With SharePoint 2016 on the horizon, many organizations will contemplate whether or not to upgrade from SharePoint 2010 or 2013; companies not using SharePoint may decide that 2016 provides a good entry point into the SharePoint universe. With 2015 behind us, let’s look at factors potential SharePoint adoptees may want to consider, along with why SharePoint, at age 15, is still relevant today.
Mobile is big, SharePoint is big — but does that mean mobile on SharePoint is even bigger? As much as Microsoft might like to hear that is true, it is not. We have two significant trends: rapid mobile growth and expanding use of SharePoint and Office 365. But the reality is that mobile adoption by SharePoint users has not corresponded with the stunning growth of the mobile market. The likely reason? SharePoint does not yet offer a compelling enough mobile experience.
Microsoft’s unveiling of SharePoint 2016 this past May revealed a plethora of cool new features coupled with improvements to existing technology. There is seemingly something for everyone: admins can enjoy zero downtime patching, users can search Office 365 & on-premises SharePoint via a singular interface, and pro-cloud security experts will love the move to cloud-based authentication via SAML.
Last May, the long-awaited unveiling of SharePoint 2016 took place at Microsoft Ignite 2015 in Chicago. Since then, the SharePoint community has been on their collective seat-edges, anticipating the feature set and, in particular, how it will get along with Office 365.