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SharePoint Made Complicated

by Craig Roth  |  October 15, 2012  |  Comments Off on SharePoint Made Complicated

I don’t want to see “Brain Surgery Made Simple” on my surgeon’s shelf and I don’t want to see “SharePoint Made Easy” on my sysadmin’s desk.  Because neither of those are easy. 

I have many conversations that involve opening people’s eyes to the complexity of a collaboration and knowledge management software solution.  So it always strikes me as odd to see articles and presentations whose title is some variant of “SharePoint Made Simple” or “SharePoint Made Easy.”

Granted, the content of the articles usually belie the title.  They usually don’t just say “Install SharePoint, give everybody access, and see what happens.”  After all, you wouldn’t sell many books that way!  But the hook is that SharePoint can be easy.

SharePoint is not easy.  Not because Microsoft did a bad job – the interface is actually quite easy to use for a product that does so much.  It’s that broad functionality, need for integration, and the difficulty of getting people to collaborate, share, organize, and update that makes it tricky.  I’d rather have clients go into SharePoint with their eyes open to all its complexities so they can plan ahead and avoid pitfalls. 

So how do I feel about SharePoint?  Well, it’s complicated …

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Craig Roth
Research VP, Tech and Service Providers
7 years at Gartner
28 years IT industry

Craig Roth is a Research Vice President focused on cloud office suites, collaboration tools, content management, and how they are being impacted by digital workplace and digital business trends...Read Full Bio

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