No, I haven’t converted into a SharePoint fanboi. I am merely acknowledging that it is here to stay, at least for two more versions. Realizing that, my company has been doing quite a bit of SharePoint work in the past few years. We have recently been looking at SP2010 and just upgraded a customer to the new version.
This dalliance with SharePoint has not gone unnoticed by some people in the local area. I was asked to co-present with Wyn Van Devanter to the Washington, DC Web Content Mavens group on what web managers need to know before making the move from 2007 to 2010.
I thought I would share my slides and offer a few additional notes for people. For the record, Wyn tackled the first part of the presentation and I handled the second portion. We could probably each speak to the other half, but we each presented to our strengths.
SP2010 Overview and Upgrade Planning
There were several discussions that spun out of the presentation. I think the actual discussion was a lot more valuable than the presentation.
- Competition: There was a discussion on competition. If you stick to the public website , there is a wide selection in the WCM/CMS market. If you look at the Intranet usage, you are really looking at some of the newer Enterprise 2.0 players that offer a broader set of capabilities. The legacy competition, eRoom and Lotus Notes, each have their own issues in regards to they’re being long-term players.
- Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of SharePoint. SharePoint is not designed for WCM. It has a lot of requirements that drive other license revenue for Microsoft. It has complexities and requires a Microsoft platform and .NET expertise. That said, if you have SharePoint (MOSS) 2007, you are likely going to be on SP2010 in the near future.
- Future of SharePoint: We had a fun discussion on this. It is my opinion that this version of SharePoint will mark the peak of SharePoint’s popularity. The next version will likely ride on the coat tails of SP2010. After that, I believe SharePoint will fall into the legacy category. It is simply too big to innovate enough to maintain a lead over a long period of time. Someone new is likely to come in and supplant them. Of course, even with this estimate, that is some time away.
- SharePoint for WCM, Really?: Yes really. While I have stated in the past that maybe SharePoint is not ideal for WCM, it doesn’t change the fact that people still use it for that purpose (at least the 2007 version). They will likely continue to do so in the future as SP2010 is better suited to WCM than MOSS 2007. The question you want to ask if someone proposes SP2010 for your website it this: What are you using for your website? Oh, and get references. Plural.
There were more, but these are the ones that I remember clearly and that aren’t covered in the slides and notes. Feel free to drop questions.
These are the links from the Reference slide of the presentation. I am providing them here for easy reference.
- Microsoft Upgrade Resource Center
- TechNet Upgrade and Migration for SharePoint Foundation 2010
- TechNet Upgrade and Migration for SharePoint Server 2010
- Websites hosted on SharePoint