This is the slideshow I used yesterday at SharePoint Saturday DFW 2013 in Dallas at Microsoft's Las Colinas Campus in Irving. #SPSDFW for many great presentations by industry leaders.
The Business Case for SharePoint was put together to share the story of why Tait Environmental Services chose to use SharePoint for their environmental compliance system. I discussed the history of previous versions of TECS Online - Tait's Environmental Compliance System - and what the company's current needs are. It's one thing to meet needs - why would we want a system as complicated as SharePoint? TECS is mission critical to our company, and the decisions surrounding it are given the greatest importance. So why SharePoint for TECS Online? That's what the presentation was about.
The reasons for our selection / decision are probably similar to many other businesses, which is why it may be helpful for you or others to know this particular example. Some short answers to 'why' are:
SharePoint does so much more than what we currently use it for, so there are other functionalities we may take advantage of without purchasing additional software/platforms/systems/licenses - we can continue to grow or advance the technology in our company without additional expense.
SharePoint is a Microsoft technology that will continue to be developed at their expense. Proprietary systems would be developed at additional expense to us, but we know Microsoft will continue investing their own funds to improve SharePoint.
We already have the licensing in place, and have SA - software assurance for SharePoint. That means we are able to upgrade to the newer version included in the costs we are already paying. The upgrade will be from SharePoint 2010 --> 2013.
We had great questions from the audience, and I appreciate the open forum discussion and opportunity to share at Microsoft. Email, tweet or text me for more information. I hope you find this helpful.