An Excellent Collaboration Platform That Empowers Users
May 15, 2021

An Excellent Collaboration Platform That Empowers Users

Adam Friedli | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with MS SharePoint

This is being used across the entire organization. It allows for great collaboration among teams and departments. It also makes it very easy to share information with everyone in the company and with external individuals. It can also be used for file storage to take the place of local storage to alleviate storage management needs on premise.
  • File collaboration. Editing files within the browser works very well and most options people need are available in the browser versions of Office Apps.
  • Simple website building. While it doesn't offer as much customization as Squarespace or a fully custom site, that is not what it's trying to be. The building blocks and style works very well in my experience to enable everyone to feel like they can manage the sites. Being able to empower users is very important.
  • File and list management. Organizing files is easy to accomplish along with managing the permissions. It can be as granular as needed. Lists are also easy to manage and offer a great option to tap into for various report building platforms as a data source.
  • Color coding for Calendar Apps. This is very specific, but being able to select the colors for Calendar Overlays is limited to the site theme. You can't select custom colors. You need to change the entire site theme to change color options. I get they do this to maintain a consistent look and feel across the entire site, so it makes sense from that perspective, but, it'd be nice to still be able to select your own colors. This isn't a huge deal though.
  • More options for Full Width Section Web Parts. This is also more of a picky complaint. But, the Full Width Web Parts look great, and it would be nice to have more options added.
  • Migrate more Classic Experience options to the Modern Experience. Most of the detailed site options are only present in a Classic Experience interface. This works just fine, but it makes it more cumbersome for users to deal with the jarring transition. There's a lot going on in there, and adapting it to the Modern Experience would be useful. Most things can be done without entering the more detailed settings, but some things like managing more settings for List Views are only present in the older style.
  • Going from an older version of Sharepoint to Sharepoint Online has improved collaboration greatly.
  • Sharepoint Online also improves on empowering users to manage the sites and content.
  • Overall efficiency has improved greatly compared to the older Sharepoint as well. The platform is much easier to use.
I have not personally used any direct competitors to SharePoint as a whole. However, I have used Dropbox Business and Google Drive. While these do work well for file collaboration, they do not offer the website structure that SharePoint does. SharePoint also integrates directly with other Microsoft products in Office 365/Microsoft 365. This alone makes it worth considering over competitors.

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Dropbox Business, Google Drive, Google Workspace (formerly G Suite)
I feel that SharePoint is applicable for companies of all sizes. If any company is already using Office 365/Microsoft 365, using SharePoint makes a lot of sense to extend collaboration options. Any situation that requires sharing files, SharePoint can help without needing to rely on VPN or some other direct connection back to on premise storage. It also allows very simple and easy website building to present information like for an HR department. The files can also connect very easily to OneDrive for File Explorer manipulation.

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