A recent market survey published by Global 360, entitled: How are businesses using Microsoft SharePoint in the Enterprise, highlights the significant strides that Microsoft SharePoint has taken in the last year in terms of enterprise adoption.
The Global 360 survey polled over 800 companies in 2010. Here are some of the key highlights:
- 90% – organizations surveyed have and use SharePoint
- 97% – organizations who will look to deploy SharePoint
- 67% – have deployed SharePoint enterprise wide
The phenominal growth and adoption of SharePoint in the enterprise is truly disruptive to traditional ECM and collaborative incumbent technology solutions. Of the 3% of organizations who were not currently looking to deploy SharePoint, most companies admitted that they would be considering SharePoint at some stage in the future.
The table below shows how Microsoft SharePoint is currently being deployed amongst the organizations surveyed:
|How widespread is the deployment and usage of Microsoft SharePoint in your organization?|
|Use within team or single SharePoint project site||4.94%|
|Limited SharePoint sites or department use (1-3)||11.03%|
|Several departments (4 or more)||16.98%|
|Enterprise-wide deployment of SharePoint||67.98%|
With market saturation within reach, the big question for CIOs must be: Is Microsoft SharePoint mature enough as a platform to deliver enterprise applications?
The Global 360 survey would suggest that this is rapidly becoming the opinion of SharePoint users. Here is a summary of some of the key findings about how SharePoint is being used within the enterprise:
- 67% – organizations using SharePoint for enterprise Document Management & Workflow
- 27% – organizations who use SharePoint to support mission critical business processes
So, nearly one third of SharePoint users now deploy SharePoint to manage mission critical content and to support key business processes.
CIOs and IT strategists must now seriously consider business applications built on top of the Microsoft SharePoint platform that support critical business processes and compare the pros and cons against other enterprise platform solutions from SAP, Oracle or even .Net and Java based applications.
There is one significant fly in the ointment as far as SharePoint in the enterprise is concerned, however. 51% of companies surveyed complained that too much time and internal resources were being tied up trying to develop point and line of business solutions in SharePoint.
This is precisely where independent software vendors like Dolphin Software can help organizations and add value to SharePoint environments where it is most needed. Most organizations do not, and should not, consider themselves to be software development houses. Microsoft SharePoint has matured to an extent that it is now a viable platform for delivering robust business applications, but it should be considered as such – a platform.
Dolphin Software would consider itself first and foremost as a best-in-class Contract Management software vendor that uses the Microsoft SharePoint platform as a delivery mechanism to its business users. This has several advantages for Dolphin’s customers. From a CIO’s perspective, a comprehensive SharePoint based business application, like a contract lifecycle management solution, is a compelling example of how SharePoint can add value in a business context. From the business user’s perspective, a SharePoint based business application should be familiar and easy to use and therefore easier to deploy to enterprise users.
For further information about deploying mission critical business applications, like Contract Lifecycle Management on the Microsoft SharePoint platform, visit: www.dolphin-software.com