Fixing SharePoint starts with how SharePoint content is accessed—the browser. Since the browser resides on the endpoint it is in an ideal place to fix the problems that have the biggest impact on application performance: slow page loads, bandwidth usage/server load and offline access.
Slow Page Loads
SharePoint pages are very large and often take a long time to render with a good Internet connection. The problem is even worse for employees who are traveling in the field with poor Internet connections. Since SharePoint is accessed through the browser, the built-in browser cache should serve pages from local disk, making them much faster. However, the browser cache is very small and has not kept up with the changing role of the web in today’s business environment.
Limited Offline Functionality
Offline access is crucial for a cloud-based application that will be used by traveling employees. There are many solutions that provide offline document access for SharePoint, but they can’t handle web pages, wikis, tasks, forms, or calendars where so much rich information lives. With many companies utilizing SharePoint for business processes in the field, key SharePoint functionality has to be available offline, as well as online. SharePoint pages that are stored in the browser cache can be rendered offline; however, the browser cache is small and unmanaged, so it is not a reliable means of accessing SharePoint content offline.
The key to solving slow SharePoint page loads and the limited offline functionality available in today’s market is the web browser. Current browsers cannot efficiently render cloud-based applications, as the technology has not kept pace with evolving business trends. Download our free white paper “Fixing SharePoint Performance and Availability” to learn how you can make your browser capable of rendering your SharePoint content quickly under any network scenario.