SharePoint was one of the topics that attracted a lot of interest in the past year — and just as much controversy. It seems everyone has a view on it and how it should be used.
However, there were three big subjects that dominated, and make up the lion’s share of our Top 20 this year: 1) SharePoint Online 2) SharePoint and Yammer and 3) SharePoint in Office 365. There were other issues too, like records management, search and how search is being used in the enterprise.
Attention Getting Articles
1) Joe Shepley (@joeshepley)produced one of the most popular posts of the year by returning to the fraught subject of SharePoint and records management in his post You Can't Do Records Management in SharePoint. It hit a chord with many readers.
Let’s start this admittedly provocative post with a question: Anybody out there actually doing records management in SharePoint? And before you answer, let me emphasize that I mean real records management, like, with actual, system-enabled automated disposition according to your retention schedule. If you answered 'yes' to this question, please jump immediately to the comments section and let us all know (and while you're at it, give us some indication of how on earth you're doing it), because based on my experience, I’d be willing to bet the answer to this question is going to be 'no' in 99.9 percent of all cases."
2) Himanshu Sharma (@TrigentSoftware) took a look at search and how it drives productivity in SharePoint 2013: Fast Search Features Drive Enterprise Productivity.
While earlier versions of SharePoint facilitated content search via content web query, it had its limitation when the searches were out of Site collections. Now SharePoint 2013 can be used to index content from a wide variety of sources (websites, file shares, exchange folders, lotus notes, etc.) using third party connectors."
3) Another issue that preoccupied SharePoint users over the year was Office 365. David Lavenda (@dlavenda) took a look at the relative merits of SharePoint over Office 365 in SharePoint Is Dead - Long Live Office 365.
If you've visited the Microsoft website lately, you might be wondering what happened to SharePoint. It hasn't disappeared altogether, but it's certainly harder to find. Is this somehow related to Microsoft’s recent reiteration of its "device and services" strategy? I think it is."
Has the massive investment in SharePoint lived up to its promise as the uber-collaboration platform for the enterprise? Has it delivered the measurable business value everyone expected? How do your users feel about SharePoint? Are they still working like its 1999? Is SharePoint 2013 a platform that will take your organization into the future? What about Yammer?"
When you look at SharePoint 2013 Social Features, it is important to understand the Social features are really just a way to highlight how users are already working. Once you've flipped things around and are starting with the user and common actions, it becomes easy to see how the tools available to you can simply enhance current activities of users."
6) Barb Mosher (@bmosherzinck) outlined the divide between business users and IT departments over SharePoint in Forrester: Business Isn't Happy with SharePoint, But IT Seems To Be.
IT may be happy with SharePoint, but it looks like the business users aren't so much. Forrester’s August 2012 Global SharePoint Usage Online Survey showed some interesting, and maybe not so surprising things about Microsoft SharePoint. Those trends are discussed in a research report from Forrester's Rob Koplowitz and John R. Rymer, 'SharePoint Enters Its Awkward Teenage Years.'"
You heard the reasons why you should move to SharePoint Online and the some of the things you need to be aware of, but let’s step back and consider the reasons why you might not want to make the move to the cloud."
8) Dux Raymond Sy (@meetdux) looked at How to Drive Sustainable SharePoint Adoption in Your Organization, which was another hit with readers.
Microsoft market research indicates that 78 percent of Fortune 500 companies are SharePoint users. Every day for the past five years, 20,000 workers have joined the ranks of SharePoint users. One in every five knowledge workers now has access to SharePoint, but that doesn’t mean these workers are properly trained in how to use SharePoint."
9) For those concerned about governance, Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet) outlined the Seven Steps to a Successful SharePoint Governance Plan.
As a SharePoint MVP, active member of the global SharePoint community, an experienced project manager with knowledge of SharePoint business user topics, I am often asked 'What are the best practices for SharePoint governance?'"
10) Yammer and SharePoint integration has created considerable interest over the year. Chris Wright (@partnerpulse) took a look at Five Yammer Features that SharePoint Users are Going to Love.
Microsoft recently announced its phased approach for integrating Yammer with SharePoint 2013, so it will be much later this year before we see any meaningful work completed to bring the two platforms together. But in the meantime, users can look forward to easier access to Yammer from within Office 365 and SharePoint Online."
And the List Continues
11) Laura Rodgers (@WonderLaura) examined How SharePoint (and Yammer) Change Work As We Know It.
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