SharePoint might be worth the "hassle"

I know I know it has been a while...a combination of being ill and not being in the country has meant the blog has been sorely neglected, but I'm back now and filled with a new determination to blog more regularly.

And what better way to start then with a post on how SharePoint 2010 might be worth the hassle from the excellent Intranet blog, in the post the author reports on the latest Forrester report on SharePoint 2010 (SharePoint Adoption, 2011). I haven't read this report (the report costs $499 unfortunately) but the author has provided a good summary of some of the pros and cons associated with using SharePoint 2010.

Here are the highlights from the blogpost:


  • 57% of SharePoint organizations have deployed or in the process of upgrading to SP 2010
  • Early successful deployments encourage rapid uptake and use
  • 79% of respondents reported that SharePoint meets IT’s expectations
  • Benefits outweigh the problems
  • Strong collaboration capabilities
  • 54% say that it is meeting technical expectation
  • SharePoint 2010 fills critical functional gaps left by the 2007 version
  • No one is using SharePoint mobile as it won’t work for Blackberry, iPhone & Androids
  • Lengthy deployment (including 2,000 of deployment documentation and hidden features)
  • Problematic and expensive to customize
  • Often fails to satisfy as a standalone product; needs augmentation (57% of customers have bought third-party tools to augment/improve SharePoint, particularly BPM, workflow, reporting, and administration)
  • Not enough expertise / skills to implement and customize
  • Cost (expensive)
  • Usage (not getting the use as hoped)
  • Technical issues (performance, technical complexity)
  • Lack of governance
  • Functional operation (54% say SP 2010 fails to live up to functional expectations)
SharePoint 2010 certainly appears to be a better product then SharePoint 2007 but it still seems to need a lot of resource thrown at it in order to make it work effectively. What do you think, are you using SharePoint successfully?

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    # by Jo Alcock - Monday, October 10, 2011

    It's interesting to hear this. We're currently using SharePoint 2007 but there is a project working towards SharePoint 2010 implementation which colleagues involved in the project seem very excited about (I haven't read much about it yet).

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    # by Unknown - Monday, October 10, 2011

    I knew about a lot of the cons, so it's interesting to read about some of the pros. I believe SP2010 is a much better product on all levels especially around collaboration/social tools if this is something you're looking at. Unfortunately my only experience with SP is with 2007.

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    # by Jo Alcock - Monday, October 10, 2011

    It will be interesting to see what new features we might be able to utilise. We only really use it for sharing documents and version control (though colleagues are still getting used to this). Rely on email for communication as we're often on the road and can access email from any device.

    The main issue we face is having to log in so often which is a major frustration for myself and colleagues as we work largely off campus.