blog It’s only just been formally released for official use, but Australian architectural design firm Woods Bagot has been using early versions of Microsoft’s SharePoint 2013 software since early this year, a new case study published by Microsoft recently has revealed. Some key paragraphs going into some of the new features:
“The social-networking-style newsfeed feature in SharePoint 2013 was what really grabbed us,” says [Felicity McNish, Global Knowledge Manager at Woods Bagot]. “With newsfeeds, our employees can share ideas, conduct conversations, keep up with colleagues’ work, and learn about changes to documents as soon as they happen.” Users can also search newsfeeds and preview documents in them. She adds, “With the addition of the new social features, we can use SharePoint to help us quickly achieve a more engaging intranet.” In general, the social features in SharePoint 2013 are deeply integrated into the product as a whole.
Other features that interested Woods Bagot include integration with SkyDrive Pro for on-the-go access to cloud-based documents, and drag-and-drop functionality across SkyDrive folders and SharePoint lists, sites, and newsfeeds. The firm can also use SharePoint 2013 to analyze newsfeed usage and content, providing metrics to spot trends. Another area important to Woods Bagot was functionality to support its extensive use of Microsoft Office Web Apps and reporting and calculation services. SharePoint integrates with Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and improves on its integration with Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, Excel Calculation Services, and Office Web Apps.”
To me, the fascinating thing about this case study is that it demonstrates how effctive Microsoft’s notorious ’embrace and extend’ development philosophy can be, when the company already owns so much of the enterprise software stack. Internal corporate social networking? Wasn’t that the domain of Yammer (of course, now owned by Microsoft), Salesforce.com and Socialtext? More flexible enterprise cloud storage options for employees? Wasn’t that the domain of Box (formerly Box.net), after the initial consumer success of Dropbox? With everything Microsoft does, it seeks to build in new features to its corporate platforms which other vendors are providing. And this SharePoint case study is the perfect example of how effective that can be.
I’d be interested to hear from readers who have actively chosen to use rival platforms to SharePoint for this kind of internal collaboration deployment. What else is out there, and why would you use it instead of the Microsoft option?
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