SharePoint has had an amazing run, I’m not saying it’s over by any means, I just told you that SharePoint is NOT dead. It’s far from that. Microsoft has put all focus on the cloud with Office 365 and yammer. Hey, I’m a big fan of yammer and I’m very interested in Office 365. You could say I had my hands in designing the first online hosted version of SharePoint Online for Microsoft. I don’t take credit for where it is now, and how popular it is. There really is a ton of interest in the mail product, and many small companies I’ve been in have used it. I’m on my fourth production Office 365 instance. So I do spend a fair bit of time in Office 365. With those caveats aside… let me share some thoughts…
I’ve heard a lot of people say the reason to upgrade to SharePoint 2013 is social. SharePoint is the largest Enterprise Social Network in my estimation… Last year there was an estimate of 60% of enterprise social networks were based on SharePoint. Now that Microsoft has pointed people at Yammer, it is getting some increased adoption, but there are a lot of people that are confused. Yes, I do believe that careful reading of the posts and roadmap articles and with direction by Jared Spataro, Mark Kashman, and Christophe Fiessinger on the SharePoint and Office 365 blogs and you’ll see YAMMER is the direction, but on-premises SharePoint is far from Dead and has an amazing heartbeat if not still the greatest Intranet Platform on the planet. I’d suggest it still is.
Interest in my estimation is waning. Call it a bit of a slump, but I do think this slump is due to the confusion around clear direction for folks waiting for Office 365 to be good enough or a clear roadmap for the enterprise.
While both Yammer and Office 365 adoption is taking off, there is hesitance in enterprise to invest in on-premises SharePoint 2013 , but the problem is success of yammer requires the business to really have a desire to adopt the transformational technology and understand how it can use it. Failures in the enterprise in social is super high, and in enterprise collaboration there’s definitely a lot in the stalled state. The enterprise is looking to Microsoft and the community to save them from the dolldrums and let them know that they should do. Trained and experience consultants can make a difference. You may have seen the infographic I put together on why customers are stalled and what they need to focus on. I’m doing a webcast on increasing productivity in SharePoint engaging portals on Oct 30, I invite you to join me for free. Those with experience and an understanding of where to lead the customers has never been more critical at this time.
Comparing “Interest” in Notes, SharePoint, Office 365 and Yammer
While there are a lot of ways to measure “Interest” I am fascinated by the google trends based on searches.
Would be great to see Bing provide this type of data mining interface to compare topics. When I say SharePoint 2013 has had a slower uptake I think this data backs me up. It also backs me up when I say that the buzz that Office 365 is getting is huge. The press and media around office 365 has been really strong.
Comparing Interest by Version in SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010, and SharePoint 2013
Looking at SharePoint 2003 Interest Long Tail
The LONG Tail of SharePoint 2003 and SharePoint 2007
Code for the above chart…
SharePoint 2003 = Blue
SharePoint 2007 = Red
SharePoint 2010 = Yellow
SharePoint 2013 = Green
While Interest has been waning, I think you’ll find there’s still a lot of interest. Unfortunately C
Like these charts? Let me know what you think! I plan to use them in the future, BI is cool.