SharePoint is a market leader in the intranet space with 80% of Fortune 100 companies using it. It comes loaded with a large selection of site templates to get you started. Each of these templates focus on a specific function to assist collaboration and increase efficiency.
For example, the Team Site template includes document libraries to organize and store documents and calendars to manage team events, and the Blog Site template includes company announcements and idea boards.
Since the SharePoint templates already have a well-designed lay out and come pre-configured with some common functionality, they are quick and easy to implement making them time and money saviors.
Read more about using templates to create different kinds of SharePoint sites.
Let’s face it. Although SharePoint comes equipped with a lot of functionality that businesses need, working with SharePoint is not exactly a walk in the park. Unless you are a SharePoint expert or have one on your team, it is very difficult, costly, and time consuming to customize SharePoint to make it attractive and enhance its basic features and templates to make them more productive for your users.
A turnkey SharePoint Intranet is a ready solution which when installed augments your base SharePoint to give you additional productivity and collaboration tools. 80%-90% of your needs can be met with a read-to-go SharePoint Intranet. The best part is that it can be implemented within days and is available as a monthly subscription (including all upgrades); drastically cutting costs.
Pros: Quick ROI with minimal investment, Quick implementation, Can be customized, Cost-free technology and feature updates, Minimizes your IT
Cons: 100% customization may not be possible
Until a few years ago, this was the only way to get a SharePoint intranet up and running in an organization. This was the traditional method of getting a SharePoint intranet, before the advent of the ready-to-go version.
Getting a custom SharePoint intranet usually starts with contracting with a consulting company or recruiting your own SharePoint experts, and building a fully tailored solution to fit your unique business needs, from the ground up.
The great thing about a custom solution is that you can customize the UI, add features and functionality which exactly match your wants and needs. However, doing so can be costly and time consuming. It takes a lot of time to plan the specifics and requirements to build a custom SharePoint intranet. First you require the SharePoint skills which involves coding, then you need your IT to support and maintain the intranet because it can easily become outdated, and you need to keep spending on upgrading it every couple of years.
Pros: It is 100% tailored to your needs, you can add all the bells and whistles you want, and it is perfectly suited for companies that have a niche market.
Cons: Large time and dollar investment, requires expert skills & management, has a long time lag between conception and implementation, and has an increased risk of failure.
SharePoint Intranet Templates that are quick and easy to implement and use, so you can instantly get going with connecting, managing and organizing critical areas of your business.