The web application platform has had a large impact on the business world all sorts of ways since its release in 2001. Companies with multiple locations are able to communicate in real-time and accomplish their day-to-day tasks in no time. When you think about it, all you need is a web browser to get a secure place to store, share, organize and access information from all types of devices.
I attended the SharePoint Connect conference in Amsterdam, where Chris Johnson, Group Product Manager on the Office 365 team at Microsoft in Redmond, opened up the keynote and mentioned how the technology journey went from:
- Regular PC programs, such as Office, PowerPoint, Word and Excel in the 90s
- To PC and server applications like Office 365, Lync, Exchange and SharePoint in 2000
- And now everything turns around devices and the cloud
But let’s get back to the main challenge companies experience when using SharePoint: Today the services SharePoint provides are vital to every area of the business. Likewise, users’ experience with SharePoint’s performance, availability, reliability and ease of use are crucial to the success of any deployments. When SharePoint services falter or fail, users experience a reduced ability to collaborate and work productively, making it imperative that IT resolve issues quickly.
An application performance monitoring solution that provides visibility into all SharePoint’s components and dependencies can instantly give IT the information it needs to diagnose and resolve the root cause of SharePoint issues before they impact users’ productivity.
Did you know? Here are some facts and statistics I bet you never thought about:
Microsoft adds over 20,000 SharePoint users every day. Quick math reveals that between 2006 and 2011, 36,500,000 users began using SharePoint.
- 80% of Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft SharePoint. Approximately 100,000,000 user accounts were in existence for Microsoft SharePoint (it should be pointed out that this was obviously before the extremely successful release of Microsoft SharePoint 2013).
- 83% of companies using Microsoft SharePoint depend on it for document management. It makes sense, as said previously this is one of the fundamental capabilities of this tool. However a growing number of companies were using SharePoint in several other ways including reporting, publishing, social networking and running apps.
- SharePoint was worth about $1.9 billion in 2009. It’s value today? $6.44 billion.
- SharePoint is international! Today, users can easily switch languages and access pages in more than 39 major languages including Serbian, Greek, and Thai.
What these figures demonstrate is that Microsoft SharePoint has been evolving into one of the go-to tools in business over the past years. Its influence is increasing and the amount of users who depend on its capabilities is also getting larger every day. However, there are still too many companies that are not taking advantage of what it has to offer, and as a result, their bottom lines are likely suffering.
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