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Everyone knows SharePoint has had problems. However, the Radicati Group just released a report that contains words new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella must be more than happy to hear.

According to the Microsoft SharePoint Market Analysis, 2014-2018, edited by Sara Radicati, Microsoft ironed out the wrinkles in the 2013 edition and now offers a powerful enterprise collaboration platform for business users. 

It's unlikely these claims will go unchallenged, particularly in the file sharing and sync space where companies like Dropbox and Box claim to offer easier file sharing and collaboration possibilities than SharePoint does.

SharePoint Collaboration

This is not the place to argue whether SharePoint reigns supreme — a topic that has been covered extensively by CMSWire over the years. In the debate whether SharePoint or file sharing vendors offer better enterprise collaboration, the only clear conclusion is that there can be no conclusions.

The Radicati report looked at the market for SharePoint in both the on-premises and cloud-based collaboration markets. From this perspective, it provides information on the current installed base broken down by business size and regions along with other variables based on surveys of Radicati’s database of user populations, seat count, enterprise adoption and IT use since 1993.

This, in turn, provided three pointers on the way SharePoint is used as a collaboration tool in big and small enterprises.

1. SharePoint Functionality

According to Radicati, SharePoint is unique among enterprise technologies because it has no direct competitors, even if there are many vendors that sell products that can compete with individual components.

As a result, it is competing in a wide range of technology areas and against a wide range of solutions in a number of different markets including:

  • Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
  • Enterprise Social Networking
  • Web Content Management (WCM)
  • Business Intelligence (BI)
  • Enterprise Search
  • Microsoft SharePoint Market Analysis

This has opened it up the criticism that it has been offering a range of features that is too broad. The result, Radicati reports, is that many perceive it as a platform that had no clear focus and which didn’t really excel at anything, even it did cover most of the bases for many enterprises.

In the 2013 edition, Microsoft corrected this through heavy investment so that today “SharePoint provides a formidable enterprise collaboration platform that covers many important business needs in a powerful integrated solution.”