SharePoint 2013 Pros and Cons


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In this webinar, Toby Ward, President and CEO of Prescient Digital Media, and Tamer El Shazli, VP, Technology + SharePoint Lead, Social Business Interactive, discuss the pros, cons, and overall capabilities of SharePoint 2013, and see how it stacks up to the competition.

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SharePoint 2013 Pros and Cons

  1. 1. Pros & Cons SharePoint 2013 Toby Ward, Prescient Digital Media Tamer El Shazli, Social Business Interactive
  2. 2. SpeakersFounder, Prescient & SBI: Toby Ward – Toby is an internationally recognized and acclaimed expert in the areas of communications, enterprise technology, intranets, and social media. 20 years consulting experience with many dozens of Fortune 500s and big name brands.VP, Technology, SBI: Tamer el Shazli – 18+ years of technology experience including key roles within start- up, turnaround, and established environments. An elite SharePoint expert: Microsoft VTSP, certified Microsoft SharePoint MCPD/MCTIS and certified PMP.
  3. 3. SBI: SharePoint experts• Social Business Interactive (SBI) builds and deploys world-class social business intranets, portals, and social media platforms• Focused on Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft platforms
  4. 4. SharePoint Experts• We are experts in using and deploying Microsoft SharePoint – more than two-thirds of our clients use SharePoint• Our technology team has been developing solutions on SharePoint for over 10 years - from SharePoint 2003 to the most recent version, SharePoint 2013• SBI’s team is highly experienced in – Microsoft’s best practices and techniques – Minimizing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  5. 5. Prescient: Intranet Experts• 12 years of profitable history• Dozens of Fortune 500 Clients• World-Renown Thought Leaders; 150+ intranet projects
  6. 6. Select clients
  7. 7. • Hundreds of articles • Dozens of white papers & reports • Dozens of case studies & videos • Multiple social media channels
  8. 8. First ever intranet methodology
  9. 9. POLLWhich SharePoint do you use?
  10. 10. Poll Answers• SharePoint 2013• SharePoint 2010• SharePoint 2007• Something older• None yet, but plan to
  11. 11. Improved Branding
  12. 12. Improved Branding
  13. 13. UI independence from SilverLight• No more dependencies on SilverLight to create sites or lists
  14. 14. Apps store• The new custom apps concept makes SharePoint customization a lot easier (but still very rudimentary)
  15. 15. Impressive Office Apps• Office apps are amazing
  16. 16. Excel integration
  17. 17. Excel power pivot – Project reporting
  18. 18. Excel power pivot – Sales reporting
  19. 19. Application integration
  20. 20. Using App in the browser
  21. 21. Enhanced “social”
  22. 22. Enhanced “social”
  23. 23. Twitter like Newsfeed
  24. 24. Enhanced mobile experience• Better (though not ideal), and option for Desktop view
  25. 25. Improved ‘Cloud’ experience: SkyDrive
  26. 26. 30More Pros• Enhanced authorization and authentication• Search improvements - most notable the ability to manage search from within the site collection as opposed to central admin• Community sites for OOB social site deployment• SkyDrive Pro allows for cloud storage and synchronization• Cross farm content publishing• IDEAL: small company of 100-5000 needing a collaboration based portal in a .NET environment
  27. 27. 31Cons• Branding functionality is still cumbersome to utilize• Site level retention policies - not a great advantage but good to have• Newsfeed is a good addition but has so many issues and limitations• BCS odata is very complicated to get it working• Apps infrastructure is very clunky and in some cases unrealistic to implement• Apps are very primitive and somewhat rudimentary - only iframes, too isolated
  28. 28. 32More Cons• Cannot be deployed to a small environment with its full capabilities - need separate OWA server, separate workflow server• The new Access DB templates (apps) are useless at his stage , you better off using light switch• Cross-sites and site collections integration and list linking is still no near where it should be• CAUTION: Potential for unmanaged proliferation without careful planning & governance; not a large enterprise solution unto itself
  29. 29. Total Cost (TCO)• Understanding SharePoint solutions cost structure:  Software licensing only accounts for 7%  Hardware, consultancy & training, a further 33%  Customization & Staffing cost is 60%  SharePoint is typically implemented as a platform, not as a product, dramatically increasing customization costs and TCO
  30. 30. SharePoint customization options • InfoPath • SharePoint Designer• OOB Customization • • Excel/Word Access TCO• Office tools OOB Office Tools• 3rd Party configuration• VS solutions and customization 3rd Party Config. VS Solutions • Newsgator • Bamboo • Colligo • Quest
  31. 31. Common development practice  Proof of Concept and prototypes Office  Low budget projects: $100K-$300K Tools  Very tight scope – Client assumes most of the risks  Minimal branding, customization, and UI/UX changes OOB  Functional and technical risks are transferred to 3rd Customization + 3rd party vendors Party components  Medium project size, between $100K-$1M  Standard approach with vendors  Full-blown project and large SDLC Visual Studio Solutions  SharePoint OOB features largely replaced with custom components  Large TCO and maintenance + support cost  Project size is $500K+
  32. 32. SBI approach • Branding • UX and UI OOB Customization+ JQuery + Client • Clients Web parts Model Services + Open platforms and • Clients Apps Service • Social Interaction SharePoint Designer + 3rd • Complex Branding and UI Design Party Components • Workflows and flow logic • Simple Interconnectivity and integration Visual • Complex System-to-System integration Studio • Complex back-end logic • Services provisioning and integration
  33. 33. What the experts say...
  34. 34. 38Expert quotes:“The release of SharePoint 2013 offers many of the samepromises the previous versions promoted. It is absolutely truethat 2013 is the best SharePoint release to date. However, it isalso true that SharePoint still has both new and old challenges toovercome.” • Shawn Shell, Consejo Inc., author of The Real Story Group “The SharePoint Report”
  35. 35. 39Expert quotes:• “Skip SharePoint, Go with Yammer for Enterprise Social.” • Larry Cannell, Research Director, Gartner
  36. 36. 40Expert quotes:• “Microsoft SharePoint is the centerpiece of many enterprises collaboration and content strategies, but it isnt clear to us that enterprises will continue to invest in SharePoint to provide a broader range of social, web content, and content delivery functionality.“ • Rob Koplowitz and John Rymer, Forrester
  37. 37. 41Overall• Considerable improvement over 2010• Impressive Office integration• Not best-of-breed for many applications• Still expensive• IDEAL: medium to large company of 1000-20,000 needing a collaboration based portal in a .NET environment
  38. 38. Q&A
  39. 39. 45 Contact Information Toby Ward Tamer El Shazli www.IntranetBlog.comStrictly Confidential © 2011 Prescient Digital Media Not For Distribution