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SharePoint technology feels growing pains as 2013 release arrives

SharePoint 2013 adds new features to the collaboration software. But it comes at a time when SharePoint's value is being questioned in some quarters.

Microsoft's SharePoint technology appears to be at something of a crossroads -- or maybe at multiple crossroads. For starters, there are questions about what Microsoft's 2012 acquisition of enterprise social networking vendor Yammer means for the collaboration and content management platform. Jared Spataro, who heads Microsoft's SharePoint group, said at the company's Convergence 2013 conference in March that users would soon be able to replace the SharePoint collaboration newsfeed with Yammer's software. And his advice for customers was clear: "Go Yammer."

Craig Stedman

Meanwhile, Microsoft has been putting the final wraps on SharePoint 2013, which became available to volume licensing customers and users with subscriptions to its TechNet and MSDN services in late 2012. Both developments come against a backdrop of gathering clouds over SharePoint's business value and continuing popularity with users. For example, consultancy Forrester Research said in a report published in February that organizations are struggling to adopt SharePoint's full set of features and that user experiences with the software often are "uninspired." The report's title: "SharePoint Enters Its Awkward Teenage Years."

SearchContentManagement recently published several stories that examine SharePoint 2013's features and the issues it raises for IT teams, as well as the overall challenges of using the SharePoint technology. In one, consultant Shawn Shell details the technical considerations IT needs to take into account in weighing an upgrade to SharePoint 2013. In another, we report on the results of an Association for Information and Image Management survey pointing to common SharePoint deployment snafus that are limiting the success of many implementations. And a third article offers a look at the expanded e-discovery capabilities in SharePoint 2013.

Craig Stedman is executive editor of SearchContentManagement. Email him at

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