December 07, 2013
Score 9 out of 10
- Probably the best feature of SharePoint is the ability to search / crawl through various content sources and provide reliable information to our users. The search capability in SharePoint 2013 provides the capability to index content stored in SharePoint, such as webpages, list items, and document content. In addition, SharePoint Server search can index content held in other repositories, such as file shares, other websites, Exchange Server, and external databases. In this way, SharePoint Search can provide users with an easy way to find specific content from large data stores, provide metadata-based refinement capabilities, and provide search administrators with the ability to promote certain content where appropriate.
- SharePoint web content management (WCM) is a very useful feature which allows you to customize your users experience based on the way they access the site. WCM extends some of the ECM functionality into web content capabilities, such as version control, content approval and publishing, content deployment, cross-site publishing, managed navigation, and device-specific targeting.
- Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2013 provides organizations with the ability to analyze business data in many different ways. BI features include the ability to display updated chart information, key performance indicators (KPIs), dashboards, and data-driven Visio diagrams directly on a page. Tools such as PowerPivot can give users the ability to process data from billions of rows, and SQL reporting services integration provides the ability to create libraries of reports to match management requirements.
- SharePoint provides a lot of key functionality and they are becoming better integrated with their other products. Tighter integration will make this a better product with each additional version.
- I've installed SharePoint in many different industries and each industry has seen greater collaboration among their teams both locally and nationally. The ability to collaborate more efficiently has reduced the need to have employees centrally located.
- Companies which have used SharePoint in a end user training portal have had great ROI, since they can create the content once and share with all their users who subscribe to their training service. The web content management aspect of SharePoint is a very helpful feature.
There are no other products out there that provide the seamless integration between all back office applications. With everything moving to a cloud based environment using a portal application like SharePoint should be a no brainer for any corporation, small or large. The investment is worth it in the end, as there are many intangible results that will make your workforce more agile and learn to collaborate more efficiently.
SharePoint, has a wide range of features and capabilities even without adding third-party tools or solutions. It is important to understand how organizations can use these features to provide productivity improvements, more robust working practices, or support compliance requirements. After identifying key feature requirements, you should also make considerations for what logical structure components are required to support specific features and how these interact with the farm. A critical element for most SharePoint deployments is how will you support your information architecture requirements, making it easier for users to find, work with, and update content in the SharePoint environment.