Do you need 
SharePoint? 
- What an enterprise buyer needs to understand 
about Microsoft, SharePoint and Office 365 
Pert...
Advisor in buying web projects and intranets 
2 North Patrol Oy 
- Vendor-neutral CMS consultants 
- Helsinki-based, but m...
Speaker’s background 
• Technology advisor in web & extranet & intranet projects 
– Extensive background in Microsoft tool...
Agenda 
Microsoft, 
SharePoint and 
Office 365 from a 
business 
perspective 
4 North Patrol Oy 
Safe scenarios for 
Share...
Microsoft as a company 
5 North Patrol Oy
Microsoft as a company 
6 North Patrol Oy 
1. Microsoft builds tools for 
office workers / knowledge 
workers. 
2. Microso...
Short history of SharePoint 
7 North Patrol Oy
SharePoint’s history: Part 1 
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• Started as a document 
management system 
• Microsoft’s point of 
view:...
SharePoint’s history: Part 2 
9 North Patrol Oy 
• Evolved into a portal system with 
web publishing capabilities 
• Added...
SharePoint today 
10 North Patrol Oy
The good old SharePoint 2013 
Document 
management 
Simple, social 
intranets 
Document-centric 
collaboration 
Simple cus...
The good old SharePoint 2013 
Document 
management 
Simple, social 
intranets 
Document-centric 
collaboration 
Web conten...
The good old SharePoint 2013 
Document 
management 
Simple, social 
intranets 
Document-centric 
collaboration 
Web conten...
Office 365 = new core business of Microsoft 
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Office 365 = new core business 
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• “Office as a service” 
• App Store for the office 
• No major 
custo...
Office 365 today 
16 North Patrol Oy 
Document 
management 
& editing 
Simple, social 
intranets 
Enterprise 
social chann...
Office 365 today 
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Document 
management 
& editing 
Simple, social 
intranets 
Enterprise 
social chann...
Office 365 today 
18 North Patrol Oy 
Document 
management 
& editing 
Simple, social 
intranets 
Enterprise 
social chann...
Comparison of SharePoint and Office 365 
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Comparison 
Document 
management 
& editing Simple, 
social 
intranets 
Enterprise 
social channel 
(Yammer) 
Document-cen...
Comparison 
Document 
management 
& editing Simple, 
social 
intranets 
Enterprise 
social channel 
(Yammer) 
Document-cen...
Recommendations for enterprise buyers 
22 North Patrol Oy
Recommendations 
Finally, as an enterprise buyer, what should you take home from this? 
1. Microsoft is not going to care ...
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http://www.slideshare.net/perttutolvanen 
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Do you need SharePoint?

- What an enterprise buyer needs to understand about Microsoft, SharePoint and Office 365

SharePoint is often taken as a given, but there are many areas where it comes up short. Also Microsoft’s focus has strongly turned to Office 365 and that also has many implications to current SharePoint customers. You could even argue that whether on-premise SharePoint has a future at all. In any case right now you should choose very carefully the areas for SharePoint implementations.

Presentation takes a critical approach to SharePoint’s future roadmap and evaluates Microsoft’s Office 365 future plans. SharePoint’s strongest areas will be reviewed, but also those areas will be highlighted where SharePoint is lacking compared to competitors. Presentation also discusses the strongest competitors right now - and what competitors Microsoft sees as most relevant right now.

Key takeaways:
- Understand the weaknesses and strengths of SharePoint
- Understand Microsoft’s business goals for SharePoint and Office 365
- Get insights to future development of SharePoint and “safe implementation areas"

