Jack of All Trades, Master of None
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated December 20, 2019

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

Score 5 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with MS SharePoint

SharePoint is used as our enterprise-wide file sharing and general purpose collaboration space solution. It's intended to replace network folders and serve as an intranet for people outside of a team to familiarize themselves with the team's content and processes.
  • I wouldn't say SharePoint does any one thing particularly well, but rather does everything ok.
  • It's a very open environment so it can be used in any number of ways depending on a team's needs and structure.
  • This makes it a good enterprise-wide tool because you can require teams with varying technical capabilities and business requirements to use SharePoint and it will accommodate them.
  • It offers file-sharing, messaging, security controls and integrates well with all of Microsoft's other products like Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Navigation is painful and it would be nice to be able to search all documents and text. Better search in general would be great.
  • Its so customizable that its hard to really know the best way to do something. Based on how whoever built a page chose to accomplish something, your means of accessing the data can vary so it's a bit of a headache trying to get to information you want. It's never good when technology gets in the way of business.
  • The lists can be frustrating to use and are like an underpowered spreadsheet.
  • Not a ton. It's more for foundational support so we can store content and have a lookback but honestly its too painful for me to use I just find other means to get information.
  • I can see why companies are drawn to this product. On paper it sounds good and fills that void of knowledge transfer and preventing knowledge loss but in execution it doesn't get used much by anyone I know.
I think SharePoint has been around the longest, at least it's the first cloud-based collaboration tool I used many years ago. It has a very Microsoft feel which has its perks and drawbacks. Reminds me of when I used Microsoft mobile OS and how it felt like Windows on a phone. Its probably the most "neutral" product whereas others I've used are specialized for certain groups of users (agile, project management, short-term collaborations, strictly file sharing). SharePoint does everything but I wouldn't say it does anything particularly well whereas other products are the opposite.
Please describe some specific scenarios where MS SharePoint is well suited, and/or scenarios where it is less appropriate.
It's a good general purpose platform that you could use when collaborating with other, outside companies (vendors, partners) and even across teams in the same company it does serve a purpose. The highly customizable security privileges makes it nice when you have sensitive info or areas. It's good for simple projects and short-term projects.

MS SharePoint Feature Ratings

Task Management
3
Gantt Charts
3
Scheduling
4
Workflow Automation
3
Mobile Access
7
Search
2
Visual planning tools
3
Chat
7
Notifications
6
Discussions
7
Surveys
8
Internal knowledgebase
8
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Not Rated
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Not Rated
Integrates with Outlook
7
Versioning
6
Video files
Not Rated
Audio files
Not Rated
Document collaboration
7
Access control
Not Rated
Advanced security features
Not Rated
Integrates with Google Drive
Not Rated
Device sync
Not Rated