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Is SharePoint Trustworthy For Business-Critical Processes?
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moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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1/17/2013 | 9:16:42 AM
re: Is SharePoint Trustworthy For Business-Critical Processes?
Sprawl yes, because Microsoft overpromises on what SP can do. Aside from that, many use SP to simply serve up static pages, something they can do with IIS or a real web server with much less overhead and cost.
I'm speaking based on my experiences with SP and they all were mainly negative. Currently, using a SP system and my biggest grief is that it only works in IE because it has massive HTML errors. SP is just another tool to lock people into an increasingly unflexible MS ecosystem. In my opinion SP is just bad software, functionally and especially when it comes to quality. How difficult is it to run the pages against the W3 validator?
TheSauceZA
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1/14/2013 | 4:06:03 PM
re: Is SharePoint Trustworthy For Business-Critical Processes?
good read. what amazes me is how many organisations are still looking at share-point as a substitute for a file share.

mrandash
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1/11/2013 | 11:30:43 PM
re: Is SharePoint Trustworthy For Business-Critical Processes?
Well summarized Russ. Thank you!
RUSSIRBB
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1/11/2013 | 5:49:26 PM
re: Is SharePoint Trustworthy For Business-Critical Processes?
Hello Moarsauce123!

Thanks for the feedback/complaint. I do have a few points to share in response to your commentary - and please note that all comments on the comments are very much welcome!

1. Dumb as a door knob - the notion of "SharePoint sprawl" would prove otherwise in that people have run with SharePoint OOTB in ways that could have never been imagined by any other ECM vendor. This is not to say that they are optimizing the tool; however, it is being used for more information management functions then any other tool I have ever seen. This comes from a guy who used to live in the world of OpenText/Documentum/Kofax/Filenet/etc.

2. SP Savvy developers - see comment above about broad usage patterns. However, more importantly, I would argue that the majority of SP work is not development, but in fact, configuration and much more learn-able then development - hence its success. In this regard, it needs to be viewed as a platform worthy of investment such that people can properly optimize it for use.

3. Praying for version control - I have on occasion run into such problems; however, it has by far been the exception and not the rule. I've also seen such integration tangos with other products as well.

4. Production or Critical - I find the biggest problem regarding this point is that organizations, IT and users live in the dated world of earlier versions of SharePoint that perceive it as a team collaboration tool. When working with 2007 or greater, the product as a platform must be taken seriously with the right investments. If not, your point is accurate; however, I'd argue that this is the case with any such investments. The reality is that when companies invest properly in SharePoint as an ECM platform, the product can absolutely be used in a business critical capacity.

So...is it the hammer or the guy who is swinging it?

Have a great weekend!
Russ

RUSSIRBB
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RUSSIRBB,
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1/11/2013 | 5:39:06 PM
re: Is SharePoint Trustworthy For Business-Critical Processes?
Hi Laurianne,

My observations with regard to compliance and Microsoft is that the tool set provides the mechanics of providing such capabilities. For example, they have really stepped up their e-Discovery offering. Through configuration efforts and/or third party ISVs, compliance based solutions are being delivered regularly on top of SharePoint.

Hope this helps.
Thanks,
Russ
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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1/11/2013 | 2:10:29 AM
re: Is SharePoint Trustworthy For Business-Critical Processes?
My biggest complaint is that out of the box SharePoint is dumb as door knob. You need to hire SP savvy developers in order to get any decent use out of that system. And even then you need to pray because often enough SP claims it uploaded a current edit of a document when in fact it did not. The history looks fine, but when downloading the file it is the totally outdated version. There are uses for SP, but for anything that is used in production or even critical better systems are available.
Laurianne
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1/10/2013 | 6:20:27 PM
re: Is SharePoint Trustworthy For Business-Critical Processes?
I have heard the compliance concerns in recent conversations with CIOs. Can anyone share any feedback on whether MS is doing enough now to ease your compliance worries around SharePoint?

Laurianne McLaughlin
InformationWeek


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