It’s been a big week for Microsoft with the launch of Office 365 and Office 2013, even if many of the details have been out in the open for a while. SharePoint 2013 is next on the list, even if we don’t know when. In preparation for this Metalogix conducted a survey to find out what the state of the SharePoint landscape is at the moment.

Metalogix Survey

The survey was developed at last November’s SharePoint conference in Las Vegas where over 100 SharePoint administrators and IR directors from both the public and private sector responded to the questions posed by Metalogix.

The purpose of the survey was to identify what these kinds of people think are the main challenges, including the new challenges posed by the cloud and the ongoing data explosion. Among the really big problems that were identified were:

Content Explosion

Not a surprise really, but still worth noting, one of the main concerns of those surveyed was rapid content growth with more than 50% of respondents saying they have more than a terabyte of information in their SharePoint environment -- 15% with more than 10 terabytes. Year-on-year, the survey also showed that on average, there has been a growth in the amount of content of nearly 75%. Think migration problems here.

SharePoint Upgrades

One of the most interesting findings relates to the version of SharePoint that enterprises are using. The study shows that 90% of enterprises have made it to SharePoint 2010, which is good. It also shows that nearly 40% are still operating SharePoint 2007 -- or even 2003 -- farms.

It also seems that Office 365 has gained some traction with 45% either using, or planning to use it, as opposed to the 55% thathave decided to stay completely on-premises. Metalogix suggests that this may indicate that many enterprises have invested too heavily in on-premises versions to make the move to the cloud.

SharePoint 2013 Migration

Another interesting point here is not just the fact that 60% intend to upgrade when SharePoint 2013 is released, but also the reason they cited for wanting to move in the first place. Over 50% listed mobile device support as the feature that is most likely to push them in the direction of SharePoint 2013, along with new community sites, new MySites and improved navigation based on metadata.

Learning Opportunities

SharePoint Repositories

For migration, users cited the maintenance of metadata, permissions, and versioning information as the main requirement of any migration. Pre-migration planning was also cited as a “must-do”.

It also showed that over 50% of respondents use at least one other content repository along with SharePoint, with the principal problem being the ability to migration content to and from SharePoint.

While many in the community acknowledge that content is growing rapidly, the rate of growth identified in this survey is beyond expectations and highlights the infrastructure management issues facing IT…organizations will continue to face challenges improving cost effective knowledge sharing and collaboration, unless they implement the processes and infrastructure necessary to proactively manage the growth of their content,” Steven Murphy, CEO, Metalogix.

SharePoint, Microsoft

Again, it needs to be stressed here that this is a small sampling of the SharePoint community. That said, there is evidence from other surveys done in the past year -- those from AIIM spring to mind -- that appear to back up these findings.

There is also absolutely no doubt at all that enterprises are still using 2007 SharePoint farms, while the figure for those still using SP 2003 is an eye-opener.

For Microsoft, the, news seems good, especially if the upgrade to SharePoint 2013 rate of 60% that this survey points to is borne out. There’s more on this in the survey itself that is worth checking out, and likely to be a lot more surveys from a lot more companies asSharePoint 2013 goes on general release.