SharePoint has taken the world by storm-it’s the defining collaboration and information management product on the market today. Numerous risks and issues that undermine the effective use of SharePoint for collaboration, however, have matched its rapid ascendency. These include poor integration into the enterprise information management approach, a lack of usage by business users, and team site sprawl, among others.
A new wave of collaboration software, with Microsoft SharePoint leading the charge, is being used to create better ways for people to work together in the organizations. The vision is to replace ineffective forms of communication and collaboration with more effective approaches-for example, the transition from email messages with attachments to team sites with document libraries, or the replacement of a static printed manual with a community wiki and discussion area. As these transitions begin to take hold across our organizations, and groups adopt the new ways of working together, SharePoint increasingly becomes a mission critical platform.