April 17, 2014 – Mountain View, California. Next week marks the beginning of a new AgilePoint webinar series, Is SharePoint at a Crossroads, that takes an in-depth look at the current state of SharePoint. This series of eight webinars is a way for us to share with our customers, partners and the SharePoint community how we see SharePoint’s evolution and trajectory. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, a founding member of the Business Critical SharePoint initiative and a member of the Microsoft SharePoint Advisory Council we get to interact with a lot of SharePoint insiders. This year we were the Keynote sponsors at SharePoint Conference 14 so the majority of AgilePoint’s management team was in the front row for Microsoft’s portion of the Keynote event where they gave attendees a sneak peak at upcoming Microsoft features. That generated a lot of conversation not only between our team members but also with partners and customers attending the event.
The SharePoint landscape is surely changing. In the Keynote, Microsoft announced that the next versions of SharePoint and Exchange will be released in 2015. Perhaps more interesting is the fact that SharePoint server releases will have a subset of the features available in the Office365 product! The message seems pretty clear to us, Microsoft’s future plan is to build and release for the cloud first followed by on-prem subset products. It is going to be more and more difficult to avoid cloud-based deployments as time goes on.
That said, what’s happening in the real world? In a recent AIIM research study over 50% of the participants, when asked what their SharePoint cloud strategy was, said they didn’t know or were very unlikely to utilize SP in the cloud. Couple that with findings that said only 42% were migrating (or had already migrated) to SharePoint 2013 and 32% said they didn’t know, had no plans, or were unlikely to migrate to SharePoint 2013. Folks, we have a significant disconnect here! Last, but certainly not least, 38% of the respondents said they were currently supporting two or more versions of SharePoint. While SP 2010 has the preponderance of live production installations at the moment, there are still a lot of SP 2007 and SP 2003 installations running everyday production at sites around the world.
What should you do for the future? How do you migrate current systems and to what platform? In a recent Gartner “Maverick” presentation one analyst suggested that since the future SharePoint won’t look that much like what we have now, perhaps organizations should “Pour cement over existing SharePoint installs” (reduce additions, upgrades, and new development; Let apps run until no longer needed; Add Yammer, or something else for social; Look to SharePoint online (or something else) for new purposes, and just move what is easy.)
Will your current skill sets be able to meet new cloud environment needs? Got governance? Come join us over the coming weeks for a review of AgilePoint’s thoughts on these dilemmas. Here is a list of the upcoming webinar titles:
The SharePoint at a Crossroads Series
1. Is SharePoint at a Crossroads? – What is Microsoft saying, What are Analysts Saying and What is the User Community Saying?
2. What Should We Do About InfoPath?
3. Can We Create a Sustainable SharePoint Environment to Extend Our SharePoint Reach and Protect Our Investment?
4. Utilizing Office 365 – How Do We Get There?
5. How Do We Add Mobile and Social Capabilities to Our SharePoint Environments?
6. How Do We Better Engage Our Organization Through SharePoint Adoption?
7. What Are the New SharePoint “Jobs” Now That the Cloud Changes Everything?
8. How Do We Move Beyond SharePoint’s Existing Limitations?