Before this week, I didn’t know much—make that anything—about SharePoint. But in the immediate wake of Microsoft’s annual conference, there has been no shortage of news and analysis on the subject.
So I’ve taken this opportunity to educate myself about the software platform and have compiled just a few of the more interesting articles and points of view I found on both the benefits and limitations of SharePoint when it comes to successfully managing internal communications.
A Forrester interview with Steve Ballmer about the SharePoint Business (Matthew Brown for ZDNet, 10.22.09)
CEO of Microsoft shares his point of view on SharePoint’s evolution from a document sharing application to a platform that offers social computing, intranet, search, and content management, among other applications.
Microsoft Putting a Web Sheen on SharePoint (Ann All for ITBusinessEdge, 10.22.09)
Currently, according to a recent study by IDC survey, “just 8 percent of American companies use SharePoint for Web content management, vs. 36 percent that use it for internal portals and 51 percent that use it for collaborative team sites.” The author explores improvements to SharePoint software aimed at increasing its attractiveness for Web site management.
The Future of SharePoint Project Management (Dux Raymond Sy for CMSWire, 10.23.09)
The author posits that SharePoint enables organizations to combat project management shortcomings, including “inefficient communication among stakeholders, poor information management practices and undefined project collaboration standards that compromises project success.”
Corporate Culture, Not Technology, Drives Online Collaboration (Will Kelly for Web Worker Daily, 10.23.09)
Mr. Kelly hypothesizes that using the latest collaboration technology, including SharePoint, is futile if an organization’s corporate culture is not collaborative at its core. The cultural elements he claims are critical include: “Come-and-go-as-you-please” schedules; no knowledge archipelagos; presence beyond the office (and regular office hours); technically savvy employees; and supportive management.