CIO’s get it: Mobile and Sharepoint go together, but still it can be the “red headed stepchild” in many organizations, notes Rich Wood on CMS Wired,“The SharePoint Mobility Forecast Outlook: Cloudy.”
In short, using our mobile devices to collaborate and share documents via SharePoint continues to be a big headache in managing security threats.
Make no mistake that over the years, SharePoint has delivered when it comes to team/project document sharing. In fact Forrester points to such usage, along with system intranets, as the backbone of the suite since the 2003 and 2007 iterations.
Today’s SharePoint operates in a mobile culture and does not accommodate users on-the-go in a way that a lot of CIOs would expect it to. Compliance issues may not be met if SharePoint security is not bulletproof via mobile; furthermore, organizational strategies in terms of team/individual permissions and authoring represent another area of concern.
As an example, Intranet publishing is straightforward with available of apps and templates to fulfill the need for “responsive design” across multiple platforms.
However, document collaboration is not the only open-ended task that befuddles the CIO in maintaining network security. As Wood notes:
Utilizing the platform’s publishing framework for web content is a win, then. But what of document collaboration? What about emerging workloads like social business? The answers are a mixed bag, and that’s due to factors beyond what makes sense in the tool itself.
Another looming concern for SharePoint/mobile use is that ubiquitous operating systems called Android, and Microsoft’s failure to provide appsfor Google’s OS.
For sure, the Redmond Giant, while providing apps to the iOS and it’s own, Windows Phone, has yet to conquer this “entrenched” operating system.