We’ve covered what’s new and exciting in SharePoint 2013 in this space before, including posts highlighting social, content management, cloud, mobile, search and more. Powerful new features are great, but features alone are not enough. Given that upgrading isn’t painless, the question is: how much benefit will SharePoint 2013 deliver based on the ways you currently use (or could use) SharePoint?
THE BENEFITS OF SHAREPOINT 2013
We have developed a free online tool that allows you to perform a quick but insightful self-assessment to help evaluate the benefits of an upgrade to SharePoint 2013. Rather than investing lots of time researching the details of SharePoint 2013 on your own, or relying on guidance from a 3rd party that may be more interested in the software than your business, the self-assessment offers a high-level view tailored to your organization. Not all enhancements in SharePoint 2013 are created equal. Some capabilities have made huge advances while others are more incremental – evaluating these features against your business priorities is critical.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU?
In the self-assessment, we ask you to rate the importance of ten different SharePoint functions, including:
- Business Intelligence
- Document Management
Keep in mind that it’s not simply about the needs SharePoint fulfills today, but emerging business requirements such as social and mobile. SharePoint 2013 is truly an enterprise collaboration platform, and can do so much more than team sites and simple document management.
ARE YOU ALREADY USING AN OLDER VERSION OF SHAREPOINT?
The older the version you are currently running, the more you stand to gain from an upgrade to SharePoint 2013. Every version has made significant strides from its predecessors, so jumping more than one version has considerable advantages.
If you’re currently relying on other tools to enable some of these needs, how many are you using? How current is the technology? How much does it cost you to maintain and enhance them? Our experience suggests that many companies are spending more than they should to support a fragmented collaboration environment that does not fully support their enterprise needs. SharePoint provides the opportunity to consolidate on a single platform that is a current and future market leader. In most cases, it’s also quite cost effective when compared to the alternatives.
GIVE IT A TRY
Give the SharePoint 2013 Assessment tool a try – it is fast, free and informative. Of course, we’re always available to answer any questions and would be happy to help you interpret any detailed questions about your results.