SharePoint 2013 of Little Consequence for the End User

September 17, 2012

For all of the buzz surrounding the release of SharePoint 2013, there may be little to no immediate impact for the actual end user.  Developers and enterprise search bloggers are highly anticipating the full release as well as the SharePoint conference in November.  However, Mark Miller at CMS Wire argues, “Why SharePoint 2013 Isn’t for You,” in his most recent article.

Miller states:

There is the marketing coming out of Microsoft, but the Man-on-the-Street conversation is mainly from developers and IT Pros who are talking to each other about how to set it up, how to optimize it, how it is different from 2010. This has absolutely nothing of relevance for people using SharePoint on a day-to-day basis.  The day-to-day talk is a distraction to SharePoint end users. In general, the users are not interested in the technology, they are interested in the solutions the technology can provide . . . We had the same type of situation after the release of SharePoint 2010. At that time, I took the same position: It’s going to take two to three years for SharePoint 2013 to become relevant to the daily user.

So for users who need a better interface now, what is to be done?  One option gaining acceptance and popularity is the addition of a third-party solution.  Vendors such as Fabasoft Mindbreeze offer a suite of solutions to maximize enterprise search and overall functionality.  Fabasoft Mindbreeze Enterprise can be added to an existing SharePoint infrastructure to add the values of quality, usability, and style.  It takes a long time to turn a big ship, and SharePoint is definitely the biggest ship on the market.  Therefore, many organizations will benefit more from the intuitive infrastructure and agility of a smart third-party solution like Fabasoft Mindbreeze.

Emily Rae Aldridge, September 17, 2012

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