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Likelihood to Recommend

MS SharePoint

It's very well suited to act as an intranet, where it's only going to be used internally by employees of a company. It works well to share documents, provide lists of reference materials to users, provide a place for departments to have their own discussions and calendars and other collaboration purposes. It includes "workflows" unlike its predecessors, and those can define the flow of a process or task and walk the user through that flow very effectively. In fact, an employee's entire job could hypothetically be scripted using SharePoint workflows. It can scale OK in small scale terms, as I have experience of using it in networks with under a few thousand users. I don't know how it would behave if there were tens of thousands of hundreds of thousands of users, but provided the infrastructure is scaled proportionately, I don't see why it wouldn't work well at that scale as well.
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Plone

The larger your organization, the more appropriate Plone will be. This is not to say that Plone is a worse choice for small websites, only that the minimum investment for a Plone site is certainly higher than for other platforms. If you already use Plone for your site and are looking for a redesign or an overhaul, I would only advise switching to a different platform such as WordPress or Drupal if your organization is downsizing. For any other situation, Plone is the natural choice for your growth.
Fulvio Casali | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

MS SharePoint
7.2
Plone
Task Management
MS SharePoint
7.4
Plone
Gantt Charts
MS SharePoint
6.4
Plone
Scheduling
MS SharePoint
7.1
Plone
Workflow Automation
MS SharePoint
7.6
Plone
Mobile Access
MS SharePoint
7.5
Plone
Search
MS SharePoint
7.5
Plone
Visual planning tools
MS SharePoint
7.3
Plone

Communication

MS SharePoint
7.2
Plone
Chat
MS SharePoint
6.9
Plone
Notifications
MS SharePoint
7.3
Plone
Discussions
MS SharePoint
7.3
Plone
Surveys
MS SharePoint
7.1
Plone
Internal knowledgebase
MS SharePoint
7.6
Plone
Integrates with GoToMeeting
MS SharePoint
6.8
Plone
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
MS SharePoint
6.4
Plone
Integrates with Outlook
MS SharePoint
8.5
Plone

File Sharing & Management

MS SharePoint
7.9
Plone
Versioning
MS SharePoint
8.3
Plone
Video files
MS SharePoint
7.6
Plone
Audio files
MS SharePoint
7.7
Plone
Document collaboration
MS SharePoint
8.5
Plone
Access control
MS SharePoint
8.3
Plone
Advanced security features
MS SharePoint
7.8
Plone
Integrates with Google Drive
MS SharePoint
7.0
Plone
Device sync
MS SharePoint
8.0
Plone

Security

MS SharePoint
Plone
10.0
Role-based user permissions
MS SharePoint
Plone
10.0

Platform & Infrastructure

MS SharePoint
Plone
10.0
API
MS SharePoint
Plone
10.0
Internationalization / multi-language
MS SharePoint
Plone
10.0

Web Content Creation

MS SharePoint
Plone
9.3
WYSIWYG editor
MS SharePoint
Plone
9.0
Code quality / cleanliness
MS SharePoint
Plone
10.0
Admin section
MS SharePoint
Plone
10.0
Page templates
MS SharePoint
Plone
10.0
Library of website themes
MS SharePoint
Plone
5.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
MS SharePoint
Plone
10.0
Publishing workflow
MS SharePoint
Plone
10.0
Form generator
MS SharePoint
Plone
10.0

Web Content Management

MS SharePoint
Plone
9.4
Content taxonomy
MS SharePoint
Plone
10.0
SEO support
MS SharePoint
Plone
10.0
Bulk management
MS SharePoint
Plone
10.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
MS SharePoint
Plone
8.0
Community / comment management
MS SharePoint
Plone
9.0

Pros

MS SharePoint

  • With MS Sharepoint you can share (in my case) projects, initiative trackers, with ID and the information I need to start my developing.
  • It offers cloud acaccessibility, so you do not need to maintain your documents on your hard drive.
  • It allows Office 365 integration, which for me is really great. Using MS Excel and MS Sharepoint.
Adriano Rosa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Plone

  • Plone is a folder-based system, organising content in a similar way desktop-users are doing for the last two decades. No need to teach non-tech customers some relational-database like paradigm for content management.
  • Plone is secure. It is the most secure CMS you can get your hands on.
  • Plone is flexible, and makes fast development easy.
Ronnie Stevens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

MS SharePoint

  • SharePoint sometimes has a challenge with the Share feature in Office 365. Traditional best practices are to govern collaboration with permissions groups and manage access at the group level. Share can sometimes undermine that by creating ad-hoc situations unintentionally.
  • SharePoint's success in many organizations is really a function of user adoption and training. It is such a large platform that it is often deployed without much governance or direction.
  • SharePoint's lists and libraries can leverage Excel services and like-kind tools, but the ability for a list to do math in the same way that Excel does is very limited. It still has a room for improvement in the business intelligence features of metadata management.
Chris Carpenter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Plone

