What is most valuable?
We have taken advantage of the list features extensively and the ability to clone subsites.
The creation of lists and the ability to tie lists together is valuable. This has made my job and other different department’s jobs easier. We have many different lists defined on our server. We can use one of the list items on another list so that we have data integrity. That way everyone spells IBM the same, etc.
The ability to make templates of sites means thatt they can be easily recreated over and over.
How has it helped my organization?
An example of how we use the lists is what we call our parking portal. We have a list of pin numbers that parking has given to us to use in our underground parking lot. We have several different departments that use these numbers and they get charged when they use them. We have a separate list for reservations that we tie to the pin numbers. This is used to make sure that:
- The pins are only used once.
- The appropriate department gets charged for the parking pin used.
What needs improvement?
It does too many things and some of them seem impossible to set up.
One of the features that I could not get set up was the access interface. It had many steps and I just couldn’t get it to work. It should be easier to build access applications to do some of the things we want to get done.
For how long have I used the solution?
We have used Microsoft SharePoint since 2007. We have upgraded to 2010 and then to 2013.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
I have run into problems with Microsoft updates killing my test machine for two months...
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
I have not encountered any issues with scalability.
How are customer service and technical support?
Technical support is 5 out of 10; it is complex and must all work.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We didn't have anything that did this before.
How was the initial setup?
Initial setup was complex. You needed to understand the parts before you could set up the whole, and you needed to understand what parts you needed to get going.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Pricing seems fine. Licensing seems straightforward.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
Nothing else did this at the time we started up.
What other advice do I have?
Start out in the cloud and see if that will get you where you want to go.
This version is a lot easier to use than the predecessors but it is still not easy to setup and get running. I love the new features and look forward to working with Microsoft SharePoint O365 online.