Bearing with the Hassles of SharePoint

February 23, 2012

Forrester’s latest report on SharePoint 2010 remarks that the platform’s strengths outweigh its weaknesses, providing enough business value to overcome the hassles.  Toby Ward comments on the Forrester report in, “If You Can Afford It, SharePoint May be Worth the Hassles.”

Ward disagrees, recommending each organization evaluate whether or not SharePoint is the right solution for their situation:

While the power and feature set of SP 2010 is undeniable, it turns out it is more expensive, more complicated and fails to live up to a number of key expectations. It is, however, a vast improvement over 2007, and is particularly more so for business users such as corporate communications, marketing and HR, who rely more heavily on enterprise content management, collaboration, and portal features.

In his pro/con list, Ward remarks that a major weak point of SharePoint 2010 is its mobile access problems on a variety of platforms.  One solution that provides excellent mobile access is Fabasoft Mindbreeze.

Read more about how their Fabasoft Mindbreeze Mobile solution compliments an existing enterprise infrastructure:

Fabasoft Mindbreeze Mobile makes company data available on all mobile devices . . . You can act independently and freely – yet always securely. Irrespective of what format the data is in.  Full functionality: the display of the search results is homogenous to the tried and tested web client in terms of clear design and intuitive navigation . . . Existing access rights to company-internal documents and data remain maintained in the view via the mobile client. The user only receives information for which he/she has access rights.

While some organizations may suffer through the idiosyncracies of SharePoint, there are third-party solutions that work with SharePoint to greatly improve the user experience.  Fabasoft Mindbreeze is a strong contender, and a great place to start if your organization wants to improve its enterprise usability.

Emily Rae Aldridge, February 23, 2012

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