document Sets: Organize Related Documents for Project Based Work
- Has Records Management in SharePoint 2010 Improved Enough?
There is still much that can be improved, and there are a number of Enterprise Content Management vendors ready and willing to provide that additional functionality:
- Laserfiche, SharePoint 2010: Official DoD 5015.2 Certification
- EMC Extends Information Governance to SharePoint 2010
- Open Text ECM Suite Fully Supports SharePoint 2010, Office 2010
SharePoint Enters the Enterprise 2.0 Arena Officially
SharePoint is not exactly social software. But SharePoint 2010 comes with a number of improvements and new features in the area of Enterprise 2.0 capabilities, including user profiles, MySite, activity streams and microblogging.
- Evaluating SharePoint 2010 as an Enterprise 2.0 Platform
And, most of the top social software solutions provide varying levels of integration that do take SharePoint 2010 to the next level:
- MS SharePoint: Social Computing Tools to Integrate
- Extending SharePoint 2010's Enterprise 2.0 Capabilities
SharePoint and Web Content Management
SharePoint does offer web content management capabilities, but they have never really been on par with most of the Web CMS products on the market. Still, if you've made the investment in SharePoint and are looking for a single platform to manage everything, it is possible. Whether or not it's going to provide you with the full list of functionality you need is another question.
For those of you who think SharePoint isn't your WCM solution, but still want whatever you implement to work with SharePoint nicely, there are solutions available for you. Any CMS vendor (or social software vendor for that matter), that doesn't provide some level of integration with SharePoint, needs to reconsider their position.
Have you examined all the possibilities and still aren't sold on SharePoint for your organization? There are alternatives. We gave you a number of them, but if you read the comments, you'll see there are many, many more.