[BLOG SERIES]: Get used to SharePoint (Part III)

27 Apr 2017 | Sajin Sahadevan

Blog - Get used to SharePoint

I’ve been blogging a lot about SharePoint and SharePoint Online but what about SharePoint Server? (SharePoint 2016 to be precise). In this edition (Part 3) of our SharePoint Blog Series, I will be going though SharePoint versions and large takeaways while deploying SharePoint 2016 Server in your organization.

SharePoint Server 2016 is the latest release from Microsoft and it has got tons of features available for us to work with. SharePoint is used globally and is currently available in 37 languages. Do you know when the very first version of SharePoint was launched? Let’s go back to SharePoint’s history:

The initial release of SharePoint was in 2001 which means SharePoint is 16 years old! SharePoint was originally merely a tiny sever which was offered almost for free to Microsoft’s largest revenue-generating sources. According to Microsoft sources, Microsoft will hit over 100 Million Office 365 Users in the year 2017.

Initially, SharePoint was developed as a document repository where it had silos of data, but now it is a perfect collaboration suite that helps your users to communicate and share on files online. With SharePoint Intranet Portal, your team can leverage using business intelligence, manage communities and automate your business workflows.

How Did Microsoft SharePoint become the leader in enterprise content management solutions worldwide?

We are delighted to see SharePoint as the leader in The Forrester Wave Report – Enterprise Content Management - Business Content Services for the second quarter of 2017.

With our experience, with the launch of SharePoint 2016 and with ongoing advancements in Office 365 features, SharePoint Online has become the best and trusted platform in organizations. This has enabled top-notch organizations to effectively migrate their content to cloud services.

SharePoint makes it simpler for you to create custom apps so that you can take advantage of these amazing default features that are available and the custom features which your team can adapt quickly to save money, time and of course, productivity!

Versions of SharePoint till date:

  1. SharePoint Portal Server 2001
  2. SharePoint Portal Server 2003
  3. Office SharePoint Server 2007
  4. SharePoint Server 2010
  5. SharePoint Server 2013
  6. SharePoint Server 2016

Microsoft’s three biggest focus points in SharePoint 2016 development.

Microsoft is heavily investing on research and development to make our lives easier. The three areas that Microsoft focused the most on in SharePoint 2016 development are:

  1. Improved User Experiences
  2. Cloud-Inspired Infrastructure
  3. People-Centric Compliance

What are the largest takeaways?

If you are an existing SharePoint 2010 customer and haven’t upgraded to 2016, it’s high time you go ahead as Microsoft ended support services for 2010 in October 2015.

Microsoft SharePoint 2016 brought in lot of infrastructure upgrades like Zero Downtime Patching, Data Loss Prevention Policies, SMTP Encryption, MinRole, Large File Support (Increased to 10 GB file size limit) and durable links.

Thinking about making your SharePoint go Hybrid? No problem! It’s like upgrading your car from a V6 engine to a V8! You get lots of features like Profile Redirection, Hybrid Team Sites, OneDrive for Business (Office 365) and the latest “Cloud Search Service App.”

What’s next

Is SharePoint flexible? Yes, it is and it can be blended with various areas for your organization –good and bad.

Implementing SharePoint can be difficult and confusing. If you’re not careful you could make it so unappealing that your users will not adopt to using your company intranet again!

Keep the throttle on and if you need any help with a SharePoint consultation, don’t hesitate to reach us out! We’ve got just the solution for your team!