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- “I have not seen anything like this since the early days of [Lotus] Notes,” says Mike Gotta, an analyst at the Burton Group. In those days, corporate users were enamored with a shiny new technology that seemed to have infinite uses. “The talk [around SharePoint] is getting strategic now, and people are talking about it as a middleware decision,” Gotta says.
- Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 is the fastest growing product in the company’s history and seems to have as many uses as a Swiss Army knife. Its six focus areas are collaboration, portal, search, enterprise content management (ECM), business process management and business intelligence.
- There is a “perfect storm,” observers say, around SharePoint in terms of the popularity of Web-based computing, demand for less-expensive ECM and portal tools, collaboration technology and integration around Microsoft’s Office suite.
Late last year, an IDC survey of 300 users found 61% were deploying SharePoint enterprise-wide, and that 28% of those using SharePoint in departments now are expected to expand usage to the enterprise within the next 12 months.