  • Not everything is configurable or editable by Plone, and when you need to adjust or add custom pieces in, you need to deal with Zope. Zope has an ugly, confusing and difficult UI and structure as a backend.
  • Using 3rd party products is difficult to do - there are a few different ways to get them installed, all of which take a bit of luck to get right.
  • Building custom products for Plone is not fun. You've got to deal with an archaic framework to tie in that is not well documented (there is documentation about many things, but not great documentation and there are a lot of holes in the documentation).
Kelv Cutler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

MS SharePoint

MS SharePoint 9.5
Based on 21 answers
The only drawback is the price, it's quite costly to buy and requires Microsoft professionals to run at its peak capabilities. It works very well with large quantities of employees, has powerful search capabilities and a huge community. However it might not be a good fit for smaller companies who don't handle a large number of documents and employees and who don't exert high security requirements.
hrvoje katusic | TrustRadius Reviewer

Plone

Plone 8.3
Based on 10 answers
I no longer use Plone because I got an internship in the web development field and my current place of employment uses their own content management system that they created. After getting to know other CMS's and similar software and comparing them to Plone, I would enjoy using Plone again in the future, but there are more complicated software that I'd like to learn as I progress in my field of study.
Gracie Wardin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

MS SharePoint

MS SharePoint 7.7
Based on 13 answers
SharePoint is easy to use for basic tasks. If you're trying to do something a bit more complicated, though, it can be difficult to figure it out on your own without going through a lot of trial and error. Most people will likely only be performing basic tasks, though, so I would rate the usability pretty high.
Kia Packard | TrustRadius Reviewer

Plone

Plone 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Compared to the amount of Plone sites, users and customizations we have in our organization, the amount of support requests and training needed is really small
Rikupekka Oksanen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

MS SharePoint

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Plone

Plone 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Plone is very intensive in its operations, and if not configured well it can be slow. However it is designed and built with speed in mind and with proper use of coding, templates and caching can perform extremely well under high loads. It is capable of scaling to very high load availability environments with no specific coding requirements.
Tom Cameron | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

MS SharePoint

MS SharePoint 8.3
Based on 7 answers
Support varies by tech and by vendor. I've used Microsoft's support channel and for the most part have been successful to get my questions answered. I've also used third party vendors and have gotten some answers resolved as well, though sometimes getting them on the phone is difficult. It all depends!
Chris John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Plone

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

MS SharePoint

MS SharePoint 6.0
Based on 4 answers
Planning to the last detail would be advised. SharePoint is a very large application that takes a lot of finesse to get operational
Christopher Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Plone

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

MS SharePoint

While SharePoint isn't as easy to use as Igloo or Squarespace, it comes bundled with Office 365 and drives the backend of those tools. I don't see SharePoint as a place people want to go and see stuff, but rather as a glue that supports all the other Office Products. If we get more in house expertise, then it could be a place that people manage work, but it's not used that way right now
Matthew Deakyne | TrustRadius Reviewer

Plone

Among the open source CMSs Plone is most reliable to develop large and complex application because is codebase is maintained with an object oriented approach where each parts is strictly independent from the others. So you can deeply customize it and it is still secure and efficient. We have not had the same experience with other CMSs that were great in doing their jobs, but could not be easily customized. At least with the same productivity as Plone.
Fabrizio Reale | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

MS SharePoint

  • We moved from DocuShare to MS SharePoint and it's been proven very effective.
  • Using MS SharePoint has provided immediate access to documents to staff where in the past, they would have to wait for an admin staff to forward to them.
  • It has been a positive impact for our organization - our newer staff has really benefited from MS SharePoint.
Jessalyn Ka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Plone

  • Before Plone there were couple of dozens of web editors. Now it is in the hundreds. That leads to more information on the websites and more accuracy.
  • Through the good SEO properties of Plone, our content is more easily found on Google compared to some of our competitors.
  • Plone being an Open Source product there hasn't been any license payments for a decade.
Jussi Talaskivi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

MS SharePoint

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Plone

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

MS SharePoint
7.8
Plone
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

MS SharePoint
9.5
Plone
8.3

Usability

MS SharePoint
7.7
Plone
10.0

Performance

MS SharePoint
Plone
9.0

Support Rating

MS SharePoint
8.3
Plone

In-Person Training

MS SharePoint
4.5
Plone

Online Training

MS SharePoint
6.4
Plone

Implementation Rating

MS SharePoint
6.0
Plone

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