Most interesting to me personally was Gates’ discussion of the various levels of sophistication companies have when it comes to SharePoint deployment and usage. Ascending in complexity, they are:
Personal Sites (My Sites)
Collaboration Team Sites (unstructured content)
Departmental Solutions (structured and unstructured)
Enterprise Data Repositories (highly structured)
Web Portals (corporate intranets and websites)
Part of the reason that I find the post so interesting is that it dovetails with the results we found a few weeks ago during our "State of the ECM Industry" survey (free downloads available by going HERE).
Our survey says a couple of things that reinforce the themes in the keynote:
- In a remarkably short time, SharePoint has established a very large footprint. 33% say they have current MOSS implementations and another 20% are on the way in the next 12-18 months. For large organizations, the numbers are even higher.
- As noted in the keynote, users are still looking at SharePoint in terms of personal sites, team sites, and intranets (see chart below).
- At the same time, though, a strong 60% are looking to it for document management functionality.
A theme not touched upon in the keynote or the post is that many organizations are just winging it when it comes to SharePoint and ECM integration. When asked whether there are specific plans for such integration, only 15% of those surveyed responded positively. Almost 50% say they have no plan and have no starting point for developing one.
Given the fact that the digital landfills that engulf most organizations were the result of deploying powerful content creation tools in the first place without thinking through the end destination, that's a scary thought.
AIIM will be focusing on this theme of content control vs. content access -- and more specifically "the SharePoint Effect" -- in our upcoming seminar series. Click HERE for details.
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