Sharepoint is a mature platform for developing collaboration solutions ever since it was released more than a decade ago. Rich with features, abundant configuration controls and flexible security mechanisms have made Sharepoint a platform of choice for intranets. Despite its strengths, it still is for most organizations a platform that requires a tremendous level of expertise to make an operational internet for every day user. Some of the obvious pronounced are:
- User Experience (UX) lacks simplicity and appeal
- Difficult content management
- A myriad of features with overlapping functions
- Complex configuration parameters
- Branding requires customization
Nonetheless, when Sharepoint is treated as a backbone for building intranets and collaborative solutions, it is one of the most robust and powerful foundations, producing marvelous looking value-driven tools for any enterprise. Especially, with the recent additions to Office 365, Sharepoint online has become an integral part of the eco system emerging from the conglomeration of many commonly used Microsoft products.
So, Sharepoint has come a long way from its introduction in 2001, struggling along the way as most new ideas do in the market. We now have three most important ingredients that allow companies to build intranets upon Sharepoint:
- A cloud platform to enable access from any place
- Very rich API for integration
- Interface for mobile devices
This breakthrough has only been possible due to Microsoft’s new approach of adopting non-Microsoft technologies and its openness in providing API’s for building whatever is best suited for organizations. Because of these steps that Microsoft has taken, innovative products are appearing in variety of forms, such as point tools for managing Human Resources (HR) functions, document management and integration with CRM products.
BizPortals is one example of such an innovative intranet product for businesses. With BizPortals, you get instant access to many routine tasks and workflows with a modern interface and responsive display. Its document management provides all the rich Sharepoint features with an enhanced user experience.
The home page provides a quick glance to up-to-date company and personal information, presented in distinct modern style. You get access to
- Company branded header and footer
- Clear navigation to pages and sites
- Single click access from any page to employee directory, knowledge center and other frequently used features
- Company announcements, alerts and other employee awareness features
- Powerful global search
Similarly, BizPortal presents other powerful Sharepoint intranet features to employees in a simple way, requiring no Sharepoint or IT knowledge. Content management, forms for automating business processes, projects and project tracking, document management and HR module are bundled to create a handy digital workplace.
No wonder there is strong market adoption of Sharepoint based intranets and collaboration products. The reputable Radicati Group’s recent report confirms that “Microsoft Sharepoint continues to see strong market adoption across all verticals, and is projected to grow at an annual average growth rate of 20% over the next four years.” This trend is a good news for SMBs as the value proposition presented by this trend is unmistakable and adoption will become imminent.