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Widespread SharePoint adoption doesn't eclipse SharePoint cons

SharePoint has about two-thirds of the document management and collaboration market. So why do users hate it?

It is perplexing how applications that companies often loathe -- or sometimes only tolerate -- can still benefit from widespread adoption.

That has been the fate of Microsoft SharePoint for much of its existence. Microsoft can claim about two-thirds of the collaboration or document management market, but experts note that despite widespread SharePoint adoption, the application "does not excel in any particular area when compared with best-of-breed, single-purpose products."

It’s a good idea to explore why SharePoint doesn’t always meet enterprise goals, and to consider some alternatives to it while keeping in mind the cloud-based SharePoint roadmap, also known as SharePoint Online.

In "Companies wrestle with the SharePoint usability gap," we explore why users revolt against SharePoint. As is often the case, and increasingly so as consumerization of IT becomes more prevalent, SharePoint can be an albatross for users to manage and maintain.

Next, in "Alternatives to SharePoint abound," expert Brien Posey explores the enterprise content management and collaboration market for alternatives to SharePoint. He highlights several technologies that share functionality with SharePoint but that can also be less cumbersome to manage, less costly or have advanced features. In another piece, Posey delves further into the pros and cons of SharePoint eDiscovery Center, which is a good example of SharePoint functionality that may fall short for some companies with complex needs.

Finally, another part of the brouhaha over SharePoint adoption concerns its SharePoint Online version. Most surveys indicate that fewer than 20% of companies have migrated to SharePoint Online. In some cases, this may be because migration is difficult; in others, because of concerns about data security in general; but for still others, there is real concern about bracing for the migration to the cloud. Some that have already migrated are finding that SharePoint Online is falling short of their expectations -- although the companies that started fresh and didn't migrate are more satisfied.  In "Is SharePoint Online the right fit for your company?," expert Jonathan Bordoli compares both on-premises and online versions of SharePoint.

These articles aim to provide perspective on the issues of choosing, managing or migrating to SharePoint technologies.

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