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Do you need SharePoint

  1. 1. Do you need SharePoint? - What an enterprise buyer needs to understand about Microsoft, SharePoint and Office 365 Perttu Tolvanen, Web & CMS Expert, @perttutolvanen North Patrol 1 Oy 2014 / 2014-11-06 / J. Boye Aarhus 14
  2. 2. Advisor in buying web projects and intranets 2 North Patrol Oy - Vendor-neutral CMS consultants - Helsinki-based, but most clients operate in Northern Europe / Scandinavia / Russia - CMS selections and partner selections for large projects - Founded 2012, growing
  3. 3. Speaker’s background • Technology advisor in web & extranet & intranet projects – Extensive background in Microsoft tools, involved in SharePoint projects since 2007 – Also a lot of project experience with Oracle’s systems and open source systems like Liferay and Drupal – Most of the customers are large organizations headquartered in Finland (typically over 1,000 employees) – Note: Finland is a Microsoft & open source country (so I am biased in some ways) 3 North Patrol Oy
  4. 4. Agenda Microsoft, SharePoint and Office 365 from a business perspective 4 North Patrol Oy Safe scenarios for SharePoint implementations Recommendations for enterprise buyers
  5. 5. Microsoft as a company 5 North Patrol Oy
  6. 6. Microsoft as a company 6 North Patrol Oy 1. Microsoft builds tools for office workers / knowledge workers. 2. Microsoft is a one-business-company, not a multi-business company. 3. Known for “smoke and mirrors” marketing tactics.
  7. 7. Short history of SharePoint 7 North Patrol Oy
  8. 8. SharePoint’s history: Part 1 8 North Patrol Oy • Started as a document management system • Microsoft’s point of view: place to save Office documents
  9. 9. SharePoint’s history: Part 2 9 North Patrol Oy • Evolved into a portal system with web publishing capabilities • Added dozens of “enterprise” features including reports, records management, search, and so on • Microsoft’s point of view: compete against portal vendors and take over the intranet market
  10. 10. SharePoint today 10 North Patrol Oy
  11. 11. The good old SharePoint 2013 Document management Simple, social intranets Document-centric collaboration Simple custom applications Report browsing Dashboards for business teams Partner extranets (document heavy) Enterprise social channel (Newsfeed)
  12. 12. The good old SharePoint 2013 Document management Simple, social intranets Document-centric collaboration Web content management Simple custom applications Report browsing Dashboards for business teams Partner extranets (document heavy) Enterprise social channel (Newsfeed) Complex, global intranets Complex, custom applications
  13. 13. The good old SharePoint 2013 Document management Simple, social intranets Document-centric collaboration Web content management Simple custom applications Report browsing Dashboards for business teams Partner extranets (document heavy) Enterprise social channel (Newsfeed) Complex, global intranets Complex, custom applications Logos of competitors are examples – they are not representative of real market position
  14. 14. Office 365 = new core business of Microsoft 14 North Patrol Oy
  15. 15. Office 365 = new core business 15 North Patrol Oy • “Office as a service” • App Store for the office • No major customizations, only fairly small “add-ons”
  16. 16. Office 365 today 16 North Patrol Oy Document management & editing Simple, social intranets Enterprise social channel (Yammer) Document-centric collaboration Report browsing Simple dashboards for business teams Email, calendar, Lync, etc. Simple partner extranets (document heavy)
  17. 17. Office 365 today 17 North Patrol Oy Document management & editing Simple, social intranets Enterprise social channel (Yammer) Document-centric collaboration Report browsing Simple custom applications (?) Simple dashboards for business teams Simple partner extranets (document heavy) Single-sign-on point for the enterprise (?) Email, calendar, Lync, etc.
  18. 18. Office 365 today 18 North Patrol Oy Document management & editing Simple, social intranets Enterprise social channel (Yammer) Document-centric collaboration Report browsing Simple custom applications (?) Simple dashboards for business teams Simple partner extranets (document heavy) Single-sign-on point for the enterprise (?) Email, calendar, Lync, etc. Logos of competitors are examples – they are not representative of real market position
  19. 19. Comparison of SharePoint and Office 365 19 North Patrol Oy
  20. 20. Comparison Document management & editing Simple, social intranets Enterprise social channel (Yammer) Document-centric collaboration Report browsing Simple dashboards for business teams Email, calendar, Lync, etc. Simple partner extranets (document heavy) Document management Simple, social intranets Document-centric collaboration Simple custom applications Report browsing Dashboards for business teams Partner extranets (document heavy) Enterprise social channel (Newsfeed)
  21. 21. Comparison Document management & editing Simple, social intranets Enterprise social channel (Yammer) Document-centric collaboration Report browsing Simple dashboards for business teams Email, calendar, Lync, etc. Simple partner extranets (document heavy) Document management Simple, social intranets Document-centric collaboration Simple custom applications Report browsing Dashboards for business teams Partner extranets (document heavy) Enterprise social channel (Newsfeed) Complex, global intranets Complex, custom applications Web content management
  22. 22. Recommendations for enterprise buyers 22 North Patrol Oy
  23. 23. Recommendations Finally, as an enterprise buyer, what should you take home from this? 1. Microsoft is not going to care about you very much for the next five years or so 2. SharePoint 2015 will most likely be just a fancy service package 3. Remember: Most of Microsoft’s professional service partners are in trouble right now (especially the big ones) – you should look for specialized ones 4. Office 365 will be an office platform for knowledge workers. The more you are a manufacturing/customer service heavy organization, you should also evaluate alternatives. 5. And remember, SharePoint is still a great platform for many purposes. Enjoy it while you still can  (=many years) – just don’t expect it to get any better. 23 North Patrol Oy
  24. 24. - Slides are already available in SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/perttutolvanen - Twitter: @perttutolvanen and @NorthPatrol - perttu.tolvanen@northpatrol.com - http://www.northpatrol.com Thank you. 24 North Patrol Oy

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