Before continuing, I’ll pause to let the laughter die down. Done yet? Don’t worry, I’ll wait…
Seriously, Microsoft continues to push SharePoint 2007 for Web Content Management. I’m sure it can be done, but it seems a bad fit. SharePoint’s primary weakness, in my opinion, is the inability to scale for the large Enterprise. Now imagine managing a large website. There are two options here:
- Host on SharePoint. Bad. Beyond bad. The security and scalability issues are challenging on a good day.
- Store an manage on SharePoint and publish out. Definitely not out-of-the-box. At a minimum, a WCM system should be able to handle this.
It appears that I’m not the only person that thinks that SharePoint isn’t a good fit for WCM. Janus Boye over at CMS Watch shared a couple of stories from some Danish companies that wanted to use SharePoint for WCM. They couldn’t find anyone that would do is for them, and one of them even asked Microsoft directly. The closest they got was one that offered to do it on SharePoint 2003!
The Big Show
Next month, March 26, I’ll be attending a Web Content Mavens event in downtown DC where a partner, referred by Microsoft, will be talking about using SharePoint for Web Content Management. I’ll be there to see the spin and to see how it might actually work. If you are in the DC area, you can sign-up and attend. It is a free event and you can meet a lot of people that live in the web world. I know I’ll be bringing some of my people there.
If I am in a good mood, or just stunned, I’ll hold my tough questions for after the presentations. Time will tell.