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Real User
Technical Writer at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 30 2018

What is most valuable?

SharePoint's document management and workflow features have proven to be the valuable. We have been able to implement a reliable, easily accessible document library with… more»

How has it helped my organization?

SharePoint has streamlined our documentation management process by allowing us to automate several functions. The version control function has been particularly useful… more»

What needs improvement?

I find the search feature in SharePoint foundation to be limited to the basic document properties. This is at odds to the type of customization that you can apply in the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I’m not able to offer an informed opinion about pricing, but if you are looking for a robust document management system, the Enterprise edition might be the better choice… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

As already mentioned, our previous documentation solution was manual, using a folder structure accessible through Windows Explorer. The switch to SharePoint was motivated… more»

What other advice do I have?

Our implementation could have been improved by a more detailed implementation plan that mapped out the exact use of each area and how to use it. With this in mind, I would… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered replacing our SharePoint system with Atlassian Confluence. Although it does offer basic document management, it is not robust enough to meet our document… more»
Aaron Krytus
Real User
Network Manager / Senior Network Engineer at Warnock, Tanner & Associates
Mar 30 2017

What is most valuable?

I have found SharePoint team sites to produce much more value to our organization. As a consulting company, it allows multiple consultants to collaborate on a team project… more»

How has it helped my organization?

SharePoint has streamlined many processes and has provided additional organization for our company. It has become a central location for both documents and productivity.

What needs improvement?

SharePoint has workflow built into the software however it is very simplistic. Third party applications integrate with SharePoint to provide a more feature full workflow… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are two options with SharePoint. They have an on-premises and a cloud solution as well.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Initially, we were using simple file shares and emails for this purpose.

What other advice do I have?

You will need to hire and communicate with a third-party consultant.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have not evaluated any other solution before this one.
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Vendor
IT & PMO Manager at Carozzi
Mar 21 2017

What is most valuable?

Integration with Office 365 and Active Directory, and access from all our company users as part of the Office 365 licenses. Also, hassle free access from mobile devices to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use it for all intensive document sharing business units and especially for document versioning control (quality control area in manufacturing). We also use the online… more»

What needs improvement?

The cloud-local file synchronization application (OneDrive for Business). It is not as simple as expected, but it works.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You can always make a good deal with Microsoft, especially shortly before the end of their fiscal year (July).

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used SharePoint 2010 on premise. We switched due to the license cost and to give access to all our company users. Also, because SPO was included in the Office 365… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is always good to start with a special need in a business unit and show quick wins to other units, as part of the adoption plan.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did a business case and technical evaluation of Google Apps and Office 365. The winner was Office 365 due to user familiarity.
Caressa Naidoo
Real User
Technical Writer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Mar 18 2017

What is most valuable?

* Mostly the documentation management features. * Managing information such as events and announcements, document libraries, picture libraries, using calendars, lists and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are now able to organize and control our documentation easily. Versioning, check in, check out and setting permissions for pages and sites enable us to manage our… more»

What needs improvement?

SharePoint Designer enables creating workflows easily. However, they produce errors at times. There seems to be glitches which require workarounds to sort out. It is an… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing and licensing options are structured according to the size of the organization. Good business leaders make the best decisions and choose the best fit for their… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were previously using a network drive that we accessed directly from our laptops and desktops. There was simply no control of information and documentation; and loss of… more»

What other advice do I have?

I advise organizations or business leaders to fully investigate and research SharePoint, as well as all the features that are available for each edition. Based on your… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The SharePoint project had already been initiated before I joined the organization. However, since we are only on Foundation, the organization has embarked on a comparison… more»
Lewin Wanzer
Real User
SharePoint Architect at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Mar 01 2017

What is most valuable?

The collaboration features of SharePoint 2013 are probably the best I have seen in an enterprise product out of the box. Along with the integration of Office and other… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The use of the document management features such as versioning, check in and check out, search, managed metadata and other out-of-the-box features help you organize and… more»

What needs improvement?

From my experience, it’s not the product needing improvement, but the way organizations deploy the enterprise solution. When 2007 SharePoint came around, there was no… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

When choosing a platform, just be aware there are choices. The choice you make in the beginning can make or break your installation and your goals for your organization… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I was a FileNet administrator but switched to SharePoint because of the integration of the Office products. I know that FileNet is a great product as well, but Microsoft… more»

What other advice do I have?

Find a certified person or company that can help you get started. This might cost a little up front, but your return on investment will be great. Do not go it alone… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In choosing options for services we looked at eRoom. eRoom’s interface was primitive and did not provide the functionality we were looking for and integration with Office… more»
Consultant
SharePoint Architect at Truision
Feb 20 2017

What is most valuable?

* Document management supports a wide range of capabilities including cross-folder views, custom views, group-by views, versioning, alerts, MS Office integration, workflows, and very flexible… more»

How has it helped my organization?

By creating a platform for collaboration, it empowers users to collaborate and work together on documents, tasks and calendars.

What needs improvement?

PowerShell for Office 365 is exceptionally limited. The CmdLets available for SharePoint Online are focused on site provisioning and permissioning, and do not include CmdLets for managing Items… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Cloud is the cheapest, but less flexible. The cost of the product is quite reasonable considering the feature set. The larger portion of the cost of the product is getting good professional help in… more»

What other advice do I have?

Get a real professional to work with your team. Ensure training and collaborative working with users is included in your deployment plan. Adoption is key.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we explored alternatives such as Documentum from EMC (now spun off to OpenText), Slack, Box, Dropbox and even WordPress and Jive. However, for all-around capabilities… more»
Vendor
Manager, IT Communications at AbbVie
Jan 20 2016

What is most valuable?

For SharePoint 2013: * My Sites * News-feed * Discussions * Communities The Office 365 version shows real promise, although the mobile use of Discussions does not work as expected. Newsfeed does… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's providing a social collaboration experience to a culture of heavy email users. They are not used to interacting on our intranet or other internal environments, having a profile to provide others… more»

What needs improvement?

* The linkage between items, such as the blog. It does not integrate into communities or team sites, it's totally separate in its own environment. Tags and @mentions are not connected to them either… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This is the first time using it at this company.

What other advice do I have?

Perform a controlled pilot first with social advocates in the company first. Nail down the business requirements with management before rolling anything out. Get their buy-in and support. Once that is… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I believe IT looked at Yammer but felt our culture could just use SP2013 for free first to get our feet wet before investing in another tool. There are no business requirements for an Enterprise… more»

What is SharePoint?

SharePoint is a Microsoft-based platform for building web applications. It covers a widerange of capabilities and while it is appropriate for experienced webdevelopers, even non-technical minded users can easily navigate through thesystem and execute functions such as collaborating data, managing documents andfiles, creating websites, managing social networking solutions, and automatingworkflow.

Major areas that SharePoint deals with are websites,communities, content, search, insights, and composites. The purpose is to give usersthe ability to create or develop these key business components on their owneven without technical knowledge of, for example, how to build a website or howto integrate coding. Configuring SharePoint into a business's system is meantto cut out all of the complicated steps, and pave the way for easierimplementation all around.

Also known as
SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010
SharePoint customers

Toyota, Aeroports de Paris, ASBBank Ltd., Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals, CambridgeshireConstabulary, D&M Group, NPL Construction Company, and The Regional Municipality of Niagara.

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