The rapidly growing SharePoint collaboration wave is the topic at the SharePoint Summit conference in Montreal this week. We use it at DesignMind. SharePoint collaboration really enhances our teamwork and content management processes. It’s no wonder that Forbes Magazine calls SharePoint: the “Ultimate Business Timesaver”.
According to InfoWorld, MOSS (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server) is the fastest growing product in Microsoft’s history and has many uses as a Swiss Army knife. Its six focus areas are collaboration, portal, search, ECM (enterprise content management), business process management, and business intelligence.
SharePoint Collaboration For Organizations of All Sizes
SharePoint is used by most Fortune 500 companies to develop their online and offline capabilities. With SharePoint, you can store documents, track information, and automate key work processes. Many enterprise companies rely on SharePoint to manage and monitor their compliance standards with the use of “Permissions”. Plus SharePoint is maintained by Microsoft, and that is a huge advantages because it works with all the other products in the Microsoft Suite.
Ford Motor Company uses SharePoint for its dealer portal, and the U.S. Marines have deployed SharePoint collaboration to aid their efforts in Iraq. In Scotland, the entire K-12 education community is connected via SharePoint. That’s why almost 80% of all Fortune 500 companies use SharePoint in some capacity.
But SharePoint is not just for large corporations; small companies can benefit from SharePoint as well. SharePoint has a premium edition appropriate for large businesses, but users can also use some features for free and there is a robust free trial available. Even small organizations can set up business process workflows to cut days off the time it took to do the same process using a paper-based system.
The great thing about SharePoint collaboration is that it offers a single environment for all your information and collaboration tasks and it’s easy to learn, use, and personalize. It has a single platform and well-integrated set of technologies to manage and lower user support requirements. Can you tell I’m a big fan? I agree, SharePoint: the ultimate business timesaver.
DesignMind offers a full range of SharePoint implementation and customization services. SharePoint will only get better going forward.
Mark Ginnebaugh is CEO of DesignMind.