Last year we introduced our online SharePoint 2013 Self-Assessment Tool with the simple purpose of helping companies determine whether they should implement or upgrade to SharePoint 2013, and how much benefit they could gain from doing so. We asked simple questions about how important specific collaboration features are to each organization. Since then, we’ve collected a large number of responses. Analyzing these results, we found some interesting trends around traditional uses of SharePoint as well as SharePoint’s future. In this post, we share some of our key findings and invite you to read the entire SharePoint 2013 Assessment Report.
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No Surprise, Companies are using SharePoint for Intranets
For those who have been around SharePoint for a number of years, it won’t be difficult to predict the primary areas where companies said SharePoint 2013 will be important for them. These are some of the tried and true uses of SharePoint – the areas where SharePoint “grew up”, including the top three:
- Document Management
A close fourth was Enterprise Search, which is slightly more surprising. While SharePoint has always been considered to improve search functionality for content residing in SharePoint, the significant number of respondents citing Enterprise Search as an important use of SharePoint shows that Microsoft has made progress in this area.
SharePoint for Internets? Not so much
We’ve noted the areas where companies say SharePoint 2013 will be important – what about the opposite? The results of the Assessment thus far show that the feature least important to respondents is SharePoint for Internets. Based on other metrics we’ve seen, this isn’t surprising – but it does illustrate how Microsoft’s efforts to push both SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 as internet platforms are not resonating yet.
What about the new SharePoint 2013 Features?
As we’ve outlined in other posts, SharePoint 2013 introduced significant changes in areas like mobile, social, and line of business application capabilities. Do companies say these are important areas of SharePoint?
Yes and no. While these did not receive the highest rankings, for each of these areas over 60% of the respondents indicated the feature was important or very important. With nearly half of the companies surveyed responding this way, it shows that users are moving beyond traditional uses of SharePoint and expanding into broader collaborative applications. This is what Microsoft was hoping for with the release of SharePoint 2013 – continued strength in those traditional areas, and growth within collaboration hot spots.
These are just some of the conclusions we’ve drawn from the responses. To see the complete results and analysis from the SharePoint 2013 Self-Assessment Tool and learn what others hope to do with SharePoint 2013, request the full report: