No surprise, but it seems like every iteration of SharePoint since 2007 has been over-hyped relative to it’s ability to deliver an intuitive and manageable intranet platform, notes Toby Ward’s post on CMS Wired.
But all bets are riding high that SharePoint 2013 (SP13) will provide the enterprise with more credible Intranet features; this, as over 80% of the Fortune 100 use SharePoint and 70% of those have an intranet in place.
For sure, the company intranet/portal is more than just a platform for sharing team scores from the weekend picnic. The backbone of most intranets provide ease of document sharing and repositories, along with collaborative capabilities.
SP13 with all of it’s upgrades that embrace the notion of ‘social computing,' via SharePoint Online capabilities still has some Cons along with it’s list of Pro-considerations.
The ‘Pros’ ...
SP2010 was suppose to offer a lot of cloud features, but came up short. SP13 has a “parity cloud version.”
Again, when in came to mobile, SP10 was woefully lacking, but the new version is designed for seamless mobile access.
Of course, the backbone of SP13 is its ‘social networking’ capabilities; too, the suite is incorporates a publishing and management interface...unlike SP10.
The ‘Cons’ ...
The Redmond Giant made it easier to use the custom design feature as a way to highlight a company’s branding, although Microsoft is not in favor of customizing an Intranet’s home page.
Also, when it comes to social networking, the standard like My Sites and Newsfeeds remain in their silos, apart from the main Intranet. What’s more, their isolation points to the ongoing concerns about permissions, and authorization...or even limited vendor access.