Yammer is the way Microsoft can solve many of the problems that continue to plague SharePoint, a Forrester report has found, but companies will have to move to the cloud - at least in part - to see the changes.
Yammer's Power Comes from the Cloud
Two of the biggest problems SharePoint suffers from is user adoption and enterprise social functionality, Rob Koplowitz, a Forrester analyst wrote in the Is Yammer + SharePoint Right for You report. Yammer might be the perfect way to address these issues, but because Yammer is powered by the cloud, companies will have be open to adopting at least some cloud functionality.
Software that lives in the cloud has two great benefits over on premise systems, Koplowitz wrote. Updates can be sent along to all users simultaneously, and mobile access on a variety of devices improves user experiences. That is why Yammer can help with increasing user adoption and getting new features out fast, the report found.
As Microsoft continues to integrate Yammer and SharePoint, Yammer will clearly take over on the front end while SharePoint does the heavy lifting of documents on the back end. "Microsoft is the master at bundling and integrating," Koplowitz wrote, "and the acquisition of Yammer has provided the latest opportunity to work that mastery."
SharePont + Yammer in the Cloud or SharePoint 2013
The Yammer and SharePoint integration will come with associated fees of course, but for the companies that can move some workload to the cloud, it should be considered, the report found. For those who can't move to the cloud for security, privacy or compliance reasons, SharePoint 2013 continues to be an option.
For those companies that are considering Yammer, particularly those already using SharePoint, a move to the cloud needs to be contemplated. If that isn't a possibility, SharePoint 2013 still offers some social business capabilities natively, and there are many partners available that offer on premises systems.
Other possibilities for document collaboration, portal and social business tools are IBM Connections, the report recommends. Best of breed deployments are also an option, and vendors like Box and Jive are recommended for those kinds of offerings.
SharePoint is a hot topic this summer because we are finally seeing exactly what Microsoft has had in mind (story link)after its billion dollar 2012 purchase of Yammer. There's also a SharePoint Technology conference going on in Boston Aug 11 to Aug 14 that we've been tracking.
Finally, for an up to date how to on what Yammer exactly brings to SharePoint as far as social functions, check out Laura Rogers' deep dive on the subject.